The University of Richmond seeks a new campus chaplain. Rev. Craig Kocher, a finalist from Duke University, spoke at a university forum on Tuesday. According to the Collegian, he also shared vew viewpoints on the GLBTQ community.
While fielding tough questions ranging from how he would reach out to skeptics or those who have been alienated from faith, to logistics about his academic pursuits and his thoughts toward the GLBTQ community, Kocher was thoughtful and prepared, and even offered a few jokes.
“I thought he was great,” senior Ashlee Murphy said. “He had a coolness that would remind you of President Ayers.”
Murphy said she was particularly impressed with a lunch Kocher said he had held to discuss GLBTQ issues at Duke, while a church known for its strong anti-GLBTQ stance held a protest on the other side of campus.
“He wanted to say that the chaplaincy was more concerned about having a meal where people could come together in unity, rather than trying to put people down,” Murphy said.