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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 itsnotamaze.com, "Like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/RLatBSC, follow us on Twitter, @religiousbsc, come by our office in Norton 120 (behind the post office), or give us a call at 205-226-4760.

Weekly Campus Ministries start February 8th

  • Chapel, Mondays, 8pm, Yeilding Chapel
  • Baptist Campus Ministry, Mondays, 7pm, 2nd Fl. Norton
  • Episcopal Eucharist, Tuesdays, 11:45am, Yeilding Chapel
  • R.U.F., Wednesdays, 8pm, Yeilding Chapel
  • Mass, Thursdays, 11:30am, Yeilding Chapel
  • NEW TIME - Mass, Sundays at 4pm in Yeilding Chapel
  • NEW TIME &PLACE!!! Wesley Fellowship: Thursdays, 5:30pm, Norton 120

Upcoming Events - You are invited!

Senior Reflections in Chapel continues next week!
5/2 Karley Chamblee
5/9 Gann Wright

Human Trafficking:  Rescuing and Restoring: Speaker Ashley Anderson, Development Director at The WellHouse. Common Hour, May 3rd,  Norton Theater, EEIS credit. http://the-wellhouse.org

Finals Coffee Bar: Grab and go or come and stay.  Join us for coffee, tea and cocoa.  Norton 120.  May 12-13 & May 16-18 8:30am-4pm

Walk the Labyrinth:  May 12, 3pm to Midnight and May 13-15 8am-Midnight, Great Hall. An opportunity to free yourselves from stress and to walk a path of discernment.  You will want to allow a minimum of thirty minutes for your walk. There will also be reflective activities available.

Fall Break 2016 Disney World Trip!  Oct. 6-9, 2016 (Leave night of 5th) 3 day Park Hopper Pass, lodging, charter bus, and breakfast everyday. Cost is only $500. $450 if you register by May 31. $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. Come by Religious Life, Norton 120 or email jlancast@bsc.edu.

Baccalaureate: Friday, May 20, 11:00am at Canterbury United Methodist Church. Speaker, Rev. Brian Erickson, Special music from the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir and the Concert Choir.

Religious Holidays:

February

Imbolc (Wicca) Feb. 2 Originating from a Gaelic festival, also called Brighid's day, it marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

Setsbun-sai (Shinto) Feb. 3 Popularly known as the Bean-throwing Festival, Setsbun-sai marks the end of winter and the eve of the first day of spring according to the ancient East Asian solar calendar. Beans are thrown into each room of the house, and then through the outer doors, with the shout, "Devils out, Fortune in!"

Mulk (Bahai) Feb. 7 The 18th month of the Bahai year. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. It is celebrated with a feast. Mulk is dominion.

Lunar New Year (Buddhism) Feb. 8 4714 (Year of the Monkey) the new year is determined by the first day after the new moon. Tibetans may celebrate the following day.

Shrove Tuesday (Christianity) Feb. 9 Also known as Fat Tuesday. The day before Ash Wednesday, marking the end of the Epiphany season and is the vigil for the start of Lent, in Western Churches.

Losar (Buddhism) Feb. 9 The start of the Tibetan New Year, celebrated for 15 days.

Ash Wednesday/Lent (Christianity) Feb. 10 Some Christian denominations observe Ash Wednesday and Lent, the 40 days plus Sundays before Easter. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is often observed with the imposition of ashes on the forehead as a symbol of repentance. Lent is time of repentance, fasting, and moderation. In Eastern traditions it is called the Great Fast or the Great Lent and will be on March 14.

Vasanta Panchami (Hinduism) Feb. 12 literally means the fifth day of spring, it is celebrated in India and is associated with Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The color yellow is associated with this festival.

Nehan-e (Buddhism) Feb. 15 Memorial of the historical Buddha passing.

Magha Puja(Buddhism) Feb. 22 (Sangha Day) Also called "Makha Bucha," Magha Puja commemorates a day when 1,250 monks, all from different places and on their own initiative, spontaneously came to pay homage to the historical Buddha. In particular, this is a day for laypeople to show special appreciation for the monastic sangha. It is alternately celebrated in March by some cultures.

Ayyam-i-Ha (Bahai) Feb. 26 The intercalary days inserted into the Bahai calendar to make 365 days.

March

Ala (Bahai) March 1-20: 19th month and final month of Bahai calendar. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Ala is Loftiness. Ala is a 19-day fast in preparation for the new year celebration, Naw Rúz

World Day of Prayer (Christianity) March 4: Movement by Christian women of Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions to celebrate a worldwide day of prayer

Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism) March 8: Maha Shivaratri is a festival celebrated annually in reverence of the god Shiva and his marriage to the goddess Parvati.

