Category Archives: Programs & Events

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 – that is has touched, or will touch, us all – also presents an incredible opportunity. … Continue reading

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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 is a time when people – all people all over the world – light candles … Continue reading

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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 was known then, was my sociology professor in Afro American Studies, and one of only … Continue reading

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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 was ready. The chairs had been pushed back to the sides of the Helen Hills … Continue reading

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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 climate change and its connection to the work of the CRSL. My friend and colleague … Continue reading

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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 day we began with a worship service in the Christian tradition, and this was followed … Continue reading

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Be-Longing: Interrogating Loneliness with Art, a Week-long Pop-up Installation!

How do you conceptualize loneliness? Is loneliness an environment, an entity, or a fear? For me, it’s all of the above. I fear that if I give energy to trying to understand my loneliness, I legitimize it: give it power. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mollie Rogers: The Special Mass Honoring Smith Alum

The Helen Hills Hills Chapel welcomed Bishop Mitchell Rozanski on Sunday, October 14, 2018. At 4pm, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield celebrated Mass in recognition of Smith alum Mollie Rogers. Mollie, 1905 graduate of Smith College, took the name … Continue reading

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School for Social Work Chaplaincy

At the close of Spring semester, Jewish Student Advisor Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser moves over to the Smith School for Social Work (SSW) to act as their summer chaplain.  The SSW has an intense summer residency program where students do two … Continue reading

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Bodman Lounge Tea Bar up and running!

Students who visit Helen Hills Hills Chapel often may have noticed some changes to the Bodman Lounge in the past year: books moving around, a new houseplant, the piano left to make way for more seating, mugs and glasses migrating … Continue reading

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