Annual Services

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

After Convocation, on the Quad, we remember faculty, staff, and students who have died during the previous year.


Candles & Carols

This beloved annual service includes readings offered by students, faculty and staff , and performances from the student acapella groups, the Bates College Choir, and musicians from the Bates community.


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service

Sunday, January 16th, 2022, Online

An annual service celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is a dynamic service of song, reflection, and dance to stir our spirits and set our intentions for the transformative learning that will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Shively T. J. Smith

The preacher for the service will be Dr. Shively T. J. Smith, a sought-after scholar, teacher, speaker, and preacher of the New Testament and the legacy of Howard Washington Thurman. She serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA). She completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University, having also studied at Fisk University, Oxford University, and Columbia Theological Seminary. She published her book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household with Baylor University Press and her commentary on 2 Peter is forthcoming from SBLPress. She is a 2020-21 Teacher-Scholar of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and a 2021-22 Louisville Institute Scholar of Color Book Grantee.



Alumni Memorial Service

Every year, the Multifaith Chaplaincy collaborates with the Office of Advancement to offer an Alumni Memorial Service during Reunion. We gather in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel to celebrate, remember, and give thanks for the lives of alumni who have died during the year and the friendships formed at Bates that continue to be present in our lives.

The 2021 Alumni Memorial Service took place online, and can be viewed here.


Veterans Day Observance

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe

The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers an annual service of gratitude and reflection on Veteran’s Day. People of any spiritual or secular tradition, veterans, and friends and family of veterans, are welcome to attend the service.