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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Reflect | Resist | Rejuvenate

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is an inter-religious, non-denominational body which promotes spiritual flourishing for all religious and non-religious students, focusing on ethical reflection, social justice, mindfulness and contemplative practice as well as resources grounded in different faith traditions. The Center strives to raise religious literacy and promote interfaith engagement toward a more inclusive, just and engaged citizenry. 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. 

Important COVID-19 Information

Please note that all campus buildings and houses are closed to visitors and the general public. For updates on Smith’s COVID-19 response plan, please visit the “Culture of Care” website.

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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.


Featured Events

Featured Event

Mindful Mondays Series Online

  • Online via Zoom, noon EST
  • Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope
    A forum for light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation and heightened revelation; of the deep racial; and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. For Zoom link, audio or questions, contact These meetings resume their usual noon meeting time on August 17.

    “No one is free until we are all free.”—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Center For Religious & Spiritual Life Blog

Recent Posts

Shooting a Virus Dred Feminist Rant #16

Kim Alston
July 23, 2020
The corona virus exposes unmistakable crises in capitalism. While we reconfigure our expectations and lifestyles because of a virus few of us knew about three months ago, we endure this unimaginable crisis under a ruthless economic philosophy that sacrifices people … Continue reading →

A Revolution of Rest: A ase For ‘Radical Renewal’

Kim Alston
July 23, 2020
While I was brainstorming for this piece I found myself struggling to formulate something that hasn’t already been said about this moment of absolute turmoil. At first, I aimed to express something  profound, original… politically galvanizing even. But quite quickly, … Continue reading →

What Happens to Us When Wearing a Mask?

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
July 23, 2020
My son is now a project manager for a large hospital system.  Two weeks ago, he took on the task of getting remote communications and monitoring programs into ICUs  so nurses could monitor Covid-19 patients without having to always enter … Continue reading →

Why Now, and What Now? A Theological Reflection on the Fire of the Current Moment

Matilda Cantwell
July 23, 2020
Why Now, and What Now? A Theological Reflection on the Fire of the Current Moment “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” –John Lewis God gave Noah the rainbow sign ‘No more water but fire next time. – … 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.