Past Events


Sunrise Service: Meet on Chapel Steps, candle procession to cemetery for sunrise service. Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell offers the message. Followed by pancake breakfast
Joint Easter Service between Protestant Chapel Community at Hamilton

Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday

Beginning with an outdoor fire behind the Glen House with singing and worship at the beginning of the light dawning in the darkness. Candles transfer the light to the Christ candle upstairs in the chapel where volunteers pray and keep vigil over the flame all night until dawn.

Good Friday

Ecumenical Service, Outdoor Stations of the Cross: 14 stations of prayer, reflecting on moments of the crucifixion of Christ, carrying a cross to various locations around campus, beginning on the chapel steps around the main quad down Martin’s way by Beinecke and the Pub to the Root Glen and ending in the College Cemetery.

Maundy Thursday

Remembrance of the Last Supper with foot washing, readings from the Tenebrae, and agape meal

Freedom Seder

Discussion of some texts and symbols of the Passover Seder and the Last Supper of Jesus and the significance of "the blood of the lamb" and the bread and wine, and the eating of foods representing the reality of slavery in Egypt -- bitter root of affliction, the salty tears, and the mortar used for forced building with bricks... and how do all these symbols point us to the way of freedom?

Palm Sunday

Protestant Services with Palms and Communion
Catholic Services with Palms

Ash Wednesday Services

Catholic Mass 
Protestant Communion Upstairs Meditation Room

Candlelight Lessons and Carols Christmas Service

with College Hill Singers or College Choir

Christmas Midnight Mass

with College Choir or College Hill Singers

Hanukah Menorah Lighting Outside of the Chapel

All are welcome to come as we light a big Menorah outside of the chapel every night of Hanukah and then go inside to light a real menorah, play some dreidel, and sing some Hanukah songs.

Christmas Tree Decorating Party

All are welcome to a tree decorating party.  There will be pizza and holiday music.

Trust Treat

Campus-wide trick-or-treating on Halloween around campus for children from Utica.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner

Eells House Dining Room

Sukkot Celebration


September 11th Remembrance

Procession from KJ to the Chapel where students offer prayers and remembrances from different traditions

Songwriting Roundtable: The Spirituality of the Creative Process

Dinner discussion led by and featuring original music by Eliza Moore
Chapel Loft

Lecture by Dr. Sol Messinger, a Holocaust survivor

Jewish Community Center

Community Chapel Special Guest: “Repeat Offenders”

A guitar, keyboard, drums ensemble made up of four Presbyterian ministers and lay people will lead this service… using contemporary music to supplement spoken reflection.
Meditation: "Reflections on the Apostle Bruce" (Bruce Cockburn, that is!)

Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Joshua Nelson

Celebrate Shabbat prayers with a Jewish Gospel flair
Eells Dining Room

Spirituality on Tap with Prof. Todd Franklin

“The Spirituality of Nietzsche”
*Co-sponsored by the Hamilton Secular Society
The Little Pub

Kosher Gospel Concert with Joshua Nelson

Start things off with a buffet of middle-eastern food from the Phoenician and enjoy traditional Jewish liturgical songs infused with the energy of the Gospel tradition.
*Sponsored by Hillel and Christian Fellowship
Fillius Events Barn

“Panel on Free Speech and Images of Muhammad”

with Abhishek Amar and Brent Rodriguez-Plate of the Religious Studies Department
Red Pit

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Kabbalah & Mysticism… But Didn’t Know What to Ask” with Rabbi Sigal
Rabbi Sigal will also lead a meditation.
Chapel Loft/ Meditation Room

Spirituality on Tap with Prof. Nicole Snyder-Lee

“The State of Community Life at Hamilton College”
Little Pub

Film: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

Featuring Dr. Jack Shaheen, former CBS news correspondent
Red Pit

Film: Afghanistan Unveiled: Women & Islam

A 52 minute documentary film by Brigitte Brault & the Aina Women’s Filming Group. A group of Afghani women are trained in photojournalism and amazing footage results.
Taylor Science Center G027

Film: “Love Free or Die”: Christianity & Homosexuality

The story of the first openly gay bishop consecrated in the American Episcopal Church
Panel discussion: Prof. Lesleigh Cushing, Colgate University, Fr. Tim Reger, Adjunct Episcopal Chaplain, and Prof. Brent Plate, Religious Studies Dpt.
*Co-sponsored by Rainbow Alliance and Hamilton Spirituality Initiative
Science Center Auditorium

Film: Le Grand Voyage

Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association
A father and son rediscover their relationship as they embark on their hajj to Mecca.
Introduced by Prof. Brent Plate
Chapel Loft

"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" (PBS Frontline)

