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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 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

For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.

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Featured Events

Featured Event

Generating Justice

  • 3:30 p.m., Zoom ID: 93647082000 (Smith login required)
  • Generating Justice: A gathering in response to ongoing racist brutality and community commitment to the work of dismantling racism. Join staff from CRSL, OMA and OEI to commemorate the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and many others who have not been named, who have been killed at the hands of police officers and/or white nationalist vigilantes. In this gathering, we will hold space for anger, outrage, grief and commitment to action. Please feel free to bring something to share. Voices of people of color will be centered.


Mindful Mondays Series Online

  • Online via Zoom, 12:15 p.m.
  • Mindful Living in the Time of a Pandemic: Holding Fear, Cultivating Hope is this week’s theme for Mindful Mondays. Join Matilda Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life and college chaplain, via Zoom for guided meditation, conversation and community. All are welcome. Sign up by 11 a.m. on Mondays and stay tuned for a Zoom invite by email. If you have any questions or need information to connect via audio, please email

Center For Religious & Spiritual Life Blog

Recent Posts

Seeking Refuge in Uncertainty: A Rite of Passage for These Times

Matilda Cantwell
May 15, 2020
My college graduation was very strange. I had been accepted into the Smith College School for Social Work and was scheduled to begin the summer program there on June 4. This was, however, the very same day of my undergraduate … Continue reading →

On Isolation and Consolation

Kim Alston
April 30, 2020
As we all know, in these days of quarantine, loneliness and isolation are prevalent. Zoom is as depleting as it is efficient. Social distance may be wearing on us, our own particular responses to stress may be in full action. One … Continue reading →

Fear and Freedom: Hand in Hand

Matilda Cantwell
April 16, 2020
“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.”  ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Here … Continue reading →

Times of Captivity, a Time of Liberation

Matilda Cantwell
April 9, 2020
For the next two issues, our newsletter will focus on the theme of liberation. Passover, the holiday which began last night, April 8, commemorates the successful exodus of the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt. The COVID-19 crisis kept … 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.