University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement at Elon University, Reverend Dr. Janet Fuller has thrived in multifaith environments from the moment she was born. She grew up in Lebanon, the daughter of Baptist missionaries who ran a publishing house that produced Arabic literature for Christians around the world. As a child, she lived through four Middle Eastern wars, one time spending four months in the hallway of their home along with her family of seven. Decades later, she is an Episcopal priest, scholar, chaplain, and spiritual counselor and has touched many with her gifts and talents and her passion for building bridges between religious communities. Chaplain Fuller will retire this coming May after forty years in Higher Education Chaplaincy at various universities.
Chaplain Fuller’s leadership and guidance has left a lasting, rippling effect on and off campus which will guide communities and individuals into multifaith work and engagement long after her tenure at Elon. She has made immense contributions as the president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains in 1995-97 and again in 2016-2021, and led the merger of the organization with the Association of College and University Religious Affairs as they became the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE), which emerged in March 2021. Her passion for the work is evident in how she has–literally– built multifaith spaces on Elon University’s campus from the ground up.
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