2017-18 Scott Center Events

Judaism Lunch & Learn

Every Friday, starting Oct. 27
12:45-1:30 pm
Ross Fireplace Lounge

Are you curious about why Cain killed Abel? Or about the women who made the exodus from Egypt possible?

Join Rabbi Danielle for a weekly lunch discussion on the Torah portion of the week. No preparation or prior knowledge is necessary; all are welcome. Bring your lunch from the dining hall. Come to all or just drop in.

Wednesday Mindfulness Meditation

4:30 pm
McCullough Reflection Space

Please join us for a weekly mindfulness meditation group. Together we will practice silent sitting and walking meditation, with brief instructions for both.  It is suitable for experienced and beginning mediator alike.  Drop-in occasionally or come to them all.  Led by Associate Chaplain Danielle Stillman and sponsored by Prajna.  

All-Campus Mindfulness: Weekly Meditation in Mead Chapel

Wednesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm

In light of the seemingly constant news regarding natural disasters, violence and political unrest around the world, we are instituting a weekly quiet half-hour for anyone in the campus community to come together for lightly guided meditation or quiet reflection during this time.  Led by the dean of spiritual and religious life and invited guests.

No experience is necessary. Please enter quietly. All are welcome.

May we be together in both the tumult and in quietness, committing ourselves to the change that the world needs.

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Mead Memorial Chapel

Lessons & Carols for Advent and Christmas, an annual traditional program combining choral music, congregational singing and the biblical texts of the season, takes place on Sunday, Dec. 10, in Middlebury College's Mead Memorial Chapel.  Chaplain Laurel Macaulay Jordan '79 will officiate at this celebratory community service.  George Matthew Jr. will ring in the service with selections on the chapel carillon; and the Middlebury College Choir will perform under the direction of Jeff Buettner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

There will be two services, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.  Donations collected for local charities.

Recent Events

Scott Center Fall Family Weekend Events

Friday, October 13

Jumma Prayers
1:00 pm
Islamic Center, Lower Level Forest Hall
Please join members of the Muslim Student Association for their Friday prayers

Hillel Shabbat Services
5:30 pm
Everyone is welcome at the Jewish Center for a student-led Shabbat service.

Sunday, October 15

Ecumenical Christian “Double Bonus” Coffee Hour
10:00 am-noon
Stop by the Scott Center for hot and cold beverages, and a variety of scrumptious treats.  Meet Chaplain Laurie Jordan, Dean Mark Orten, and a spectrum of Christian students to learn about religious life on campus.  Why “double bonus”? Because you can come to Coffee Hour for any length of time during 2 hours and we will have way more than just coffee!

Hillel Bagel Brunch
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Jewish Center at Freeman International Center
Join students and parents for delicious food and schmoozing, and take the opportunity to meet Rabbi Danielle Stillman, our new Jewish chaplain.

40th Annual Addison County CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Registration begins at noon; walk begins at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury Town Green

CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Join hundreds of Addison County residents in a fun 2-mile walk to raise money for seven local food shelves and for hunger and sustainability projects around the world.

Call Patty Hallam at 388-1561 for a walker packet, or click here to go straight to our page online to start raising money by emailing your friends and family, or sharing via social media.

Last year, our little Addison County walk raised over $24,200 and was the highest-grossing CROP Hunger Walk in all of Vermont.  And in the top 10 out of the 84 walks in all of New England!

Note: our total raised as of Oct. 16 is $24,306.90!

The money we raise goes to Church World Service disaster relief, education, and agricultural sustainability projects around the world, and also benefits seven Addison County food shelves:    

  • The John Graham Shelter in Vergennes
  • H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects)
  • Middlebury Summer Lunch Program
  • The Have-A-Heart Food Shelf in Bristol
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
  • The Vergennes Community Food Shelf
  • The Charter House Coalition (Middlebury Community Suppers)

High Holidays 5778 Schedule

Wednesday, September 20
7:00 p.m.    Evening Service at Mead Chapel
      Babysitting space in Hepburn Lounge*
Following services:  “Apples and Honey” Reception Forest East Lounge

Thursday, September 21
9:30 a.m.    Shacharit – Morning services at Mead Chapel
       Babysitting space in Hepburn Lounge*
5:00 p.m.   Tashlich Service at Otter Creek Footbridge, Marble Works side

Friday, September 22
9:30 a.m.    Shacharit – Morning Services and babysitting space at Havurah House*

Friday, September 29
6:30 p.m.    Kol Nidre at Mead Chapel
      Babysitting space in Hepburn Lounge*

Saturday, September 30
9:30 a.m.    Shacharit – Morning Service at Mead Chapel
                    Babysitting space in Hepburn Lounge*
11:15 a.m.  Yizkor – Memorial Service at Mead Chapel
5:00 p.m.    Minchah – Afternoon Service and Ne’ilah – Concluding Services at Mead Chapel
7:00 p.m.    Shofar Blowing and Havdalah at Mead Chapel
       Break-the-Fast to follow. Reservations required; contact emckay@middlebury.edu

*Babysitting space is provided, but Havurah does not provide babysitters.

Student Services/Student Activities Fair

Friday, September 22, 2017
4:30-6:00 pm
Main Quad (outside McCullough Student Center)

Look for us at the Scott Center table at the Student Services/Student Activities Fair on Sept. 22! 

Labyrinths: An Open Source Archetype for Creating Sacred Space

Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 pm
Axinn 229

Click here to see a short video of our beautiful new labyrinth being created!

A walking labyrinth is being constructed Sept. 14-16 at the organic garden (now known as The Knoll). Please join friends of The Knoll, the Scott Center, and the Mindfulness Initiative to welcome renowned master labyrinth designer and builder Lars Howlett for an inspiring and insightful artist's talk reflecting on ten years of experiments and explorations along life's winding path. Learn the principles for creating sacred space and how intention, design, materials, site, and alignment benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it. Lars will share stories and a slideshow from his personal projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world.

If you are interested in volunteering to help build on Friday or Saturday, please click here or contact Ellen McKay, emckay@middlebury.edu

Then, on Saturday, September 16, please join us at The Knoll more events in honor of the Middlebury College Garden's 15th anniversary!

  • 10 am-noon: Labyrinth construction workshop with artist-in residence Lars Howlett
  • 7:30 pm:  Havdallah (Jewish evening prayers) and bonfire

Scott Center Open House

Monday, September 4, 2017
1:00-3:00 pm

Scott Center staff welcomes new students to Hathaway House for tours and conversation.