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

Blessings for these Times

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

Remote offerings amidst COVID-19

RSL Director Harrison Blum is available throughout the summer to offer remote memorial services for Amherst students, faculty, and staff who have lost a loved one and are unable to gather in person to mourn and celebrate that person's life. One on one spiritual counseling, mindfulness coaching, and general support is also available via phone or Zoom. Contact Harrison (hblum@amherst.edu) to learn more about these offerings.

RSL Advisors are also available for one one one remote support through the end of May, and will return to their roles August 15 after a summer break.

If you just need a quiet moment to pause, you might try one of our six guided meditations, each about 10 minutes long. 

Finally, please let us know how we can best serve you in this changing time. We're here for you.


This past March we shifted many of our regular weekly programs to Zoom. The following sessions were available remotely between spring break and the end of classes. We look forward to knowing what fall 2020 will look like, and are committed to continuing to support the religious and spiritual lives of the Amherst community through whatever means are possible.

  • Newman Catholic Student Association, Sundays 5-6pm (Catholic Advisor Tom Lynch: tlynch@amherst.edu)
  • Dinner Church, Mondays 6pm (Protestant Advisor Anna Woofenden: awoofenden@amherst.edu)
  • Mindfulness Group, Tuesdays 5-6pm (Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart: mhart@amherst.edu)
  • Muslim Student Association, Sundays 1-2pm for MSA Virtual Gathering (Muslim Advisor Liza Lozovaya: elozovaya@amherst.edu)
  • Hillel Zoom Shabbat, Fridays 6pm (Jewish Advisor Bruce Bromberg Seltzer: bbsetlzer@amherst.edu)
  • Amherst Christian Fellowship, Prayer Group Wednesdays 6pm, Leadership/Outreach Group Fridays 3pm (InterVarsity Affiliate Nate Ives, nives18@amherst.edu)
  • Listening Circles, Fridays 8-9am and 4-5pm through April 17 (RSL Director Harrison Blum: hblum@amherst.edu)

 

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.


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 of these advisors have office hours (posted on this site) and all are available by appointment. Feel free to contact any of the staff by telephone, email, or in person. We value your comments. 

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.