Conversation Opportunities and Vigils

Feeling Weird Back at Bates?

Some study abroad students find the transition back to Bates to be more challenging than anticipated. Many experience the campus culture in a new light and find it hard to fit elements of their new self into the Bates setting. Some individuals have trouble adjusting to the demands of the classroom; for others, it is the social scene. Some students find it helpful to share memories, reflections and feelings, and to learn ways to go forward from one another.
The Multifaith Chaplaincy, with the support of the Office of International Education, organizes opportunities for quiet reflection and conversation about these topics. Be in touch with us if you are interested.

Grief group

Going On Together
“A mosaic is a conversation between what is broken.” -Terry Tempest Williams
Once a year, the Multifaith Chaplaincy facilitates an ongoing conversation among students, faculty, and staff who have lost loved ones to death over the course of the last year or so.

Reading Groups

Occasional dialogues about novels, short stories, nonfiction and particular authors. Our most recent reading group delved into “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.


Gatherings in response to needs, controversial or conflictual campus incidents or national events. Recent vigils have included moments of reflection, candle lighting and silence for the violence in Paris, Beirut and other tragedies as well as collaborative efforts with OutFRONT for Trans Day of Visibility, Trans Awareness week and the June 2016 tragedy in Orlando.