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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

 

Fall 2022

Welcome New and Returning Students!

Get Connected. Fill out the interest form here  (www.bit.ly/SkidORSL)to get started connecting with religious and spiritual life, clubs, interfaith opportunities, holiday event announcements and more. This form helps us plan for the year and welcome you to campus, allows you to sign up for interest lists, and lets you ask questions like: When are High Holy Days services on campus? How do I find a ride to the masjid on Fridays? Can I continue this faith-based service project I started in High School? How do I find a local congregation that is LGBTQIA affirming? And more! We are looking forward to a full year of weekly gatherings, special events, and meaningful connections. Check out the "Religious Life on Campus" section of the website for tradition-specific information or contact us directly with questions. 

Weekly Schedule 

Our Fall 2022 weekly schedule is now available (here). Most gatherings begin during the first and second week of classes. See the schedule for details. Questions? Want to add an event? Let us know: orsl@skidmore.edu. Schedule subject to change. During the academic year individual event listings also available on SkidSync (Log in to SkidSync with your Skidmore login in formation, scroll down to "All Events" and click on "View More Events" to see ORSL event listings). 

Where are we?

Our offices are on the 2nd floor of Case Center where you can find all of the offices of Campus Life & Engagement (including the Student Diversity Programs, Community Service, and Leadership Activities). WE are in Case 205 and 207,  across the hall from The Wyckoff Center and just upstairs from The Spa and Print Services. 

Contact Information: email  orsl@skidmore.edu or directly to Parker Diggory, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life: kdiggory@skidmore.edu, or to Martina Zobel, Coordinator of Jewish Student Life: mzobel@skidmore.edu. During the academic year you can also set up an in-person or online meeting with Parker by picking a time here.

Upcoming Events, Holidays and Observances

See this page for more on accommodation policies and a calendar of holidays and observances. We recommend connecting with instructors and supervisors early about requests for accommodations and we are available to advise and advocate with students as part of that process.

 Looking for information about  Religious and Spiritual Life events? To receive updates by email: fill out the interest form (www.bit.ly/SkidORSL) or email orsl@skidmore.edu. To access current event listings, log on to SkidSync and see events listings for ORSL and partner clubs. 

On-campus services, celebrations, and gatherings: We work with interested students, clubs, and local communities to acknowledge religious holidays and observances and provide opportunities for students to take part and learn about different traditions. For Fall 2022 we (and our partners) have plans in the works for on-campus observances of Rosh Hashanah, Durga Puja, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Diwali, All Saints, Advent, and more! We also assist students with transportation arrangements to attend services, celebrations, and observances off campus in Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area. 

Mindfulness Program

Meditation, Sound Healing, Yoga, Contemplative Practices, and more. Check out the Skidmore Mindfulness page for more information about the program, including  guided meditations and recommendations of additional resources.  We welcome student input on programming and scheduling. Many of our meditation leaders and yoga instructors are current Skidmore students and we're always looking for more student leaders or those interested in gaining experience in leading meditation and related practices. 

Clubs and Gatherings

We are grateful for the leadership of our partner student clubs including  Challahmore, Christian Fellowship, Hayat, Hillel, Muslim Students Association, and Newman Club. We also host weekly Zen meditation gatherings and biweekly Quaker gatherings. In addition we partner with cultural and and affinity clubs along with the Office of Student Diversity Programs to support student-led celebrations, interfaith collaboration, and spiritual engagement. Check out the clubs on SkidSync and Instagram or get in touch with us to find out more. You can sign up for clubs via SkidSync (Skidmore login required to sign up and to see all of the offerings) and at Club Fair at the start of each semester. Is your club missing? Want to start a new one? Let us know!

Exchange Closet

With our other partner offices in Campus Life & Engagement we help to manage the Exchange Closet. For more information, including FAQs about the project and a list of currently accepted donations, see the Exchange Closet website

 

  

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) provides opportunities for members of the Skidmore community to develop their religious and spiritual lives and to build community within, between, and beyond traditions. 

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 (in person or online as possible)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
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.

