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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Reflect | Resist | Rejuvenate

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is an interreligious, nondenominational body that promotes spiritual flourishing for all students, religious and nonreligious alike. Our areas of focus are ethical reflection, social and racial justice and civic engagement, mindfulness and contemplative practice, and community building based in dialogue and respect. We provide resources grounded in different faith and wisdom traditions, and strive to raise religious literacy and promote interfaith engagement toward a more inclusive, just and engaged citizenry. In the midst of a vibrant academic community, we encourage explorations of mystery, faith, ritual and that which we experience as holy.

We invite you to reflect, resist, rejuvenate with us, and remember—whoever you are, wherever you have been and wherever you are going, you are welcome here.

Our Mission

The Smith Center for Religious & Spiritual Life offers guidance and pastoral care through a lens of mutuality and exploration, and we collaborate to respond with grace and courage to the events that threaten to disrupt our lives. We are invested in what Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and others before him called the “beloved community,” a dynamic vision in which the worth, dignity and promise of each human is honored and in which we strive to live as stewards of the earth and its creatures.

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Featured Events

Featured Event

An On-Campus Memorial to Mark the Pandemic Year: From Remembrance to Hope

  • Boathouse Lawn 5pm
  • A welcoming, community memorial ritual wherein participants will have the opportunity to share and remember loved ones or other acquaintances they may have lost over the course of the year, from Covid or other losses, as well as mark the “dreams deferred” from this time of disruption. This space has been chosen due to the special meaning of Paradise Pond on the Smith Campus, and because of the ways in which water represents and reflects spirituality for many people. Event will begin AT 5 PM, on Boathouse Lawn Thursday 4/15.  Social distancing and masks are required. Sign up here


Toward Racial Justice at Smith - A Living Document for Community Comment

Smith College has embarked on the first phase of an emerging strategic plan for racial justice. The proposed recommendations have been informed by student, staff and faculty contributions to Inclusion in Action work, consideration of student and alumnae/i demands, and discussions with the Inclusion Council and President’s Cabinet.

In this time of urgent racial crisis, we invite comment, critique and refinement of this emerging plan.


Center For Religious & Spiritual Life Blog

Recent Posts

Mrs. New’s Tattoo

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
February 8, 2021
I remember the first time I really saw the numbers tattooed on Mrs. New’s arm. I had seen them before, but by 11 years old, I knew enough to really see them.  I remember a 2 and a long chain … Continue reading →

A Reflection

Matilda Cantwell
December 9, 2020
The Place Where We Are Right by Yehuda Amichai From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place where we are right Is hard and trampled Like a yard. But doubts and loves … Continue reading →

Reflection on Cromwell Day

Kim Alston
December 9, 2020
I’m reading a book that I find interesting on the subject of race. It’s called Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, written by scholar educators Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields. As the title suggests race or … Continue reading →

Memory and History

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
December 9, 2020
Memory and Historiography–the writing of history–are two forces that stand in opposition for the heart and soul of a people.  Of the two, memory has much more power than history.  I learned this from a small book I read in … 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.