Category Archives: History

The Sanctuary Movement: A Brief History

As a religious concept, “sanctuary” is connected to a sense of holiness and means to be “set apart.” The word sanctuary, when used in the context of political movements, has come to also mean places of physical safety, as in … Continue reading

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Exploring the Different Sects of Christianity

The history of the Christian church spans over 2000 years and encompasses some splits that have developed into different sects over time. Carol Zaleski, a professor in the religion department, specializes in the philosophy of religion, world religions and Christian … Continue reading

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History of the Chapel and CRSL

“Religion helps us to find the meaning of life. It speaks to the dignity of the individual. It proclaims the undeveloped potential that is in us. It bids us take courage and move forward with confidence.” – Helen Hills Hills … Continue reading

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White paper: A new model of spiritual and religious life at Smith College

Financial pressures and the rising costs of higher education require that Smith College to make structural changes in student programming to reduce costs. Last Spring the Board of Trustees approved reductions in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life resulting … Continue reading

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