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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, come by our office in Norton 120 (behind the post office), or give us a call at 205-226-4760.

Upcoming

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! Bring a can of food to donate.

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, jhinnen@bsc.edu
Laura Sisson, Director of Church Relations, lsisson@bsc.edu
Tom Webster, Partner in Ministry, twebster@bsc.edu

Weekly (resumes Feb. 2, 2015)

Chapel:
Mondays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel

Baptist Campus Ministry:
Mondays at 7pm, 2nd Fl. Norton

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

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

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

Catholic Campus Ministry:
Thursdays at 11am in Yeilding Chapel

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

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

Religious Holidays:

December

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.

January 2015

Gantan-sai (Shinto) Jan. 1 New Year's celebration in Japan, with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health and prosperity. Celebration lasts seven days.

Mawlid al-Nabiy (Islam) Jan. 3 (in some traditions): Anniversary of the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

Birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Sikhism) Jan. 5 1666-1708, the 10th Sikh Guru, he created the Khalsa, the Fellowship of the Pure, and declared his successor be the Scriptures from that time on.

Mahayana New Year (Buddhism) Jan. 5 Celebrated for the first three days from the first full moon in January.

Epiphany (Christian) Jan. 6: Also called Theophany in Orthodox traditions (Eastern New Calendar) (Jan 19 on Eastern Old Calendar) In some traditions, this is the day the Magi came to visit Jesus, in others, it commemorates Jesus' baptism by John.

Linji Memorial (Buddhism) Jan. 10 Anniversary of the death of Linji (Rinzai in Japan). Linji Yixuan died in 866 CE was the founder of the Linji school of Chab Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty China.

Seijin-no-hi (Shinto) Jan. 12 & (Coming of Age Day) A national holiday in Japan, people 20 years of age go to shrines in traditional dress. Their families announce their adulthood and pray for health and wellbeing for their lifetime.

Maghi (Sikhism) Jan. 13 Commemorates a battle in which forty Sikhs, (the Forty Liberated Ones) led by a woman named Maathaa Bhaag Kaur, laid down their lives for their Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Makar Sankranti (Hinduism) Jan. 14 Marks the change from a decrease to an increase of the sun. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India.

World Religion Day (Bahai) Jan. 18 a celebration of the teachings of unity found in all religions.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian) Jan. 18-24 Founded in 1908, proposed by Father Paul Wattson, cofounder of the Graymoor Franciscan Friars it is marked by Feast of the Confession of Peter, the Protestant variant of the ancient Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, on January 18, and concluding with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25.

Sultan (Bahai) Jan. 19 The 17th 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. Sultan is Sovereignty.

Vasanta Panchami (Hinduism) Jan. 24 & literally means the fifth day of spring, it is celebrated in India and is associated with Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning.

Honen Shonin Memorial (Buddhism) Jan. 25 Anniversary of the death of Honen Shonin (1212), the founder of Jodo Shu.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on November 1, 2005.The resolution came after a special session was held earlier that year on 24 January 2005 during which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust.

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