Religious advisers work with students to coordinate activities and programs exploring issues of spirituality, ethnicity, culture and social justice. The advisers are available for counseling and discussion of issues of faith and daily living. In addition, they work with student groups to organize religious services, study religious texts, plan community-service projects and discuss common concerns of faith and culture.
Adviser: Reverend Felicia Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adviser: Father John Ames (email@example.com)
Father John Ames is a native of Philadelphia, and is an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He earned a doctorate in theology at Catholic University (Washington). He has served in parish ministry, was the Dean at Saint Charles seminary and has taught at several local colleges. He is currently the pastor of Saint Colman Parish (Ardmore) and also the Catholic Newman Chaplain at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.
Office hours vary, so please email to set up a time that works for you.
Bryn Mawr InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a diverse community gathered around the vision “inspired by Jesus, excited about Jesus, loving like Jesus.” We are glad to welcome students of all backgrounds to explore faith together. We are organized as a network of Community Groups that meet weekly around campus for friendship, Bible study, prayer, and community service. The Fellowship comes together for monthly Gatherings. We also participate in retreats with Tri-Co and students from around the greater Philadelphia area. Bryn Mawr Christian Fellowship is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Visit Bryn Mawr's InterVarsity Facebook page.
Alexis Bishop graduated from Susquehanna University in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and Creative Writing. Throughout her time at Susquehanna, she was very involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a student leader. Having led studies of scriptures with students of various backgrounds—from growing up as a Christian to having curiosity alongside doubts or different faiths altogether—she believes in creating spaces for all who have the desire to ask questions of faith to ask.
Church of the Nazarene
Adviser: Pastor Nixon Zor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adviser: Rev.Jo Ann Bradley Jones
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Jo Ann Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to becoming ordained, Jo Ann worked as counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Drexel University. She served on the boards of several non-profits and as Executive Director of MANNA. She also worked in the administration of Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter.
A longtime member of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, she graduated from The General Theological Seminary and was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2017. She serves as Associate Rector with Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr.
Adviser: Rev. Elizabeth Evans
Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans is a journalist on the religion beat and an Episcopal priest. She started her clergy career as a college chaplain at Penn and is glad to be returning to working with college students. She's passionate about authenticity, has an offbeat sense of humor, and is compelled to listen and stand by those who are struggling as well as celebrate "the grandeur of God." Sometimes the questions you ask are as important as the answers you get. A mother, a gym rat, a dreamer: now tell me your story.
Bi-Co Chabad Student Group fosters awareness of Jewish spiritual heritage, values, cultures, and traditions by providing educational opportunities in Torah and by facilitating the observance of Jewish rituals and customs. With the support of Rabbi Eli Gurevitz and Rebbetzin Blumie Gurevitz, who direct the Rohr Center for Jewish Life, the Bi-Co Chabad Student Group offers students a Jewish 'home away from home' with hospitality Shabbat dinners (every Friday night while school is in session at 7:15 p.m.), Talmud study, Ten Sinai Scholars Fellowship Classes, Jewish mysticism classes, kosher food, and more. The Rohr Center and Bi-Co Chabad also run the unique Holocaust storytelling fellowship "Stories That Live." See trichabad.org for more. All students welcome. The Rohr Center is located directly across the street from where the Blue Bus enters Haverford College, 780 College Avenue, Haverford.
Adviser: Nora Woods (email@example.com)
Bryn Mawr College Hillel provides an outlet on campus for students to explore their Jewish identity, observe Jewish holidays, and access Jewish tradition in a pluralistic environment. There is always something happening on Shabbat, whether it is services and dinner on Cambrian row or kiddush, motzi, and an informal dinner in one of the dorms. We offer a monthly Rosh Chodesh group—B'not Levanah (Daughters of the Moon)—where students can reflect on contemporary women's issues in Judaism and beyond, and voice their thoughts and feelings in a safe space. We also offer special events on major Jewish holidays, we engage in social justice work on campus and in our community, and we partner with other student groups on various programs throughout the year. Find us on Facebook! Bryn Mawr welcomes and encourages the participation of students of all faiths and backgrounds.
Muslim Students Association
Adviser: Safiya Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spiritual, Not Religious Seekers, and
Goddess Spirituality Practitioners
Adviser: Sofia Wren Nitchie (email@example.com)
Sofia Wren Nitchie graduated Bryn Mawr '09 as a very big Athena fan, and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore with an M.A. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care. Since 2011 she's worked with numerous women including writers and entrepreneurs as a certified coach, helping them to make faster progress on their goals and always know what to do next because they can hear their intuition and trust it. She's also led numerous group classes on writing and spirituality. She believes everyone has a strong voice of intuition that can be heard in silence and contemplation or with the help of a loving friend. If you need a resource for your spiritual path, are going through something, or don't seem to "fit" a religious box, she has experience serving spiritual folks, goddessy gals, and even people who identify on the atheist/agnostic spectrum.
Adviser: Prof. David Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Ross is available to link students with local Friends meetings and worship groups; facilitate connections with other Friends in the Tri-Co; or just talk about being a Quaker at Bryn Mawr. He attends Oxford Friends Meeting (Baltimore Yearly Meeting) and is active in the Friends Association for Higher Education, of which Bryn Mawr is an institutional member. An economics professor (Dalton 204), he posts his office hours each week; email if none of those hours fit your schedule.
Beyond Bryn Mawr
The following clergy from local religious institutions have registered with the College to work with Bryn Mawr students.
|Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church||Rev. Kellen Smith||610.525.2821|
|Church of the Good Shepherd||610.525.7071|
|Church of the Reedemer (Episcopal)||Rev. Jo Ann Jones||610.252.2468 ext.16|
|Grace Chapel Havertown||John J. Tudor||610.513.6652|
|Foundation for Islamic Education||Dr. Mustafa Ahmed||610.520.9624 ext. 221|
|Household of Faith Deliverance Worship Center||Bishop Michael Brokenborough||610.649.7823|
|Lower Merion Baptist Church||Rev. Timothy Dalton||610.525.1855|
|Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC)||Elder Daren K. Miller||610.649.9446|
|Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church||Rev. Albert Davis||610.649.7739|
|Saints Memorial Baptist Church||Rev. Michael Stitt||610.525.5806|
|St. Luke United Methodist Church||Rev. David Tatgenhorst||610.525.2396 ext. 8822|
|Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El||Rabbi Neil Cooper||610.649.5300|
|Zion Baptist Church||Rev. James Pollard & Rev. Virginia Pollard||610.649.1216|