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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!

2022-2023 Scott Center Events Coming Up

Thursdays, starting November 10

Revolving Reflections  

McCullough Reflection Space

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Join us every Thursday afternoon for 5 separate 10-minute guided meditations with a few minutes of space between each reflection for people to come and go.  In the McCullough Reflection Space, above the Crest Room.  Led by Mindfulness Fellow Emma Cortina ‘24.5.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas  

Middlebury Chapel

interior view of the chapel with full audience and Christmas wreaths

This annual traditional program combines choral music, congregational singing, and the Biblical texts of the season. The celebratory community service (held at both 4:00 and 7:00 pm) features the Middlebury College Choir, performing under the direction of Ronnie Romano, and readings by students, faculty, and staff.

There will be large-print programs available, and the 4:00 service will have ASL interpretation.  George Matthew Jr. rings in the service with selections on the chapel carillon. Donations are collected for local charities.  Vaccinations are required, and masking is encouraged.

every other Monday: Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and 28, Dec. 12

Grief and Loss Group  

contact Nick Parrish for location, nparrish@middlebury.edu

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Join with others to discuss the lifelong process of navigating grief and loss.  New students are welcome at any time.  Questions?  Email Nick Parrish, nparrish@midd.

Monday-Friday

Weekday Morning Meditation Sits  

McCullough Reflection Room (3rd floor)

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Every weekday morning at 8:15 am in the McCullough Reflection Space (take a left after leaving the door to The Grille, and then up the stairs).  Come as you are!  No experience necessary.

Every Tuesday, starting Sept. 27

The SlowDown  

46 South St.

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Take a breath, slow it down, and use your creative mind!
 
Each week we’ll have materials for different projects — collaging on notebook covers and containers, origami, watercolors for illustrating poetry, etc.
 
We’ll be serving hot homemade chai and homemade cookies. 

Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 14

Wakeful Wednesdays  

Middlebury Chapel

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Join Spiritual and Religious Life Dean Mark R. Orten for 20 minutes 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 personal, political, racial, ecological and other upheavals.
 

beginning Sept. 11 (every second Sunday of the month)

Shape Note Singing  

Mitchell Green Lounge, McCullough Student Center

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Please note: December’s singing features traditional shape-note carols and seasonal tunes. We’ll be caroling off-campus. For more information, contact David: middleburyshapenote@gmail.com

Described as spiritual, joyful, powerful, and raucous, Shape Note (or Sacred Harp) singing is a traditional American style of four-part, a capella, community singing popular in the United States before the Civil War. This style still thrives across the US and in the UK, with strongholds in the American South and New England. It is called Shape-Note because the notes of the scale are indicated by distinctive shapes and names: Fa – triangle, Sol – circle, La – square, and Mi – diamond. 

No training or musical ability is necessary; the tradition emphasizes participation, not performance.  Led by Professor Emeritus David Rosenberg of the Middlebury Shape Note Singers.

 

Recent Events

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Midd Humanists Dinner & Discussion: Of God and Machines  

46 South Street

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This month’s Table Talk discussion will feature an essay by Stephen Marche exploring the parallels between theistic language and concepts, and the rise of artificial intelligence, particularly NLP (Natural Language Processing). The article can be accessed here. 

Midd Humanists is a community gathering space led by Affiliate Humanist Chaplain Professor Bill Vitek at the Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life. Join us for non-theistic, inquiry-based, and action-centered conversation and celebration.

All are welcome!  All-vegetarian dinner from Taste of India. Please RSVP at go/humanistsdinner by Monday, Nov. 14, at noon.

Please park on South Street as there is no parking on Chipman Park.

Thursday, November 3

Healing Space for Processing Climate Change  

46 South St.

cartoon-style drawing of a person on a small iceberg with red sky

A collaboration between the Climate Action Capacity Project’s Climate Action Fellowship and The Scott Center for Spiritual & Religious Life as a way to hold space for the intense and sometimes overwhelming emotions that come with climate change.

Tea and light snacks will be provided, as well as a journal and pen which will be used for one of the voluntary activities.

Please note that if you drive, you should park on South Street, not along Chipman Park.

Also, if you have any accessibility or other needs, please feel free to reach out to hfatima@middlebury.edu.

October 7-9, 2022

Fall Family Weekend Activities  

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Friday, Oct. 7
1:30-2:15 pm 
Islamic Jumma Prayer Services
Forest Hall, Islamic Prayer Space, Lower Level
 Join the Muslim Students Association for Friday prayer services!

Friday, Oct. 7
5:30-6:30 pm Shabbat Services 
6:30-7:30 pm Shabbat Dinner
Jewish Center at Freeman International Center
 
Sunday, Oct. 9
10:00-11:30 am
Hillel Bagel Brunch
Jewish Center at Freeman International Center
Join Hillel for a bagel brunch with all the trimmings!

September 25-27, and Oct. 4-5

High Holidays  

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Please use go/highholidays to see a full schedule of High Holidays events

Sunday, Oct. 2

Addison County CROP Hunger Walk  

Middlebury Town Green

ten college hocket players beneath CROP Walk finish line banner

Update:  as of November 30, we have raised over $20,700!

Addison County residents and Middlebury College students come together in this annual event to raise funds for our local food shelves and for Church World Services sustainability, disaster relief, and hunger-fighting projects worldwide.  This year we are happy to welcome Jeanne Montross, Executrive Director of HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) as our Honorary Chair.

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 Jewett if you have questions at emckay@middlebury.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Dinner and Conversation: Happiness -- A Humanist's Perspective  

46 South St.

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Join us at 46 South Street for a delicious all-vegetarian Taste of India dinner and conversation, facilitated by Affiliate Humanist Chaplain Prof. Bill Vitek.
 
Questions about happiness are central to how we live and organize our lives, and it has been studied by philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and all manner of social sciences. Our conversation will be focused on a letter that Roman philosopher and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to his brother Gallio around A.D. 58, and discussed recently in an essay in The Atlantic by Arthur Brooks. Seneca was a bit of a happiness expert, having written about it throughout his life, and despite having chronic pain for decades and being ordered by the Emperor to take his own life. Are there lessons in this ancient document for our own times? Brooks thinks so.  Here’s a link to Brook’s article and to Seneca’s letter. 

Please RSVP here if you can come! 

September 13, 2022

Welcome Back Dinner!  

46 South St.

colorful vegetarian food in stoneware dish

Leaders and members of spiritual & religious life student orgs, MOSAIC Interfaith House residents, and friends are invited to join us for an all-vegetarian dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Scott Center, 46 South Street. Catered by the fantastic local Lebanese chef Baba, it’s a celebration of the vibrancy of spiritual and religious life at Middlebury! Please contact Ellen McKay Jewett at emckay@middlebury.edu if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

September 6-10, 2022

Scott Center Orientation Events  

Check our Welcome New Students page for a full schedule of Scott Center events for first-years and their families.

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
46 South Street
Middlebury, VT 05753