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New Chaplain Brings Experience
in Urban Interfaith Work

Johns Hopkins has named the Rev. Albert Mosley, a United Methodist minister with degrees from Duke and Yale universities, as the university’s new chaplain. Mosley, 36, replaces Sharon Kugler, a lay Catholic who left for Yale in 2007. Kugler had served as chaplain at Johns Hopkins since 1993.

Mosley’s appointment was announced in January, and as of July 1, he will be on the Homewood campus full time at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center.

Mosley comes to Johns Hopkins from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, where he served also as assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an adjunct professor in the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. There he taught courses in subjects ranging from comparative ethics to public life and leadership.

“I was attracted to the chaplaincy at Johns Hopkins because of the university’s genuine commitment to developing and fostering meaningful dialogue among persons all along the faith spectrum,” Mosley says.

Mosley’s hiring capped a two-year national search, says Susan Boswell, dean of student life.

“From the first time we met him, we had the feeling that he personified the perfect mix of interpersonal skills and a strong background,” says Boswell. “We feel so fortunate to have him join the Johns Hopkins community and know he will make an incredible contribution to student life.”

Born in rural Shuqualak, Miss., Mosley graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in molecular biology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He earned a master of divinity degree from Duke University in 1998 and a master of sacred theology degree from Yale in 1999.

Mosley says his extensive background in urban interfaith work is a perfect springboard into his new role at Johns Hopkins.

“My goal is to continue and expand upon the work that has already been done in providing spiritual, intellectual, and moral leadership to the campus community, fostering within the community an understanding of the interaction of faith, intellectual inquiry, and social responsibility, and serving as a safe haven and resource center for the many faith traditions that are present on campuses today,” Mosley says.

In addition, he wants to ensure that all faith traditions on the campus are aware of opportunities to express their faith and that those who are not affiliated with any faith traditions also feel welcome.

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