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Carly Lynch

Campus Minister

Schedule a conversation with Carly

I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with religiously diverse students and student organizations to foster a rich environment of religious pluralism on this campus. Together we seek to create not only a sense of welcome, but also of deep belonging for students of various religious identities at Santa Clara.

Here's a little more about this Arizonafornian (grew up in AZ, have spent most of my adult life in CA... Californizonian?). From my childhood days of brewing up medicinal "back yard stew" (a combination of pool water and whatever seasonal shrubbery I could find in the back yard and neighborhood alleys) for my old cats, to recent trips to Indonesia to study inter-religious trauma and healing, I have always been a soul that is sensitive to the hurt in the world, and eager to discover new and creative remedies. Therefore, my various previous careers and academic degrees-- including a B.A. in Theology from Azusa Pacific University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology-- have served not as means for mastering knowledge and grasping conclusive answers, but rather have taught me to become a better listener to the world's needs and a better creative activist in responding faithfully and persistently. You will generally find me in some process of trying to move increasingly slowly and ethically through this world. Whether that is learning to make and mend my own clothing, composting and gardening, studying and practicing herbal medicine, backpacking in the sierras, brewing kombucha, or writing poetry and taking long evening walks, I believe care for self and others is a wandering, not a race; and a really lovely wandering at that. I love gleaning wisdom from wherever it may come, especially from places and people who are unfamiliar. So please, reach out. Let's sip a slow cup of tea while you tell me about your favorite hilarious YouTube videos or your most pressing personal tension. I welcome it all, and have much to share if you need that too.


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