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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

WELCOME TO THE SPRING SEMESTER!

See below for our weekly schedule of gatherings for the semester. Note that there are now two 4pm meditation gatherings: Mondays and Thursdays in the ICC!

 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. 

 Spring Holidays: There will be events on campus for a number of religious observances. Plans are in the works for Purim, Holi, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Passover (including 1st and 2nd night seders), Easter, and Ramadan. Want to help plan these events, be notified of a particular schedule, or add an observance to the schedule? Contact our office or stop by! 

  

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. 

Spring 2019  

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. All are welcome, whether prayer is a regular part of your practice or not. 

Office Hours 
Martina Zobel, 3-5 pm, Case 202. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment.    

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208 with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

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. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 

WEDNESDAY

Zen Meditation
6:25–8:00 pm, Wilson Chapel. All are welcome. Meditation cushions and other supplies provided. Contact Holley Hodgins for more information.  

THURSDAY

Tea, Text & Torah
1-1:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel. Stop by for a casual discussion of topics and texts related to Jewish tradition. All are welcome, regardless of religious background. 

Office Hours 
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 2-4pm, Case 201. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4:00-4:20 p.m., Intercultural Center, Case 208, with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

FRIDAY

Jummah Prayer
gatherings occur 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 egalitarian services with Skidmore Hillel. All are welcome.  

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. All are welcome.  

SATURDAY

Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.
Contact mzobel@skidmore.edu

Yoga
5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel - with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed - all levels, mats provided

SUNDAY

Quaker Gatherings
3–4 pm, Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning January 27th (*note: March 24th location tbd), with members of local meetings. Gatherings begin at 3 with fellowship, followed by unprogrammed worship. All are welcome.

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.