So Many Ways to Connect!
The multifaith community is a group of inquisitive people who share and explore identities, perspectives, convictions and practices. We welcome all people – religious, non-religious, spiritual, non-theistic, or whatever identifier works best for you. If you’d like a few moments to connect, share, and reflect, check out these ongoing opportunities.
To find out more about these opportunities, join the Multifaith Google group!
Pause is a reflective secular service of music, poetry, silence, dance and art. It is a perfect break for quiet reflection and meditation.
Every other Wednesday from 9:00 to 9:30 pm in the Gomes Chapel
Deepen your awareness of your self, your relationships with others, and your spiritual practice in a group with the Multifaith Chaplaincy
At Bates, you are surrounded by people from every corner of the country and many parts of the world. They bring unique stories and experiences, but most are pondering the same questions: Who am I? Whose am I? Who do I want to become? Venture out, meet some new people, and get to know them on a deeper level by talking about the important questions that rarely come up as you rush through your day. Try out one of the groups of the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
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Telescope is a cozy space for people looking to delve deeper into their identities and themselves. It is a group that meets four to six times a semester to explore personal and communal identities. In this group you’ll talk about who you are, what you bring with you, where you turn for insight, what you cherish, and what you hope for yourself and others. The meetings are student-led, more fun than serious, and often engage your artistic side.
“My favorite part [of Telescope] is learning from others and seeing how much I have in common with people I would never think I would get to know.”
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Touchstones is an opportunity to engage in inner work to gain perspective and draw upon what gives you strength. It is a group for exploring spiritual practices and crafting a reflective life that is open, engaged, and life-giving. It is ideal for people who have completed Telescope and want to continue exploring the connections between the inner life and outer life. It is led by the Multifaith Chaplains, Brittany Longsdorf and Raymond Clothier.
Horizons is a group for people who are integrating new experiences into their daily lives at Bates. It offers a time to step back, reflect on what you have experienced, and be attentive to your own transformation. It is about looking back to see a way forward. It is led by students who have studied internationally.
Being & Becoming
Being & Becoming is a judgment free group of fellow Seniors who will help you ponder the pressing questions about who you are and what you need to continue growing after Bates. It meets in Winter semester or short-term and is led by the Multifaith Chaplains, Brittany Longsdorf and Raymond Clothier.
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Arts & Spirituality
Arts and Spirituality is a branch of the Bates Multifaith Chaplaincy that explores the ways in which art-making and aesthetic experiences connect us with the Sacred, open us up to deeper inner wisdom, and connect us across differences. Recently our Arts and Spirituality fellows have offered artistic programs with haiku writing, watercolor painting, dance, movement meditation, coloring, and creative writing. In these programs no artistic skill is necessary; art as spiritual practice is focused on process (not product) and paying attention to reflective inner-stirrings and a sense of presence.
Multifaith Banquet is an annual celebration of the diversity of worldviews at Bates. It is usually a lovely banquet in Memorial Commons, but the 2020 version was an online feast of personal storytelling that you can check out whenever you wish!
Bates is blessed to claim among its alums William Stringfellow of the class of 1949. Throughout his life, he fought for justice and freedom in the face of what he saw as “spiritual forces of death” that diminished and dehumanized through the means of economic, military, and political power. The Stringfellow program seeks to keep his legacy alive at Bates through creative programs that support social activists and help them learn how to sustain their vital work for years to come.
Hearth is traditionally a gathering for dinner and conversation in the home of Brittany Longsdorf, the Multifaith Chaplain. In the Spring of 2020, it was held by Zoom and it will occasionally be held in this format in Fall 2020. Hearth happens in small groups that are facilitated by students who open, pose queries, lightly guide, and close when an hour has passed. The queries (chosen by Multifaith Fellows) are not limited to religious or spiritual topics and generally lead to bigger discussions which we welcome wholeheartedly!