Memorial of Shan-tao/Zendo Daishi (Buddhism) March 14: Anniversary of the death of a Chinese priest of the Tang Era, Shan-tao/Zendo Daishi

Sikh New Year's Day (Sikhism) March 14: Beginning of the year 545 of the Nanakshahi Era

Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem (Zarathushti) March 16-20: Intercalary days (to make 365) Celebrates the creation of human beings and honors passed souls

Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism) March 17: Buddhist holiday celebrated in Japan during the Spring and Autumn Equinox

Holy Week (Christian) March 20 -27: (Eastern tradition starts Apr. 25) Last week of Lent and week leading up to Easter

Palm Sunday (Christian) March 20: The Sunday before Easter and the mark of the beginning of Holy Week; celebrates Jesus entering into Jerusalem

Shuban-no-hi (Shinto) March 20: observed on the spring and autumn equinox, a memorial service held at home altars to revere ancestors as kami. Graves are cleaned and purified.

Ostara (Wicca) March 20: Celebration of the return of the Goddess-as-Maiden and the beginning of spring

Baha & Naw Ruz (Bahai) March 20: The Bahai New Year, beginning with Baha as the first month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Baha is Splendour.

Now Ruz (Zarathushti) March 21: Zarathushti's New Year's Day

Holi (Hinduism) March 23: Annual Hindu Festival of Colors which welcomes the spring.

Purim (Jewish) sunset March 23 - nightfall March 24: Purim is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Hola Mohalla (Sikhism) March 24: a three-day festival following the Hindu Holi festival; founded by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who started it as a military preparation; today the festival is full of physical fitness competitions, weapon expeditions, as well as music and poetry competitions.

Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Christian) March 24: The commemoration of Jesus' last supper and the initiation of communion

Good (Holy) Friday (Christian) March 25: The commemoration of Jesus' crucifixion, i.e. the Passion of the Christ

Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Zarathushti) March 26: Birth of Prophet Zarathustra

Easter (Christian) March 27: (Pascha in Eastern tradition, May 1) The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Christians believe that Jesus paid the penalty for sin.

April

Navvarsha (Hinduism) April 8: New Year's Day (Bikarami Samvat 2073)

Ramayana (Hinduism) April 8: 9 day period preceding the birth of Lord Rama. Some observe this period with fasting.

Buddha's Birthday (Buddhism) April 8: Birth of Buddha

Jalal (Bahai) April 8: The second Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Jalal is Glory.

Aymbil Ori (Jainism) April 13: 9 day (approximately) festival occurring twice a year that includes eating only once a day with food containing only cereals and pulses not sprouted and is spice free and boiled or cooked, without Salt, milk, curds, ghee, oil, oil seeds, or green/raw vegetables, fruits and sugar and its products.

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

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

Ramanavami (Hinduism) April 15: Honors the birth of Rama, the 7th re-incarnation of Vishnu and hero of the Ramayana.

Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism) April 19: Celebrates the birth of Mahavira (Great Hero), the 24th Tirthankara

Ridvan (Bahai) April 20-May 1: 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.

Theravada New Year (Buddhist) April 22: 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.

Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism) April 22: Celebrates the birth of Hanuman, a loyal devotee to Rama.

Pesah or Passover (Jewish) sundown on April 22- April 30: 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 firstborn of all the Egyptians but passed over the Israelite homes, sparing them.

Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Christian) April 23: Commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus.

Jamal (Bahai) April 27: The third Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Jamal is beauty.

Shirmad Rajchandra Dehvilay (Jainism) April 27: Observance of the emancipation of a prominent Jain philosopher, Shirmad Rajchandra Dehvilay, in 1901.

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

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

May

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

Laylat at Mi'raj (Islam) May 4: Commemorates the ascension of the Prophet to heaven.

Yom HaShoah (Jewish) begins at sundown May 4: Day memorializing the death of the 6 million Jews in the Holocaust during World War II

Akshaya-tritya (Jainism) May 9: Marks the day that The first Tirthankar-Rushabha Dev broke his fast with the gift of cane juice.

Pentecost (Christian) May 15: Marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples following the ascension of Jesus. It is fifty days after Easter.

Azamat (Bahai) May 16: The fourth Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Azamat is grandeur.

Wesak (Buddhism) May 21: Commemorates the birth, awakening, and passing away of the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama. (Therevada)

Sanja Matsuri (Shinto) May 21: Festival celebrating the three founders of the oldest Buddhist temple Sens�-ji. Lasting three days, it attracts over a million people each year.

Laylat al Bara't (Islam) May 22: (also called Nisf Shaban) The Night of Repentance in preparation of Ramadan. Observances including special worship, prayers, and fasting begin at sunset the day before.

Trinity Sunday (W. Christian) May 22: (E. Christianity celebrates this on Pentecost) Celebration of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)

Declaration of the Bab (Bahai) 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 (Bahai) May 28: Anniversary of the death of the Bahaullah. Work is suspended for the day.