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Staff & Religious Advisors

Meet the Spiritual Life team: chat over chai, find community or resources, connect with people, get involved with programs that center on questions of spirituality and meaning, seek spiritual care. 

Who we are

Staff

Elizabeth Davenport
Dean of Rockefeller Chapel
773.702.8282
ejld@uchicago.edu

Jigna Shah
Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel and Director of Spiritual Life
773.834.1885
jigna@uchicago.edu

Tahir Abdullah
Associate Director of Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Affairs
773.702.2484
tabdullah@uchicago.edu

Spiritual Life Partners

Spiritual Life recognizes individuals from particular traditions who serve the campus as a whole, and also works with campus partners from key offices. 

Advisors, listed below, work with Spiritual Life and other campus partners to provide support for members of their own and other traditions. They may be clergy or representatives of non-profit organizations, or faculty or community partners who work with students of traditions where no professional advisor exists. Advisors sign and abide by the Ethical Framework for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Campus Partners

Swapna Chinniah
The College

Emily Carter
Student Counseling Services

Darren Pierre
Center for Leadership and Involvement

Advisors

Rev. Stacy Alan 
Episcopal Chaplain and Director, Brent House

Rev. Brad Beier 
Pastor and Campus Minister, Living Hope Christian Church

Rabbi Yossi Brackman
Rabbi and Executive Director, Rohr Chabad Jewish Center

Rev. Angie Buchanan
Advisor for Pagan Students

Rev. Julian DeShazier 
Pastor, University Church

Ryan Fordice
Interim Campus Minister, Augustana Lutheran Church

Nicholas Foster 
Campus Minister, Cru Global Ministries (Campus Crusade for Christ)

Jacob Judd 
Advisor, Latter-day Saints Student Association

Will Kunert 
Advisor, Buddhist

Fr. Patrick Lagges 
Chaplain and Director, Calvert House (Catholic Center)

Rabbi Anna Levin-Rosen 
Executive Director, Newberger Hillel Jewish Center

Barnabas Lin 
Undergraduate Ministry Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Rebecca Luft
Presbytera, Orthodox Christian Chaplaincy and Fellowship

Matthew Moran
Calvert House (Catholic Center)

Moises Mendez
Graduate Student Advisor, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Rev. Elijah Mueller 
Chaplain, Orthodox Christian Chaplaincy and Fellowship

Charles Nolley 
Advisor, Bahá’i Association

Joshua Oxley 
Advisor, Humanist and Secular students

Angela Parkinson
Advisor, Confucian Students

Rev. Eric Shutt 
Advisor, Zen Buddhist Meditation

Swami Ishatmananda
Hindu Advisor, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago

Rabbi David Wietchner
Newberger Hillel, Orthodox Union, Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus