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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Spring 2018

Spring is often an active time in religious communities as the world around us hints at new life and the promise of flourishing growth. Student clubs and the ORSL are busy preparing for all sorts of celebrations of spring holidays, interfaith events, and community projects. See below for a sampling and feel free to contact us for more information.

Community Weaving: Acknowleding the Struggles and Claiming our Strenghts: You may see baskets of ribbons around campus in the coming days. Take a moment to write your thoughts on them and they will be incorporated into a community weaving project that names the hard stuff of life and the world while also celebrating what motivates us and gives us hope. Want a set of ribbons to bring to your club, class, team, or floor? let us know!

The Foundation of Living Yoga: The Yamas and Niyamas - Saturday, March 24, 2-4pm, Intercultural Center, Case 208


  • Friday, March 30th: First night seder with Skidmore Hillel upstairs in the Murray Aikins Dining Hall at 6pm (starting earlier than weekly dinners) . RSVP to Hillel.
  • Saturday, March 31st: Second night seder opportunities with local hosts and congregations including Shaara Tfille and Saratoga Chabad.
  • Chametz-free food options available in the Dining Hall and at many special events. Additional support for accessing suitable food available through the ORSL.
  • Contact Martina Zobel with any questions or to sign up for locally hosted seders.

Holy Week and Easter:

    Good Friday: Friady, March 30th, Wilson Chapel available for quiety reflection 8 am - 5pm.
    Easter Gala: Saturday March 31 with Christian Fellowship at 6pm upstairs in Murray Aikins Dining Hall. RSVP to Christian Fellowship.
    Sunrise Service: Sunday April 1st at Congress Park. Carpools leave Case Center promptly at 6:10 am, breakfast to follow. RSVP to Parker Diggory.   
    Local services throughout the week and for Eastern Orthodox Easter (April 8th): Contact the ORSL for information and transportation

Rumi Circle: The Bloom of the Rose - Monday, April 2nd, 6-7:30 pm, Intercultural Center, Case 208. Program led by Nashid Fareed-Ma'at featuring a dramatic presentation of poetry, stories, and sayings that explore the rose as a spiritual metaphor in the works of Rumi and Shams al-Tabriz.

Holi Celebration - Saturday April 7th, 12 pm, Case Green (after the traditional date to enable full outdoor celebration). Hayat hosts a festive gathering rooted in South Asian religious and cultural traditions.

...and more to come!!

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

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.

Spring 2018 Drop-in Hours

  • Parker Diggory: Tuesdays 1-3 pm and by appointement - Case 203
  • Jennifer Schmid-Fareed: Tuesdays 1:30 - 3 pm, Thursdays 3-4:30 and  - Case 201
  • Martina Zobel: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm, Case 202
  • ORSL advisors are also available most weekdays on campus. Stop by our offices or contact us to make an appointment. Each of our staff are available to students of all traditions.

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, stop by Case 201-203 (near the Intercultural Center/ICC and the Office of Student Diversity Programing/OSDP) or see our staff page for more details.

Wilson Chapel

Wilson ChapelThe chapel is a beautiful space for worship and wonder, retreat and reflection. 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.
Open Chapel

When not otherwise reserved the chapel is normally open from around 6:30 am to around 10:30 pm during the school year.


Christian Prayer
12:15-12:35 pm, Case 203
Restorative Yoga w/ Mindful Movement Club
7:30—8:30 pm,
Wilson Chapel *
students only*


Mindfulness & Meditation
12:15—12:35 pm, ICC
Office Hours
Parker Diggory, 1-3 pm, Case 203
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 1:30-3pm, Case 201


Tea & Talmud
2-2:30 pm, Case 202

Office Hours
3:30-4:30, Matina Zobel, Case 202

Zen Meditation
6:25—8:30 pm,
Wilson Chapel


Mindfulness & Meditation
12:15—12:35 pm, Wilson Chapel

Office Hours
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 3-4:30 pm, Case 201

Restorative Yoga & SoundHealing
5—6 pm, Wilson Chapel


Muslim Prayer
drop-in 12-3:30 pm,
Wilson Chapel

Shabbat Services
5:15-6:15 pm,
Wilson Chapel,

Shabbat Dinner
6:30 pm, 2nd floor of the Dining Hall unless otherwise announced, RSVP,

Skidmore Christian Fellowship - Ignite!
7pm, ICC, large group gathering


Havdalah Services on select dates in the semester - contact

Wilson Chapel


Quaker gatherings
3-4 pm,
Wilson Chapel, every other Sunday beginning January 28

Wilson Chapel

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