Protestant Spiritual Life

photo Laura Biddle

Hi! Let me introduce myself. I am thrilled to be your University Chaplain. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I have been practicing ministry for thirty years. I graduated from Episcopal Divinity School in 1986. My first Call to Ministry was serving women in prison at MCI Framingham. Teaching courses in economic development and family reintegration allowed me to encourage new pathways for women and their children. Through preaching in congregations around New England I became an advocate for the spiritual health and well being of incarcerated women and their families. During this period of time, I worked closely on issues regarding domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and community awareness of prisoners in Massachusetts.

In 1998, I was Called to parish ministry.  At my last church, located in Salem Massachusetts, I was able to make connections at the University. Several of my former parishioners are employees here. YAY!

As a trained grief counselor, in 2009 I became the Spiritual Advisor to military families who were grieving suicide. Working with the staff of an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Project for Survivors), I continue to be committed to helping military families advance their spiritual health. I m also delighted to be working closely with the Campus Veterans Association.

I would love to get to know you. Please join me for a cup of tea and a conversation about your spiritual journey. If you are interested in participating in a Bible Study, I hope to be starting a weekly class in the Spring. You are also welcome to join our Gospel Choir that will be rehearsing Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 in the Diversity and Multicultural Center, Ellison Campus Center.

My office hours are on Mondays between 12:00 and 2:00 in Meier Hall 245.

Blessings,
Rev. Laura Biddle
lbiddle@salemstate.edu