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March 18, 2011

Yale’s first female chaplain to deliver Rochester’s Beaven Lecture

Sharon KuglerSharon Kugler, the first woman, first layperson, and first Roman Catholic to be named chaplain at Yale University, will deliver the Interfaith Chapel’s 2011 Beaven Lecture. The lecture, which is titled “Blessing the Space between Us: Crossing the Faith Divide,” is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Interfaith Chapel. The occasional lecture series, which began in 1970, is in memory of the Rev. Robert Beaven, who served as University chaplain from 1954 to 1969.

Kugler became the seventh university chaplain at Yale in 2007. She arrived in New Haven from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she had served as the university chaplain since 1993.

Kugler has more than two decades of experience in ministry in higher education, interfaith collaboration, pastoral and social ministry. Her main focus at Yale is to further cultivate a chaplaincy for students, faculty, and staff that serve the needs of the diverse religious and spiritual traditions on campus.

She is the past president of both the National Association of College and University Chaplains and the Association of College and University Religious Affairs. She also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chaplains in Higher Education.

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