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Spiritual Life

Spiritual practice and religion are an important part of wellness, learning and growth. That’s why we dedicate space, staff and resources for your spiritual journey.

Our campus is home to students from around the world, representing many faiths and worldviews. The Spiritual Life community is a welcome place for all students and their religious affiliation, belief or spiritual practice. We honor the perspective and values our diverse students add to the community.

Dedicated Spiritual Spaces

Organized worship services and meditations are held on campus several times a week. Additional spaces are reserved for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer. Meet students from other religions, create art and music, or practice mindfulness in a safe, spiritual space.

The Sacred Space
Student Center, Rooms 325 and 335

The Sacred Space is a dedicated place for multifaith worship and spiritual practice. You’re welcome to use the space for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer, or you can attend organized services. You’ll find:

  • An altar, for use by any faith
  • A resource center with spiritual and religious texts and information
  • Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushions
  • A Wudu Room for Muslim ablutions
  • A labyrinth for contemplative centering
  • A baby grand piano
  • Tables, chairs and a large screen for group gatherings

The Sacred Space may be reserved by faith-based student organizations and other community members. Questions and reservation requests may be directed by email to GA_spiritual_life@bentley.edu.

Upper Campus Prayer Room
Lindsay 30B

Additional space for prayer, meditation and reflection is located in Lindsay 30B, just down the hall from Koumantzelis Auditorium. Prayer rugs, meditation cushions and sacred texts are available. A gender-inclusive bathroom also serves as an upper campus Wudu room for our Muslim community.

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Study Day Retreats

Spiritual Life holds on campus Study Day Retreats to support academic success and spiritual formation. These all-day retreats have outstanding student outcomes including calming anxiety, enjoying collaborative community, and productive study. Hundreds of Bentley students have thrived on these days.

Mark your calendars for our Retreats in the Sacred Space:

  • Tuesday December 13th, 2022
  • Tuesday May 2nd, 2023

Contact GA_Spiritual_Life@bentley.edu to register.

Art and Soul

Art is a medium for spiritual reflection and community care. You’ll have opportunities to express yourself with hands-on art projects. Explore themes such as mandalas, peace, and gratitude as you experiment with painting, weaving, paper crafting, sewing, digital design and more.

Students have made stained glass windows for the Sacred Space, 1200 Affirmation Flags in the Buddhist prayer flag tradition, and numerous art installations and permanent art contributions in calligraphy and paintings.

You will also find musicians gathering most days in the Sacred Space playing the piano, and an ensemble of varied instruments practicing weekly for Catholic Mass.

An image of a person standing next to a wall filled with Art and Soul projects.
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Interfaith Engagement and Service

Our student Interfaith Council meets regularly to enjoy friendships across diverse religious and spiritual worldviews and to plan events for the campus. The Sacred Site Series has taken students beyond campus to visit  Gurdwaras, Temples, Synagogues, and Churches in the religiously diverse greater Boston area.  Interfaith Ally training takes place each year, and many opportunities are available for Interfaith learning, certification, and national leadership programs.

The annual "Interfaith Day of Service" brings students, faculty, and staff together to package 15,000 meals for our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Mark your calendars for Friday March 3rd, 2023.

Faith-based Programs

Catholic

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Bentley's Catholic community is supported by our Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Ted Brown. Numerous opportunities for caring fellowship and spiritual practice are available through:

  • Weekly Mass, every Sunday at 7pm
  • Retreats held every semester, both on and off-campus 
  • Charitable projects, such as food and clothing collections, blanket making, and service in the Boston area
  • Workshops and guest speakers
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation 
  • Adoration
  • Confirmation preparation
  • Bible Study weekly

The Bentley Catholic Association, a student-led group

Catholic Community Schedule (all times Eastern)

  • Mass: Sundays at 7 pm in the Sacred Space, top floor of the Student Center
  • Bible Study: Wednesdays at 8:30pm, Student-Led
  • Fall Retreat to New Hampshire: November 18-20, 2022
  • Lenten Stations of the Cross: Fridays

Contact: Chaplain Fr. Ted Brown, m.s.

