Office of Religious & Spiritual Life Upcoming Events

All are welcome—students, staff, faculty—to all of our events.

Special Events

August 31
1:30 pm  A Spiritual Gathering of Welcome
Abbey Memorial Chapel, Gateway Road

2:30 pm A Welcoming Reception
A Welcoming Reception for all. 
Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life chaplains, advisors, and staff in a lively, interactive introduction to one another and our offerings for questioners, seekers, and people of various religious traditions or none.  Eliot House Lounge, Gateway Road.

Wednesday, September 3
12:00 pm  Meet and Greet with the Religious & Spiritual Life Staff at the tent on Skinner Green
Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life chaplains, advisors, and staff in a lively, interactive introduction to one another and our offerings for questioners, seekers, and people of various religious traditions or none.
Skinner Green Tent, (Rain Location, Blanchard Rm 108).

Sunday, September 7

4:00 pm Newman Association’s Welcome Barbecue
Come open the academic year with Sr. Annette McDermott and the Catholic Community.  Learn about the programs they sponsor and all the fund things they do.  Eliot House Lounge and Patio, Gateway Road, 2nd floor.

Wednesday, September 10

12 pm First Interfaith Lunch of the Semester

Everyone is welcome.  Please join the Interim Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life, Annette McDermott and our Chaplains and Advisors for an experience of good eating, thoughtful reflection, and wonderful community.  Each week we discuss a different topic regarding religion, spirituality and your life.  Vegan and vegetarian friendly lunch with cheese, peanut butter and crackers too.  Eliot House Lounge, Gateway Road.

Friday, September 12

5:00 pm JSU Community Shabbat

Join Amelia Ender, Jewish Chaplain and our Jewish students for the first Community Shabbat of the academic year.   Eliot House Lounge, Gateway Road. 

Sunday, September 14

1:00 pm JSU Welcome Bagels and Lox Brunch
Join Amelia Ender and the JSU students for a welcome brunch.  Learn about what they have planned for the year, where the Sukkot is placed and how Passover is celebrated at MHC and more.  Eliot House Lounge, Gateway Road, 2nd floor.

Wednesday, September 24

5:30 pm Rosh Hashana Prayer Service
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, Gateway Road

7:00 pm Rosh Hashana Dinner
Eliot House Lounge, Gateway Road, 2nd floor.

Friday, October 3

6:00 pm Yom Kippur Service
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, Gateway Road

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events in Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.