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Religious and Spiritual Life

 

 

 FALL SCHEDULE IS HERESee the bottom of the page for our weekly schedule of gatherings, meditation, and more. 

New this Fall: Mindfulness every weekday! 4 - 4:20 pm in the ICC (Case 208), 5 days/week. Open to Skidmore students, staff, and faculty. All are welcome, regardless of background or experience with meditation. Each session will be guided and include attention to breathe and being present in the moment. Drop in any weekday afternoon this semester!

Want to get involved in Religious and Spiritual Life? Check out the schedule of on-campus gatherings at the bottom of this page,  contact us to get a ride to local services, and  join us on SkidSync, Facebook, and/or Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities. Come by the 2nd floor of Case Center and visit our offices near the Intercultural Center. See our staff page for more contact information. 

  

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) provides opportunities for members of the Skidmore community to develop their religious and spiritual lives, which are an important part of the educational experience.

We encourage enriching dialogue, meaningful ritual and enduring friendships among people of all religious backgrounds.

We offer:

  • religious services
  • holiday observances
  • contemplative practices
  • speakers and lectures
  • educational programs
  • discussion groups
  • community-service opportunities
  • social-justice projects
  • club advising
  • individual spiritual counsel

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Contacting a chaplain or spiritual advisor

During the academic year, the ORSL staff are available to meet with students regardless of religious, spiritual or secular background. Affiliated advisors and local religious leaders from specific traditions are also available on and off campus. We are happy to help students connect with leaders and communities from their preferred tradition. 

Connect with the ORSL:

  • to discuss faith, spirituality and religion
  • to connect with faith communities on or off campus
  • for prayer or spiritual counsel
  • to plan events on campus of religious, interfaith, and/or spiritual interest
  • if you’re navigating a time of grief or transition
  • to talk about identity and community
  • when worried about a friend or loved one
  • just to talk

Set up a meeting with Parker, contact any of our staff, or  stop by Case Center 202-203 (near the Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Diversity Programing). 

Wilson Chapel

Wilson ChapelWilson Chapel is a beautiful space for worship and wonder, retreat and reflection. The space does not belong to any one tradition or religion and it can be transformed easily to fit specific ritual needs. When not scheduled for campus events, it is available to the Skidmore community for personal reflection and prayer. Events at the chapel include yoga, meditation, religious prayers and services, and events that explore many forms of spiritual and contemplative practice.

When not otherwise reserved, the chapel is normally open from around 6:30 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m. during the school year. Those interested in reserving Wilson Chapel for outside use, including weddings, should consult the External Facilities Rental information from the Skidmore College Scheduling Office. 

 

Fall 2019  

 

Events are open to students, staff, and faculty unless otherwise noted. 

 

MONDAY

Christian Prayer
12:15–12:35 p.m., Case Center 203, with Parker Diggory - varied traditions. All are welcome, whether prayer is a regular part of your practice or not. 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

NOTE: Restorative Yoga is currently on haitus. We will update when it is back! [anticipated time:  7:30–8:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel - students only, all levels, mats and props provided] 

TUESDAY

Office Hours
Parker Diggory, 1–3 pm, Case 203. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

WEDNESDAY

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

Zen Meditation
6:25–8:00 pm, Wilson Chapel. All are welcome. Meditation cushions and other supplies provided. Contact Holley Hodgins for more information.  

THURSDAY

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

Tea, Text & Torah
4:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel. Stop by for a casual discussion of topics and texts related to Jewish tradition. All are welcome, regardless of religious background.  

 

FRIDAY

Jummah Prayer
Wilson Chapel, Khutba at 12:45, salat at 1:10 pm with MSA, Chapel reserved for drop-in 12:30–3:30 pm
prayer rugs available on the hallway shelves.

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition. 

Shabbat Services
5:15–6:15 pm
Wilson Chapel
Student-led egalitarian services with Skidmore Hillel. All are welcome.  

Shabbat Dinner
6:30 p.m., second floor of the dining hall unless otherwise announced. Free for students regardless of mealplan. 
RSVP: hillel@skidmore.edu 

Skidmore Christian Fellowship—Ignite!
7 pm, ICC - Case 208, large group gathering, contact Christian Fellowship on SkidSync for small group and Bible Study gatherings. All are welcome.  

SATURDAY

Yoga
5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel - all levels, mats provided

SUNDAY

Quaker Gatherings
3–4 pm, Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning September 8th, with members of local meetings. Gatherings begin at 3 with fellowship, followed by unprogrammed worship. All are welcome.

Yoga
5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel,  - all levels, mats provided

...and more! Watch for postings about additional gatherings: holidays, club events, and more. Don't see something for your tradition or interest? Contact the ORSL to find out about additional options or starting something new. 

Schedule subject to change. See SkidSync or contact us for information or to find out about additional opportunities and local services.