Columbia University


About the Chaplain

Dr. Anne KlaeysenDr. Anne Klaeysen, Religious Life Adviser for the Ethical Humanist Chaplaincy at Columbia University and Barnard College, also serves as the Director of Family Programs for the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She was the first Humanist Chaplain at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and was Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island from 2002 to 2008.

A graduate of The Humanist Institute (Class X), she also co-mentored Class XV and is now co-Dean of the Institute. Klaeysen holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care from Hebrew Union College, Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University and in German from the State University of New York at Albany, and studied at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. She is a long-standing member of the AHA.

About the Chaplaincy

Klaeysen interned with the chaplaincy a decade before taking over the program from former adviser Boe Meyerson. Ethical Culture has a long history at Columbia University: Founder Felix Adler taught philosophy there, as did several of the first generation of Ethical Culture Leaders. His son-in-law, Horace Friess, is responsible for starting the Religion Department. The chaplaincy hosts lunches and discussion groups, offers opportunities for community service (for example, volunteering at the NY Society’s homeless shelter), and participates in interfaith activities on campus and off. Klaeysen is also available for life passage ceremonies and pastoral counseling.

For More Information

Office hours on the Columbia University campus:
Wednesdays in Room 101 of Earl Hall, other times by appointment

NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
(Corner of Central Park West)
Room 502
New York, New York 10023

Phone: 917-446-9752
Facebook page: Ethical Humanism Chaplaincy at Columbia University & Barnard College