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In Support of Muslims on the Lehigh Campus and in the Community

Troubled that anti-Muslim rhetoric has been spreading in the media and that attitudes of hostility toward Islam have been on the increase in the United States, we affirm the right of Muslims to practice their religion freely and without fear or intimidation.  We call on all members of our community to join Religious Life at Lehigh in celebrating religious diversity on campus, believing the Lehigh community as a whole benefits when religious expression is allowed to flourish.  We actively support this flourishing and are honored to have all religions welcomed and represented here.

The Chaplain's Office is located in The Dialogue Center at 661 Taylor Street. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen is the University Chaplain. He is an ordained Protestant minister (United Church of Christ), a tenured Professor of Religion Studies who teaches religion and ethics in the Department of Religion Studies, and he is also Director of the Dialogue Center and the Lehigh Prison Project.

Appointed in August 2017, Dr. Walead Mosaad is the university's first Director of Muslim Student Life.

Rabbi Steven P. Nathan is serving as the Interim Director of Jewish Student Life.

Terri Ball-Nicholas is the Chaplain's Office Coordinator and Packer Church Wedding Coordinator.  Appointments with the Chaplain may be scheduled by calling 610-758-3877.

 

 

The Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality

 

The Chaplain's Office Supports the Following Statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman:

We recognize the importance of a strong visa process to our nation's security. However, the administration's new order barring the entry or return of individuals from certain countries is already causing damage and should end as quickly as possible. The order is stranding students who have been approved to study here and are trying to get back to campus, and threatens to disrupt the education and research of many others.

We also urge the Administration, as soon as possible, to make clear to the world that the United States continues to welcome the most talented individuals from all countries to study, teach, and carry out research and scholarship at our universities. It is vital to our economy and the national interest that we continue to attract the best students, scientists, engineers, and scholars. That is why we have worked closely with previous administrations, especially in the wake of 9/11, to ensure our visa system prevents entry by those who wish to harm us, while maintaining the inflow of talent that has contributed so much to our nation.

Other countries have set the goal of surpassing the United States as the global leader in higher education, research, and innovation. Allowing them to replace this country as the prime destination for the most talented students and researchers would cause irreparable damage, and help them to achieve their goal of global leadership.

The Chaplain's Office Supports the following:  Statement Issued by the Board of the American Academy of Religion on U.S. Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

President Trump’s recent executive order limiting and banning Muslim immigration to the United States from seven countries strikes at the heart of the mission and values of the American Academy of Religion, a learned society of some 8,500 members.

Our organization is committed to excellence in the academic study of religion and to making our scholarship freely available in order to foster the larger public understanding of religion.

The ban impedes that mission. Faculty members, students, and independent scholars who study religion depend on the freedom of travel to pursue their work. Already we have received reports of scholars who have been prevented from returning home to the United States from research trips abroad. The ban will also impede international students who hope to study in the United States and to American students who plan to study abroad.

At a more fundamental level, the ban conflicts with our values. We hold dear diversity, mutual respect, inclusion, and free inquiry, all of which the immigration ban jeopardizes. The ban erodes our hope that these values will serve as the foundation for all governmental decisions regarding our members as well as our colleagues around the globe.

Finally, the ban poisons the public’s understanding of Islam in particular and religion in general. It blatantly and explicitly discriminates against Islam and Muslims, and appears to provide special treatment of Christianity. It violates our national commitment to welcome persons of all religions.

With learned societies, colleges and universities, and educational leaders across the nation, we call on the President and Congress to retract the Muslim immigration ban and to denounce religious intolerance in all its forms.

Issued by the Board of Directors in accordance with the AAR's policy on making public statements.

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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:15pm
Dialogue Center, 661 Taylor St.