Religion & Spirituality

Break Out Trips

In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region.  A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.

CLiA Community Outreach Summer Fellowship

This paid summer program trains a small team of Williams students to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  The selected rising Sophomores and Juniors are initially oriented to the Berkshires and trained in key skill areas before spending the balance of their time immersed and leading others in community engagement work.  This 8-week, 35-hour/week position reports to the CLiA Director.

Additional Information & Application:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/community-outreach-summer-fellowship

 

Gospel Choir

Student Leaders: Christie Yang (cy5) & Kaylen Smith (kds6)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Bilal Ansari

The Williams College Gospel Choir is a Christian-based, student-led group that worships God through song and prayer. We invite people of all faiths to come and worship with us as we sing and pray to God. In addition to other performances and a biennial community service trip during spring break, we hold one main concert each semester hoping that through our worship, the students on this campus may know about the love of God and build community.

Great Ideas Committee

Student Leaders: Luke Baumann ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: College Council Suite, time according to members’ schedule

The Great Ideas Committee solicits ideas from the community to improve student life at Williams. These ideas can be conveniences (such as installing water fountains or buying chargers for the library), policy changes, improved communication systems, or anything else, though the scope of the projects is generally smaller than the larger policy questions debated by College Council or faculty committees. We draw from the CC Projects fund.

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Healing Hands

Student Leaders: Taylor Jackvony ([email protected]), Kevin Mercadante ([email protected]), Jesse Rodriguez ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Fr. Gary Caster ([email protected])
Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday evenings, Griffin 3

We founded our group last fall as a means of fostering an active pre-medical community on campus. Our goal is to engage in local service projects aimed at understanding and assisting health care concerns in Berkshire County. Last year, our group hosted a community event in which doctors, nurses, and patients from North Adams Regional Hospital as well as Williams professors and other community members spoke to the Williams community about the impact that the closing of the hospital had on the area and about what Williams student and faculty could do to assist in re-establishing services at the hospital. We also hosted local doctors and alums to speak to pre-medical students on campus about their professions and about the many complexities of patient care. Next year, we hope to continue to host doctors in these informal Q&A sessions and to volunteer at a local free medical clinic.

InterFaith

Student Leaders: Giovanni DiRusso
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Seth Wax
Meeting Time/Place: Once a week 5:30-6:30 PM, Mission Dining Hall

InterFaith serves as a discussion group and mediating body for individuals and groups of various faith backgrounds and life philosophies on campus. We aim to provide a safe and intellectually engaging space for people of different worldviews to come together to discuss themes they may encounter form their different backgrounds. We also offer resources on and access to various forms of faith-based and faith-related community service and activism. Finally, we plan to collaborate with the Chaplain’s Office to facilitate discussion between various other groups of faith on campus.

Meals on Wheels

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest membership organization supporting the national network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The tireless work of these programs – supported by a dedicated army of 2 million volunteers – delivers a nutritious meal, a warm smile and a safety check that helps keep 2.5 million seniors healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes each year.

In Williamstown, local churches in walking distance from Williams College organize the collection of baked goods and food preparation.  Meals are prepared on Saturday mornings and delivered on Sundays.  The Methodist and Baptist churches alternate meal duties on the first Sunday of the month, St. Patrick’s on the second, St. John’s on the third, and the First Congregational Church is responsible for the 4th Sunday.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/meals-on-wheels/

Muslim Student Union

Student Leaders: Mohammad Faizaan (mzf1) & Shizah Kashif (sk26)
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Aseel Abulhab

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) is a student-led organization that serves both the Muslim community on campus and those interested in learning about Islam. We seek to foster a welcoming environment based on faith and friendship open to all who identify as Muslim or with the Muslim community regardless of personal belief or degree of practice. Our top priority is to ensure that all have a home at Williams, whether that be with us in the Muslim Common Room, or out and about on campus. The MSU is a group in motion, with tons of activities and services you can be a part of. These include our weekly Friday prayers, social outings/gatherings, volunteer service opportunities, interfaith dialogues, religious and spiritual talks, cultural events, trips to mosques, and any kind of emotional, social, and academic assistance we can offer -especially in this new environment.

Williams College Jewish Association

Student Leaders: Melvin Lewis (mcl3) & Noah Jacobson (nrj1)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Aseel Abulhab

The mission of the Williams College Jewish Association is to provide support for the religious and cultural Jewish community on campus; to provide the resources essential for each Jewish student to practice their religion in the way they desire; to provide a diverse and vibrant social scene for Jewish students and their friends; to practice Tzedakah, the Jewish obligation to advocate for and support charitable and righteous causes; to provide an opportunity for students of all faith traditions to be a part of Jewish culture on campus; and to be guided by the principles and values of Judaism.

Williams Secular Community

Student Leaders: Coly Elhai ([email protected])
Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Adams
Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 6 PM, Paresky

The purpose of the group is to build an inclusive community of agnostics, atheists, and all skeptics to socialize and connect in a variety of ways. We also aim to create a safe, non-religious space for anyone to engage in fulfilling discussions of their personal lives, current events, religion, life philosophy, or anything else. We do this through regular dinners and discussions that are open to everyone.