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.
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
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.
- 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
Connect with the ORSL:
To contact the ORSL, email Parker Diggory at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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.
12:15–12:35 p.m., Case Center 203, with Parker Diggory - varied traditions
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
Wilson Chapel - students only, all levels, mats and props provided
Parker Diggory, 1–3 pm, Case 203
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
Mindfulness & Meditation
12:15–12:35 p.m., Intercultural Center, Case 208
Tea, Text & Torah
1-1:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 2-4pm, Case 201
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
Student-led, with Skidmore Hillel
6:30 p.m., second floor of the dining hall unless otherwise announced. Free for students regardless 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
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
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.