Northfield Mount Hermon is a secular institution that affirms religious diversity.
NMH is home to a spiritually diverse community that focuses on finding meaning and purpose. As we help you expand your compassion and believe in your capacity to make a valuable difference, we also encourage you to develop a firm ethical foundation. The motto of Spiritual Life at NMH is: finding meaning and purpose, connecting with compassion across differences, living lives of balance.
We enable your personal religious and spiritual journey by supporting a range of traditions and observations and providing a sounding board when needed.
There are regular opportunities for religious practice and contemplation, such as the “Moment of Silence” messages during all-school meetings, ecumenical reflections from our chaplain, the weekly Wednesday multifaith "Sacred Space" chapel services, and gatherings of our religious and spiritual life groups.
These gatherings include visits to worship services off campus; food, fellowship, prayer, and inspirational singing with the Breakaway group; High Holy Days services and Passover Seders; the NMH prayer room in the O’Connor Health and Wellness Center; transportation to local churches; and "Community Sit" meditation sessions on campus.
Support and guidance for all groups comes from our school chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Lee-Ellen Strawn, in conjunction with religious and spiritual life group leaders.
- Atheist/Secular Humanist Students
- Interfaith Student Leaders
- Jewish Student Alliance
- Muslim Student Association
- Nature-Centered Beliefs Group
- Catholic Student Association
Rev. Dr. Lee-Ellen Strawn
The Rev. Dr. Lee-Ellen Strawn is a clergyperson in the United Church of Christ. As a chaplain to a secular school, Lee-Ellen strives to affirm and support all students regardless of religious background, create space for religious and spiritual diversity, and and enable collaboration across religious and spiritual traditions to strengthen empathy and compassion. Lee-Ellen is also the chair of the religious studies and philosophy department.