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Religious Life

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Office of Religious Life

BSC Box 549017
Birmingham, AL 35254
205-226-4760 – voice
205-226-7023 – fax
Norton 120 (behind the post office and bookstore)

Jack Hinnen
Jack Hinnen

Norton 124

Laura Sisson

Laura Sisson
Director of Church Relations
Norton 120

Jennifer Lancaster

Jennifer Lancaster
Office Assistant for Religious Life
Norton 120

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Campus Ministers

Rev. Thomas Joyner
Episcopal Campus Minister
Trinity Commons Episcopal Student Center
1170 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Father Douglas Vu
Catholic Campus Minister
St. Stephen Catholic Church
1515 12th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Rev. Tom Franklin

Rev. Tom Franklin
Reformed University Fellowship

Rev. Craig Hawkins

Baptist Campus Minister
(205) 533-3372

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Religious Organizations

Wesley Fellowship

is about growing deeper in your faith with a “Wesleyan” flair.  As a College our denominational roots stretch back to John Wesley, an Anglican Priest who had plenty to say about personal and social holiness, radical hospitality, and grace.  LOTS of grace.  This fellowship carries out this theological prospective with fun and purpose.  We would love for you to join us.  Contact Jack Hinnen, Chaplain (205.226.4761 or

Interfaith Alliance

The purpose of the Interfaith Alliance (formerly Religious Life Fellows) is to encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation on campus, as well as to increase awareness of diverse faith traditions from around the world.

The Alliance program is open to a small group of students from diverse backgrounds who are both firm in their own faith convictions and interested in learning about other religions and promoting interfaith discussion at BSC.

Agnostics or those without an organized religious practice are also encouraged to apply. Members don't need to be religion experts, but should show initiative in building an interfaith community on campus, enthusiasm for working with people of different faiths, and willingness to question and be questioned.

Becoming a member of IA is meant to serve as an opportunity for you to grow and to learn about yourself, clarify your beliefs, and make new friends through experiences that will be both fun and challenging.

Contact Erica Brown ( or 205.226.4733) or Jack Hinnen, Chaplain (205.226.4761 or

Episcopal Campus Ministries

Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. in Yeilding Chapel

Eucharist for the campus community is held each Tuesday at 11:45am in the Chapel in a half-hour, simple service. In addition, BSC students are invited to connect with students from UAB and Samford at Trinity Commons, the Birmingham Episcopal Campus Ministry Center at UAB. Worship and dinner are held there each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. (Trinity Commons, 1170 11th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205).

Contact: Rev. Thomas Joyner (
Web site:

Catholic Campus Ministries

Pizza and Prayer, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. 2nd Fl. Norton

In addition to activities on campus, BSC students are invited to connect with students from UAB and Samford at St. Stephen Catholic Chapel at UAB. Worship and dinner are held there each Sunday evening at 5 p.m. (St. Stephen, 1515 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205)

Contact: Sister Karen Ann Lortscher (
Web site:

Reformed University Fellowship

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Chapel

RUF is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). A weekly large group gathering is held in the Chapel with other small group Bible studies available at other places and times.

Contact: Rev. Tom Franklin (
Web site:

Want to start a ministry at BSC?

Religious organizations at BSC are coordinated by the Office of the Chaplain. Please check out our Religious Life Policies for more information on starting a religious group on campus.

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Worship on Campus

There are many opportunities to worship on Campus.  Most of them are in the Chapel, but some aren’t.  More information coming, but for now, just give Jack a call – 205.226.4761 or

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Yeilding Chapel Yeilding Chapel

Open 24/7/365 for Prayer and Meditation

Located between the Olin Center and the Meyer Planetarium, this round structure, highlighted by a central altar and vivid stained glass windows, serves as the center of religious life on campus. Services are held weekly in the Chapel and reflect the diversity of the Christian tradition. Service projects, Bible studies, small group discussions, and retreats are all a part of religious life at the college, which encourages the development of a mature faith and an understanding of the varieties of religious experience.

Symbolism in the Chapel Windows

The basic theme of the nave of Yeilding Chapel is a celebration of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This theme is dramatized by the colors and events in the seasons of the Christian year. In brief, the Christian year seeks to tell the story of the great events of the life of Christ and, therefore, to relate once more in yet another way the themes of the Gospel. There are six major seasons in the Christian year, in chronological order: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Trinity. (Trinity is sometimes divided into two sub-seasons: Pentecost and Kingdomtide.) These six seasons comprise two liturgical cycles. One cycle revolves around the birth of Jesus and the other around his crucifixion/resurrection. For more information on the specific symbols, you may explore the links below.

3D Animation of the Yeilding Chaple Interior.

Reserving the Chapel

The Chapel may be reserved for worship services, gatherings of religious groups, and other rituals, including weddings of BSC faculty, staff, alumni, or current students. It has 108 seats, a Shantz organ,a Yamaha upright piano, and full A/V capabilities (tapes, CDs, DVDs, powerpoint). The Chapel may be reserved through the Office of Facilities and Events (226-4904).


From the Bruno Entrance, turn left immediately after the gate, cross the exit drive, and continue to the stop sign. Turn left and follow the road around to the second stop sign. Park in the lot to your left and walk up the hill to the Chapel.

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