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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 concerns of the day, and that he found his perspective on these issues from the Christian scriptures. The “gospel,” or the first four books of the New Testament, speak to the conditions of the oppressed living under Roman rule. The “good news” was that those who were marginalized, discarded, and persecuted were to be lifted up and given full human rights. The spiritual vision of Jesus’s ministry Read more here.
SSW Summer Chaplain
SSW Summer Chaplain Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser offers stress reduction activities to students for healing and self-care. Dubbed Holy Fool Days, events are designed to be fun and light-hearted. Last month Shapiro-Rieser helped SSW organize its 4 th Annual Ice Cream Social where deans and staff served students ice cream sundaes. Read more about Rhonda's work here.
The Power of Activism
Activism is a powerful change agent for communities searching for alternative solutions. CRSL prioritizes social justice in its programming, funding, and partnerships. Whether working with undocumented students on immigration issues or community groups marching to demand sanitary living spaces, CRSL encourages people to defend their rights. Read articles on the CRSL blog about activism including stories on Combatants for Peace, Activism in Religious Spaces and the Poor People’s Campaign
Fall Brings New Horizons
Jill Ker Conway will be honored by Smith College with a public memorial service on Thursday, October 18, 4:00 p.m. in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Read an article on Smith's seventh president, written by CRSL Program Assistant Emmett Wald '15. Conway is remembered as a stalwart defender of women's rights. Read "Grecourt Gate" article on Conway here.
Upcoming Summer Activities
Meditation for Compassion, Love & Kindness
Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. 
Scales Living Room

4th Annual Bubble Day
Tuesday, July 31, 12:20 – 1:30 p.m.
Outside of Seelye Hall 

Ukulele Mastery in Three Minutes - Part 2
Tuesday, August 7, 12:20 – 1:30 p.m.
Outside of Seelye Hall  

Student Partners’ Lunch
Thursday, August 16, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
King/Scales Dining Hall 
Smith College Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton, MA 01063
413-585-2753
413-585-2754