So Many Ways to Connect!

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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

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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.

Multifaith Banquet

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Thank you for registering for the 2020 Multifaith Banquet!

We will send you a Google calendar invitation and a Zoom link within a few days of the event.

Because this year’s theme is “Treasures, Trinkets, and Tales,” we invite you to have a small object on hand that feels special to you while you watch. You will have the opportunity to share a story about this object with a small group of fellow attendees in a Zoom break-out room midway through the Banquet.

We welcome you to bring food, family, or friends along with you while you watch!


Social Justice Printmaking in Chase Hall LoungeSOCIAL JUSTICE PRINTMAKING @ FREE PRESS BATESMake art with us! About social justice issues! For FREE!What? Free Press BatesWhere? Chase LoungeWhen? Drop in between 12 PM and 4 PMDianna Georges '22 of Clifton, N.J.Printmaking at Free Press involves rolling ink out onto stamps carved by a variety of talented Bates artists and using those stamps to make designs on the canvas of your choice. We’ll provide posters and canvas tote bags to print on, you bring whatever else is in need of artistic embellishment (t-shirts? jean jackets? your roommate’s bedspread?). No prior art experience or skill is necessary—we’ll have artists there to guide you through the printmaking process.We look forward to seeing you soon!Warmly,The Multifaith Chaplaincy & Bates Arts SocietyFor More InformationEmma Soler (Multifaith Chaplaincy, Bates Arts Society)esoler@bates.eduFree Press BatesChase Hall 111 - Chase LoungeToday — 12:00pm (until 4:00pm

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!