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Religious and Spiritual Life

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS

All are welcome to join in the celebrations! Join with others who share your traditions, learn about holidays that are new to you, and explore the diversity of this wonderful community. 

  • HANUKKAH
    • Monday, December 3rd: Game Night - 8pm in Tisch 108. Did you know they make Jewish versions of popular games? They do. And we have them. Also dreidels, coloring, and more.   
    • Tuesday, December 4th: Latke Cook-off and Storytelling  - 5:30 pm in Falstaff's. Help choose the best Latke recipe and Join Martina Zobel and friends for storytelling. 
    • Wednesday, December 5th: Jewish Identity Discussion: Join your peers in Ladd 206 at 6pm for a discussion about Jewish Identity and marriage, including the pressures to marry within the community.
    • Thursday, December 6th: Rugrats Chanukah Special - Movie night! Popcorn included. 8pm in Ladd 206
    • Friday, December 7th: Hanukkah Shabbat - Services at 5:15 in Wilson Chapel. Then come dressed in your best Hanukkah gear to a special Shabbat dinner at 6:30 upstairs in Murray-Atkins Dining Hall. Remember to RSVP before Tuesday night for dinner! (Contact Martina Zobel if you are not on the email list including the RSVP link)
    • Saturday, December 8th: Havdalah in the ICC at 5pm
    • Sunday, December 9th: Jelly Doughnuts andHillel Elections - 5:30 PM in the ICC. Candidate forms are due by Tuesday (see your Hillel emails for more information). Come choose your new executive board for the Spring Semester and enjoy some treats. 
  • SOUND HEALING AND RESTORATIVE YOGA: Thursday, December 6th, 4:30-5:30 at Wilson Chapel. Join ORSL staff Jennifer Schmid-Fareed and Martina Zobel for this wonderful practice. Restorative yoga includes gentle poses and slow transitions. As with all of our Mindfulness programming: every body is welcome, mats and supplies are provided, and no previous experience is necessary. Contact Jennifer Schmid-Fareed for more information. 
  • LIGHT SPIRITUALITY - Interfaith StudyBreak: Sunday, December 9th, 1:30 pm. Make a candle holder (for a reshall approved electric candle, provided), enjoy some guided light-focused meditation, learn and share about light-oriented religious traditions, enjoy some storytelling, and snacks!   
  • CHRISTMAS: Students! If you already know you will be on campus or in Saratoga Springs over winter break and would like to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas celebrations at a local church, contact our office. 

Ongoing:  Need a little reminder to take a break and take a breathe? Been meaning to go to yoga or join in with a club? Remember that our weekly schedule is still going on and you can join in any time! See the bottom of this page for details.


 

 In response to the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh:

Our hearts break for those killed, injured, and mourning in Pittsburgh after the senseless attack at the Tree of Life * Or l'Simcha synagogue.  We wish each soul impacted by this tragedy R’fuah Sh’lemah,  complete healing of body and spirit. 

We know an act like this, in a sacred space on a day of prayer and shared devotion, brings a particular kind of pain, anger, and sometimes fear. Be extra kind to each other in the coming days as this impacts each of us differently.  We will continue to work with Skidmore Hillel and others in the community to respond with remembrance and care as we move forward. From Tehilim, Psalm 121: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come? My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”   

The Jewish Student Life Program and Skidmore Hillel gathered in response on Sunday evening (October 29th). There was also  a campus gathering on Tuesday, October 30th in remembrance and solidarity.Members of the Religious and Spiritual Life staff, the Office of Student Diversity Programs, the Counseling Center, and other campus support resources are all available for students who would like to reach out. 

 A statement form President Glotzbach was shared with the Skidmore College community and can be found here.


Skidmore ORSL

 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. 

 

  

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.