How Can I Connect?

Welcome to Bates! Whether you are finding your way in a new place or viewing a familiar campus from a new perspective, it helps to know that there are spaces where you can be open about matters of deep importance and connect with people who care.

If you are willing to wade in, here are are some entry points:



First HEARTH Dinner, Thursday, September 13th, 6:00 p.m., 32 Ware Street


HEARTH is a warm and safe space for conversation. Over dinner (usually Thai food) we pose a query that challenges you to think deeply, listen intently, and share honestly. Here’s an example of one query:  What did you bring with you and what are you leaving behind?


First {Pause}, Wednesday, September 12th, 9:00 p.m., The Gomes Chapel


Amid all the activity swirling around you, take some time to {pause} and center yourself with a half hour of silence, music, and poetry.

Thursday, September 20th, 6:00pm

KeenanwierdFeeling Weird Back at Bates?

If you’ve been away from the normal Bates routine for any reason (study abroad, semester-long internships, taking time off) you understand that the transition back can feel…challenging, isolating, weird…something just isn’t the same.

Join us at 32 Ware St. for a homemade dinner and student-led reflection on transitioning back to Bates.


Other Ongoing Opportunities:

Creative Spirituality

Food for the Soul

Interfaith Engagement

Multifaith Banquet

Stringfellow Program

Study Retreat

Student Religious Organizations


If you are looking for people who share a common heritage or identity, or if you’d like to explore spiritual practices, there are plenty of opportunities with a variety of student religious organizations.