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Religious Life

Yeilding Chapel is always open for prayer and meditation.  If you would like to know more about what is going on in Religious Life at BSC, just visit, “Like” us on Facebook, come by our office in Norton 120 (behind the post office), or give us a call at 205-226-4760. \


COFFEE! Come by our office, Norton 120 (behind the post office) any time for coffee, (or tea or hot chocolate) and relax and hang out.

Serve Coffee, Serve the Community:  Join us Wednesdays to serve coffee and water to the homeless at Church of the Reconciler.  Meet in Battle Coliseum parking lot at 8am- back to campus by 9:30. 

Magic City Miracle  Sunday, September 28th, in and around Birmingham. Variety of projects available.  Check them out and register here:  Free t-shirt to the first 1000 people who bring canned food.

Brian McLaren Lecture Series on "Emerging Christianity in a 21st Century World" free to college students with registration.  September 19th and 20th at Canterbury United Methodist Church.  To register, contact Laura Sisson at or come by our office, Norton 120 by Tuesday, September 16 at 2pm.

LASAGNA AND THEOLOGY ... Theological Education Dinner: Tuesday, September 30th at 5pm the Great Hall, Norton.  If you are discerning ministry or interested in a dual degree with a theological component, join us for dinner and conversation with representatives from several seminaries and divinity schools.  Confirmed schools include Candler, Vanderbilt, Boston, Memphis, and Duke.  RSVP by Wednesday, September 24 to We will have lasagna, salad, rolls and apple cobbler.  Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions and we will accommodate you.

Muslim Student Association Welcome Party and Dinner: Come and meet the new Muslim Student Association at BSC and enjoy some food and fun. Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5pm in the Executive Dining Room, 3rd Fl. Norton. Everyone welcome! Bring your friends! RSVP ASAP to Dala Eloubeidi at

Weekly (starting September 1st)

Mondays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel starting September 1st

Baptist Campus Ministry:
Mondays at 7pm, 2nd Fl. Norton starting September 8th

Compline (Close of Day Prayers) with Tom Webster
Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:30pm, Yeilding Chapel starting September 1st

Episcopal Eucharist:
Tuesdays at 11:45am in Yeilding Chapel starting September 2nd

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF):
Wednesdays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel starting September 3rd

Catholic Campus Ministry:
Thursdays at noon in Yeilding Chapel starting September 4th

Wesley Fellowship (UMC Campus Ministry):
Thursdays at 6pm in the Hanson Loft starting September 4th

L.O.O.P (Living Out Our Purpose):
Fridays at 6pm, 2nd Fl. Norton

Religious Holidays:

August 2014

Kamal (Baha'i) August 1 The eighth Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Kamal is perfection.

Lammas (Wicca) August 1 Festival of First Fruits

Tish' a B'Av (Judaism) August 5 (begins sundown Aug. 4) The 9th day of Av, Fast day commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem and marking the exile of Jews from Israel.

Transfiguration (Christian – Western and new calendar Eastern) August 6 Transfiguration of Jesus to three disciples. He became radiant and Moses and Elijah appeared with him. It is considered to be one of the miracles of Jesus and is unique as it happens to Jesus himself.

Fravardeghan Days (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) August 8-17 Preparation for Norwuz, the start of the new year for those who follow the Shenshai calendar.

Rasksha Bandlan (Hinduism & Jainism and observed by some Sikhs) August 10 A festival honoring the bond between brothers and sisters and by extension men and women, sisters give their brothers a bracelet or amulet for protection and the brother promises to love and protect her.

Feast of the Assumption (Catholic): August 15 The principle feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it celebrates Mary's departure from this life and the assumption of her body into Heaven.

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Hinduism) August 17 celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Also known as Krishna Jayanti", "Janma Ashtami", "Krishnaashtami" , "Gokul Ashtami", and as "Sri Jayanti". Based on the solar calendar.

Norwuz (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) August 18 New year for the Shenshai calendar, marking the year 1384 AY.

