Religious Life: Many Different Paths
An Interview with Kenzi Green '13J
To which organization do you belong? How long have you been involved?
I'm the President of the Newman Association, which brings together Smithies of the Catholic faith every Sunday. I've been involved with the organization since Fall 2010, and I was actively involved with Newman at the university I previously attended.
What motivated you to join?
As a recent transfer to Smith, the organization provided a sense of community with fellow believers. It's great to have a group with whom I can attend Mass, discuss my faith, and just spend time with on a regular basis.
What distinguishes Smith from other spiritual communities you have belonged to or observed?
The small Southern town I'm from places so much emphasis on rules and regulations within religion that the effect can be somewhat stifling. At Smith, everyone has a different point of view and is willing to discuss and debate those opinions. I feel that this creates a healthier approach to spirituality, allowing one's faith to stand up to questioning.
Have you had any funny, bizarre, or amazing experiences with your organization?
When Newman and Radical Catholic Feminists meet every Sunday, we always begin by telling each other about what is going on in our lives. Hearing fellow Smithies' trials and triumphs often provides laughs, cringes, and most importantly, a support group.
What have you learned about yourself and your spirituality at Smith?
College is all about learning who you are and how you fit into this hectic world, and learning more about my faith and the beliefs of others has helped me to strengthen my sense of self. To me, spirituality is all about community; Smith itself serves as an excellent example of how important community truly is. Learning to find my place in this community has been the most rewarding challenge during my time at Smith College.
If you had to sum up your spiritual experience here in 5 words or less, what would they be?
There are many different paths.