Three students prepare dessert for Middlebury Community Supper.
Three students prepare dessert for Middlebury Community Supper hosted by the College’s Religious Life Council.

The Scott Center sponsors and hosts numerous ongoing events throughout the year.  Join us for any and all that appeal to you, and be sure to check back often to see what’s new and coming up!

Scott Center Events

Every Wednesday

Wednesday Wisdom for These Days  

See Zoom link below

single orange candle against dark backgroud

Join Spiritual and Religious Life Dean Mark R. Orten for a half-hour of quiet contemplation with reading and music for our times. Intentional silence and guided meditation will be interspersed with music and readings from secular worldviews and sacred traditions to open our awareness and to find strength and perspective for living during pandemical, political, racial, ecological and other upheavals. Until gatherings can be held live, connect each Wednesday by ZoomAll are welcome.  Please use password “wisdom.”

Thursday evenings, starting Oct. 15

College Vespers -- Christian Evening Prayer  

Mead Memorial Chapel

poster with mountains at sundown

College Vespers is a Christian worship service held each Thursday evening in Mead Chapel.  All are welcome at this peaceful, candle-lit gathering of prayer, music, readings, and meditative silence.  Led by Affiliate Chaplain Rev. Andy Nagy-Benson and sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life.

Thursday Nov.5, and Friday Nov. 6

Writing For Resilience  

online or Axinn 219

handwritten paper journal with spiral binding; pen lying on top with coffee cup nearby

Writing for oneself can help a person clarify, vent, grieve, and celebrate.  We will present two sessions, one virtual via Zoom on Nov. 5, and one in-person on Nov. 6 in Axinn 219.  Bring a pen and some paper and take this time to write down thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears as this election week comes to its end.  There will be guided writing prompts and warm-ups to get us going as we use writing to explore how this election has shaped our inner landscape.  Guided by Danielle Stillman, Rabbi and Associate Chaplain at the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

Monday, Nov. 2

Make Some Noise on Election Eve!  

McCullough Lawn

quilt showing multicolored hands on drum head

Join us in a collective expression of release and healing the night before the election. Bring your own noise-making/percussive objects (no wind instruments, please).  Led by Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life staff.    Space is limited to a maximum of 75 people, following all Covid guidelines.  Be sure to wear your face covering.  This event is for the Campus community only.

beginning Wed., Oct. 21

Grounding Social Action in Spiritual Practice  

via Zoom

dirt road going uphill through orange, red, and yellow fall foliage

Taught by Environmental Studies Professor Rebecca Gould and Rabbi/Associate Chaplain Danielle Stillman

A 6-week workshop, meeting weekly on Wednesdays, Oct. 21- Dec. 2
5:00-6:15 pm Eastern

The meetings will be held on Zoom, with opportunities for in-person connection if desired/possible in between the meetings.

In this time of a growing awareness of racial injustice, climate crisis, an unprecedented level of contention in the upcoming presidential election, and the feelings of disconnection that have accompanied the global pandemic of COVID-19, many of us are taking action or asking what we can do to build the world that we all deserve to live in. 

This 6-week workshop will draw on the Jewish spiritual practices of ethical action (mussar) and contemplative practice (hasidut) to help students discover and use spiritual practices to support their on-going or desired social justice work.  While the framing (and some of the language) of the workshop is grounded in Jewish traditions, practices such as contemplation and the cultivation of virtues are universal. 

As with our Winter/Spring 2020 workshop which included participants of all spiritual and cultural stripes, we are intentionally welcoming —indeed, hoping for —participants of any (or no) faith tradition to join together in common cause.
This workshop is right for you if you are already active in social change movements and are seeking support around burnout, inspiration, or a new way of thinking about strategy, and/or if you are not currently active in social change work but feel drawn to it and would like to explore that desire further.
The workshop will require some commitment beyond the hour and fifteen-minute weekly meeting: reading, personal practice of some of the techniques we will learn, and a weekly check-in with a “mussar” partner. These are the “practices” that, in fact, take some practice! The intention, of course, is that the practices will serve you and enrich your experience of the workshop.


Friday, October 30

Mawlid un Nabi Celebration  

via Zoom; see link below

photos of performers

Update: We will be joined by two exciting guest performers: world-renowned singer Jennifer Grout, and spoken word artist, Ahlaam Abduljalil!

Mawlid un Nabi is a traditional gathering during the month of Rabi’ul Awwal commemorating the birth of the The Noble Prophet (peace be upon him). Traditionally, this holiday is marked with communal gathering, singing, and food. Due to COVID restrictions, this gathering will be virtual and take place on Friday, October 30th at 6 pm. Chaplain Saifa Hussain will give a short bayan (talk) about the history, the importance of Mawlid, and the significance of Divine Love in Islam. This will be followed by student-led spoken word, creative expression, and discussion. We hope you can join!

October 9

Fall Family Weekend -- Hillel Meet and Greet  

via Zoom

Large blue M for Middlebury fills the center of a blue Star of David

Join Rabbi Danielle Stillman and the Hillel student board for a chance to meet other families and hear about Jewish Life at Middlebury. We will have a short reflection on the end of Sukkot, and get ready to welcome Shabbat. 

October 9

Fall Family Weekend -- Conversation with Scott Center Staff and Students  

via Zoom

multicolored symbols of world religions

Join the staff of the Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life for a conversation on religious life at the College today.  Learn more about virtual and in-person programming taking place this semester.

throughout September, ending on Oct. 4

Addison County CROP Hunger Walk  

various locations

Middlebury Congregational Church CROP Hunger Walk team, 2018

Update: as of November 4, we have raised over $19,000!

While the pandemic prohibits our usual format of a large community walk on a single day, we have re-imagined this year’s CROP Hunger Walk to maximize  efforts to raise money to end hunger while also assuring the safety and well-being of walkers. 

During the month of September, through October 4, individual walkers and family pods are creating their own walks of any length, a few blocks around town, walks on the TAM, in the mountains, and elsewhere.  Walkers might imagine they’re walking in an exotic location, such as the streets of Paris or along a beach in Bali.  Walkers are encouraged to take selfie photos as they walk, and to add a caption about why the CROP Hunger Walk is meaningful to them.  These should be sent to John McCright at the Addison Independent by 5:00 pm Monday, October 5.  The Addy Indy will then publish photos and captions of this year’s re-imagined CROP Hunger Walk.  Send pictures and captions to:  

Visit our CROP Hunger Walk page where you can learn more, register to start raising money either individually or as a team, and make an online donation. .  Please contact Ellen McKay if you have questions at

starting Sept. 18

High Holidays  

brightly colored wreath with apples, honey and pomegranates.  "Shana tova" spelled out inside wreath.

For a complete schedule of High Holidays programming and events, please click here.

Drop-In Orientation Sessions

We are looking forward to meeting new first-year students!  Please join us for any of the following live Zoom drop-in sessions.  Zoom links are in first-year students’ inboxes, in an email from Orientation, or contact Ellen McKay ( for a Zoom link.

Monday, August 24, 1:00–2:00 pm

Live Zoom drop-in for Christian families


Monday, August 24, 4:00–5:00 pm

Live Zoom drop-in for all families


Monday, August 31, 5:00–6:00 pm

Live Zoom drop-in for Jewish families


Tuesday, September 1, 5:00–6:00 pm

Live Zoom drop-in for Muslim families


Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
Hathaway House
135 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-5626