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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

Calling and Being Called: Experiencing Vocations

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, 10:00 am-11:15 am
  • Have you felt that you were needed in a certain profession, yet not sure if it is for you? Are you a “first” of a social demographic or identity, in an area of student, activity, or role? Have you ever been interested in a spiritual or religious path? Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Baskerville Burrows ’88, first African American female bishop of the Episcopal Church and Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell, College Chaplain


Muslim Prayer and Lunch

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, every other Friday, 12:10 PM
  • Join us for a spiritual dialogue, communal prayer, camaraderie among Muslim-identifying students, and a delicious lunch to end the week. All are welcome to attend and learn more about Islam.


SCJC Shabbat

  • Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, 5:30 p.m.
  • Join the Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) for lighting Shabbat candles and singing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. Following this at 6:15 p.m. there will be a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome. 


Soup, Salad and Soul

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Bodman Lounge, 12–1 p.m.
  • Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. Everyone welcome.

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Recent Posts

Smith College Vespers Scriptural Readings, Poems, and Prayers

Matilda Cantwell
December 19, 2019
Smith College Christmas Vespers  December 8, 2019  WELCOME Advent is the season when the revolution of people aligns with the revolution of the earth. Advent is a time when people – all people all over the world – light candles … Continue reading →

Otelia Cromwell Day 2019

Kim Alston
December 19, 2019
Tribute to Adelaide Cromwell ’40 I met Dr. Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell in the mid 1980’s as a student at Boston University. Professor Gulliver, as she was known then, was my sociology professor in Afro American Studies, and one of only … Continue reading →

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 →

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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.