The UNH Chaplain and Spiritual Life Association is a spiritual community of associated chaplains, representing many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and faith traditions, who share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff of The University of New Hampshire.
This Association helps the UNH community stay connected with their faith tradition, as well as coordinate on-campus worship opportunities, and help students find off campus congregations and organizations.
Contact the UNH Chaplain and Spiritual Life Association,
Or call 603-862-2054
Goals of the Chaplain and Spiritual Association:
• Create structures of inclusion for the diversity of faith traditions present on campus.
• Create and support a rich diversity of caring communities in which students, faculty, and staff can explore and nurture their deepest convictions, and engage in honest and respectful conversation around questions of ultimate meaning, purpose, and value.
• Cultivate and embody our respective traditions within the larger campus community through practices, celebrations, observances, and opportunities for reflection.
• Offer programs and events across the University that promote religious, spiritual, and moral life;
• Foster an intellectual life at the University that articulates thoughtful, diverse religious and spiritual voices that encourages spiritual literacy and interfaith understanding.
• Model for the wider community how people who may come from profoundly different religious and spiritual perspectives can live cooperatively in community and appreciate and learn from each other’s differences.
• Collaborate with other professionals within the University to encourage healthy practices, relationships, and ways of living that promote the overall intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the community and its members.
• Provide pastoral support and guidance to members of the University, both in times of crisis and of celebration.
• Create awareness throughout the campus community so that students, staff, faculty, and others will recognize the Chaplain’s office as a place to turn in times of need and crisis.
Alexis Simpson, Chaplain
Alexis Simpson is the new Executive Director of The Waysmeet Center. For almost 15 years, she has lived in the Seacoast and supported the thriving local food system here in various ways. She is passionate about social justice and sustainable food systems. She joins Waysmeet after having recently finished a master’s degree in religion, ethics, and politics at Harvard University. Early in her career, she received a Master of Divinity at Emory University and was a campus minister and the chaplain to international students at Emory. As a pastor in the United Church of Christ, she has been preaching at local churches in the area during the pandemic where she has developed social and technological flexibility (haven’t we all!). Alexis is also committed to public service and represents the communities of Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, and Stratham in the state legislature. At home, Alexis is a mother of two hilarious, musical, teenage boys and a partner to Tom, an ethics and human rights educator.