First Meetings & Service of On-Campus Religious Groups & Spiritual Communities

Williams College Chaplains Office

First Meetings & Services of On-Campus Religious Groups and Spiritual Communities

Welcome to Williams!

Many on-campus religious and spiritual communities will hold services or special meetings to welcome you during your first days at Williams.

All of the events listed are open to anyone, regardless of background or religious affiliation.

Our website,, has lots more information on religious services, spiritual life at Williams and community service.

And you’re always welcome to drop by the Chaplains’ Office in Paresky, Room 205 for more information – or just to say hello!


[Blessed Sacrament Chapel is located on the lower level of Thompson Memorial Chapel (TMC), enter through the Interfaith Common Room.]

Thursday, September 7
Weekday Mass, 5:00 p.m. (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

Friday, September 8
12:00 noon, Eucharistic Adoration with Mass following at 1:00 p.m. (Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament)

Saturday, September 9
12:00 noon, First Year Welcome and Social, (Newman Room -across from the Inter-faith Common room).

Sunday, September 10
4:30 p.m., First Student Mass, (TMC Main Sanctuary, i.e., upstairs).
Welcome BBQ Follows! (Front lawn of TMC)

8:30 p.m. Evening Mass (Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament)

And save the date for an upcoming lecture that we’re hosting:
“Catholicism in the 21st Century”
Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7:00pm
Paresky Auditorium
Sponsored by the Thomistic Institute


– is an inclusive community in the tradition of “progressive” Christianity welcoming students from many denominations and backgrounds, drawn together to explore the Christian story in the context of the interweaving of faith and worship, justice and service. The Feast meets every Sunday for a home-cooked meal, warm fellowship, and reflections that allow poetry, scripture and our lives to speak to each other – in the Upper Room at St. John’s Episcopal Church (right across Park Street from the Paresky Center).
The First Feast of the year will be on Sunday, September 10, 5:30 PM


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–Williams InterFaith meets twice a week. Join the conversation about faith and life, beliefs and holidays, different practices and common hopes with students from many of the world’s religious traditions over weekly dinners. Look for the IF table at the Purple Key Fair on Thursday, September 7th from 8-10 p.m. in the Towne Field House. Contact Abby Rampone ’17 (aer2) for more information.


(All events will be held at the Jewish Religious Center [JRC] unless noted.)

Friday, September 1: 6:00 p.m.  Shabbat Services, followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6: 12:00 p.m. “The New-B-Q” a Welcome-to-Williams Barbeque for new and returning students

Friday, September 8:  6:00 p.m.  Shabbat Services, followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:00 p.m.


(All events will be held in the Muslim Prayer Room on the lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel, entrance facing Stetson Hall.)

Fri., September 1: 8:00 a.m., Salat al-‘Eid & Khubta, followed by light breakfast reception

1:00 p.m.,  Salat al-Jumua

Every Friday:  1:00 p.m., Jumu’a Prayer

Other programs held by the Muslim Student Union or Islamic Campus Chaplaincy will be announced.


First Large Group meeting: Friday, September 8, 7:30 PM, Griffin 3

Friday Night Fellowship is WICF’s weekly large-group meeting.  In addition to Friday Night Fellowship, WICF also offers regular service trips and conferences, has daily prayer gatherings, and offers four weekly Bible studies, including First-Year Bible Study (FYBS) which will start soon after classes begin.




The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Room located on the lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel.

     The Zen Practice Group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. There are two periods of zazen (Zen meditation) sandwiched around a discussion. The discussions deal with Zen and daily life or a student-selected short reading, each on alternating weeks. Jim Gordon, the Zen monk who facilitates the group, is available for zazen instruction and questions from 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. before each group meeting.


– is an ancient, Omni-sectarian technique of walking meditation.  Our labyrinth, on a huge sheet of portable canvas painted by students in 2005, is based on the medieval design in the nave of Chartres Cathedral. THE WILLIAMS LABYRINTH – is an ancient, Omni-sectarian technique of walking meditation. Our labyrinth, on a huge sheet of portable canvas painted by students in 2005, is based on the medieval design in the nave of Chartres Cathedral. The Williams Labyrinth will be available September 4th–8th, 9 AM – 9 PM in the ’62 Center of Theatre & Dance, CenterStage. Written instructions on how to walk the labyrinth will be available. See the labyrinth and read more at See the labyrinth and read more at


First Congregational Church Williamstown


The members and friends of the First Congregational Church, UCC, the tall steeple church located across Chapin Lawn from the Paresky Center, invite all new and returning students to engage with us in worship (every Sunday at 10 a.m.), fellowship, food, lively discussion, outreach, and social justice activism.  Let us provide you with a church home away from home, and the opportunity to make a difference locally and globally.  For more information, contact the church office at:, visit or call 458-4273.  All students are invited to the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Sept. 10 and our 10:00 a.m. service.  Following the service we celebrate the opening of the academic year with a fritatta brunch.  All are welcome.


St. John’s, located on Park Street, invites you to enjoy worship, fellowship, food, and outreach.  We offer the intimacy of an intergenerational parish community and the opportunity to make a difference in the world through local and global outreach.

All members of the Class of 2021 are invited to a BBQ on the Park St. lawn of St. John’s on Thursday, Sept. 7th beginning at 5:30 p.m.  (All Williams students are invited!) For more information, contact the Rev. Libby Wade (Interim Rector) at or telephone 458-8144.


Updated AUGUST 2017

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