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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

Upcoming event for staff and faculty:

Staff and Faculty Prayer Service: Tuesday, August 19th at Noon in Yeilding Chapel. Put the summer behind us as we look forward to the fall. Light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.

Upcoming events in Fall:

Opening of School Worship
10am, Sunday, August 24th, Yeilding Chapel. Stick around after for fellowship and donuts!

Connect with us at the Student Involvement Fair: Tues. Aug. 26th, 3:30-5pm. Meet the chaplain, Jack Hinnen, our campus ministers and our student Leadership Team. While you are there, find out Where to Worship and connect with area churches and worship organizations. Steel City Pops courtesy of Religious Life.

Religious Life Lake Party: Sunday, August 31, 1pm More details to come. Text Jack at 205.202.9636 for directions and carpooling.

New Student Welcome Party @ the Chaplain's House! Tues. Sept. 2nd, 6-9pm. Come have some finger foods, meet the fam, and have some fun. Text Jack at 205.202.9636 for directions.

Chapel starts Monday, September 1st at 8pm, Yeilding Chapel. All are welcome

Weekly (starting September 1st)

Chapel:
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

Mass:
Thursdays at noon in Yeilding Chapel

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

Religious Holidays:

July

Birthdate of H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Buddhism) July 6 the 14th and current Dalai Lama (Mahayana – Tibetan)

Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahai) July 9 Commemorates the day in 1850 that the Bab was executed for "apostasy". He survived the first firing squad and it was considered a miracle, but he did not survive the second. Work is suspended on this day.

Asalha (Dhamma Day) (Buddhism) July 12 Commemorates the first teaching of Buddha after his enlightenment, given to five people who became the first monks. (Theravada)

Vassa begins (Buddhism) July 12 A rain retreat, Monks and nuns are constricted to their temples due to heavy rains. (Theravada)

Guru Purnima (Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism) July 12 Festival to celebrate Gurus or spiritual guides. Hindus also celebrate the birth of Veda Vyasa while Buddhists honor Gautama Buddha.

Chartumas begins (Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism) July 12 Period from July to October for keeping vows and listening to teachings, especially in monastic orders. Related to the Vassa rain retreat above. Travel is also restricted to prevent harm to the many insects brought on by the heavy rains.

Kalimat (Baha'i) July 13 The seventh Baha'i month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Kalimat is words.

Laylat al-Qadr (Islam) July 24 Known by some in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, it marks the anniversary of the revelation of the Quran, first to the Angel Gabriel in the lowest level of heaven, and then by Gabriel to Muhammad. This night is also believed to be the night when Allah decides the destiny of everyone.

Jum at al-Wada (Islam) July 25 The last Friday of Ramadan.

Id al-Fitr (Islam) July 29 means "Breaking the fast" and marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month of fasting. Muslims around the world strive for the show of unity and recognizance of God.

Oh-harai-taisai (Shinto) July 30 Grand Purification Ceremony .

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).