Christian Chapels

Brandeis University has two Christian chapels: Bethlehem Chapel is used for Catholic Mass; Harlan Chapel, named for John Marshall Harlan, the late associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, is for Protestant worship.

These chapels are open every day for private prayer and meditation.



The Christian community at Brandeis is served by Rev. Matt Carriker, Protestant Chaplain, and Allison Cornelisse, Pastoral Associate for Catholic and Spiritual Life.

Rev. Carriker provides services for the Protestant community. Agape Spiritual Community holds services or dinner church twice a month in the Harlan Chapel or Intercultural Center.  Rev. Carriker also helps with other Christian groups who meet together in Harlan Chapel or the Christian Lounge (Room 147), Usdan Student Center.  In addition, there are Bible study programs and student-led groups held at various times throughout the week.Both chaplains are also available to students, faculty, and staff for private meetings.

The chaplains are active in Brandeis' interfaith life of the university and actively take part in dialogues and panels on religion and spiritual life. Both chaplains also coordinate opportunities for service, mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual practice.  The chaplains coordinate Christian and interfaith retreats and immersion trips.

The Christian chaplains are deeply committed to promoting dialogue among all religions. They are available to be of assistance to anyone of the Brandeis community regardless of their faith community.