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The Smith years are ones of growth and change. The time you spend here as a student allows for new experiences, new directions, new challenges, and often, questioning. We offer weekly programming and other religious and spiritual events to foster learning and dialogue. These programs may combine reflection, discussion, prayer and self-discovery, giving students encouragement for a lifetime of spiritual development. If you have an idea for a program, please contact Maureen Raucher or Kim Alston.


Religious & Spiritual Events on Campus

Observing Holidays

It can be both a joy and a challenge to take the time to observe your religious holidays during college. The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life offers on-campus programming for several religious holidays, and we can help you find services in the community for other holidays. College policy states that any student who is unable to attend classes, exams or work due to a religious observance will be excused and given an opportunity to make it up. This information can be found under the Religious Expression section in Campus Life on the Course Catalog.

Local Congregations & Places of Worship

Local congregations are very welcoming to students, and offer worship and other programs that are open to the public. See our list of local congregations and places of worship.

Weekly Programming for Fall 2022 TBA. Examples from Spring 2022 below


Mondays 5-6 p.m., Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend weekly mindful meditation in the tradition initiated by Ruth Ozeki. The meditation is led by Ruth Ozeki and Mary Beth Brooker. A simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome.

Mindful Mondays

Mondays 12:15pm,  Bodman Lounge

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice tools for awareness and self-acceptance, come join Mindful Mondays! With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and community. Bring your lunch and all are welcome! with questions.

Spirituali-Tea - Coming soon, Fall 2022

Some Wednesdays, 4:45pm Sanctuary

Interfaith Spirituali-tea--formally known as Interfaith Lunch--is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. This is a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spiritual and religious life at Smith and beyond. Each week we focus on a different topic, sharing from our own experiences.  Tea and fresh baked goods provided! contact for more information and meeting dates

Learning to Meditate - Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition 

Wednesdays, twice monthly from 7:00-8:00pm in Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Hosted by Community Spiritual Partner Gehse ngawang Singey. These bi-weekly interactive sessions will inlcude instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other), concluding with Q & A with light refreshments. September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 30, December 7

Soup, Salad & Soul! 

Fridays, 12:00pm, but arrive when you can! Bodman Lounge

 Enjoy lunch and take part in student-led discussions on spirituality and life. Home cooked vegetarian soup and seasonal salads!


Mondays at 4pm, Sanctuary

Tajweed is one of the most prominent sciences of the Quran & Islam. It is a science governed by deep-rooted static rules derived from the oral recitation of the Quran by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after he heard the revelation from the Angel Gabriel (Peace be upon him). Tajweed is an art that is important for the proper pronunciation of and recitation of Allah’s words. Contact for information.

SCJC Shabbat

Fridays at 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House and the Helen Hills Hills Chapel

 For Fall 2022, Shabbat services are held weekly every Friday evening. Exact time and location varies, please email for more information.  All students are welcome.

Catholic Mass - Starting October 16th

Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary

With Smith College Newman Catholic Club. Members of the Smith community and Five College students are welcome!