A College Fires Its Chaplains To Save Money, and Students Move On

June 18, 2010

Author: Mark Oppenheimer

Source: New York Times


When a chaplaincy dies, there is nobody to preside over the funeral. But if there were a funeral, would anyone show up?

In May 2009, Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life at Smith College, closed a budget gap by laying off her only three practicing chaplains, representatives of the American trinity of religious tradition: Protestant, Catholic and Jew.