The Campus Chatter blog over at ABC news reports that Syracuse University has appointed Mary Hudson as Pagan chaplain for the campus. This is a somewhat historic event, as the blogger explains:
That makes Hudson, 50, the second pagan chaplain appointed at a U.S.
college. The only other known school to have a pagan chaplain is the
University of Southern Maine. Internationally there are a few in
Canada, Australia, and the UK.
I find this good news and take some comfort and pride that this appointment took place not only in my state of residence, but at a university a mere hour from me. And it sounds like Hudson is ready to hit the ground running.
Hudson said education is her primary goal. “This involves both
education of non-pagans as well as helping student pagans find their
spiritual path,” she added. “That can mean something different to each
Both community education and helping students who are already on a Pagan path or are considering one are both noble goals. I wish Ms. Hudson the best as she pursues both goals.
In addition, I’d like to applaud the Campus Chatter blogger for writing a thoroughly positive article, without falling into the trap of looking for “balanced” input from highly critical spokespeople from conservative Christians circles, a practice that Jason Pitzl-Waters has often noted is common among some journalists.