Eliot House is the home of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Mount Holyoke College. It can be found in the heart of the College's beautiful campus. A center of activity, Eliot House is bursting with students, faculty, and staff who attend the many programs, lunches, workshops, services, feasts, and festivals that are held here.
Eliot House lounge, a large and colorful central living room, is very welcoming and "homey". Flags representing many faith groups hang from the ceiling. Stuffed couches and chairs beckon you to take a seat and relax.
The lounge is in almost constant use. In a typical week, we host Interfaith Lunch, the Jewish Student Union Board Meetings, Jumma Lunch and Muslima Conversation, Puja and Discussion, and special events. Students often drop in to study or socialize on our comfy couches.
In addition to the lounge, Eliot has a main kitchen, a kosher/halal kitchen, the Muslim Prayer Room, the Hindu Prayer Room, and the Wa-Shin-An Japanese teahouse and garden. Eliot House is also home base for the offices of the College Chaplains, Advisors and the Dean of Religious Life.
For many students, Eliot House is a place where they learn more about themselves while discovering a meaningful sense of community. It's also a place where students can take on leadership roles, which range from planning an interfaith event, creating and leading group services, to organizing a dinner celebration.