If you have a religious, ethical or personal question you would like to discuss confidentially, the Director, the Chaplain for the Catholic Community, the Chaplain for the Jewish Community, and the Chaplain for the Muslim Community are available to talk with you. Call for an appointment, or simply drop in. Regular private time for longer-term spiritual guidance and development can be arranged.

Rev. Kurt Nelson

Rev. Kurt Nelson Photo

Director, Protestant Chaplain
Rooke Chapel, 111

Rev. Kurt Nelson is Bucknell's Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Chaplain for the Protestant Community. He advises Bucknell's multi-faith and interfaith initiatives; supervises Bucknell's stellar team of chaplains, coordinators, and liaisons; and leads and coordinates Ecumenical worship in Rooke Chapel on Sunday mornings during the academic term. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ.

Kurt comes to Bucknell from Colby College (Waterville, ME) where he spent 6.5 years as Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life. Prior, he served as Assistant Chaplain at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School — where he fell in love with chaplaincy - and St. Olaf College — where he fell in love with Religious Studies. A convert from the Pre-med track at St. Olaf, Kurt will be of limited help in tutoring Organic Chemistry, but is brimming with empathy for all walks of academic life.

Kurt is the 5th-most-likable member of his family, following — in no particular order — his wife and partner, Joanna; their children, Lillian and Elliott; and their dog, Grover. You can meet all but Grover in Rooke Chapel most Sunday mornings.

Bucknell's Office of Religious & Spiritual Life seeks to provide for the religious and spiritual well-being of the entire Bucknell community through pastoral care, multi-faith partnership, creation of communities of sustained belonging, and exploration of meaning and purpose. If any of life’s big questions (or some of the small ones) interest you, we will find a place for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kurt directly with questions, concerns or interest — kurt.nelson@bucknell.edu, or call to set up an appointment — 570.577.1592.

Fr. Michael Rothan

Fr. Michael Rothan

Chaplain for the Catholic Community
Newman House

Father Michael W. Rothan was the Pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fatima Chapel, St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Lebanon Pennsylvania and was chaplain at Lebanon Catholic School. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Rothan of Millersville and one of five children. He attended 12 years of Catholic school in Lancaster County after which he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University. Fr. Rothan then received his PA certification in Biology and Chemistry from Millersville University.

After having taught in both the Public School system and the Parochial School system, he was accepted into the Program of Priestly Formation for the Diocese of Harrisburg. He attended St. Vincent Seminary where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, a Master of Arts degree in Sacred Scripture, and a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a Diocesan Priest, June 5, 2004.

His previous assignments include: Parochial Vicar, Good Shepherd Church, Camp Hill Pennsylvania, Chaplain at Trinity High School; Parochial Vicar, Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Middletown Pennsylvania; Pastor, San Benito del Abad in Lebanon (St. Benedict); Pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Hershey Pennsylvania.

He has authored five books: 61 Minutes: Homilies and Reflections from the year of Mark; 61 Minutes: Homilies and Reflections from the year of Luke; 61 Minutes: Homilies and Reflections from the year of Matthew; "Home Free" Autobiographical, and a children's book: A Squirrel's Tale of a Crow's Feat.

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer

Rabbi Chana Leslie GlazerChaplain for the Jewish Community
Berelson Center for Jewish Life

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer comes to Bucknell from positions as rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue of Roanoke, Virginia; Beth Sholom Synagogue of Memphis, Tennessee; and Congregation Am Haskalah of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

She received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), a course of study that included spending a year in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva of Jerusalem. During seminary, she held a series of well-received rabbinical internships in six synagogues in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, two senior care centers, as well as work with three synagogue religious schools and Goucher Hillel of Maryland. She also co-led two spiritually themed Taglit-Birthright trips for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

Rabbi Glazer also spent two years as an interfaith organizer during her seminary time. She founded Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), a nationally acclaimed organization that brings together seminarians and religion students across Philadelphia for interfaith engagement. She has also volunteered as an interfaith spiritual coach since 2003.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, the New York State native received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and then held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She enjoys photography and art, yoga, current events, hiking and nature, singing and all kinds of music.

Rabbi Glazer welcomes seekers – anyone looking to deepen their Jewish or spiritual connections, and any and all opportunities for using the tools of Jewish Tradition and Culture to enrich our lives and our spirits. She is delighted to serve the Bucknell community, and she looks forward to many great adventures ahead!