Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University
Since 2011, the Reverend Luther Zeigler has served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University. Luther is a past President of the Harvard Chaplains, and was the founding Chair of the Board of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life at Harvard, a body that works with the Memorial Church, its Pusey Minister, and the Faculty Committee on Religion to oversee religious life at Harvard.
In addition to leading worship, teaching, and counseling, Luther also coordinates numerous outreach and social justice ministries through the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard, including the Harvard Interfaith Prison Education Project, a prisoner mentoring program that draws on student volunteers from across Harvard’s faith and ethical communities. Luther was also an original member of the Advisory Board of Y2Y Harvard Square, a shelter for homeless youth recently organized and now operated by Harvard students under the auspices of PBHA.
Luther was educated at Oberlin College (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A., J.D.), and Virginia Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
For over two decades prior to his ordination to the priesthood, Luther practiced appellate law at a major Washington law firm, where he had an active public service practice, particularly in the areas of civil rights and advocating for the homeless. He served on the Board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and represented a wide range of pro bono clients, including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Volunteers of America, the NAACP, the Georgetown University Sex Discrimination Clinic, as well as numerous other public interest groups and indigent individuals. Recently, Luther served as an instructor at Harvard Law School, teaching a course at the intersection of legal and scriptural interpretation.