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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Reflect | Resist | Rejuvenate

At the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life we encourage you to think deeply, stand up for your beliefs, exchange ideas, renew your spirit and connect with others. We are a center of diverse cultural and religious learning and expression, spiritual development, hospitality and community engagement. We aim to increase student knowledge and engagement with intersections of religion and world affairs in a diverse, multifaith community and to provide support and guidance to students as they wrestle with questions of meaning, faith and purpose.

Featured Events

Featured Event

Weekly Meditation

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, 5-6 p.m.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend weekly mindful meditation in the tradition initiated by Zen priest and Smith Professor Ruth Ozeki (led by Naomi Miller and Mary Beth Brooker during Ruth's absence on sabbatical). A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions

Mindful Mondays Series with Lunch

  • Bodman Lounge, 1:30 pm
  • Exams got your frazzled, and holidays are(‘nt) helping? Come for a re-set, re-fresh, rejuvenating Mindful Monday. Enjoy hot cider and yummy snacks! Led by Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

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Center For Religious & Spiritual Life Blog

Recent Posts

Darkness and Light

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
November 15, 2019
There are verses in psalm 139 that I have used (to mix my spiritual metaphors) like a Zen Koan. “If I were to say that darkness will shadow me, then night would be light on my account…Night shines as day.” … Continue reading →

Best Day Ever! Building Interfaith Community One Party at a Time!

Kim Alston
October 22, 2019
This article represents reflections from Maeve Orlowski-Scherer ‘21, a student intern and leader in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. By 5:30 p.m., everything was ready. The chairs had been pushed back to the sides of the Helen Hills … Continue reading →

Our Year on Climate Change: Expanding the Golden Rule

Kim Alston
October 17, 2019
CRSL is part of Smith’s college-wide initiative on climate change. Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell discusses the impact of climate change and its connection to the work of the CRSL. My friend and colleague … Continue reading →

Doing Things That Change You: Action to Reflection at the CRSL

Kim Alston
September 20, 2019
This summer I had the privilege of participating in the leadership of a conference entitled The Body, A Vehicle for Justice, Advocacy, and Change. Each day we began with a worship service in the Christian tradition, and this was followed … Continue reading →

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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Helen Hills Hills Chapel
123-125 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Our Staff

Phone: 413-585-2750
Fax: 413-585-2794

We are open daily to the Smith community from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. for prayer, reflection, conversation, meditation, study and worship.