When college chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum ’82 retires at the end of June, she’ll be able to look back on a 25-year career that’s added multiple dimensions to campus life, including social-justice initiatives; vigils marking traumatic or inspiring events; and interfaith gatherings. She also shaped the chaplaincy
to support the Carleton community’s cultural evolution.
That evolution, she says, is what inspired her to hire associate chaplains. The first was Rabbi Shirley Idelson, in 1999. The current duo, Rev. Todd Campbell Jr. ’16 and Rabbi Shoshana Dworsky, “bring a deep faith and knowledge of their traditions, and a lot of creative energy,” Fure- Slocum says. “And they’re very good at reaching out to students and others in the college.”
Fure-Slocum’s religious background is anything but narrow; it includes study in India and serious Buddhist meditation. Still, now that she is preparing to leave—a search committee has been formed to find her successor—she reflects that she’s been “challenged all the way along by our associate chaplains to further broaden my own understanding of what a spiritual life looks like.”
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