Rutgers University Appoints its First Humanist Chaplain


Oct. 21, 2009

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the Oct. 7 issue of Focus, a publication of Rutgers University.)

The 26 chaplains and ministries at Rutgers University cover a wide spectrum of believers: Quakers, Jews, Christian evangelicals, and Buddhists, to name a few. But even within that diverse group – Barry Klassel stands out.

Klassel, an atheist, is the university's first humanist chaplain – and only the fourth on a college campus nationwide, he said.