The Chaplain's Office is located in the Charles P. Scott Center (also known as Hathaway House), next door to the Admissions Office at 135 South Main Street (on the corner of Route 30 and Porter Field Road). Click here to see a map to our building.
Hathaway House is used for a variety of meetings and programs. We offer:
- a living room that can comfortably seat groups up to twenty;
- a small kitchen with a stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator;
- a meditation room with cushions that can seat up to ten people;
- a library of books on wide variety of spiritual and religious topics, which are cataloged in MiddCat, the college library catalog;
- a small workroom with table for six people;
- a handicapped-accessible entry and bathroom.
Please contact Ellen McKay (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk about using Hathaway House for your meeting or event.
Spiritual Journeys -- Stories from Students and Chaplains
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Mitchell Green Lounge
Lunch will be served.
The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life sponsors this series of informal conversations about questions that matter in our lives.
Katie Pett '14: My faith is the single most important thing in my life. During orientation I found out about one of the Christian groups on campus, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Two years later I've found some of the deepest and most honest friendships I've ever had. These relationships weren't simply products of time spent together; they came from a collective pursuit for truth. This group was formed as a safe place to ask questions about who this Jesus guy is. There's a community of trust that no question is too big or small and we'd work together to find some answers. This questioning has freed me to have honest conversations with peers across campus - from all sorts of spiritual or non-religious backgrounds. Faith is a big question and no one has all the answers. Learning is about asking and these spiritual life groups give students a space to naturally discuss, form communities, and invite others into that discussion.
Mori Rothman, '11: Having a spiritual life on campus helped inform my entire experience at Middlebury. For me, college was about building community and learning about how to become a better person, which are both things I searched for in my spiritual life. I felt that people were largely very open to learning and understanding where I was coming from in terms of my spiritual practice-- and in some ways, I found Jewish practice easier at Middlebury than I do now, living in Jerusalem, in that it was less politicized and less rigid, and it felt like there was, in some ways, more space to struggle with and to embrace religion and religious practices than in most other places I've been in the world.
Blake Harper '15: I wish people understood that my immediate and ultimate concerns are not with what job I get, what I do on the weekend or who I call my friend. So many things that we do in college seem to distantly revolve around certain, relatively concentric, ultimate concerns and I want people to know that mine are a little different, which makes certain activities, internships and beliefs less integral to my idea of progress and personal development. This broadening of my level of comfort has also made it much easier to pursue a liberal arts education. Not only do I feel open to a broad array of experiences, but I feel grateful for them as well. When new classes and activities are approached with gratitude and wonder, it can go miles for your engagement. I've found that by approaching my studies with God behind, beside and beyond me I can get a great deal more out of them. Practicing mindfulness, meditation and transcendence can also do wonders for your intellect, and has been nice to feel sharper, more aware and more closely connected to the intuitive, creative brain.
Charlie Arnowitz '13: I am a proud member of Middlebury’s Jewish community. To me, there is something special and deeply spiritual about taking a few hours at the end of every week to transition into the weekend, and also real value in being involved with Jewish cultural activities. I wish people understood that in Judaism, our community is simultaneously the foundation of both our tradition and of our contemporary world outlooks. And at Middlebury, being involved in that community is, for many, an important connection to our home lives and to our values. If a liberal arts education is meant to enrich the whole person, then being involved in spiritual life, for me, has provided another lens for looking at the world and thinking about the things I learn in class and the things I do everyday.
Yuan Lim '12: Often, students and friends are surprised that I participate in spiritual or religious activities on campus. However, the curiosity quickly turns into indifference or good humor. A resignation that they have to compete with "God" for my social time. As if "God" or my spiritual life forms a competing extra-curricular activity or friend group. This impression might be justified, given that spiritual life on campus revolves around gatherings of friends with similar faith backgrounds. And that spiritual-oriented student organizations are an "extra-curricular" entity after all. Yet, I see being engaged in spiritual life on campus as a life expression that extends beyond scripture studies or praise songs into all aspects of campus life. Meaning that my spiritual life isn't another interest I have on the side, but is inseparable from my interactions with friends, recreation, and learning. Consequently, my involvement allows me to view Middlebury's liberal arts education through an added lens. As opposed to coloring every aspect with spirituality, it adds depth to otherwise secular discussions and learning. Even from an academic standpoint, spirituality consists of an important part of many people's lives. Hence, hopefully I will be able to empathize with and understand the greater complexities working in all peoples lives and choices through the lens of spirituality.
Bread for the Journey Christian Prayer Services
Jan. 17 and 31, Feb. 28, March 13, April 3 and 17
Freeman International Center Annex
We will begin in candlelight with a brief service of evening prayer in the Christian tradition, led by Chaplain Laurie Jordan. We will share a simple family-style meal together following the service. No RSVP necessary.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Atwater Dining Hall
RSVP's are required; please call Ellen McKay at 802-443-5626, or email email@example.com.
Presented by Middlebury College Hillel, The Chaplain's Office, and
Havurah--The Jewish Community of Middlebury.
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Alumni Stadium (Kirk Alumni Center in case of rain)
Ecumenical Christian service led by Chaplain Laurie Jordan. All are welcome.
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.
We are educators, pastors, worship leaders, and advocates. We help create a campus atmosphere that is open to religious faith and practice, and encourages moral reflection and spiritual development.
The Chaplain's Office exists as an expression of the College's longstanding commitment to the education of the whole person. For over two centuries, Middlebury College has strived to be a place where a student's intellectual, spiritual, and moral character can grow and flourish. This is the meaning of the College's motto, Scientia et Virtus, knowledge and virtue.
With a geographically diverse student body, our campus is home to a rich spectrum of the earth's religious traditions. We create opportunities for fruitful interfaith dialogue and to foster respect for the religious beliefs and practices of the people who make up the Middlebury community. We offer our support to many different student religious organizations and also connect people to a variety of nearby faith communities.
We also provide pastoral care and counseling to members of the campus community. Sometimes this means reaching out to people who are in crisis, hospitalized, ill, or grieving. More often it means simply having friendly conversations on all kinds of topics with the students who stop by during our open office hours. Please feel free to contact us with your questions or to stop by Hathaway House so we can get to know you.