...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. Rabbi Seth Goren is the Director of Student Jewish Life and Associate Chaplain. Mrs. Sally Schray is the Chaplain's Office Secretary and Wedding Coordinator. Appointments with the Chaplain may be scheduled by calling x83877.
The University Chaplain provides a ministry of service and hospitality to the religiously diverse community at Lehigh University. The Chaplain responds to a variety of needs that arise in the university, working with students, faculty and staff to build up a positive sense of community. The Chaplain provides a community resource for raising values issues and addressing moral concerns in a variety of forums, both on and off campus; and the Chaplain's Office provides a focal point for religious activities on campus. The University Chaplain supports the mission of the modern university and endorses a model of ministry that emphasizes teaching and learning, that encourages respectful engagement between religious traditions, that seeks to help persons in the university extend hospitality to the stranger, and that urges people to develop critical social awareness as a way to express spiritual concern. The University Chaplain participates in both the academic and co-curricular life of the University, being responsible for worship, programming, as well as out-of-classroom learning experiences and regular teaching. By encouraging and promoting an atmosphere where moral and spiritual issues can be acknowledged as central to a meaningful, balanced, and well-rounded education, the University Chaplain seeks to enhance the educational experience of those working and studying at Lehigh. The mission of the Chaplain's Office is organized around four distinct functions:
The Chaplain's Office seeks to support activities and initiate programs that provide occasions for reflecting on personal and community values while challenging individuals to grow and mature as moral and spiritual persons. To that end, the Office seeks through its support of religious groups to make opportunities for meaningful religious community available to students on campus. In addition, the Chaplain's Office assists persons seeking access to opportunities for involvement in community service, while supporting programs that are designed to broaden students' cultural horizons. Among programs and activities sponsored by the Chaplain's Office are the following:
University Chapel Services. Chapel services conducted by the University Chaplain are broadly-based ecumenical Christian services open to the entire University Community. The Chaplain leads or participates in from 20 to 30 worship services a year, including special services of University interest, memorial services, weddings, Christmas Vespers, and Baccalaureate. Special services are organized around particular issues (e.g., AIDS vigil, "Take Back the Night;" 9-11 Memorial services); and the Chaplain participates in ecumenical, interreligious and community worship throughout the academic year. Religious groups on campus occasionally hold worship services in Packer Memorial Church with assistance from the Chaplain's Office. All services held in Packer Memorial Church are advertised in various electronic and print communication resources, many in The Brown and White. The Chaplain's Office may be contacted for information about worship services in the area and possible rides from campus. The Office also has information about religious organizations on campus students might be interested in joining, and persons to contact.
The history of Lehigh's Chaplaincy has been marked by an institutional commitment to fostering a visible and active invovlement of the Chaplain in teaching. Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen has maintained this distinctive emphasis working with academic departments and other student service offices to create teaching and learning opportunities on campus. Steffen holds a tenured faculty appointment in the Religious Studies Department, where he teaches two course a year and pursues an active scholarly career, particularly in the area of ethics. He is the author and editor of ten books, including Life/Choice: The Theory of Just Abortion, published in 1994; Abortion: A Reader, published in 1996; the award winning Executing Justice: The Moral Meaning of the Death Penalty, published in 1999, and the 2003 publication, The Demonic Turn: The Power of Religion to Inspire and Restrain Violence. His most recent books are Holy War, Just War: Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religous Violence and Ethics and Experience: Moral Theory from Just War to Abortion and Ethics and Experience: Moral Theory from Just War to Abortion. Dr. Steffen is a frequent visitor to classes on campus, and a speaker invited to various academic, public and church settings; he wrote a "Spiritual Journeys" column for the Express-Times for many years and is currently a "Faith and Values" columnist for the Morning Call.
661 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015