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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
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Phone: 413-585-2750
Fax: 413-585-2794

The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life (CRSL) is located at 123-125 Elm Street, on the corner of Elm Street and Round Hill Road.

Matilda Cantwell

Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain

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Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell is the director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and College Chaplain. She served as the senior fellow for interfaith initiatives for three years, working with CRSL to promote its theme of Justice, Identity, and Social Change, collaborating with others to undergird and rejuvenate social justice work with contemplative and reflective practices. She works closely with various religious and non-religious student organizations on campus, faculty, staff, and community partners; and especially enjoys both her collective and one-on-one conversations with students. Matilda holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Lewis and Clark College, a master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School.

Maureen Raucher

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

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Maureen is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She has worked at Smith since 2002 and now advises student religious organizations on funding, event planning, and logistics. Maureen supervises and manages our programs and events, acting as the building liaison with students groups, college departments, and public program planners. She supports the director, the Steinem Initiative, and Smith's community religious advisors. Maureen has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Kim Alston

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

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Kim Alston is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She is responsible for coordinating programs, events and activities for the center and supporting student organizations, faculty, staff, the Steinem initiative, community groups and religious advisors in collaborative partnerships. She focuses on logistics, project management, event planning and marketing. Prior to coming to Smith, Kim worked as a newspaper journalist, public affairs manager and non-profit administrator. She attended Boston University and received her master of public administration degree from Clark University. She is member of the College's Inclusion Council, Climate Study Working Group, and served last year as co-chair of the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee.

Anne White

Student Aid Society

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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

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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.

Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser

Spiritual Advisor

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Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser has been part of the Center for Religious and Spiritual life since 2010. Rhonda is available for interfaith pastoral counseling and assists in community advisor programming and coordination. Rhonda received a bachelor of science degree in Special Education from Indiana University, a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, and a doctor of ministry in spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In 2000, she completed the first Mindfulness Leadership Training Program offered at Elat Chaim under Dharma teacher Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. Rhonda worked as a teacher in the Cincinnati public schools, is a published novelist, and has a therapy practice in Northampton. She received ordination as a rabbi in 2015 and serves as the Jewish adviser to the Smith College Jewish Community.

Emmett Wald

Program Assistant

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Emmett Wald '15 is a program assistant for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. During eir time as a student at Smith, Emmett was involved in several interfaith programs conducted by the Center; the weekly Soup, Salad & Soul (SSS) lunch discussion was a cornerstone of eir undergraduate experience. Ey joined the staff in August 2016, and currently helps coordinate SSS, provides support to the Steinem Initiative, and picks up various other tasks as called for. Emmett graduated from Smith in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics.