Events & Programs
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
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 Semester 2021
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 Mary Beth Booker during Ruth's sabbatical. 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.
Mondays at 12:15pm
Mindful Mondays offers practice, reflection and conversation drawing on secular mindfulness, somatics and traditional Buddhist teachings. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 bit.ly/MindfulMondays2021
Every other Tuesday, 4:45pm Bodman Lounge
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 email@example.com for more information and meeting dates
Sandwiches and Soul
Friday at 12:15pm, but arrive when you can! Sanctuary
Formally know as Soup, Salad & Soul. Enjoy lunch and take part in student-led discussions on spirituality and life. Sandwiches and drinks provided.
Fridays at 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House
Sundays at 4:15 p.m., Sanctuary
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to Mass. Fr. Richard Bondi, celebrant