Spiritual life on campus is as varied as those who participate in creating this unique community. Many students, faculty and staff at Green Mountain College share an interest in making the connection between concern for the earth and care for the soul. We look for ways to bring this interest alive in a variety of settings.
Throughout the academic year, the chaplain’s office at Green Mountain College sponsors groups and leads activities focused on spiritual health. Current offerings include:
Guided Meditation. Meditation is a practice that allows you to take some time to breathe deeply, relax and renew. Guided meditation adds the dimension of having someone lead us in the relaxation process, often inviting us to go on an imaginative journey with the intention of letting go of stress. It is not specific to any particular spiritual tradition, although many religions have discovered and made use of its benefits. Come and practice with us!
Religious Life Committee. GMC’s Religious Life Committee coordinates a variety of religious programs and activities on campus and beyond, including outreach to local congregations and to the two United Methodist conferences near which we are located. Future plans include bringing in a variety of speakers on specific religions, spirituality, tolerance and diversity as well as helping to plan a campus-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They are also working to connect GMC’s United Methodist heritage with the college’s commitment to sustainability and social justice.
Christian Fellowship. This group meets for coffee and tea before walking into Poultney for church services on Sunday mornings. They also gather weekly for Bible Study, often enjoying dinner together and a time of informal connection.
Student Initiatives. There are always a variety of student-initiated spiritual activities on campus. Past activities have included various kinds of meditation both indoors and outside, morning chanting in the chapel, Tai Chi, yoga, meditative art projects, drumming circles, shamanic journeying, guided meditation and the building of a meditation hut.
Labrynth. Labyrinths trace their roots back to some of the oldest cathedrals on earth. The campus labyrinth, a project conceived and built by students, faculty and staff, is located next to the Griswold Library. It offers a space for prayer, meditation and centering, and incorporates the Green Mountain College love of the out-of-doors into its very form.
One-on-one conversations. Our chaplain is available for individual consultation or counseling Tuesday 3-4 pm, Friday 1-2 pm, or on an appointment basis. She is comfortable working with students, faculty or staff on issues that touch at the heart of what it means to be human such as:
- The quest to live a meaningful life
- Spirituality or religion as a resource for living well
- Relationship issues
- Stress reduction techniques (meditation, guided imagery, etc.)
- Working with dreams
- Planning weddings and life celebrations
Rev. Shirley Oskamp