Category Archives: Student Reflections

Combatants for Peace:
ex-combatants lay down arms to seek peace

Two representatives from the bi-national grassroots organization Combatants for Peace (CFP) joined Smithies for a Peace Meal earlier this week. One representative was Palestinian; the other, Israeli. CFP was formed in 2006 when combatants on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict … Continue reading

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Activism in religious spaces:
Smithies pushing for peace at the J Street Conference

A handful of Smithies traveled to our nation’s Capitol last weekend to join 1,200 students at the national J-Street conference, which coincided with the organization’s 10th anniversary. J-Street is a national political movement that advocates for a peaceful, two-state resolution to … Continue reading

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Women’s Activism on the Religious Right

Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit, Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, presented a chapter summary and lecture drawn from her 2015 book “Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right.” Dr. Shitrit travelled throughout … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Reverend Dr. King:
Where Do We Go From Here?

Twenty-two-year-old Stephon Clark was fatally shot by Sacramento Police in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. If there is a vigil to be held in writing, let us do so now. The Center for Religious and Spiritual life held … Continue reading

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Alden Baptist Church visits Smith College for Black History Month service

“Beautiful are the WORKS of God! Beautiful also are the SKINS of my people!” —excerpt from the Alden Baptist Church’s Black History Month Call to Worship The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life embarked on the beginning of a sacred … Continue reading

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Walking About Smith As Us:
Muslim Students’ Perspectives

First-year student Yacine Fall wrote the following paper for her English 118 course, “Youth Activism”; the assignment is to write a photojournalist essay on the life of a Smith student. She chose to look at what it is like to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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