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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. \


Baccalaureate: May 16 at 1pm Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, will deliver the address at BSC's annual Baccalaureate service, part of Commencement, on Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. Dr. Johnson has penned numerous scholarly articles and more than 25 books. A former Benedictine monk, Dr. Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer, a member of several editorial and advisory boards, and a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.& Special Music from the Concert Choir and the One-A-Chord Concert Choir. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Johnson speak and great music and celebrate our graduating seniors.

Senior Reflections in Chapel: The Senior Reflection offers seniors a chance to reflect on their time at BSC and offer a kind of "last words" to fellow BSC students. All are welcome to come and hear their reflection and participate in worship. Support our students and gain from their wisdom.

May 5th             Kemian Carson 
May 12th           Daniel Garrett (NEW DATE)

Did you miss Sean Orr, Shannon Thompson, or Shay Gibson (or any Chapel service)? Find the podcasts here:

Coffee Bar during finals: May 9, May 12-14 8am-430pm and May 15 8am-3pm 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 and flavored creamers, hot tea or hot chocolate.  Students, Faculty and Staff welcome.

Walk the Labyrinth: Open from 10am Thursday, May 8 through Noon on Friday, May 9 in the 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.

Be a part of the "Blue Team", play host to our guests and assist BSC staff when the North Alabama Annual Conference comes to campus June 1-4. Meals and housing provided, must commit to work Sat. May 31 through Wed. June 4th. Come by Norton 120 or contact Laura Sisson at for an application.

Weekly (will resume in February)

Mondays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel

Wesley Fellowship (UMC Campus Ministry):
Thursdays at 630pm in the Clubhouse

Episcopal Eucharist:
Tuesdays at 11:45am in Yeilding Chapel

Baptist Campus Ministry:
Tuesdays at 6pm, 2nd Fl. Norton

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF):
Wednesdays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel

Thursdays at noon in Yeilding Chapel

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

Religious Holidays:


Buddha's Birthday (Buddhism) Apr. 8: Birth of Buddha

Ramanavami (Hinduism) Apr. 8: Honors the birth of Lord Rama, the 7th reincarnation of Vishnu and hero of the Ramayana.

Jalal (Baha'i) Apr. 9: The second Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Jalal is Glory.

Lazarus Saturday (E. Christian) Apr. 12: Commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus.

Palm Sunday (Christian) Apr. 13: The Sunday before Easter and the mark of the beginning of Holy Week; celebrates Jesus entering into Jerusalem

Holy Week (Christian) Apr. 13-Apr. 18: (Eastern tradition starts Apr. 14) Last week of Lent and week leading up to Easter

Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism) Apr. 13:  Celebrates the birth of Mahavira (Great Hero), the 24th Tirthankara

Vaisakhi (Hinduism) Apr. 14: First day of the solar New Year, celebrating the harvest. 

Vaisakhi (Sikhism) Apr. 14: on this day the 10th Guru removed the clerical system from Sikhism, affirming the direct connection between Sikhs and the divine.

Theravada New Year (Buddhist) Apr. 14:   In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.

Pesah or Passover (Jewish) sundown on Apr. 14- Apr. 22: Pesah, or Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.  The last of ten plagues, G-d sent the angel of death to take the first born of all the Egyptians but passed over the Israelite homes, sparing them.

Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Christian) Apr. 17: The commemoration of Jesus' last supper and the initiation of communion

Good (Holy) Friday (Christian) Apr. 18: The commemoration of Jesus' crucifixion, i.e. the Passion of the Christ

Easter (Christian) Apr. 20: (Pascha in Eastern tradition) The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Christians believe that Jesus paid the penalty for sin. 

Shirmad Rajchandra Dehvilay (Jainism) April 20: Observance of the emancipation of a prominent Jain philosopher, Shirmad Rajchandra Dehvilay, in 1901.

Yom HaShoah (Jewish) begins at sundown April 26: Day memorializing the death of the 6 million Jews in the Holocaust during World War II

Ridvan (Baha'i) Apr. 21-May 2: The Festival of Ridvan commemorates the 12 days Bahaullah spent in the garden of Ridvan in 1863 during his exile in Baghdad and his announcement that he was the prophet promised by the Bab

Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism) Apr. 23: A festival celebrating the birth day of Lord Mahavira (Great Hero)

Jamal (Baha'i) Apr. 28: The third Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Jamal is beauty.

Nichiren Foundation Day (Buddhism) Apr. 28: Anniversary of the founding of the Nichiren Sect in 1253.

Ghambar Maidyozarem (Zarathushti) Apr. 30-May 4: Celebrates the creation of sky and harvesting of the winter crop


Beltane (Wicca) May 1: based on Gaelic May Day Festival, it is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.

Akshaya-tritya (Hinduism) May 2:  At the time of year when the sun and moon are at equal brightness, it marks the traditional birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Akshaya-tritya (Jainism) May 2: Marks the day that The first Tirthankar-Rushabha Dev broke his fast with the gift of cane juice.

Wesak (Buddhism) May 14: Commemorates the birth, awakening, and passing away of the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama. (Therevada)

Azamat(Baha'i) May 17: The fourth Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Azamat  is grandeur.

Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i) May 23:  Commemorates the day in 1844 Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad took the title "Bab" meaning "gate" and declared he was the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humanity for the coming of the Promised One foretold by all world religions.

Ascension of the Bahaullah (Baha'i) May 29 :  Anniversary of the death of the Bahaullah. Work is suspended for the day.


Shavuot  (Feast of Weeks) (Jewish) begins at sundown on June 3: commemorates the day G-d gave the Torah to the nation of Israel. 

Nur (Baha'i) June 5: The fifth Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Nur represents light.

Pentecost (Christian) June 8:  Marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples following the ascension of Jesus.  It is fifty days after Easter.

Nisf Shaban (Islam) June 12:  The middle of the month of Shaban, it is a time of repentance and prayer, and some even fast, preceding Ramadan.

Poya Poson (Buddhist) June 13: Poya is the full moon and Poson is June.  It is significant in Sri Lanka as the day that Mahinda brought Buddhism to the island. 

Trinity Sunday (W. Christian) June 15  (E. Christianity celebrates this on Pentecost):   Celebration of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)

All Saints Day (E. Christian) June 15: (Nov. 1 in W. Christianity)  Honors all saints, known and unknown.

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism) June 16:  Guru Arjan Dev Ji was the first Sikh martyr and fifth Guru.

Jamyang Khyente Chokyi Lodro Anniversary (Buddhist) June 18:  He was at the heart of the Rime movement and influenced many Tibetan lamas teaching today.

Litha (Wicca) June 21:  Midsummer celebration in conjunction with the summer solstice.

Rahmat (Baha'i) June 24: The sixth Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God.  Rahmat is mercy.

Ghambar Maidyoshem (Zarathushti) June 29:  celebrates the creation of water, sowing crops and the harvesting of grain.