Statement of Purpose

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Mount Holyoke College exists to foster deep personal and collective spiritual practice that cultivates an inclusive community working towards spiritual depth, moral development, and social justice. We value strong exploration in the multifaith community as well as sustained involvement within individual religious traditions. We seek to offer a model of empathy and respect for diverse religious traditions in a world so often torn by religious conflict. We are committed to creating a safe space for all members of the community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, political or personal identification.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life serves students, staff, faculty, and alumnae in their spiritual and ethical development through learning and practice. We explicitly support the College’s goals of "educating the whole person" and "developing enlightened, compassionate, and committed citizens and leaders" for a global society. We provide individual and community-based spiritual guidance for those seeking direction and/or support during times of need. Our chaplains and religious advisors build sacred community by partnering with students to organize and guide the celebration of religious holidays. We foster student leadership and growth through guided study, educational programming, community service, and activism motivated by religious and spiritual beliefs. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life provides these opportunities through our many active faiths groups, and through our vibrant multifaith community.