National Association of College
and University Chaplains

A multifaith professional community supporting spiritual and ethical life in higher education

NACUC Annual Conference 2020

The Place & Purpose of Chaplaincy in Higher Education

February 10-12, 2020

Hartford, Connecticut

Opening Plenary with

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President of Trinity College, and Joel N. Lohr, President of Hartford Seminary

Plenary Sessions will feature

Cornel West, Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, and Ingrid Mattson

Sessions throughout the conference will maximize participants' interactions and contributions to shared discussion.

Hosted by Trinity College and Hartford Seminary in collaboration with partners from Wesleyan University, Yale University, Amherst College, Williams College, and Howard University.


To register for the conference, please click here.

Locations and Excursions

The conference will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center, with visits to Trinity College and to the Hartford Seminary.

Optional excursions will take place on Monday, February 10, and self-directed dinner on the town takes place on Tuesday evening.

The Connecticut Convention Center is located at 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. 


Accommodations are available at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Located in the Front Street District of Hartford, the Marriott Hartford Downtown overlooks the Connecticut River and is interconnected with the Connecticut Convention Center.

To reserve your accommodations at the group discount rate, click here by Friday, January 10, 2020 to be taken to a NACUC Conference registration block.

Conference participants make their own arrangements for shared accommodations and costs.  

Hartford Marriott Downtown

200 Columbus Boulevard

Hartford, Connecticut 06103-2807


Hartford Marriott Downtown



The spiritual practices, religious identities, and cultural heritages of college and university students in the United States are increasingly diverse. Also increasing are the number of students who do not affiliate or identify with a religious tradition. Yet students continue to place value on spiritual care and engage in moral reasoning and ethical action in their daily lives as they shape and express their particular worldviews. Higher education professionals embrace the opportunities and confront the challenges of this environment every day. The February 2020 Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University Chaplains invites thoughtful consideration of the place and purpose of chaplaincy in higher education. 

In response to the shifting religious landscape, the economy of higher education, and their own re-imagining of themselves, institutions of higher learning configure chaplaincies and offices of spiritual and religious life variously—or not at all. Depending on the history, context, and resources of a school, the role and responsibilities of chaplains and other religious life personnel range from particular and delimited, to vague and diffuse, to engaging and integral to the life of the institution. Participants in the 2020 NACUC conference will come together with professionals in the field of religious life, practitioners of spiritual care, scholars from within the academy, public intellectuals, and religious leaders to deepen the conversation and share in the nature, scope, and meaning of this work.  

The National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA) seek to merge and form a new organization. This conference creates space for broad participation in the process of articulating the mission of the new professional organization.

This is a lively and critical moment for the spiritual and religious life professionals who serve in higher education. We lead at a time when the religious affiliations of our students are simultaneously declining and diversifying—even as we face increasingly urgent needs for spiritual well-being and moral leadership in higher education and the world. 

Please join us in Hartford. Renew relationship and discover new partnerships. Enjoy the good company of colleagues in the field. We welcome you, your voice, your worldview, and your perspective on the place and purpose of chaplaincy in higher education. 

Further Information about Hartford, CT

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