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On May 20, 2020, President Monaco sent the following message to the Tufts University Chaplaincy community.

A Message from President Monaco

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the University Chaplaincy,

I am pleased to share the news that the Reverend Greg McGonigle, a Unitarian Universalist minister who served as Tufts’ University Chaplain from 2013-2019, will return to that position effective June 1, 2020.

We are delighted to welcome Greg back to Tufts. He will be able to build on the current strength of the University Chaplaincy team and help pursue new and emerging paths in areas such as interfaith civic studies and religious literacy. His deep knowledge of Tufts, and his strong relationships across our university community, will be especially valuable as the University Chaplaincy works to meet new needs and adapt to new necessities as a result of COVID-19.

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace for her outstanding service as our University Chaplain, ad interim over the past year. Jenny quickly made herself a valued member of our university community, and went on to provide superb leadership as the University Chaplaincy team moved to supporting our students, faculty and staff remotely for the second half of the spring semester, helping them to address the challenges posed by the pandemic. Jenny’s important contributions have also included the hiring and onboarding of a number of new team members.

Under Greg’s previous leadership, the Tufts University Chaplaincy gained wide recognition on and off campus for the excellence of its programs, which grew to include new chaplain positions to support Humanist and Buddhist traditions. The CAFE interfaith social justice pre-orientation program was also revived and redesigned, becoming a national award-winning program.

Greg has said, “It was very difficult to leave Tufts last summer after having loved serving at Tufts for so many years. While I was excited about the opportunity to build a new multifaith program, my year away helped me to realize what a unique and ideal setting Tufts and Boston are for interfaith work. On a personal note, I am also grateful for the opportunity to return to live in Boston near my family, especially in these times.”

Greg has served for the last year as Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory University. There, he has been working to expand the reach and awareness of multifaith spiritual and religious life and to respond to the unprecedented circumstances posed by COVID-19, which has presented new challenges and opportunities for interfaith support and solidarity.

I am grateful to all the students, colleagues, and friends of the University Chaplaincy who have helped us over the last year as we assessed current needs and potential future directions. Special thanks go to the student, faculty, and staff members of a search committee chaired by Chief of Staff Michael Baenen. The insights coming out of their process will be enormously helpful to Greg and his colleagues in the next phase of the University Chaplaincy’s development.

Beyond an immediate focus on community care for COVID-19, Greg hopes this fall to lead a collaborative process of strategic visioning for the University Chaplaincy’s next 3-5 years, as well as honoring the chaplaincy’s 115th anniversary which will take place in 2020. I hope you will all join me in welcoming him back to Tufts.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco