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Religious and Spiritual Life

Sound Healing, Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and more! 

Sound Healing Concert with Laraaji and Arji : Wednesday, April 24th, 7pm, Falstaff’s. Contact: Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, free for the Skidmore community (no ticket required), open to the public with tickets, $20. 

Holy Week and Easter: Events from Thursday April 11th (making palm crosses!) Through Holy Week and Easter Sunday (April 21st - Western, April 28th, Eastern).  Transportation available for local services though our office. Contact Parker Diggory

Passover: April 19-27.  Appropriate food will be available in the Dining Hall for those avoiding chametz. Contact Martina to get on the mailing list or to learn more: Martina Zobel. Following the wonderful Seders there are still more opportunities to gather during Passover: 

  • Tuesday, April 23rd: pick up some Passover goodies at the tables in Case Center during the afternoon. Gather for Matzah Brie: Sweet vs. Savory at 8pm. Contact Hillel leaders or Martina for location and details.
  • Thursdsday, April 25th: Movie Night - Library 129,  8-10pm

  • Friday, April 26th: Shabat-a-saurus. Services at 5:15 in Wilson Chapel, Dinner at 6:30 pm upstairs in D-Hall. RSVP for dinner through Hillel. 
  • After Passover Pasta Party and Havdalah, Saturday April 27th, ICC (Case 208), 6:30pm. 

Ramadan: May 5—June 4th (expected):  During Exams and Senior Week one or more iftars will be hosted by MSA and ORSL. Students with questions about accommodations for meals, prayer, exam times, or other concerns should contact Parker Diggory 

 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. 

A message about Sri Lanka and religious spaces: 

In attacking churches on the holiest holiday of the Christian tradition, along with hotels and public places, the attackers in Sri Lanka this past weekend knew their acts would have great impact. Sacred places and gatherings carry unique importance. From Pittsburgh to Christchurch, Southwest Louisiana to Negombo, Colombo, and Batticaloa, that importance has been abused too often by attackers set on creating the most fear, the worst impact, possible.

While we reel from the news and the magnitude of pain in these last few days we know that Christians in Sri Lanka and around the world were lifting up a promise of Resurrection, proclaiming that God is greater than even death. We also know that Sri Lankans of many religions and ethnicities lined up to donate blood for the injured and bring comfort to the grieving. May we all find hope in such acts of life and love in the face of hatred and evil.

මම අඳුරු තැනිතලාවක ගමන් කළත්කිසිවකට භය නොවන්නෙමි.මන්ද ඔබ මා සමඟය.

 (Psalm 23:4: Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. - CEB)


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


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 201-203 (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. 

Spring 2019  

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


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. 

Office Hours 
Martina Zobel, 3-5 pm, Case 202. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment.    

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

Restorative Yoga with Mindful Movement Club
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel - students only, all levels, mats and props provided 


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


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


Tea, Text & Torah
1-1:30 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. 

Office Hours 
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 2-4pm, Case 201. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4:00-4:20 p.m., Intercultural Center, Case 208, with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.


Jummah Prayer
gatherings occur 12:30–3:30 pm
Wilson Chapel - prayer rugs available on the hallway shelves. Contact the Muslim Students Association on SkidSync for information about specific gathering times 

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. 

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.  


Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.

5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel - with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed - all levels, mats provided


Quaker Gatherings
3–4 pm, Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning January 27th (*note: March 24th location tbd), with members of local meetings. Gatherings begin at 3 with fellowship, followed by unprogrammed worship. All are welcome.

5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel, with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed - 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.