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.
Reverend 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.
Minister Regina Smick-Attisano, Associate Chaplain
Regina Smick-Attisano is the Interim Campus Minister for St. Thomas More Catholic Church here in Durham. She is a 24+ year resident on Lee, NH and has a special place in her heart for the college age population. Prior to embarking beginning this journey, Regina was the Executive Director of the Thompson School of Applied Science – a two-year associate degree school within UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture for 20 years. She has a deep interest in the Catholic Social Teachings and is especially interested in sustainable practices. Regina has three grown children in their 20’s, a daughter-in-law and a soon to be son-in-law and embraces the role of mom to these adult children. Her and her husband, Joe, of 30+ years are embarking on several home improvement projects. She is an active member of St. Thomas More parish regularly assisting with their Food Pantry and instructs the middle school children in their faith formation.
The Rev. Nathan Bourne, Associate Chaplain
Nathan Bourne is the Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Durham, where he serves a small but vibrant congregation. He comes to Durham after four years in Portsmouth, where he built community partnerships to help the Episcopal Church address issues of racial justice, environmental stewardship, and food equity on the Seacoast. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Nathan grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and has always found a spiritual home in the natural world. Since moving to New Hampshire, he’s grown to love the ruggedness of the White Mountains and learned to embrace winter. For him, spiritual health and a connection to the land are inseparable. Nathan lives in Durham with his wife, Nicole, and young son. Beyond his ministry to St. George’s and family life, Nathan is an avid trail runner and spends a couple of hours a week volunteering in the Hodgdon Herbarium reconnecting with his love of botany.
Minister Tim Hafner, Associate Chaplain
Tim Hafner is a campus staff minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is a native New Englander, having grown up in Massachusetts and then attending the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1982 with a degree in forestry. After graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force where he flew F-16s on active duty and later transitioned to commercial flying for a major U.S. airline. While on active duty he earned a Master of Aviation Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After 20 years of flying, God called Tim to fulltime ministry, first as a middle-school teacher, then a high school teacher, and now as a college minister where he focuses on the athlete and ROTC communities. In addition to his campus activities, he is also an elder and preacher at Durham Evangelical Church. Tim and his wife Laura (39 years and counting!) have been living in Durham for more than two decades. He has 2 grown children and 1 son-in-law, and when he isn’t working on campus, he spends his summers as co-owner and chief instructor of Fishtail Riding School, a motorcycle riding school based in New Hampshire.