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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Summer 2018

Congratulations to the graduates of the class of 2018! Our prayers and blessings go with you on your next adventures. 

Summer program participants and visitors: Though our schedule is more relaxed in the summer, we are available to assist with finding religious and spiritual communities in the area and connecting with resources on campus for prayer spaces and other accomodations. Email for information. 

Incoming and prospective students: Curious about the year to come? Want to get a head start on connecting with religious and spiritual life opportunities? We'd love to hear from you! See our staff page for contact information. 

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, 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. 

DRAFT 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. 


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 


Office Hours
Parker Diggory, 1–3 pm, Case 203
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 1:30–3 p.m., Case 201


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

Musar &Meditation 
4:30 pm, Location TBA, with Martina Zobel 

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


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

Office Hours
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 3–4:30 p.m., Case Center 201

Tea, Text & Torah
1-2:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel


Muslim 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. 

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


Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.

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


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

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.