“Spirituality is not a matter of knowing scriptures and engaging in philosophical discussions. It is a matter of heart culture, of immeasurable strength.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
The Goddess Group meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 pm. Female students gather in the Interfaith Chapel on campus to talk and relax. They spend time having meaningful dialogue, ritual and meditation, as well as discuss creative projects.
“I want to make a comfortable place where people feel at home, without it being too serious. We stay away from becoming a club,”explained Director of Spiritual Life, Gail Cantor. “Here, we keep it a casual community. I hope to make the environment less structural and more organic. This is a place where people can uplift one another.”
Spiritual life is devoted to creating and ensuring energetic, thoughtful and supportive contexts for the Endicott community to pursue their spiritual interests. The Goddess Group explores the powers and virtues of all traditions and consider how they can bring those powers to everyday life.
“There can be such a pressure in the atmosphere of a college campus. Being here can mean something different for everyone. For me, instead of succumbing to the pressures and becoming cliquey, I use this opportunity to promote something bigger, to have a discussion. I take what I learn here and apply it to my life,” said Sophie Bubrick,’22, a member of the Goddess Group.
Though the group is small, they are welcoming to more participants. Cantor has suggested some students, like Madison Smith, ‘22, to join the group. Smith attends the Goddess Group every week. Smith said,
“Gale originally suggested I come to the group, I wasn't sure what to expect. But now I can come here, have a conversation, relax with people and be myself. It also helped me learn more about who I am.”
Cantor encourages Endicott students to join the Goddess Group as well as the Writing Center and School of Visual & Performing Arts in the VPAC lobby on Thursday, November 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. Students will learn to write Haiku poems, create affirmation rocks and more. The goal of the event to spread kindness and give thanks.