The Interfaith Chapel in the Center for Belonging & Inclusion
The Interfaith Chapel, which was built by the founders of Endicott College in 1978, serves students, staff, and faculty of all faiths. It is the meeting place for our various religious groups and hosts events involving many traditions such as Native American spirituality, Buddhism, Muslim practice, and more. We work to incorporate music from all faith traditions and offer interfaith worship services several times per year. In 2022, the building was renovated to expand its use for our students as a Center for Belonging & Inclusion; a greater home for the Interfaith Chapel.
We encourage interfaith cooperation and the willingness to understand and accept each other and our differences.
The Center for Belonging & Inclusion is also the home of Gulls Pause, our meditation initiative. We invite all of our students to pledge to pause for at least 10 minutes per day. No phones, no electronics, no talk, no music—no distractions. We teach simple 10 minute practices and encourage meditation during the pause. We also host meditation group meetings and classes, as well as special events such as yoga nidra or shamanic journeying.
We also support our students who wish to attend church and temple. Many carpool to Catholic mass, attend temple on the Jewish High Holidays, or visit the Zen Center to meditate.
Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care
Students are welcome to meet with our Spiritual Life staff about questions of faith and purpose on an individual or a group basis. Whether initiated by homesickness, grief over the loss of a loved one, discerning one's values and virtues, or questioning one’s purpose in life, college is a time for spiritual as well as academic development. Students should feel welcome to request spiritual guidance and direction.
Spiritual & Religious Groups on Campus
The Catholic Community at Endicott College
The Catholic Community meets on Thursdays from 7–8:30 p.m. A local Catholic priest holds confession, mass, and has dinner with the Catholic Community on the first Thursday of each month.
InterVarsity Christian Community
The InterVarsity Christian Community meets on Mondays from 7–8 pm.
Constellation: The Sound of Belonging
Music is an expression of belonging. Join this exciting group as they question what it means to belong, to build community, and empathize with others in different lived experiences. Explore music from around the world, with a special focus on faith traditions and different cultures as this group supports activities within the new Center for Belonging & Inclusion and the campus as a whole. This group meets every Tuesday from 5–6 p.m. and also has guest leaders like vocalist and mantra healer, Lee Mirabai Harrington.
The Freedom Meditation group meets on Mondays from 5–6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7–8 p.m. for those who would like to meditate in a group setting with the Director of Belonging & Spiritual Life, Gail Cantor.
The Jewish Community at Endicott College
Our Jewish Community offers one or two meaningful events per month. Friday evening Shabbat dinner is a favorite, often with music, always with tradition and good food. We also celebrate Hanukkah with a party attended by students, faculty, staff, and their families, Passover with an Interfaith Seder, and Holocaust Remembrance Day with a luncheon to remind us never to forget the atrocities of the past. We annually participate in the ceremony of Tashlich for the Jewish New Year to help set good intentions for the year to come by casting bread into the ocean at our very own Endicott Beach.
The Buddhist Sangha at Endicott College
The Buddhist Sangha meets every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. to explore the teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation.
The Spiritual Life Advisory Board
The Spiritual Life Advisory Board is comprised of students from the various religious communities on campus as well as students who represent Gulls Pause meditation in addition to others who are particularly interested in Spiritual Life. The board meets monthly to generate new ideas and programs and resolve any issues that there may be.