During the academic year: When not otherwise reserved, the chapel is normally open from around 7 am. to around 11 p.m. during the school year for use by students, staff, and faculty. Those interested in reserving Wilson Chapel for outside use, including weddings, should consult the External Facilities Rental information from the Skidmore College Scheduling Office. Note: Space availability for off-campus groups may be restricted due to Covid-19 policies. 

Weekly Schedule for Fall 2022

Contact orsl@skidmore.edu with questions, additions,  to sign up to receive regular emails with links and updates, or for information including accessibility and accommodations. Unless otherwise noted, gatherings are open to students. Many gatherings are open to staff and faculty and some are open to the wider community. See descriptions or contact us or the event organizer with questions. 

Note: Schedule subject to change. Sign up for updates or RSVP to events to receive change notices. 

MONDAYS

Starts September 12th. Prayer from a range of Christian traditions. Newcomers always welcome. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office). Online/hybrid options available. Contact: kdiggory@skidmore.edu 

Starts September 12th . Hang out, take a break, study, meditate, pray, just be. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons (and any time the chapel is open and not otherwise reserved). Most afternoons hosted by ORSL student staff. No need to RSVP. Wilson Chapel is located by the North Woods, just across the parking lot from Palamountain and Tisch. Contact: kdiggory@skidmore.edu 
Starts September 6th. Every weekday, Monday through Friday. Guided meditation moment with attention to breath and mindful presence. Newcomers always welcome. Led by ORSL staff.  Part of the Skidmore Mindfulness Program. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office) Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 
Stop by for a casual discussion of topics and texts related to Jewish tradition. All are welcome, regardless of religious background. Newcomers welcome throughout the semester. Led by Martina Zobel, Coordinator of Jewish Student Life. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office) Contact: mzobel@skidmore.edu 

Begins September 12th.  Led by trained yoga instructor and Skidmore student Bella Pedulla. Mats are provided.

Yoga sponsored by the Skidmore Mindfulness program of ORSL is grounded in the spirituality and history of yogic tradition and open to all students, regardless of experience or religious or secular identity.

Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu

Join Newman Club on SkidSync to receive updates. Join students, staff, and faculty for this (usually) monthly evening gathering to meditate upon the mysteries of the Rosary and pray for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Rosaries are available for people to borrow along with printed copies of the prayers for people to follow along.

See Newman Club on SkidSync for more information. Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

TUESDAYS

 

Starts September 12th . Hang out, take a break, study, meditate, pray, just be. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons (and any time the chapel is open and not otherwise reserved). Most afternoons hosted by ORSL student staff. No need to RSVP. Wilson Chapel is located by the North Woods, just across the parking lot from Palamountain and Tisch. Contact: kdiggory@skidmore.edu

Starts September 7th. Every weekday, Monday through Friday. Guided meditation moment with attention to breath and mindful presence. Newcomers always welcome. Led by ORSL staff.  Part of the Skidmore Mindfulness Program. Open to students, staff, and faculty. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office) Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

Newman Club weekly gatherings usually alternate between general meetings with fellowship (and often games and the occasional guest speaker!) and student-led Catholic Bible Study. See Newman Club on SkidSync for more information. All students welcome. Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

WEDNESDAYS

Starts September 7th. Every weekday, Monday through Friday. Guided meditation moment with attention to breath and mindful presence. Newcomers always welcome. Led by ORSL staff.  Part of the Skidmore Mindfulness Program. Open to students, staff, and faculty. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office) Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

Note: for October 5th location/schedule change contact Holley Hodgins. Regular schedule resumes 10/12. This gathering brings together longtime practitioners and newcomers with experienced leaders from Skidmore and the local community (open to students, staff, faculty, guests, and local community members). Individuals of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Newcomers please try to arrive before 6:25 pm, as we offer basic Zen meditation instruction for first-time attendees promptly at 6:30 pm. Late-comers are welcome to enter quietly. We sit two periods interspersed with walking meditation, typically ending by 7:45. Cushions, meditation benches, and chairs are provided; wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Questions or need a link for online gathering? Email Holley Hodgins, hhodgins@skidmore.edu

 

THURSDAYS

Begins September 8th.  A centering and nurturing flow. Led by ORSL staff member Martina Zobel, an advanced yoga therapist (who also happens to be our Coordinator of Jewish Student Life!). Mats provided. 

