Chaplains and Religious Life

Who We Are

The day-to-day work in the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life makes possible connections between the Brown family and its neighboring religious and community organizations. The many campus departments and organizations, with which OCRL collaborates, match and then multiply its efforts throughout the University.

On average, the chaplaincy and its affiliates engage approximately 60 percent of the student body and 40 percent of Brown's staff, faculty and alumni.

Through the multifaith character of the chaplaincy and its relationship to some eighteen religious life affiliates, OCRL continues to support a diversity of beliefs in the Brown University community, facilitating the deepening of individuals' experience within their own belief systems and expanding religious literacy, broadening knowledge of other spiritualities and religious ideas that abound on campus, and promoting an ongoing interfaith dialogue.

The Chaplains


Faculty Affiliates

Religious Life Affiliates

Religious Life Affiliates (RLAs) at Brown work in concert with the OCRL to gather and nurture the wide variety of faith traditions present on campus. From Islam to Judaism to Christianity to Hinduism and beyond, the affiliates coordinate and make visible Brown's vibrant religious life. RLAs support student religious organizations and are supervised by the University’s chaplains.