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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.


Chanukah Party:  Mon. Dec 1 from 6 to 8 pm, Hanson Loft. The Jewish Student Union and Religious Life invite you. We'll have latkes, dreidels (and where there's dreidels, there's gelt), and all of the good stuff about the Festival of Lights. Swing on by or stay the whole time, we hope to see you there!

Religious Life Christmas Party:  Wed. Dec. 3, 6-8pm, Admissions Building.  Sponsored by all the campus ministires and every one is invited.  Bring a dessert to share, a funny gift less than $5 and wear a funny or tacky Christmas sweater.

Coffee Bar during finals: Dec. 4-5 & Dec. 8-10, 8 a.m.-4p.m. &Dec. 11, 8a.m.-1p.m. in Norton 120 (behind the post office). "Come to me and I will give you rest," in the meantime, DRINK COFFEE! Need a pick me up before your exam or a place to unwind after? Grab and go or come and stay for coffee & flavored creamers, hot tea, or hot chocolate. Students, faculty, & staff are welcome

Walk the Labyrinth:  Dec 4-8 times to be announced, Great Hall. The Labyrinth is an opportunity to free ourselves from stress and to walk a path of discernment.  Our floor Labyrinth is designed after the Chartres Labyrinth. You will want to allow a minimum of thirty minutes for your walk. There will also be reflective activities available. It is open to the whole campus community.

79th annual Service of Lessons and Carols: Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m., by the Concert Choir, Southern Chorale, and BSC Alumni Choir. Profs. Jeff Kensmoe and Lester Seigel are leading the choirs, Rev. Jack Hinnen is serving as liturgist, and Prof. Leon Couch is organist. The 90-minute services will be held at Canterbury United Methodist Church, located at 350 Overbrook Road in Mountain Brook. EEIS credit..

Need to talk with someone? We're available.
Jack Hinnen, Chaplain,
Laura Sisson, Director of Church Relations,
Tom Webster, Partner in Ministry,

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:


Day of Hajj (Islam): Oct. 3 It is a celebration of the last revelation to the Prophet at Mount 'Arafat shortly before his death and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year

Yom Kippur (Jewish) Oct. 4 (sunset on Oct. 3) The Jewish Day of Atonement. Part of the High Holy Days (with Rosh Hashanah) no work at all may be performed, including eating and drinking and most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue.

Dassehra (Hinduism): Oct. 4 A celebration of the victory of good over evil. It is marked by the 10th day of the bright half of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar.

Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism): Oct. 5 Bodhidarma is a Buddhist monk and is regarded as the First Patriarch of Zen Buddhism and also began the physical training (Kung Fu) of the Shaolin Monks.

World Communion Sunday (Christianity): Oct. 5 many Christian congregations celebrate Holy Communion as a global community on the first Sunday of October promoting Christian unity.

Id al-Adha (Islam): Oct. 5 Known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it is the most important feast of Islam, celebrating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.

Pavarana (Buddhism): Oct. 8 Celebrates the end of Vassa (also known as the "Buddhist Lent"). It marks the end of the rainy season in many Asian countries and is the day each monk must come before Sangha and atone for any offenses and wrongdoings during Vassa.

Sukkot (Jewish): sunset on Oct. 8 – Oct 15 The Festival of Sukkot (sue-coat) begins on the 5th day after Yom Kippur and continues for 7 days. Sukkot commemorates the 40 years Israel wandered in the dessert living in tents or booths, and is also a harvest festival.

Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Creation Day) (Jainism): Oct. 9 In 1896, the poet Shrimad Rajchandra-ji wrote the legendary treatise Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, which explains the quintessence of Jainism.

Kathina (Buddhism): Oct. 9-Nov. 5 A celebration of the biggest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist year including the offerings of cloth to the monks by lay people. This festival takes place each year for four weeks following Vassa.

Ghambar Ayathrem (Zarathushti): Oct. 12-16 A celebration for the creation of plants, the sowing of the winter crop, and the return of herds from the pasture. Ghambars occur six times a year and are for bringing together the community and resolving conflicts.

Nichiren Shonin Memorial (Buddhism): Oct. 13 Anniversary of the death of Nichoren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Order.

Shmini Atzeret (Jewish) begins at sunset Oct. 15 The 8th day of assembly, it is separate from Sukkot, and concludes the entire fall holiday season, marking the beginning of winter in Israel.

Simbat Torah (Jewish) begins at sunset Oct. 16 marks the beginning of the synagogue's annual Torah reading cycle.

llm (Bahai): Oct. 16 Celebration of the first day of the twelfth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of knowledge

Birth of the Bab (Bahai): Oct. 20 A celebration of the Bahai faith in which they gather for prayers and festivities to honor the herald of the new age, Bab, on his birth anniversary.

Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism): Oct. 20 Celebration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion. Unlike most other holidays, it is not a celebration of a person since Sikhism doesn't believe in idol worship. Instead, it is in honor of their scripture.

Diwali Festival (Hindu) Oct. 23-Nov. 6: Known as the "festival of lights," this holiday is observed by lighting oil lamps, spending time with family and friends, and traditional remembrances that commemorate good over evil. The holiday is so culturally important in India that most businesses begin their fiscal calendar on the first day of Diwali. Each day focuses on moving from darkness to light and doing good deeds to bring us closer to divinity. Sikhs and Jains also celebrate this festival.

Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism) Oct. 23: On this day, Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth.

Bandhi Chhor Divas (Sikhism) Oct. 23: celebrates the day Guru Hargobind Sahib was released with 52 Kings from Gwalior Prison who were being held for political reasons. The Emperor had agreed to release the Guru but the Guru refused to go without his fellow prisoners. The Emperor replied "whoever can hold on to the Guru's cloak can be released." So the Guru had a special coat made with 52 coattails. His return to Amritsar coincides with the Hindu celebration of Diwali.

New Year Day (Jainism) Oct. 24: The first day after Diwali and the first day of Kartika. It also marks the Day of Enlightenment for Lord Gautamswami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir.

First of Muharram (Islam) Oct. 25 The first month of the Islamic calendar and the celebration of the migration of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, establishing the first Islamic community.

Jnana Panchmi (Day of Acquiring Knowledge) (Jainism) Oct. 28: On this day, observances vary from fasting, praying for right knowledge, and worshipping the scriptures with religious devotion. Svadhyaya, meditation, Pratikraman are also performed and books maintained in the religious libraries are cleansed and restored as necessary.

Samhain (Wicca): Oct. 31 Known as the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year, it is a Gaelic celebration marking the end of harvest season and beginning of winter. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals. Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living during this time.


All Saints Day (Christian) Nov. 1: A time to remember lost loved ones and lift up all those who have gone before us. Observance varies greatly among Christians but almost always involve lighting candles, praying for the deceased, and the naming of loved ones.

Ashura (Islamic) Nov. 3: The 10th day of Muharram, for Sunni, Ashura commemorates the day Nuh (Noah) left the ark and the day Musa (Moses) was saved from the Egyptians by Allah. Some observe it with fasting, but it is not required. For Shi'a, it marks the martyrdom of Husain, the grandson of Muhammad.

Quadrat (Bahai): Nov. 4: Celebration of the first day of the thirteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of power

Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism) Nov. 6: (1469) Birth of the founder of the Sikh faith and the first of the Ten Gurus.

Lokashah Jayanti (Jainism) Nov. 6: A day to celebrate the births of revered and scholarly persons, most notably Lonka Saha, who opposed temple worship and the use of images, which led to the founding of the Sthanakavasi sect, which emphasizes scholarship. Based on the full moon of the first month of the Jainism calendar.

The Birth of Bahaullah (Bahai): Nov. 12: This day marks the birth of the founder of the Bahai faith. Observers suspend work.

Christmas Fast (or Nativity Fast) (Eastern Christianity- new calendar) Nov. 15-Dec. 24: (Eastern Christianity- old calendar) Nov. 28-Jan. 7: Similar to Advent in the west, it is a time of fasting focusing on the proclamation and glorification of the Incarnation of God whereas Advent prepares for the coming of Christ (Birth and his second coming) (Some Eastern traditions celebrate Christmas on January 7)

Qwal (Bahai): Nov. 23: Celebration of the first day of the fourteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of speech.

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism-Nanakshahi) Nov. 24: Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji gave himself for the Hindus of Kashmir, not even his own religion, to free them from religious prosecution from the Muslim government. It is seen as the ultimate sacrifice in Sikhism.

The Day of Covenant (Bahai) Nov. 26: The day Bahaullah, founder of the Bahai faith, appointed his eldest son, Abdul Baha as his successor. Abdul-Baha did not want the day of his birth celebrated, even though followers wanted a day to honor him. The Day of Covenant was established not only to honor Abdul-Baha but to turn the attention of the Bahais to the Revelation of Baha'u'llah and service to the Faith and Cause of Baha'u'llah.

The Ascension of Abdul-Baha (Bahai) Nov. 28: Commemorates the death of Abdul Baha, son of the founder and the leader of the Bahai faith from 1892 to 1921.

Advent (Christian) starts Nov. 4: 4 weeks preceding Christmas: a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return.


Maunaijyaras (Jainism) Dec. 2: Day of fasting, silence and meditation.

Bodhi Day or Awakening Day (Buddhism) Dec. 8: It is said that on this day, December 8, 566 BCE, Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained Enlightenment as he meditated under the Bodhi Tree, the Tree of Enlightenment. At the age of 35, he became known as the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Masa il (Bahai): Dec. 12: Celebration of the first day of the fifteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of questions.

Hanukkah (Jewish) sunset Dec. 16-Dec. 24: Hanukkah marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days.

Yule (Wiccan) Dec. 21: Celebrated on the Winter Solstice, it is a time of renewal and rebirth. It has roots in both Norse and Celtic religions.

Tohi-taisai (Shinto) Dec. 21: The Grand Ceremony of the December Solstice, celebrates the ending of the yin period of the sun and beginning of the yang period.

Christmas (Christian) Dec. 25: Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) Dec. 26: Anniversary of the death of Zarathustra, founder of Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism.

Kwanza, Dec. 26- Jan. 1: Honoring African heritage, 7 candles are lit representing unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Sharaf (Bahai) Dec. 31 Celebration of the first day of the sixteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of honor.

Ghamber Maidyarem (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) Dec. 31- Jan. 4 A celebration of the creation of animals and a time of equitable sharing of food.

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