The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life connects students to a diverse array of religious, cultural, and philosophical communities.
Students from Atheist, Agnostic, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian (Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic), Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Latter Day Saints, Muslim, Native African, Native American, Pagan, Secular, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, Zoroastrian and other religious traditions are encouraged to find a home in one of our seven diverse chaplaincies or in any of our student led organizations.
The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life supports the celebration of these religious traditions and acts as a liaison to local religious leaders and communities. Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life to connect to a particular community or create a new campus organization to nurture their spiritual wellness on campus.
Connections to many local communities of faith can be made through the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. Please call us for a complete listing.
Buddhist students from various traditions have opportunities to gather at Wellesley for meditation, practice and discussion. On weekdays there are programs of Zen Meditation and practice and Tibetan Buddhist meditation and practice. Buddhist students of all traditions are welcome to attend these programs and other opportunities offered throughout the year.
The Hindu Student Association at Wellesley gathers for prayer, study and friendship at Wellesley. A campus-wide Diwali celebration is an annual event. Students also travel to nearby temples and colleges for other activities.
Jewish students, faculty and staff will find a varied program of cultural, spiritual, educational and religious activities including weekly Shabbat services, High Holiday services, and study/discussion groups. The Hillel lounge is located in Billings Hall in the Schneider Student Center and is used for worship and other gatherings. A Kosher kitchen is also available for use in Billings. Kosher meal options are available and Pomeroy dining hall serves Kosher/vegetarian food at all meals.
Opportunities for Muslim students, faculty and staff have greatly increased at Wellesley. Wellesley has an official advisor to Muslim students who is a part of the religious life team. In addition, the Prayer Room, located on the lower level of Houghton Chapel, is open for Muslim study and prayer. The chaplain also facilitates coordination with the Islamic Center of Wayland and other area Mosques.
The Protestant Chaplaincy at Wellesley College gathers Sunday evenings in the Multifaith Center. Responding to the needs of the great diversity of Protestant students at Wellesley, the Protestant Chaplaincy offers a variety of educational, social and spiritual activities throughout the year. The Protestant Chaplain is the pastor to all Protestant Christians at Wellesley.
Catholic students, faculty and staff are welcome to gather together to celebrate, pray and enjoy community through a variety of educational, social and spiritual activities on campus. We enjoy a close relationship with our neighboring parish, St. Paul's which is but a short walk from campus.
The Unitarian Universalist Chaplaincy offers opportunities for worship, education and friendship through a variety of on-campus and off-campus activities. Activities are coordinated by the chaplain and student leaders.
Contact: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life | Billings Hall | firstname.lastname@example.org | 781-283-2685