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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Welcome New and Returning Students!

Upcoming Holidays

Eid al-Adha: Student on campus during the holiday who wish to attend takbeer and salah at one of the area mosques should contact Parker Diggory by Monday, August 20th to arrange transportation. 

High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held on campus in collaboration with Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation in Saratoga Springs. Schedules will be posted on campus and shared with students by email. Contact the Coordinator of Jewish Student Life, Martina Zobel, for more information. 

New and returning students: Welcome! Come by the 2nd floor of Case Center and visit our offices near the Intercultural Center. See below for our weekly schedule and check out our associated clubs at Club Fair on September 7th. Not sure how to connect with others from your tradition on campus or locally? Want to get involved with interfaith collaboration or learn about other traditions? Stop by or get in touch!

Alumni: Here for reunion or just a visit back to the alma mater? Let us know if we can help conect you with religious resources or update you on the exciting growth of our programs. 

 

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. Drop-in hours will be posted at the start of each semeseter. 

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 and/or spiritual interest
  • if you’re navigating a time of grief
  • to talk about identity and community
  • when worried about a friend or loved one
  • just to talk

To contact the ORSL, email Parker Diggory at kdiggory@skidmore.edu, stop by Case Center 201-203 (near the Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Diversity Programing) or see our staff page for more details.

Wilson Chapel

Wilson ChapelWilson Chape 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 2018 Schedule. Most gatherings will begin at the start of the semester. Look for flyers and postings about the confirmed schedule when you arrive on campus.  Events are open to studetns, staff, and faculty unless otherwise noted. 

MONDAY

Christian Prayer
12:15–12:35 p.m., Case Center 203, with Parker Diggory - varied traditions

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208 

Restorative Yoga with Mindful Movement Club
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

WEDNESDAY

Office Hours   
Martina Zobel, 2:30-4:30 pm, Case 202 

Musar &Meditation 
4:30 pm, ICC, Case 208, with Martina Zobel 

Zen Meditation
6:25–8:30 pm 
Wilson Chapel 

THURSDAY

Mindfulness & Meditation
12:15–12:35 p.m., Wilson Chapel

Tea, Text & Torah
1-1:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel

FRIDAY

Jummah Prayer
drop-in noon–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, with Skidmore Hillel 

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

SATURDAY

Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.
Contact mzobel@skidmore.edu

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

SUNDAY

Quaker Gatherings
3–4 pm, Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning September 9th, with members of local meetings.  

Yoga
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.