The Interfaith Center at Hofstra University consists of the Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Roman Catholic chaplains and their ministries. We are professional religious leaders accountable to the university, to our respective sponsoring religious organizations, to the values of our faith traditions.
Our mission is to promote spiritual and ethical awareness and growth, participation in the activities of our own faith traditions, and understanding and cooperation among the religions of the world.
While students are our primary constituency, we also serve the faculty, staff and administration of this university, and the Long Island community through special programs. Though each chaplaincy has a primary responsibility to the members of its own faith tradition, we also acknowledge a concern and responsibility for the whole university community. We see ourselves as resources upon which the entire Hofstra community should feel free to call.
We believe in a holistic view of education in which all the dimensions of human life are addressed. We affirm one of the university’s educational goals: to nurture “a better human being who can find joy and meaning in human existence.”
Membership in the Interfaith Center requires affiliation with a bona fide and recognized religious entity, and approval by the university chaplains and the administration.
Our particular foci as campus chaplains are:
- Fostering understanding and cooperation among the various faith traditions present on campus and in the world;
- Encouraging tolerance and respect for persity in all its aspects on campus;
- Building a sense of self-worth and inner peace in inpiduals, and providing pastoral counseling;
- Advocating for justice, peace, and the care of our planet;
- Promoting intellectual exploration and mutual dialogue on religious issues;
- Organizing gatherings of the Hofstra University community on occasions of communal grief or celebration;
- Creating opportunities for community service.