While Middlebury has never had any official affiliation with any particular religion, it is a place where most of the world's spiritual traditions are represented—often in the form of a lively student organization.
Student Religious Organizations are registered with the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership. They have filed formal constitutions and submitted budgets to the Finance Committee. Officers and contact people for these organizations are listed in the College Directory. New groups occasionally emerge; please contact the Chaplain’s Office if you are interested in forming a new group.
We list all the currently active student religious organizations below, with a brief description of the group, a contact person, and a link to the group's website (if they have one). Just click on the group name, and the information will open up; click the name again to close it.
Obviously not every faith community is currently represented. If you would like help finding representatives of faith communities and resources which are not listed, please contact the Office of the Chaplain at 443-5626 and we will do our best to address your concerns.
Religious Life Council
The Religious Life Council brings together the leaders of all student religious groups on campus for shared programming, conversation, and friendship. The group works with the Chaplain’s Office to oversee religious life on campus, to advise the Chaplains, to facilitate communication and cooperation between student religious organizations, and offer speakers and events on spiritual and religious topics. We meet for monthly lunchtime meetings on Tuesdays.
The Religious Life Council works to create a framework that allows students who value the life of the spirit to join together as a force on campus, within the context of their differing faiths, to effectively address the moral issues which face them and their peers. If you are interested in learning more about the Religious Life Council, contact the Office of the Chaplain, Hathaway House, extension 5626. Or email Ellen McKay, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To provide members of the Buddhist faith community, as well as people interested in Buddhist philosophy, with an outlet that enables them to safely discuss Buddhism and its relevance to their lives and to Middlebury in a group setting.
Contact Chaplain Laurie Jordan, email@example.com
Christian Orthodox Association
The Christian Orthodox Association connects the Christian Orthodox students of Middlebury College with their tradition by enabling them to celebrate regular liturgies on campus, to hold spiritual discussions, and to pay regular visits to Orthodox churches and monasteries in New England.
Contact Martin Naunov '17, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Science Organization
The Christian Science Organization, when active, offers the College Community the opportunity to learn about Christian Science by holding regular meetings for reading, testimony, and discussion. They have sponsored Christian Science lectures and have supported the spiritual growth of individual members. The Christian Science Organization welcomes students and members of the College community who are interested in sharing and growing in Christian Science or simply learning more about it.
Contact The Chaplain's Office at ext. 5626, email@example.com
Gather is a community of progressive Christians and friends – non-Christian and Christian alike – grounded in tradition but hoping to break cycles of oppression and injustice by promoting the values of compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, and radical inclusivity as Jesus taught. Our goal is to explore multiple expressions of faith in community by holding student-led worship services; providing opportunities for personal reflection, service, and activism; and facilitating discussions of modern Christian life, social issues, and more.
Contact: Jonathan O’Dell ’18, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillel is a social and cultural, as well as religious, organization committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements. Hillel provides leadership opportunities for developing Jewish life and identity on campus. The organization holds a weekly lunchtime business meeting and conducts a weekly Friday evening Shabbat service and dinner in Freeman International Center.
Contact Josh Berlowitz '16 and Shelby Friedman '16, Co-Presidents, email@example.com
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
IVCF provides worship and small group experiences to support the personal discipleship of Christian students on campus. They sponsor study groups, prayer groups, visiting lecturers and opportunities for service to the wider community. The purpose of this club is to engage the campus with the gospel, to help students find a personal relationship with God, to develop the faith of the members, and to bring related programs to campus. The Fellowship also welcomes students who want to learn more about the Christian faith in the context of a believing community.
Contact Leadership Board members Liz Stasior '17.6 and Gilbert Kipkorir '16, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyful Noise is an informal group of students who meet for Christian worship and singing on Sunday evenings. Look for signs on campus bulletin boards announcing their meetings.
Contact Mattei Epure '16, President, email@example.com
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
The Latter-Day Saints Student Association exists to unite Mormon students, making available worship, social, and learning opportunities for them and for those interested in learning about Mormonism.
Contact the Chaplain’s Office at ext. 5626, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlebury Student Quakers
Middlebury Student Quakers is the group for students who want to experience Quaker worship, meet other spiritually-engaged students, and take a little time out of their busy schedules to center and reflect.
We meet every Sunday to worship in the traditional manner of Quakers. We encourage you to join us, whether you consider yourself Quaker or not.
Normally we meet at 4:00pm on Sundays in the Scott Center for Religious Life. Every third Sunday of the month we join the Quaker community in town for their worship off campus.
It is also our goal to bring speakers to campus on topics relevant to the Quaker testimonies, and to share Quaker principles with the College.
Contact Caley Henderson '18, President, email@example.com
The Middlebury Organization Supporting All Identities and Cultures is a new interfaith programming group that focuses on building religious pluralism between students of all beliefs and ways of life -- including students without a faith tradition. We view religious and philosophical differences as bridges of cooperation rather than rigid divides, and seek to identify projects and build relationships based on core values of love, altruism, helping others, and the search for inner and outer peace. We celebrate the wide spectrum of world views that are represented at Middlebury.
Contact Eli Susman ’18.5, Co-Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Student Association was founded to provide a forum for people interested in Islam and Islamic issues. Simultaneously, the Society is intended to create a conducive environment for all the Muslim students at Middlebury College to practice and maintain their religion.
Contact Mariam Khan '16 and Hasher Nisar '16, Co-Presidents, email@example.com
Newman Catholic Student Organization
This Roman Catholic community on campus is involved in religious, social and volunteer activities. Newman sponsors a mass every Sunday evening in Mitchell Green Lounge.
Contact Meaghan Hickey '18, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prajna is an informal group that gathers on Monday evenings at Hathaway House for guided meditation from teachers representing a variety of traditions. Students who have meditation experience, as well as those who are just curious, are always welcome.
Contact Mandy Kimm '17 and Austin Kahn '17.5, Co-Facilitators, Prajna@middlebury.edu
South Asian Student Association
The South Asian Students Association provides a venue for students to explore various aspects of South Asia such as religion, identity, decolonization, political conflict, food, film, and literature. We plan events such as festivals, dinners, discussion sessions, and film screenings and collaborate with other groups to explore South Asian cultures and religions. We hope to create a shared space that recognizes that South Asian culture is not limited to nation states as it transcends boundaries and can take on diverse forms.
Contact Priyanjali Sinha '18, President, email@example.com
Unitarian-Universalists of Middlebury
Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal, liberal religious tradition based on a celebration of religious pluralism and respecting these principles: the inherent worth and dignity of each person, justice and compassion in human relations, acceptance and affirmation of one another’s spiritual growth, a free search for truth and meaning, and respect for the interdependent web of all life. Middlebury College UU’s provides a place for connection and a forum for exploration of these principles by students, faculty and staff. Their meetings and events are open to all.
Contact Tim Fraser '16, President, firstname.lastname@example.org