Spiritual Life

Blair was founded by local Presbyterian elders in the spring of 1848. While continuing to respect the Judeo-Christian values of our founding, Blair now embraces a wider, more inclusive view of religious life and is a member of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education.

The school promotes various avenues–some traditional, some not–to instill a sense of the common values in students, always underscoring the critical value of understanding and tolerating others’ backgrounds.

"Thursday Chapels" are an important part of Blair life. These meetings bring together the entire Blair community to hear the Chaplain, a student, faculty or guest speaker on a topic of moral importance or on an individual issue of faith. Chapel has become a time of sharing and learning with an emphasis on respect for the diverse cultures represented within the school.

Sunday-night Vespers provides an opportunity for the Chaplain and student volunteers to nurture the spiritual lives of members of the Blair community through a service of music, creative ritual, readings and prayer. The annual Christmas Vespers is a Christian service for the entire school community. Our Chaplain is a Presbyterian minister with 30 years experience in ecumenical and interfaith work who brings a creative approach to our Chapel and Vespers services, teaches a variety of religion courses, offers annual community service Spring Break trips, and is available to students as an informal advisor and advocate.

Questions? Contact Chaplain Cindy Crowner at (908) 362-6121, x 5687, or send her an e-mail at crownc@blair.edu

Christian Fellowship

The Christian Fellowship is a religious fellowship that meets informally for a variety of activities from social events to worship and study.

The group provides a supportive environment for examining questions of faith.

Jewish Union

The Jewish Union is an informal association of students and faculty of Jewish faith.

The group also includes those community members who are interested in learning more about Judaism.

Community Service

Blair students reach out locally and globally through the Community Service Group, a student-led organization that works to develop and facilitate community service activities for Blair and the community beyond.

Recent undertakings have included tutoring at local schools, building projects for the homeless, raising money for a battered women’s shelter and participating in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

Chesnutt Chapel

The Rev. Dr. James H. Chesnutt was honored on April 23, 2004, at a dedication ceremony for the Chesnutt Chapel (formerly the Clinton Hall Art Gallery).

Said the Rev. Peter Amerman, who was then the school chaplain: “The reinvention of an old space will provide us with an appropriate facility for students and faculty to frequent for quiet time during the week, and a place that will host our Sunday vespers services throughout the year.”

Local Church Services

Students interested in attending local church/temple services make transportation arrangements with the school chaplain, Rev. Cynthia Crowner.

Below is a list of area churches. For services that are not within walking distance of campus, faculty members are available to give students a ride to one of these churches.

  • First Presbyterian Church at 1 Main Street in Blairstown is an easy walk from campus. Services are held on Sundays at 10 a.m. by Rev. Dave Harvey.
  • St. Jude Roman Catholic Church at 7 Eisenhower Drive, a four-mile drive southwest off Rt. 94. Masses are held at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:30 a..m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. 
  • Evangelical Free Church of Blairstown at 11 Lambert Road, off Rt. 94 directly in front of North Warren High School. Services are held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays. 
  • First United Methodist Church at 10 Stillwater Road in Blairstown is also within walking distance of campus. Services are held at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Jewish services: Rides to a local synagogue on High Holy Days can be arranged by speaking with leaders of the Jewish Union or by contacting Rev. Crowner.
  • Sunday Vespers are held most Sunday’s in Blair’s own Chesnutt Chapel from 5 p.m. to 5:30 pm. (located on the third floor of Clinton Hall). 
vespers.jpg

All "Thursday Chapels" are held at 10:30 a.m. in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. A schedule of upcoming Chapel speakers will be posted in advance of the opening of the 2014-2015 school year. Please check back for updates later this summer.