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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, to stand up for your beliefs, to exchange ideas, to renew your spirit and to 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, multi-faith community; and to provide support and guidance to students. as they wrestle with questions of meaning, faith and purpose.

Featured Events

Featured Event

Weekly Meditation

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, 5-6 p.m.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. A simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction offered. All levels welcome, with time for questions.

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 pm 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. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

LGBTQIA Bible Study

  • Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 4-5 p.m.
  • Join LGBTQ+ Bible Study every Sunday from 4-5pm in the Bodman Lounge for a discussion about what the Bible really says about the LGBTQ+ community! We affirm the holiness of all identities, expressions, and orientations and talk about the Bible through this lens. Many of us come from Christian traditions, but this study is open to all curious Smithies, regardless of faith tradition or belief system. Email Lizzy at with questions!

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Recent Posts

Holy Week Resources

Jenna Haines '19
April 17, 2019
Friends, Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday, is the week leading up to the celebration of Easter. As Holy Week approaches, we anticipate many who seek to worship in communion. Northampton and the surrounding area(s) offer an array of … Continue reading →

Spring 2019 Event Calendar

Jenna Haines '19
April 3, 2019
Friends, Below is the Spring 2019 event calendar! The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life encourages all students and community members to attend workshops, weekly programming, and events available to them. The CRSL is pleased to offer a variety of … Continue reading →

Reflect, Resist, Rejuvenate

Matilda Cantwell
March 4, 2019
Dear Friends We chose to highlight as our theme “Reflect, Resist, Rejuvenate” this year because we think these are the three ingredients we all need to live in the present historical moment, and, as general practices of the spiritual life. … Continue reading →

Do We Need Religious Community?

Jenna Haines '19
February 27, 2019
Religion graces us with the tools to grapple with grief, loss, death, love, and connectedness. Religion is service: to oneself, to others, to duty. Religion is the recognition of a Universal network of love and justice. For some, religious community … 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.