Jewish
A group of people gather at a table in the Sacred Space for a seder.

Our Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jeff Foust supports the needs of our Jewish community through:

  • Vibrant student-led Hillel group 
  • Kosher Corner meals, served daily in the 921 Dining Hall
    • Kosher-for-Passover enhanced meals
    • Zedakah social justice activities
    • Holiday gatherings
    • Birthright Israel
    • Intercampus activities and trips sponsored by the Hillel Council of New England

Jewish Services Schedule

  • Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday at 5:30pm in the Sacred Space
  • New this year will be catered kosher Shabbat meals every Friday night. 
  • Services and events held for every holiday 
  • Bentley students are warmly invited to participate in all activities at Waltham's Temple Beth Israel

Contact: Chaplain Rabbi Jeff Foust

Mindfulness
A group of people practice meditation in the Sacred Space.

Many students find focus and peace through mindfulness and meditation practices. Our Mindfulness Coordinator can support your spiritual journey through:  

  • Books and articles in The Sacred Space

  • Labyrinth walks

  • Walking meditation

  • Presentations and one-on-one meetings, incorporating multifaith wisdom and perspectives

Mindfulness Meditation Schedule

  • Wednesdays from 2:15-2:45pm in Sacred Space A

Contact: Mindfulness Coordinator Jeff Foust

Muslim

 

Three prayer rugs are arranged in the Sacred Space.

Our Center and Muslim Program Coordinator support the needs of our Muslim community through:

  • Weekly Jummah in the Sacred Space
  • Monthly fellowship meals with Halal-catered food.
  • Halal food offerings through Bentley Dining
  • Information about local masjids, halal products and Eid celebrations
  • Strong connections with the Waltham Islamic Society

The Sacred Space in the Student Center includes a Wudu Room for ablutions, and the upper campus Prayer Room in Lindsay 30B is also comfortably appointed for daily Salaat, and an adjacent all-gender rest room is equipped for wudu. Both spaces have an ample supply of prayer rugs for use.

Jummah Prayer Schedule

  • Fridays at 1 p.m. in The Sacred Space
  • Observances of Ramadan through Iftars and Maghrib prayer
  • Eid celebrations

Contact: Chaplain Director Rev. Robin Olson

Protestant

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Bentley's Protestant community is guided by our Protestant Director, Chaplain, and authorized spiritual advisors. Many opportunities for community fun, devotion, and study are offered.

  • Fellowship nights and community service
  • Prayer gatherings and Bible studies
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Gospel Choir
  • Student-run evangelical groups, such as Bentley Cru Christian Fellowship and Symphony Church

Protestant Christian Fellowship Schedule

  • Celebration of seasons of the Christian year, including Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter

Contact: Rev. Robin Olson

Dharmic Religions

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Hindu: We celebrate Diwali and Holi, in collaboration with South Asian undergraduate and graduate student groups. Through intercollegiate support our Hindu community also celebrates holidays at area campuses.  Information on area temples attended by our students is available from our Center.

Buddhist: Many Buddhist students enjoy our Wednesday 2:15 pm Mindfulness Meditation. Leadership for this group is often shared with Buddhist graduate students. Contact our Center for area sangha locations.

Sikh: While a small number on our campus, our Sikh students are involved in interfaith cooperation and service on campus. Contact our Center for area temple locations.

Jain: Also a small number on our campus, our Jain students have been Interfaith Fellow leaders and active in interfaith service.  Contact our Center for area temple locations.

Contact: GA_Spiritual_life@bentley.edu

Non-Religious Spiritual Programs

We provide opportunities for meaning-making and community for all of our students. Chaplains are available for pastoral counseling to students regardless of spiritual or religious identity.

Many programs center students of all religious and spiritual backgrounds, including: 

  • Art and Soul
  • Study Day Retreats
  • Interfaith Day of Service

Religious Organizations and the Bentley campus

All groups or persons representing religious or spiritual traditions must be approved by and registered with the Spiritual Life Center prior to visiting campus. No unrecognized religious groups or leaders are permitted on campus. Inquiries should be directed to GA_Spiritual_Life@bentley.edu.