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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

Mindful Mondays

  • 12:15pm Helen Hills Hills Chapel Lawn
  • Mindful Mondays is a weekly program that meets Mondays 12:15-1pm.  Mindful Mondays offers practice, reflection and conversation drawing on secular mindfulness, somatics and traditional Buddhist teachings. From the curious to the experienced and everyone in between - all are welcome. We will meet on the Chapel Lawn (the lawn to the left of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel) Cushions and chairs will be provided. Please contact with questions. In case of bad weather stay tuned to Instagram (@crsl_smithcollege), Facebook, or our emails to find out if we will shift to Zoom. When on zoom register for the link at


Welcome Party

  • Sanctuary, 6:00pm
  • Come reflect and rejuvenate with us! Music, Games, and Community building. Bring a poem, prayer, or reflection to shar. Watch for upcoming sign up!


Brave Space

  • Sanctuary, 12:15pm
  • A group for all students entering or re-entering Smith, returning to campus for the first time since the pandemic. Come for peer support, encouragement, and strategy sharing. Bring your lunch, drinks provided.



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

In this time of urgent racial crisis, we emerge from ongoing planning into powerful action.

With recommendations from our Toward Racial Justice at Smith plan, Smith College continues its commitment to transparency, to inclusivity and to racial justice at Smith. Informed by student, staff and faculty voices to Inclusion in Action work, as well as student and alumnae/i demands, discussions with the Inclusion Council and Presidents’ Cabinet, the college commits to action.


Center For Religious & Spiritual Life Blog

Recent Posts

Think of Criticalhope as One Word

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
April 16, 2021
Critical hope seems at first to be a contradiction in terms–a clash of two universes of discourse.  “Hope” has to do with the experience of faith which inspires vision, which engages us in action and (hopefully) to a sacred, healing … Continue reading →

The Planting of Critical Hope: The Practice of Grief and the Blooming of Justice

Matilda Cantwell
April 16, 2021
A hope worth having is forged upon the anvil of adversity…it is more than mere optimism. Hope is the stuff that gets us through and beyond when the worst that can happen happens. — Peter Gomes The Scandalous Gospel…: What’s So Good … Continue reading →

Racial Justice in Islam Series Connects Leaders to Students

Kim Alston
April 15, 2021
The Racial Justice in Islam: Opening Our Hearts series was created as a space for students to learn about Islam’s approach towards justice, its historical foundation, and modern-day implications. Through asynchronous dialogue with noted Islamic leaders students were encouraged to … Continue reading →

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 →

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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.