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Statement on Sri Lanka from Religious and Spiritual Life

Dear Students, Once again we are writing our horror, grief, and outrage about yet another massacre at a place where people were practicing their faith, this time on Easter, the highest of Holy Days for Christians. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/21/outpouring-sorrow-after-more-200-killed-easter-sunday-bombings-sri-lanka While the Christian … Continue reading

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Do We Need Religious Community?

Religion graces us with the tools to grapple with grief, loss, death, love, and connectedness. Religion is service: to oneself, to others, to duty. Religion is the recognition of a Universal network of love and justice. For some, religious community … 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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A Message from the Director

Dear Friends, Now more than ever, even in secular New England at Smith College, religion matters. Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, says that the question of how people orient around religion or interact with one another, whether that … Continue reading

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Nurturing Students with Secular Spiritual Programming

Here at the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, we think it’s important to offer programming for students who are atheist or nonreligious. That may sound counterintuitive, but in fact it’s a vital part of what we do. When asked … Continue reading

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Reflections of the Sacred:
Interfaith Lunch

“United we stand, divided we fall” Students gathered together Tuesday afternoon over a delicious meal of soup and salad at the Interfaith Lunch. Center for Religious & Spiritual Life Director Matilda Rose Cantwell facilitated a meeting that aligned with the spirit … Continue reading

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Conveying True Welcome

In these times of discrimination against immigrants, people of color, those seeking refuge, and so many other groups, in addition to a rash of gun violence and natural disasters which have displaced and traumatized whole communities this fall, it is … Continue reading

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Welcome Across Faiths

What does it mean to really welcome somebody? Not just to say, “you are welcome here,” but to truly make a space feel welcoming and inviting to someone? We’ve chosen “welcome” as our theme at CRSL for the year, and … Continue reading

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Rituals and Transitions:
Spring at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Our website highlights several recent perspectives on the season and how the holidays in different religious traditions incorporate spring. I have always found it to be so profound how the religious traditions; celebrating their own stories and events; are so … Continue reading

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New Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and College Chaplain

The Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell has assumed the position of Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain at Smith College. She served as the interim director at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for the last year … Continue reading

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