A History of the Chaplaincy at DePauw University

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Katherine E Smanik


Conversations about the spiritual lives of college students continue to grow within the student affairs profession. However, one area that has received little attention in this conversation is the role of chaplaincy in helping students explore their religious identities and providing spiritual care for the campus community. This paper traces the history of the chaplaincy at DePauw University as a way to look at shifts in perception of the role of religion in higher education. These shifts are significant because in a span of 70 years understandings of how one should engage religion have moved dramatically from a focus on Christian evangelism to a focus on engagement with religious pluralism. Chaplains have done this work for decades and offer a unique perspective on how to support college student religious and spiritual development in a rapidly changing environment.


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Smanik, K. (2017). A History of the Chaplaincy at DePauw University. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 17-30. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jiuspa/article/view/23699