Religious Life

The Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino

Paul Sorrentino

I have been at Amherst College for 22 years. For the first 16 years I advised the Amherst Christian Fellowship, and, more recently, have served as advisor to the Multifaith Council, Director of Religious Life  and now Protestant Religious Advisor.

 My professional education consists of a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary of the East, and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on religious pluralism in the academy. I am ordained with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (4Cs). I am a member of  the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC). As adjunct faculty at Bethel Seminary of the East I have taught Christianity and Culture, Culture & Ministry and Ethics. I previously worked as a crisis counselor and family therapist in Kalamazoo, Michigan and for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Maine and Massachusetts.

As Director of Religious Life I am interested in supporting students of all traditions as they explore their own spirituality. As advisor to the Multifaith Council my commitment is to enhancing respectful engagement and understanding of varying beliefs and values on the campus. My own commitment is to an historic, orthodox Christian faith. The primary focus of my work as Protestant Religious Advisor involves work with the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series. This is a twice per semester worship service in the African American tradition. My role is primarily background, but I work with the committee in planning the service while the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series Fellow, The Reverend Timothy Jones, leads the service. We also bring in outside preachers.

In addition to my roles with Religious Life I also serve as Interim International Student Advisor. I am in the Dean of Students office in Converse Hall on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

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I have been married to my best friend, Karen, for 36 years. We have two children: John (26) and Tim (24) who is married to Carolyn. We are happy grandparents to Jack (2 years) and Olivia Grace (6 months).  My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading, movies, scuba diving, cross country skiing, cycling, tennis, golf and being in the open air on a motorcycle or bicycle.

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Position: Director of Religious Life, Protestant Religious Advisor, Multifaith Council Advisor and Interim International Student Advisor

Office Hours: Tuesday, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Cadigan Center; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. in 105 Converse Hall, and by appointment.

Contact Information: Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000;  (413) 542-8149 (office) or cell (413) 362-9786   Paul Sorrentino


Publications:

Sorrentino, Paul V. "Home for Vacation." Student Leadership Journal, Summer 1993, 14.

———. "Introduction: Special Section from the National Association of College and University Chaplains." Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™,no. Issue 4: Part I (Summer 2010), http://irdialogue.org/.

———. "The Prospects and Problems of Multifaith Engagement on Campus." Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue(2009), http://irdialogue.org/articles/on-campus-articles/the-prospects-and-problems-of-multifaith-engagement-on-campus-by-paul-sorrentino/.

———. "Psalm 12." In Psalms in Ordinary Voices: A Reinterpretation of the 150 Psalms by Men, Women and Children, edited by Andrea Ayvazian, 24-25. Amherst, MA: White River Press, 2011.

———. Religious Pluralism: What Do College Students Think? A Study at Amherst College. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.

———. A Transforming Vision : Multiethnic Fellowship in College and in the Church. South Hadley, Mass.: Doorlight Publications, 2011.

———. "What Do College Students Want? A Student-Centered Approach to Multifaith Involvement." Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45, no. 1 (Winter: 2009): 79-96.

———. "Why Conservative Believers Should Be Involved with Inter-Religious Dialogue." Journal of Chaplaincy in Further Education 5, no. 1 (Summer 2009): 33-36.