Transfiguration (Christian –old calendar Eastern) August 6 Transfiguration of Jesus to three disciples. He became radiant and Moses and Elijah appeared with him. It is considered to be one of the miracles of Jesus and is unique as it happens to Jesus himself.

Asma (Bahai) August 20 The ninth Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Asma is names.

Paryushan-parva (Jainism) August 23-30 the holiest time of the year, it is a time of study, prayer, meditation and ends with confession and purification. Some sects observe it for 10 days instead of 8.

Ksitigarbha (Jizo) Bodhisattva (Buddhism) August 26 took a vow not to achieve Buddhahood until "all the hells are empty" and is one of the most beloved divinities, he is the savior of those who suffer in hellish realms, and is the guardian of children and a patron of deceased children.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism) August 29 celebrates the birthday of Ganesh who is the God of Success. This day is called Ganesh Chaturthi

Dashalakshani-parva:(Jainism): August 30-September 9 Observed by the Digambara sect, this 10 day period is dedicated to fasting, confessions and prayer. Each day is dedicated to a different virtue such as forgiveness, humility, honesty, purity, truthfulness, self-restraint, asceticism, study, detachment, and celibacy. The holiest day is on Sept. 18, the Ananta-chaturdasi (Festival of Ten Virtues).

September 2014

First Parkash (Sikhism): September 1 Commemorates the installation of Adi Granth, the Sikh Scriptures' first edition, in the Golden Temple by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, in 1604 CE.

Sakya Trizin (Buddhism): September 7 is the birthday of H.H. Sakya Trizin, who is head of the Tibetan Sakya Lineage.  Currently the Sakya Trizin is the 41st in the lineage.  He is a highly accomplished Buddhist master that has been studying the ways and teachings of Buddha since the early age of 5.

'Izzat (Baha'i):  September 8 This holiday represents the 10th month in the Baha'i year.  The calendar is arranged to have 19 months that consist of 19 days each.  Izzat celebrates Might.

Ksamavani (Jainism) September 9 Jains ask forgiveness of others and forgives those who caused them suffering for wrongs  for the previous year.

Tatsunokuchi (Buddhism): September 12 the anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin at Tatsunokuchi in 1271 where he escaped execution and was revealed as the reincarnation of Buddha.  It also verified the Lotus Sutra to be true. 

Ghambar Paitishem (Zarathushiti):  September 12 to September 16 celebrates the creation of the earth and the harvest.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish): sunset September 24 - nightfall September 26.  Often referred to in America as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the first two days of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, believed to be when God created the world. Instituted in Leviticus 16:24 it is a remembrance with the sounding of the shofar (ram's horn).  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 26) are known as the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.

Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism) September 20-26  Three days before and after the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time to honor ancestors and chant the name Amida Buddha.

Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism) September 22  Eihei Dogen Kigen was the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan.  He observed that the practice does not make one Buddha, or turn humans into Buddhas, but instead is a manifestation of our enlightened nature.

Mabon (Wicca):  September 23 Observed at the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and of passing from youth to wisdom, the Goddess from mother to crone and the God from birth to re-birth. 

Shubun-no-hi (Shinto) September 23 formerly called Shuki-sorei-sai , it is observed on the spring and autumn equinox, a memorial service held at home alters to revere ancestors as kami.  Graves are cleaned and purified.

Navaratri Begins (Hinduism): September 25  A 9 night 10 day festival marking the start of Autumn, and culminates on the 10th day with Dussehra – victory of good over evil.

Mash'yyat (Baha'i): September 27  This represents the 11th month of the Baha'i's 19 month, each month with 19 days, year. Mash'yyat celebrates Will.

Tzom Gedaliah (The Fast of Gedaliah) (Jewish) September 28 Commemorates the assassination of Governor Gedaliah the Governor of Israel during the days of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylonia. His murder led to many Jews being slain, and the remaining Jews were sent into exile.

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