Annual Services

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

Tuesday September 3, 2019 at roughly 12:30 p.m. on the Quad (follows 11:00 a.m. Convocation; rain location Gomes Chapel).

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

Annual Memorial Service and Tree Planting

Back to Bates (Family and Homecoming) Weekend Interfaith Service

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 – 10:00am Gomes Chapel

Held during Parents and Family Weekend, this interfaith service brings together word, song, and ritual from various traditions, as well as a message from a Bates parent. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.

Candles & Carols

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 – 7:00pm, Gomes Chapel

Readings offered by students, faculty and staff within the Bates community. Blessings from Bates Multifaith and Associated Chaplains. Performances from featured student acapella groups, the Bates College Choir, Prof. Amos Libby, and Director/Organist John Corrie

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

Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel

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

All are welcome to this centering service of communal singing, readings from activists, scripture, interfaith engagement, and dance. Rev. Dr. Theresa Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, will be offering a message titled “I will not be silent! I will not rest!”.

The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Theresa served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years. She is a graduate of Howard University and received her Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School. and her Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. Theresa is passionate about the intersections of theology, gender, organizational development, and social justice. She is a challenging preacher, thoughtful theologian and devoted friend who believes that radical joy is resistance.



Alumni Memorial Service

Sunday June 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel

To celebrate, remember, and give thanks for the completed lives of alumni who have died during the year.

If you are attending reunion and would like to be involved with the Alumni Memorial Service, please us at

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.