Religious and Spiritual Life

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Religious & Spiritual Life

Religious & Spiritual Life at Wellesley

Education isn’t just an intellectual journey. It’s a spiritual journey, too. Whether you’re deeply rooted in your faith or are looking to explore a new spiritual practice, the Wellesley community is here for you. 

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life supports all spiritual practices on campus. With events and programs, we explore moral, ethical and spiritual issues. There are also student-led groups that explore faith and spirituality. 

Watch for upcoming events on our calendar or visit the Multifaith Center

Explore the Religious & Spiritual Communites 

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Chaplancies

The Wellesley Buddhist Community encourages members to believe in themselves, to experience human nature directly, and just like the Wellseley motto, to be of service.

The Hindu Chaplaincy welcomes everyone and strikes to provide an opportunity to all to deepen their understanding of their inner world through prayer, meditation, reflection, and discussion. 

Hillel provides religious, social, educational, and cultural activities for the Jewish and non-Jewish populations alike. Wellesley students have many distinct ways to explore Jewish heritage, religion, and culture from reading the Megillah on Purim to baking cookies for the homeless. 

The Muslim Chaplaincy at Wellesley College supports Muslim students on campus by providing advising, counseling, and advocacy to Muslim students and alumnae for academic, personal, religious, and cultural issues.

The Protestant Community is a chaplaincy in the Protestant tradition, weaving together the strands of our mainline stories with the style and openness of the emerging church. 

The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy works with Newman Ministry, the Catholic student group, to enrich community life for students on-campus and to offer opportunities to develop a greater understanding of one's faith. 

The Unitarian Universalist Community is an inclusive spiritual community. Our meetings vary each week, but we always light the chalice, share words of inspiration, have a moment of silent meditation, and light candles of joy and concerns. 

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Student Groups

Al-Muslimat is a student-run organization for the Muslim women at Wellesley. Al-Muslimat, which means "The Muslim Women", was established in 1922 and provides Islamic support servives for women from various countries, traditions, and cultures. 

ABSK, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, is a community of Christians committed to fellowship with Jesus Christ and one another. We meet every Thursday for Bible Study, but we also love to cook, take trips, and share our lives together. 

Cru Wellesley is a spiritual community of women who encourage one another to explore who Jesus is and seek His word. We meet in weekly Life groups, hang out on Friday nights with other Boston students at Citywide, make cookies, and go on retreates.

Darshana is Wellesley's Hindu student organization and provides a great sense of community for many Hindu students. We gather weekly for prayer, discussion, and also meet weekly for a study of the Bhagvad Gita, a famous Hindu text. All who are curious about Hinduism are welcome to join. 

Hillel provides religious, social, educational, and cultural activities for the Jewish and non-Jewish populations alike. Wellesley students have many distinct ways to explore Jewish heritage, religion, and culture from reading the Megillah on Purim to baking cookies for the homeless. 

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is a movement of students who offer spaces to authentically explore and encounter Jesus in community. We welcome anyone and everyone - followers, believers, seekers, and cynics - to genuinely explore, engage, and experience Jesus together. 

The Newman Catholic Community seeks to foster an environment that strengthens one's spirituality and understanding of the Roman Catholic Church. We embrace Cardinal Newman's ideology that intellect and spirit go hand in hand.