Yoga sponsored by the Skidmore Mindfulness program of ORSL is grounded in the spirituality and history of yogic tradition and open to all students, regardless of experience or religious or secular identity.

contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

Starts September 12th . Hang out, take a break, study, meditate, pray, just be. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons (and any time the chapel is open and not otherwise reserved). Most afternoons hosted by ORSL student staff. No need to RSVP. Wilson Chapel is located by the North Woods, just across the parking lot from Palamountain and Tisch. Contact: kdiggory@skidmore.edu 

Starts September 7th. Every weekday, Monday through Friday. Guided meditation moment with attention to breath and mindful presence. Newcomers always welcome. Led by ORSL staff.  Part of the Skidmore Mindfulness Program. Case 205 is part of the Campus Life & Engagement space on the 2nd floor of Case Center by the ATM (now also Parker's office) Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

FRIDAYS

Wilson Chapel is reserved every Friday 11:30am – 2:30 pm for Muslim prayers. Students can drop in to use the space or organize gatherings for Dhur and Jummah. Want to join a scheduled gathering or start your own? Get in touch with ORSL (orsl@skidmore.edu or stop by Case 205) or sign up with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) on SkidSync. Prayer rugs are available on shelves in the hallway to the right of the entrance.

Additional Prayer times and spaces: The chapel can also be used for prayer any time it is open and not otherwise reserved. Library 111 is available whenever the library is open. Case 309 (changed location for Fall 2022!) is available early morning until 10 am and 5pm until late every weekday beginning September 7th. 

Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu

Begins September 16th.  Led by trained yoga instructor and Skidmore student Maddie Friend. Mats are provided.

Yoga sponsored by the Skidmore Mindfulness program of ORSL is grounded in the spirituality and history of yogic tradition and open to all students, regardless of experience or religious or secular identity.

Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu

Student-led egalitarian services to welcome Shabbat on Friday evenings. All are welcome. *Location subject to change. Sign up with Hilel or ORSL to receive updates. Contact:mzobel@skidmore.edu

We start with candle lighting, and blessings, and continue with a delicious meal and birkat hamazon as we close the week and connect with our community. Location is usually the 2nd floor of the dining hall but sometimes changes (sukkah, Fallstaff's etc). RSVP required (see Skidsync and updates from Hillel and JSL). Contact: mzobel@skidmore.edu 

SATURDAYS

Contact Jewish Student Life Coordinator Martina Zobel (mzobel@skidmore.edu) for more information or to help organize on-campus options. We can also help with transportation. See the "Local Communities" section for a partial list of congregations. 

Monthly(ish) gatherings for Havdalah to close out Shabbat and turn to the new week. Gatherings often continue with game nights or music jams. See announcements from Hillel and Jewish Student Life for details. Contact:   mzobel@skidmore.edu 

Sign up with Newman Club or ORSL or see posters around campus for updates. Usually 2-3 times each semester at Wilson Chapel in partnership with local parishes. Open to students, staff, faculty, and guests. 

SUNDAYS

As health and safety conditions allow, students attend services at a number of local congregations. Contact orsl@skidmore.edu for more information and see Newman Club on SkidSync for specifics about attending Catholic Mass. Online options are available for many congregations. See the Local communities page for a partial list of congregations. 

Fall 2022 dates: 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11

We gather for fellowship and unprogrammed worship, hosted by partnership with members of local Friends Meetings. Open to students, staff, faculty, guests, and local community members Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu 

Begins September 18th. Led by trained yoga instructor and Skidmore student Maddie Friend. Mats are provided.

Yoga sponsored by the Skidmore Mindfulness program of ORSL is grounded in the spirituality and history of yogic tradition and open to all students, regardless of experience or religious or secular identity.

Contact: orsl@skidmore.edu

 

More to come! Want to request additional times or types of gatherings? Let us know: orsl@skidmore.edu or drop in to office hours or stop by Wilson Chapel during open hours. 

 

 

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