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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is an interreligious, nondenominational body that promotes spiritual flourishing for all students, religious and nonreligious alike. Our areas of focus are religious practice, social and racial justice and civic engagement, mindfulness and contemplative practice, and community building based in dialogue and respect. We provide resources grounded in different faith and wisdom traditions, and strive to raise religious literacy and promote interfaith engagement toward a more inclusive, just and engaged citizenry. In the midst of a vibrant academic community, we encourage explorations of mystery, faith, ritual and that which we experience as holy.

Department Updates

Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce the presence of Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer to help advise Jewish students during this difficult time. Rabbi Bruce has years of experience in campus ministry and we are so lucky to welcome him back to Smith, where he served from 2002 to 2010, building community and providing support. With time-sensitive questions, please feel free to email or during work hours, call the CRSL at 413-585-2753 or 2754. If Matilda Cantwell is not available, Kim Alston or Maureen Raucher will make sure she gets the message right away.

Poinsettias at Christmas Vespers

Celebrate the Season

Smith College’s much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. A community-based event, the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers and Vespers Orchestra, the Handbell Choir, a special appearance from the Campus School Chorus, and readings by members of the Smith College senior class, staff, and faculty. 

The event is free and open to the public. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

Watch the Livestream on December 3


Sacred Harp

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 7-10 p.m.

with members of the Smith community and Sacred Harp singers

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Bible Study

Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 7-8 p.m.

Join our Bible study every Thursday where we seek to deepen our knowledge and love for God! Together...

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Soup, Salad and Soul

Friday, December 8, 2023 | 12-1 p.m.

Student led discussion and a vegetarian lunch prepared by student cooks.

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Toward Racial Justice at Smith - A Living Document for Community Comment

In this time of urgent racial crisis, we emerge from ongoing planning into powerful action.

With recommendations from our Toward Racial Justice at Smith plan, Smith College continues its commitment to transparency, to inclusivity and to racial justice at Smith. Informed by student, staff and faculty voices to Inclusion in Action work, as well as student and alumnae/i demands, discussions with the Inclusion Council and Presidents’ Cabinet, the college commits to action.

Learn About Plan Action Items

Contact Center for Religious & Spiritual Life

Helen Hills Hills Chapel
123-125 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Our Staff

Phone: 413-585-2750

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We are open daily to the Smith community from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. for prayer, reflection, conversation, meditation, study and worship.