The following list includes official clubs and informal groups. Some are religious in focus; others include religious and spiritual events in their overall programming. Groups are open to all students, regardless of background or religious identity, and often include members from a range of religious backgrounds who are interested in learning more about specific traditions. Current students: Check SkidSync for updates and more information about specific clubs. Prospective students: Contact our office if you would like to get in touch with student leaders from these groups.
Skidmore Christian Fellowship (CF) is a member chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. CF meets weekly in large group (Ignite, on Fridays) and small group gatherings and plans larger events, holiday celebrations, service projects, and retreats on and off campus. Current students: Find CF on SkidSync. Contact the ORSL for more information.
Hayat is a student club that raises awareness about the diverse cultures, traditions and politics of South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Though not a religious group, the club often plans events that celebrate religious traditions from these regions, including Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Skidmore Hillel provides a community for Jewish students and serves as a resource for those interested in Jewish culture and religion. All are welcome. Hillel hosts weekly Shabbat services and dinners and provides opportunities to participate in Jewish holiday observances. Skidmore Hillel works to create an open, accessible and vibrant community. They host social, educational and Tikkun Olam (social action) events throughout the semester and work closely with the Coordinator of Jewish Student Life and other offices on campus to enrich Jewish life and interfaith engagement for the whole community. Current students: find Skidmore Hillel on SkidSync. You can also follow Hillel on Facebook, Instagram, and contact the ORSL Jewish Student Life Coordinator for more information.
Mindful Movement Club
Mindful Movement is an all-inclusive meditative movement club. Through regular classes and special workshops students explore a variety of movement-based practices including improvisational, yoga, and meditative movement. Current students: find Mindful Movement on SkidSync. Contact the ORSL Mindfulness Program Coordinator for more information.
Muslim Students Association
The Skidmore MSA is our newest club as of 2018! In previous semesters, Muslim students have coordinated with the ORSL and Hayat to hold Eid celebrations, attend local mosques for prayers and celebrations, carry out a refugee clothing drive, join for prayer at different locations on campus and generally build community. The MSA is excited to begin its first full year as an official club and to continue the work of supporting Muslim students and campus life more broadly. Current students: find the MSA on SkidSync. You can also learn more about the MSA on their Facebook page or by contacting the ORSL .
The Newman Club provides means for the spiritual, intellectual and social development of Catholic students at Skidmore. Each week, club members attend local masses, including the youth liturgy mass at St. Clements in Saratoga Springs. Car pools are available. Newman Club has also been involved with local and campus service projects, including interfaith collaborations. Masses can be arranged on campus by interested students in collaboration with the ORSL. Current students: find Newman Club on SkidSync. Contact the ORSL for more information.
A group of students gathers with members of local Quaker meetings every other week at Wilson Chapel for social time and worship. The group is open to Quaker students as well as those interested in learning more about the tradition. Contact the ORSL for more information.
Rejoice is a nondenominational inspirational choir that seeks to unite the Skidmore community through inspirational songs and songs of worship. Their music is inspired by gospel music and spiritual music of all kinds, and they perform both a capella and with their band. Auditions are held every semester, and performances happen on and off campus. Current students: Find Rejoice on SkidSync and look for audition flyers at the start of each semester. Contact the ORSL for more information.
What about other traditions?
Don't see your tradition listed here? Looking for something not offered by these clubs? Some students choose to start their own clubs or informal gatherings focusing on specific traditions or topics. Talk to the ORSL, and we can help you get started, join with groups already in progress, and connect with advisors on and off campus.