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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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Religion and Politics:
The intersections of our spiritual and moral lives

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King used to say he preached with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I understand this to mean that his words were always inextricably linked with the moral and ethical … Continue reading

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In Memoriam:
The Inauguration of Jill Ker Conway

Jill Ker Conway, the seventh president of Smith College, died a few weeks ago on 1 June 2018. She has been fondly remembered by many others, and I will not attempt to offer an additional obituary or recollection of her … 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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DACA Discourse and Action Panel highlights student voices

Many students, some Smithies included, have found themselves in the midst of political upheaval since President Trump’s move to rescind DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects eligible youth from deportation. The administrative program implemented in 2012 by … Continue reading

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Teach-In on Gun Violence

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life co-sponsored School Violence Prevention Teaching and Learning Day on Thursday, an initiative led by President Kathleen McCartney. President McCartney opened the central event of the day, a discussion panel, after recognizing that mass … 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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Sacred Space and Beloved Community

The Yoga aphorisms of Patanjali from the third century state “what we truly worship we make sacred.” This philosophy rings very true for me. I believe it applies to “worship” in the broadest sense: quiet, alert walks in the woods; … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the 2016 Election

The results of the 2016 elections have come as a shock to many Smith students and members of the greater Northampton community. I’ve felt weight of the worry, fear, and confusion as I walk to class with my fellow students. … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter:
A Global Decentralized Movement

The Meridians, a feminist and interdisciplinary journal, hosted a dialogue Friday, October 14 on the Black Lives Matter Movement in John M. Greene Hall as the keynote event of the symposium “When and Where I Enter.” The event was co-sponsored … Continue reading

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