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Religious and Spiritual Life

 Welcome! Want to get involved in Religious and Spiritual Life this semester? 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. 

Upcoming Holidays

Sukkot: Evening of Sunday, September 23rd - Evening of Sunday, September 30th 

  • Help build the Sukkah: 3pm Sunday, September 23rd on Case Green outside of Palamountain Hall 
  • Lulav and etrog will be available in the sukkah 
  • Storytelling and Pizza, Monday September 24th
  • Sukkot observances with Saratoga Chabad, Tuesday September 25th
  • Rain location: Ladd 207 "Hiding your Judaism?" student-led discussion, Wednesday, September 26th, 6pm 
  • Skidmore Hillel Late Night at the Sukkah - Thursday, September 27th, Contact Hillel for more information 
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services at the Sukkah (instead  of Wilson Chapel) - Friday, September 28th, 5:15 pm
  • Havdalah and Jam Session at the Sukkah- Saturday, September 29th, 7:30 pm 
  • Brunch and Learn with Professor Cohen, topic: refugee crisis in Israel -Sunday, September 30th, 10:30 am at the sukkah
  • Connect with Skidmore Hillel, and follow the ORSL SkidSync and Facebook page for more details about Sukkot special events, 

Navatri, Dusshera, Durga Puja: Dates include October 9-18 

  • Connect with Hayat and the ORSL to help plan celebrations on campus (including a Garba night!) or to join students attending observances at the Hindu Temple in Albany. More information 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

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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 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

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 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. 

Fall 2018 Schedule. Weekly gatherings begin Friday, September 7th. Informal opportunities are available before then. Contact the ORSL for information. Events are open to students, staff, and faculty unless otherwise noted. 

MONDAY

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

Office Hours 
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 1-3 pm, Case 201. 
Martina Zobel, 3:30-5:30 pm, Case 202 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208 with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed 

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

Mussar &Meditation 
4:30-5:00 pm, Intercultural Center, Case 208, with Martina Zobel: drawing on Jewish tradition and open to all with a focus on personal growth

Zen Meditation
6:25–8:00 pm 
Wilson Chapel 

THURSDAY

Mindfulness & Meditation
12:15–12:35 p.m., Intercultural Center, Case 208

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

Office Hours 
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 2-4pm, Case 201

FRIDAY

Jummah Prayer
drop-in 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, with Skidmore Hillel 

Shabbat Dinner
6:30 p.m., second floor of the dining hall unless otherwise announced. Free for students regardless 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. Gatherings begin at 3 with fellowship, followed by worship 

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.