Four hour documentary about the beginnings of the Jesus movement and how it became a world-wide religious experience
Two showings throughout the day in Beinecke

Passion of the Christ

Sponsored by Hamilton Christian Fellowship
Chapel Loft

MSA Sponsored Trip to Dearborn, Michigan

To Visit the Largest Mosque in America

Folklore tradition and symbolism of Challa- make your own Challah

Learn to make challah bread
Azel Backus House

Community “Walk for Israel”

Israel Independence Day celebration
Jewish Community Center, Utica

Henna Tattoos

Muslim Student Association offering henna tattoos to students stuck in line at the housing selection

Lag B’Omer Ritual Fire

Fire on the Glen Lawn to celebrate the thirty-third day of counting the Omer, and the day of the revelation of the secrets of the kabbalah in the form of the Zohar.

ICVF Prayer Walk

Join Intervarsity and faculty members as we walk through the glen praying and reflecting on ourselves, our community and the World!!
Starting at KJ Circle (we will be walking through the glen and ending at the chapel)

14th Annual Gospel Singing Workshop

Hamilton College Chapel

Israeli Dancing

Multipurpose Room, Blood Fitness Center

Sh’ma Yoga

An original, creative fusion of yoga flows with Hebrew chants, Pilates, Qigong, music, breath awareness, deep relaxation, Kabbalistic insights, and mystical teachings to energize heart, body, mind, and soul.
Meditation Room

Whirling Dervishes

Opportunity to witness and participate in this sufi tradition of Islam
Events Barn

Community Lunch

Monthly series with student musicians and professors who answer the question: “Why do I teach?” Accompanied by lunch and discussion
Fillius Events Barn

Spirituality on Tap

Series with professors who discuss the meaning of life
Little Pub

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Retreat: Basileia

Saranac Lake Young Life Camp
Late May

Baccalaureate Interfaith Service

Late May

Helen Sperling: Holocaust Survivor

Testimony of a Polish Jew

Super Bowl Party: America’s Religion


Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayers

Muslim Student Association invites anyone interested to join them on their weekly trip to the Kemble Street mosque to observe/participate in Friday prayers.

Workshop for Yoga Student Leaders of Hamilton’s Yoga Club

Followed by General Yoga Class
Eliza Moore & Naomi Guttman, Instructors

Sitting Meditation with Roshi from Syracuse Zen Center

Chapel Meditation Room and Chapel Lounge

Service for Private Remembrance

Everyone in the community is invited to come and remember loved ones who have passed away

Expedition Retreat

IVCF Regional Event in Liverpool, NY


Campus wide day of fasting to raise money for charity with MSA presentation on the religious nature of fasting in Islam. The fast is broken after sunset with a catered dinner.

Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner

Azel Backus

Family Weekend Joint Chapel Service

Brunch following the service

Overnight Retreat

Off-campus overnight retreat for prayer, community building, and biblical study.

Interfaith Marshmallow Roast

Bonfire at the back of the Glen House for incoming students interested in religious life to gather and meet student leaders.

Jumma Shabbat

Muslim Student Association teamed up with Hillel to celebrate the holy day of Friday, observing together Asr prayer & a discussion on the meaning of Jumma by the MSA and a Shabbat service & Kiddush led by Hillel. Jumma Mubarak and Shabbat Shalom!
Azel Backus House

New Jim Crow book discussion

Michelle Alexander’s book on racial inequality fostered by the criminal justice system’s mass incarceration of young black males.
Days-Massolo Center

Christian Fellowship Fast Day/ Prayer Vigil

Join in this day of fasting, and sign off the meal plan. Doing so strengthens the contribution to our support of the Thea Bowman House in Utica, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk kids and their families. Also join in the prayer vigil which will go from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. when the fast will be broken by a celebratory community feast.

Lunch Discussion: “The Place of Muslims in American Culture”

Prof. Aaron Spevack, Islamicist scholar from Colgate University will lead the conversation.  All are welcome to join!
Days-Massolo Center

Lunch Discussion - The Spirituality of Popular Music

Hit songs today and the nature of their spiritual depth. Led by Eliza Moore, Spiritual Artist in Residence
Azel Backus House

Interfaith Service Initiative

Habitat for Humanity worksite Lansing Street, Utica and Rescue Mission of Utica “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” awareness walk for homelessness. Lunch following at Habitat work site
* Co-sponsored by HAVOC

Dedication of Joshua Hicks ’09 Memorial Collection in Spiritual Film

Celebratory dinner and remembrance of Joshua Hicks '09
Screening of Jicks’ senior film project in spirituality
Remarks by Prof. Steve Humphries-Brooks

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