So Many Ways to Connect!

To find out more about these opportunities, join the Multifaith Google group!


Hearth is is a gathering for dinner and conversation in the home of Brittany Longsdorf, our Multifaith Chaplain. We meet every other Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with one or two prepared queries that the Chaplains and the Fellows craft together in order to spark conversation. The conversation happens in small groups that are facilitated by students who open, lightly guide, and close when an hour has passed. The queries themselves are not limited to religious or spiritual topics and generally lead to bigger discussions which we welcome wholeheartedly!

Every other Thursday at 6:00 pm at Brittany Longsdorf’s home.


Pause is a reflective secular service of music, poetry, silence, dance and art.

Every Wednesday at 9:00 pm in the Muskie Archives.


Telescope is a new group for soul-searching discussion of individual and communal identities. It’s a place to look deeper into yourself and find meaningful connection in the Bates community. Telescope offers small and intimate groups of 10-15 people who come together over cookies and tea twice a month in a cozy and welcoming space in the Multifaith Chaplaincy. The conversations and activities are student designed and led. Step outside the hustle and bustle of everyday Bobcat life and take a deeper look to see what you can find.

If you are interested, you can sign up for a group that will be forming at the beginning of the semester.

Multifaith Banquet

Wednesday, November 13th, 6:30 pm, Memorial Commons in Chase Hall

An annual festive dinner in celebration of the religious and spiritual diversity of Bates College. Students share stories about a moment or experience that was informed by religious heritage or that informed a spiritual search. Their stories are accompanied by musical offerings and blessings from our Associated Chaplains.


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.

Free Press

Guided by the conviction that art can be an important practice that sustains action for social change, the Stringfellow program organizes an afternoon of social justice block printing each semester. Carving parties are organized ahead of the event to create more options for printing on paper or fabric.