Author Archives: Lizzie Stephani

Restore and Revive:
Great Awakening History in Northampton

A few Smithies, along with church leaders from all across New England, attended the Restore and Revive convocation, September 29 – October 2, which was the tail end event to a larger 10-day prayer conference. Restore and Revive was held … Continue reading

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Spirituali-Tea

Kicking off Family Weekend, the CRSL hosted a tea on Friday October 13th 2:30-4pm for contemplative practice, as well as to welcome questions from students and parents about CRSL. Director Matilda Cantwell opened the program by lighting three candles in … Continue reading

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Apple picking with Mercy House

Community members of the Pioneer Valley and students from the five colleges gathered for a Mercy House church-wide event on Saturday, September 23. Over 50 people showed up to Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton to apple pick, take pictures, and … Continue reading

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Reflections from Greece: Sitting in the Dirt

This piece is part of a series highlighting a student’s spiritual experiences while studying abroad. This is part two, read part one – Reflections from Greece: The Light in Moria. On the day of my first shift volunteering in Moria, I … Continue reading

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Vigil for Natural Disasters and Climate Change

On Tuesday, September 26, students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on Chapin Lawn to stand in solidarity with those affected by recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominica, Texas, Florida, and many other places. We also wanted … Continue reading

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Reflections from Greece: The Light in Moria

This piece is part of a series highlighting a student’s spiritual experiences while studying abroad. In late May 2017, I spent eight days volunteering with EuroRelief in the refugee camp Moria, located in Lesvos, Greece. I’d been in Geneva, on … Continue reading

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Spiritual Life Fair

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life organized a fair to help orient students and community members to what kinds of resources are available for religious community, spiritual exploration, interfaith interaction, and related activities at Smith. All were welcome to … Continue reading

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London Launch:
Giving Students Vision Abroad

The Smith Christian Fellowship (SCF) is organized through a larger organization called Intervarsity, a Christian campus ministry with the vision “to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.” For students who are abroad, Intervarsity coordinates weekend … Continue reading

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Camino Pilgrimage:
Walking in Faith

This past summer, I set out on a pilgrimage across Spain with my friend Chelsea.  We walked along the El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” a total of nearly 500 miles. We walked over mountains, … Continue reading

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Contemplative Practice:
Support in Staying Grounded

Among the central priorities of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) is to encourage contemplative practice and mindfulness. A number of events sponsored and supported by the CRSL affirm contemplative practice including Pet-a-Pet day, Mindful Mondays, and the … Continue reading

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