The following are student clubs connected to the ORSL. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 gratherings and plans larger events, holiday celebrations, service projects, and retreats on and off campus. Current students: Find CF on SkidSync.
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.
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.
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.
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 peformances happen on and off campus. Current students: Find Rejoice on SkidSync and look for audition flyers at the start of each semester.
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 religoius group, the club often plans events that celebrate religious traditions from these regions, including Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
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.
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.