The staff at the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life are here for you. We want the chapel to be your space for religious and spiritual growth and fulfillment. Whether it’s celebrating a holiday or holy day, finding funding for a speaker or event, getting support for life challenges, or looking for faith-based community, we’re here to help. You can contact us with the information below, drop by the chapel during our open hours, or make an appointment.
Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain
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Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell is the director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and college chaplain. She served as the senior fellow for interfaith initiatives for three years, working with CRSL to promote its theme of justice, identity and social change, collaborating with others to undergird and rejuvenate social justice work with contemplative and reflective practices. She works closely with various religious and nonreligious student organizations on campus, faculty, staff, and community partners; and especially enjoys both her collective and one-on-one conversations with students. Matilda holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Lewis and Clark College, a master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School.
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Maureen is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She has worked at Smith since 2002 and now advises student religious organizations on funding, event planning and logistics. Maureen supervises and manages our programs and events, acting as the building liaison with students groups, college departments and public program planners. She supports the director, the Steinem Initiative and Smith's community religious advisers. Maureen has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
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Kim Alston is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She is responsible for coordinating programs, events and activities for the Center and supporting student organizations, faculty, staff, community groups and religious advisers in collaborative partnerships. She serves as an advisor to Muslim students at Smith and focuses on logistics, project management, event planning and marketing. Prior to coming to Smith, Kim worked as a newspaper journalist, public affairs manager and nonprofit administrator. She attended Boston University and received her master of public administration degree from Clark University. She is co-chair of the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee and a member of the Social Justice Curricular Initiative, Muticultural Recruitment Working Group, and Climate Study Implementation Team.
Student Aid Society
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Anne White has worked for the Smith Student's Aid Society since 1999. Her passion for stories led her to become a classics major at the University of Massachusetts, with a concentration in myth. Among her interests, White is a regular moviegoer, an avid reader and enjoys knitting in her spare time. Because of her lifelong interest in nutrition and fitness, she enjoys cooking, daily walks and strength training.
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Grant Russell Moss is a senior lecturer in music and has served since 1983 as organist to the college. A Nebraska native, Moss is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University. He has appeared as a soloist at summer organ festivals in Methuen, MA, and Round Lake, NY, the Great Organ Music at Yale series, and in concerto performances with all of the Five College orchestras as well as the Springfield Symphony and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. As accompanist, he has toured many times with the Smith Chamber Singers. In addition to his duties as teacher of organ, piano and harpsichord, he is the conductor of the Smith handbell choir.
Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
Jewish Student Adviser
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Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser has been part of the Center for Religious and Spiritual life since 2010. Rhonda is available for interfaith pastoral counseling and assists in community adviser programming and coordination. Rhonda received a bachelor of science degree in special education from Indiana University, a master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University, and a doctor of ministry in spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In 2000, she completed the first Mindfulness Leadership Training Program offered at Elat Chaim under Dharma teacher Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. Rhonda worked as a teacher in the Cincinnati public schools, is a published novelist, and has a therapy practice in Northampton. She received ordination as a rabbi in 2015 and serves as the Jewish adviser to the Smith College Jewish Community.
Program Assistant and Web Manager
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Emmett Wald ’15 is program assistant and web manager for the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life. They coordinate the weekly Soup, Salad & Soul (SSS) lunch discussion; manage CRSL’s website and blog; and provide support for other programs and initiatives. During their time as a student at Smith, Emmett was involved in several interfaith programs conducted by the center; SSS was a cornerstone of their undergraduate experience, and they’re glad to continue to be a part of the program. Emmett graduated from Smith in 2015 with focuses in landscape studies and mathematics.
Community Religious Advisers
Smith students today come from a variety of faith backgrounds. In order to best serve this diverse community, the Center has built connections with local faith leaders who are available to support students. You can get in touch with these Community Religious Advisors (aka “CRAs”) to learn more about their faiths or congregations, seek spiritual guidance, or connect to the surrounding community. If you’d like an introduction, we’re happy to help.
Geshe Ngawang Singey
Jampel Nyingpo Ling (Amherst)