Religious Diversity

Rose Levy-Rubinett '12, Cristal Martin '13 and Amna Ilyas '13 engage an interfaith conversation in October of 2011.

Rose Levy-Rubinett ’12, Cristal Martin ’13 and Amna Ilyas ’13 engage an interfaith conversation in October of 2011.

Although founded as a Freewill Baptist seminary, the college today is nonsectarian, and a variety of religious faiths are practiced at Bates.

Promoting an explicitly multireligious orientation and program, The Multifaith Chaplaincy seeks to encourage a climate of genuine religious pluralism at Bates, in which the diversity and differences among students, faculty, and staff are celebrated and fruitfully engaged.

The chaplaincy offers weekly on-campus religious services, arranges celebrations of religious holidays, facilitates interfaith conversation, and organizes other regular offerings and events. The chaplaincy supports practitioners of traditions as ancient as Hinduism and as contemporary as Unitarian Universalism while also prioritizing relating with students who are not interested in institutional religion but nonetheless desire spaces for deep connection, conversation, and reflection.

There are many quiet places on campus for contemplation, worship, and meditation, including the Peter J.Gomes Chapel (a multireligious space), the Buddhist meditation room, Hindu shrine, and Muslim prayer room. There are also many places to worship in Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding towns, providing students with access to religious centers from a wide variety of traditions.