Events & Programs
The Smith years are ones of growth and change. The four years you spend here as a student allow for new experiences, new directions, and new challenges. It is often a time of questioning. We offer many events and gatherings to foster learning and dialogue. These programs may combine prayer, reflection, discussion and self-discovery, giving students encouragement for a lifetime of spiritual development.
It can be both a joy and a challenge to take the time to observe your religious holidays during college. The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life offers on-campus programming for several religious holidays, and we can help you find services in the community for other holidays. College policy states that any student who is unable to attend classes, exams or work due to a religious observance will be excused and given an opportunity to make it up (see the Smith College Course Catalog for the full policy).
Local Congregations & Places of Worship
Local congregations are very welcoming to students, and offer worship and other programs that are open to the public. See our list of local congregations and places of worship.
Religious & Spiritual Events on Campus
Weekly CRSL Events
Mondays 5-6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary
Students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. This will be a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Meditation instruction will be offered at the beginning of the meeting, so beginners are always welcome, and there will be time for questions and some dialogue, as well.
Soup, Salad & Soul
Fridays Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Soup, Salad & Soul is a soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty, and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and various other topics introduced by student leaders. All are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion!
Jummah Prayer & Lunch
Fridays 12:15-1:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for lunch and communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video. All are welcome.
Vigil for Natural Disasters
- Campus Center steps and Chapin Lawn, 12-1 p.m.
Join us in vigil for the victims of the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding around the world.
Spirituali-tea, Meditation, and Spiritual Exploration
- Chapel Sanctuary, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
- Join chaplain, staff, and others for a session about integrating spirituality into our lives and living in a religiously diverse community. There will be apple cider, donuts, and a mix-your-own-tea bar with a sampling of teas for wellness of body and mind.