Social Justice Opportunities

The Multifaith Chaplaincy works with the Bates community and other campus groups to facilitate social justice opportunities in response to determined needs, controversial or conflictual campus incidents, or national events. Recent examples have included:

  • An alternative spring break to Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Public conversations around matters such as classism in the academy and transgender issues
  • An on campus retreat for administrative assistants at Bates on the issue of marginalization
  • Fundraising and a vigil for the January 2010 Haiti earthquake
  • Conversation opportunities around a campus homophobic incident
  • A vigil for the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq  war
  • A vigil, conversation, and artistic presentation surrounding the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

At the annual Martin  Luther King, Jr. service, organizers plan a project to invite attendees’ participation; in 2010, attendees wrote letters to state politicians encouraging them not to cut health care funding for those most in need.