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The Smith years are ones of growth and change. The time you spend here as a student allow for new experiences, new directions, new challenges, and often, questioning. We offer weekly programming, religious and spiritual events and gatherings and featured 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.

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.

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


Mondays 5-6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. This will be a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Meditation instruction will be offered at the start of the meeting, so beginners are always welcome, and there will be time for questions and some dialogue, as well. Contact: Ruth Ozeki

Soup, Salad & Soul

Fridays Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Soup, Salad & Soul is a soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty, and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and various other topics introduced by student leaders. All are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion! Contact: Emmett Wald

Jummah Prayer & Lunch

Fridays 12:15-1:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for lunch and communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video. All are welcome. Contact: Al Iman

SCJC Shabbat

Fridays at 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome. Contact: SCJC

Religious & Spiritual Events on Campus

Featured Events

Featured Event

Worship, Dinner & Fellowship

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, 3 p.m.
  • Join us for a Christian worship service in the African-American tradition! With the congregation of Alden Baptist Church from Springfield, led by Rev. Dr. R.A. Love. Worhsip from 3 p.m, open to all. Dinner and Fellowship at 5 p.m. in Bodman Lounge, RSVP by email to Matilda Cantwel. Sponsored by the CRSL, the Smith Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Alden Baptist Church.


Cooking up Compassion

  • Campus Center 204, 6–7 p.m.
  • A dinner discussion series to stir up conversation and fork out the tools to cultivate kindness and compassion. Compelling speakers will be leading the discussion. Sponsered by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.


Building a Diverse Democracy: Interfaith Engagement in Times of Crisis

  • Helen Hills Hills Chapel Lobby, 1 p.m.
  • How should Americans talk about identity and difference in an age of polarization? Do campuses and students have a special role and responsibility? Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, will interpret this moment as a time of opportunity cloaked in crisis, offering practical and hopeful approaches for realizing the American promise. Meet at Helen Hills Hillls Chapel for transportation to Amherst College for this event. RSVP to Matilda Cantwell.

Learning to Meditate

  • Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 7–8 p.m.
  • Hosted by Smith College Community Religious Adviser Geshe Ngawang Singey, these biweekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and parctice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other). Dates: Feb. 1, Mar. 1 & 15, Apr. 5 & 19.