Reclaiming the Spiritual Voices of the Marginalized and Alienated

2 – 3:30 p.m. Weston Presentation Room

This discussion will address the psychological and spiritual damage suffered by those whose faith communities have rejected them for “isms” that are foundational to diversity. We will also address those from faith communities who have felt marginalized within a secular environment. How do we build a multicultural community in light of how some religious communities have invalidated people because of race, gender, or sexuality? And how do we navigate religious tradition and practice in a secular environment like Williams College?

The purpose of this event is to engage in a healing discussion about reconnecting with faith journeys and possibly religious traditions. It is open to students of all faiths, those who have abandoned their faiths, and those who want to learn about alternative paths to spiritual development and the psychological benefits thereof. The presentation will be followed by small group discussions.

Sponsored by IWS and the Chaplains’ Office.


For more information, contact:

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College—[email protected]

Jennifer James, Integrative Wellbeing Services—[email protected]


Continuing the Conversation

Reclaiming Spiritual Voices: First meeting — February 10, 2020

We will meet on Mondays, Feb 10 — May 4, 4:00-5:30 PM Paresky 201, Reading Room

PLEASE NOTE: The April 20 meeting will be in Paresky 112. Also, we will not meet on March 23, 30, or April 6.