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Welcome to the blog of the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life (CRSL) at Smith College. Here you’ll find newsletter articles, updates from student orgs, op-eds about topics related to religion and spirituality, and more. You can view recent newsletters using the menu bar above, use the right sidebar to browse articles by categories or tags, or scroll down to see some recent posts. To learn more about the CRSL, visit our website.

Recent Posts

Uncertainty

There is a Jewish holiday dedicated to uncertainty. Its very name, Purim, means “dice.” During the holiday, the community reads the Book of Esther, a ...
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Our Year on Climate Change: Overcoming the Stagnation of Fear

The climate crisis is a crisis for all of us. The massiveness of its scope can be frightening, even paralyzing.  The completeness of it - ...
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Smith College Vespers Scriptural Readings, Poems, and Prayers

Smith College Christmas Vespers  December 8, 2019  WELCOME Advent is the season when the revolution of people aligns with the revolution of the earth. Advent ...
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Otelia Cromwell Day 2019

Tribute to Adelaide Cromwell '40 I met Dr. Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell in the mid 1980’s as a student at Boston University. Professor Gulliver, as she ...
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Darkness and Light

There are verses in psalm 139 that I have used (to mix my spiritual metaphors) like a Zen Koan. “If I were to say that ...
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Best Day Ever! Building Interfaith Community One Party at a Time!

This article represents reflections from Maeve Orlowski-Scherer ‘21, a student intern and leader in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. By 5:30 p.m., everything ...
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Our Year on Climate Change: Expanding the Golden Rule

CRSL is part of Smith's college-wide initiative on climate change. Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell discusses the impact of ...
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Doing Things That Change You: Action to Reflection at the CRSL

This summer I had the privilege of participating in the leadership of a conference entitled The Body, A Vehicle for Justice, Advocacy, and Change. https://starisland.org/program/star-gathering-2-family-conference-the-body/. Each ...
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