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.
(Re)Framing Faith: How LGBTQ Students of Color and Faith Make Meaning of Their Multiple Identities
Lecture by Chris Woods
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:00 p.m., Robert A. Jones Conference Room
There are very few, if any, spaces for LGBTQ college students of color and faith to integrate their identities in ways that are affirming and validating. Therefore, students are challenged to make meaning of their identities in unique ways in order to make space for all of these complicated intersections of identities. Join our guest speaker, Chris Woods, as he shares personal narratives and some of the findings of his research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith (re)frame their identities.
Chris Woods is Program Administrator at the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.
Free and open to the public.
Is the language of religion encouraging moral debate at Middlebury?
Or is it a conversation stopper? Read the article from the
Winter 2007 Middlebury Magazine.
The Religion Department at Middlebury seeks to acquaint students with the world's major religious traditions, with varieties of global religious experience, and with religious approaches to a broad range of topics and questions. We emphasize the study of individual religious traditions, because we hold that a solid understanding of one is crucial for developing an appreciation for other traditions and for religion as a fundamental human experience. We also maintain, however, that it is important for students to have experience with comparative approaches to the study of religion. Our curriculum strives to balance, then, intellectual immersion in the thought and history of distinct traditions with comparative analysis across multiple religions.
A major in religion is an excellent foundation from which to pursue training and careers in medicine, law, education, business, religious leadership, and journalism. (For details, see the "Our Alumni" section.) Midd alumni who majored in religion have been accepted into prestigious schools in each of these fields, as well as into the best programs in religious studies in the U.S. and Europe.
Because of its interdisciplinary nature, as well as its focus on critical reading and thinking, a religion major at Middlebury College is quintessential liberal arts education—superb intellectual preparation for an endless variety of career and life pursuits.