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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 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 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m. during the school year.

NOTE: The schedule below is from spring semester 2018. We provide it here as an example of the weekly programing students can look forward to, though the schedule will be adjusted somewhat for the fall. 


Christian prayer
12:15–12:35 p.m., Case Center 203
Restorative yoga with Mindful Movement Club
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel *
students only*


Mindfulness and meditation
12:15–12:35 p.m., ICC
Office hours
Parker Diggory, 1–3 pm, Case Center 203
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 1:30–3 p.m., Case Center 201


Tea and Talmud
2–2:30 p.m., Case Center 202

Office hours
3:30–4:30 p.m., Matina Zobel, Case 202

Zen meditation
6:25–8:30 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel


Mindfulness  and meditation
12:15–12:35 p.m., Wilson Chapel

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

Restorative yoga and sound healing
5–6 p.m., Wilson Chapel


Muslim prayer
drop-in noon–3:30 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel

Shabbat services
5:15–6:15 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel

Shabbat dinner
6:30 p.m., second floor of the dining hall unless otherwise announced.

Skidmore Christian Fellowship—Ignite!
7 p.m., ICC, large group gathering


Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.

5–6:15 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel


Quaker gatherings
3–4 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning January 28

5–6:15 p.m.,
Wilson Chapel

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