Religious & Spiritual Life

Religious & Spiritual Life — Faith

Religious services, learning, community and mentorship

Religious & Spiritual Life — Spirituality

Practices and experiences to nurture your own sense of wholeness and integration

Religious & Spiritual Life — Meaning

Personal worldviews that incorporate your values and beliefs

Religious & Spiritual Life — Action

Moving from conviction to action for a better world

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) helps students to live their faith, explore spiritual practices, and make meaning within themselves and the world. We strive to meet each student where they are—whether continuing within a religious or humanist tradition, seeking among them, or exploring outside of them. We work to support personal wholeness, interfaith understanding, and collective wellbeing.

For programming info, including our October 11 Bi-Semester Service featuring Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, please refer to our RSL calendar.


Remote offerings amidst Covid-19

RSL programs will largely occur remotely in the fall of 2020, continuing the shift we initiated in March of 2020. One on one spiritual counseling, mindfulness coaching, and general support is available via phone or Zoom. Some limited events and one on one spiritual counseling will occur in person on campus. Contact RSL Director Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu) to learn more about these offerings, or one of our RSL Advisors

Please always let us know how we can best serve you in these different times. We're here for you.


Here's a snapshot of regular programs for fall 2020. Visit our Student Organizations page to learn more about any group, and email the group Advisor for any Zoom links or more info.

  • Amherst Buddhist Group, Guided Meditation and Discussion on Tuesdays 5-6pm over Zoom (Interim Buddhist Advisor: Harrison Blum)
  • Dinner Church, Mondays 7-8pm over Zoom (Protestant Advisor: Rev. Anna Woofenden)
  • Hillel Zoom Shabbat, Fridays 6pm, High Holiday plans forthcoming (Jewish Advisor: Bruce Bromberg Seltzer)
  • Newman Catholic Student Association Communion and Prayer Service on campus 12pm Sundays, remote offerings forthcoming (Catholic Advisor: Deacon Tom Lynch)
  • Muslim Student Association Weekly Gatherings Sundays 1-2pm on  Zoom, Spiritual Reflections and Discussion Thursdays 7-8pm on Zoom (Muslim Advisors: Liza Lozovaya and Mohammed Abdelaal)

Useful Links

Office Hours


Cadigan Center Our Religious and Spiritual Advisors look forward to meeting you and are available for individual counsel and advice. Most have office hours (posted on this site) and all are available by appointment. All Advisors are offering remote one on one sessions, and some are offering outdoor sessions on campus.

Our offices are located in The Cadigan Center for Religious Life at 38 Woodside Avenue (south of Newport House and behind the President's House). Visit our campus map to see where the Cadigan Center is in relation to the rest of campus. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the building is closed until further notice. Look for us on the first year quad under our pop-up tent some mornings and afternoons.

Blessings for these Times

An interfaith message for the Amherst College community from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life