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Albright supports and encourages the exploration of religion, faith and moral values as part of a liberal arts education. The College has a longstanding affiliation with the United Methodist Church and its historical precursors and embraces their ideal of “practical divinity” – an active engagement with others that seeks justice and liberty, presumes the equal dignity of all persons, and values service. Albright is a highly ecumenical community that supports the spiritual life of those of all faiths and those having no faith tradition. The College seeks to provide opportunities in which students can reflect upon religious and moral questions and issues. The cardinal virtues of respect, openness and tolerance are considered essential ingredients in any dialogue about the meaning and significance of the various religious traditions.
If you would like to speak with someone regarding spiritual life at Albright College, please call the office of the Vice President of Student and Campus Life at 610-921-7611.
Located at 1811 Linden Street, the Multifaith Center is a shared space where people of all faith traditions can gather for worship, quiet reflection, meetings and group activities. There is a large room on the first floor and several smaller rooms on the second floor.
In addition to providing a space where the many different faith traditions on campus can gather, the goal of the Multifaith Center is to encourage interaction among different religious groups so they can appreciate one another and work together. It is also used to reach students who may not have any particular interest in formal religion, but want to be part of conversations and discussions of serious topics. The goal is to be open to people of faith as well as to people of no faith, and to be a safe place to explore issues.
Student Religious Organizations
In addition to the work of the chaplain’s office, student religious groups representing the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic traditions offer a variety of means through which students can explore personal and social issues of faith. Weekly Protestant and Catholic worship services are offered on campus for students and other members of the College community.
Rev. Dr. Mel Sensenig was raised in Berks County. He and his wife Cindy got their start in ministry together serving in campus ministry in Pennsylvania prior to moving to New England in 1994. Prior to coming to Reading, Mel spent 11 years in New England – three of those in New Haven while he worked on his Master of Divinity at Yale, and then eight years in Providence where he planted and pastored Trinity Presbyterian Church. He then accepted a call to plant and pastor Christ Presbyterian Church in Reading and did so for 10 years. During that time, he completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Temple University and began teaching religious studies here at Albright in 2012, mostly in the School of Professional Studies, and sometimes in the day program. In addition to teaching and chaplaincy, he serves as Theologian in Residence for the Latino Pastors Association of Reading. He has four children, three of whom have graduated college and a junior at Reading High School. He and his family now live in the city of Reading.
Reverend Mel is on campus Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He also eats lunch in the dining hall on Monday and Wednesday at noon, where he welcomes students to join him to eat and chat.
Rev. Ibrahim Bangura has been in ministry since 2007. He has held several ministry responsibilities including Interim Pastor, Youth Leader, Young Adults Pastor and Executive Pastor. He has worked in churches/ministries in West Africa, England, Tennessee and now in Reading, PA where he serves as the Executive Pastor and Young Adults Pastor of Spring Valley Church of God. In Tennessee, Rev. Bangura worked as a Student Chaplain at Lee University. He worked with students from diverse backgrounds and religious affiliations. Part of his responsibility was to help students navigate college life and their spiritual journey. He received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Lee University and his M.Div. in Ministerial Leadership from Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
Reverend Bangura is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Sudha Allitt began offering ministry within her community about 13 years ago. Her path to ministry was activated and empowered by her practice and understanding of the spiritual teachings of Yoga and Buddhism. She is a YogaCharya (advanced teacher of Yoga), Spiritual (Vedic) Counselor, and C-IAYT (Yoga Therapist). She is also an ordained minister. With over 30 years of diverse education and experience in Yoga and spirituality, Sudha’s service focuses on reducing suffering and harm, empowering potential, and celebrating unity. Sudha holds five academic degrees including a PhD in Anthropology. She has held the position of Professor of Yoga and Meditation (Georgian Court University) and Professor of Cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology (Temple University and Monmouth University). She has published scholarly articles on ancient diet and its relationship to health, disease and socio-political issues. Together with her husband, Edward, she founded Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram, a space of spiritual inquiry and ministry.
Reverend Dr. Sudha Allitt is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.