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Spiritual Life Programs

Campus Programs

Art and Soul

Express yourself with hands-on art projects infused with Soul! Explore themes such as Mandalas, Let Peace Begin with Me, Got Gratitude?, and Love Your Neighbor. Have fun with painting, weaving, paper crafting, sewing, and more! 

 

         

Study Retreats

"We're Better Together" Interfaith Engagement

Student Interfaith Council

Bentley Service-Learning Center Partnership

We partner with the Bentley Service-Learning Center to provide information on the spiritual component of service. Student project managers and staff are encouraged to be mindful of the spiritual questions that often arise during community service and recommend referrals to Spiritual Life should it be appropriate. Opportunities for post-graduate, faith-based community service organizations also can be explored. 

Annual Baccalaureate Ceremony

The Baccalaureate service celebrates the graduating class through reflections from nominated speakers and performers, sacred text highlights, and lots of Bentley spirit. We are honored to partner with the Class Cabinet to design this hallmark celebration.

 

Faith-Based Programs

Buddhist

Many students find focus and peace through mindfulness and meditation practices. Our Buddhist Coordinator supports community on campus through:

  • Weekly Sitting Meditation, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm in the Sacred Space
  • Books and articles in the Sacred Space
  • Dharma talks (discussions of Buddhist ideas)
  • Buddhist Practice Coordinator's Mindfulness practices
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Trips to Boston-area Buddhist activities

Catholic

Our vibrant community is supported by our Catholic Chaplain and visiting Priests from the Archdiocese of Boston.  We provide you with opportunities to socialize and enrich your faith through:

  • Mass on Sundays at 7:00 pm in the Sacred Space
  • Celebration of the sacraments and Adoration
  • Prayer retreats, on and off campus
  • Charitable projects, food and clothing collections and outreach
  • Workshops and guest speakers
  • Pastoral care 
  • Catholic Campus Connection (soon to change name to "Bentley Catholic Association") student-run organization
  • RENEW, a weekly, student-led scripture study

Jewish

Our student-led Hillel and Jewish Chaplain serve the religious, social, and cultural needs of our Jewish community members through:

  • Fourth Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services, Friday night dinners and Sunday brunches
  • Zedakah social justice activities
  • Holiday gatherings with Kosher catering
  • Participation in the Birthright program
  • Invitation to take part in all activities at Waltham’s Temple Beth Israel
  • Support for intercampus activities and trips sponsored by the Hillel Council of New England

Orthodox Christian

Our newly formed Orthodox Christian Fellowship brings religious and cultural celebrations to campus. We enjoy:

  • Monthly liturgies and fellowship meals with a guest Greek Orthodox priest
  • Learning about icons; Icon writing opportunities
  • Visits to area Orthodox churches
  • Pascha celebrations, including liturgy, cultural crafts, and traditional food
  • Community Service

Muslim

The Bentley Islamic Community, a student-run organization, and our Muslim Chaplain support our Muslim community through:

  • Weekly Jum’ah prayer, Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Sacred Space
  • Wudu Room for ablutions in the Sacred Space
  • Upper Campus Prayer Room, Lindsay 30b, for Salaat
  • Monthly fellowship meals with Halal catered food.
  • Observances of Ramadan through Iftars (daily breaking of the fast) and Mahgrib prayer
  • Information about local masjids, halal product vendors and Eid celebrations
  • Conversations regarding current Islamic events and practices
  • Connections with the Waltham Islamic Society

Protestant

Our Protestant Chaplain and Protestant fellowships encourage spiritual growth through:

  • Interdenominational Worship service, Sundays at 4:00 pm in the Sacred Space. 
  • Communion on the first Sunday of each month
  • Gospel Choir, with several performances through the year
  • Midday Prayer gatherings and Bible study
  • Fellowship nights and community service
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Celebration of seasons of the Christian year, including Advent - Christmas, Lent - Easter
  • Bentley Cru Christian Fellowship, a student-run organization,  meets weekly for Bible study and fellowship