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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

The Center for Religious & Spiritual Lifeis located at 123-125 Elm Street, which is on the corner of Elm Street & Round Hill Road. Please park on the street; if you park in the lot surrounding the Chapel, you will be ticketed by Campus Police until after 5 p.m.

Phone: (413) 585-2750
Fax: (413) 585-2794

Jennifer Walters

Dean of Religious Life

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2753 office Chapel B12

Jennifer L. Walters is Dean of Religious Life, co-director of the Women's Narratives Project at Smith, and interim director of the Center for Community Collaboration. She is also involved in campus and Five College initiatives in promoting wellness, dialogue across differences of social identity, conflict resolution, and integrative learning.

Dean Walters has open office hours from 1 - 3 p.m. on Fridays, and is also available by appointment. Call (413) 585-2753 or email jwalters@smith.edu to make an appointment.

Hayat Nancy Abuza

Multifaith Program Specialist

email E-mail phone (413) 335-6151 office Chapel choir loft level

Hayat Nancy Abuza is a member of the Multifaith Council. She teaches meditation, yoga, and contemplative hiking; leads interfaith retreats for students; and spearheads the Hot Seat Ethics program. She is a Reform Jew who has learned about many faiths. She has studied mysticism, meditation, and spiritual dance with the contemporary Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Khan.

She is an ordained interfaith chaplain and a haiku poet. She received an A.B. from Harvard, her M.D. from Albany Medical College and completed an internship in clinical stress reduction at UMass Medical Center.

Hayat is availble by appointment. Call (413) 335-6151 or email habuza@smith.edu to make an appointment.

Matilda Cantwell

Multifaith Fellow

email E-mail phone (413) 585-4595 office B14

The Multifaith Fellow position is a two year appointment designed to address issues of religious literacy and interfaith cooperation at Smith. Matilda's background is in youth work both in the fields of ministry and social work. Her vocational interests are interfaith dialogue, community organizing, active non-violence, religious pluralism, children's spirituality, and the intersection of faith and psychoanalytic theory. Matilda's poetry has been published in Palimpsest, the Yale University Graduate Journal of Creative Writing; and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing for Rising Generations. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon, an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.

Maureen Raucher

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2754 office Chapel B7

Maureen Raucher has been with the College since 2002 and in the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life since 2004. She earned a B.S. in pre-veterinary and animal science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Maureen has two daughters, Mackenzie and Carlie, and lives with her family in Easthampton. In her free time from her busy life being a mom, you will find her riding her horse, Lyle.

Her responsibilities in the Center include organizing and managing daily operations and producing extra events for the College.

Kim Alston

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2753 office Chapel B6

Kim Alston is passionate about helping others, organizing projects, and troubleshooting issues. She attended Boston University, receiving a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film and is currently pursuing an M.P.A. at Clark University in Worcester.

A mother of four, she enjoys African art, dance, real estate, community service, spirituality, and writing. She coordinates projects and activities in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, along with event planning and program marketing. She is a member of Staff Council, and serves on its Diversity Committee, as well as the President's Diversity Council and the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee.

David Brown


email E-mail phone (413) 585-2750

David Brown is one of the custodians for the Center. He has lived in Northampton for most of his life, and earned an A.A. from Holyoke Community College and a B.A. in education of the deaf from Lenoir Rhyne College. He enjoys hiking, camping, youth work and travel.

"If all else fails, ask Dave."

Anne White

Student Aid Society

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2757 office Chapel choir loft level

Anne White has worked for the Smith Student's Aid Society since 1999. Her passion for stories led her to become a classics major at the University of Massachusetts, with a concentration in myth.

Among her interests, White is a regular moviegoer, an avid reader and enjoys knitting in her spare time. Because of her lifelong interest in nutrition and fitness, she enjoys cooking, daily walks and strength training.

Grant Moss

College Organist

email E-mail phone (413) 585-3167 phone (413) 585-2757

Grant Russell Moss is a Senior Lecturer in music and has served since 1983 as Organist to the College. A Nebraska native, Moss is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and holds the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University. He has appeared as soloist at summer organ festivals in Methuen (MA) and Round Lake (NY), the Great Organ Music at Yale series, and in concerto performances with all of the Five College orchestras as well as the Springfield Symphony and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. As accompanist, he has toured many times with the Smith Chamber Singers. In addition to his duties as teacher of organ, piano and harpsichord, he is conductor of the Smith handbell choir.

Tiertza-Leah Schwartz

Community Service Office Director

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2758 office Wright Hall, lower level

tiertzTiertza-leah Schwartz earned a B.S. from Boston University and has completed graduate course work. As director of voluntary services she works, with community partners, to develop community service projects that are useful and interesting and trains student leaders in community service advocacy.

She currently volunteers as a Fire Fighter and First Responder, a reader in Springfield School’s Read a Loud program, and a member of the Darfur Vigil Group.


Ellen Lord

Community Service Office Administrative Support

email E-mail phone (413) 585-2793 office Wright Hall, lower level

elEllen earned a degree in Art from Western State College of Colorado and has a certificate in Multi Media Computer design from The School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. Recently she moved back from Alaska to the Pioneer Valley. She enjoys the great outdoors, paints and haunts museums in her spare time. Ellen handles all administrative support tasks for the Community Service Office.

For more contact individuals and advisers, please see our Community and Religious Advisers page