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Spiritual Life

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. 

We enable your personal spiritual journey by supporting a range of traditions and observations, facilitating the exploration of new faiths, and providing a sounding board when needed.

There are regular opportunities for religious practice, contemplation, and discovery, such as the “Moment of Silence” during all-school meetings, ecumenical reflections from our chaplain, and gatherings of our numerous religious and spiritual life groups.

These gatherings include Catholic confirmation classes; food, fellowship, prayer, and inspirational singing with the Breakaway group; High Holy Days services and Passover Seders; the Muslim prayer room in the O’Connor Health Center; transportation to local churches; and meditation sessions on campus. A Mindfulness Meditation cocurricular class is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Life Office and the O’Connor Health and Wellness Center. 

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.

Student Groups and Affiliates

  • Atheist/Secular Humanist Students
  • Breakaway
  • Interfaith Council
  • Jewish Student Alliance
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Nature-Centered Beliefs Group
  • St. Edmund Campion League of Catholic Students