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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 at, 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

  • Chapel, Mondays, 8pm, Yeilding Chapel starts Aug. 31
  • Baptist Campus Ministry, Mondays, 7pm, 2nd Fl. Norton starts Aug. 31
  • Episcopal Eucharist, Tuesdays, 11:45am, Yeilding Chapel Starts Sept. 1
  • R.U.F., Wednesdays, 8pm, Yeilding Chapel starts Sept. 2
  • Mass, Thursdays, 11:30am, Yeilding Chapel starts Aug. 27
  • Wesley Fellowship: Thursdays, 6:30pm, Hanson Loft Sept. 3

Upcoming Events - You are invited!

Upcoming in Chapel: 

Under Pressure: How To Keep Standing Up Under All the Pressure and Expectations:
      Nov. 16: What People Say About You
      Nov. 23: Being the Best

Stress and Anxiety: Taming the Beast: Join us in the Hanson Loft, 11 am, Thursday Nov. 5, 12 & 19. You can go even if you missed the first session.  We'll talk about ways to cope, stress management and problem solving.  Led by Counseling & Health Services and Religious Life. 

Serve Coffee, Serve the Community: Wednesdays at 8am, serve coffee at Church of the Reconciler.  Please contact Anna Marie if you are interested in going,

Wesley Fellowship: 6:30pm Thursday, Methodist Center.  We'll be making bread to thank the people who work behind the scenes at BSC.  Meet at the Methodist Center, enter on the Lake side.

Coffee Hop: Join us at 2pm, Fri., Nov. 13 at Red Cat, 2901 2nd Ave S., 35233. If you need a ride contact Gann Wright at 205-919-3364 (

Hunger Games Movie Night: Join us for a 4:30 showing on Friday, November 20th.  RSVP by Friday, Nov. 13 to Julie Holly at or 205-529-0610.

Holiday Happenings

  • Wed. Nov. 18 RUF Carol Service 8pm in Yeilding Chapel

  • Fri., Nov. 20
    Worship in the Loft: Join at 8pm us to sing Carols in an informal setting. Bring your singing voice and/or instrument. In the Hanson Loft

  • Mon., Nov. 30
    Carol Service in Chapel at 8pm

  • Wed., Dec. 2
    : Religious Life Holiday Party: 8pm, Admission Building.

  • Wed., Dec. 2-Thurs., Dec. 3
    Walk the Labyrinth: Midnight Dec. 2 and 8am to Midnight on Dec. 3, Bruno Great Hall. The Labyrinth is an opportunity to free ourselves 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. It is open to the whole campus community.

  • Thurs., Dec. 3
    Wesley Fellowship Movie Break 6:30pm in the Hanson Loft

  • Fri., Dec. 4 and Sun., Dec. 6
    79th annual Service of Lessons and Carols: Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, 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. Julie Holly 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.

  • Mon., Dec. 7
    Study Break:8pm in Religious Life, Norton 120.  Join us for Hot Chocolate and Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Tue., Dec. 8
    Cookies and Cocoa
    St. Mary's on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church (1910 12th Ave South) Time TBA

  • Wed., Dec.2-Fri., Dec. 4 & Mon. Dec. 7-Tues., Dec. 8
    Coffee Bar for Finals 8am-4pm in Norton 120. 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.

Religious Holidays:


First Parkash (Sikhism) September 1 Commemorates the installation of Adi Granth, the Sikh Scriptures' first edition, in the Golden Temple by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, in 1604 CE.

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Hinduism) September 5 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.

Sakya Trizin (Buddhism) September 7 is the birthday of H.H. Sakya Trizin, who is head of the Tibetan Sakya Lineage. Currently the Sakya Trizin is the 41st in the lineage. He is a highly accomplished Buddhist master that has been studying the ways and teachings of Buddha since the early age of 5.

'Izzat (Bahai) September 8 This holiday represents the 10th month in the Bahai year. The calendar is arranged to have 19 months that consist of 19 days each. Izzat celebrates Might.

Paryushan-parva (Jainism) September 11-18 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.

Tatsunokuchi (Buddhism) September 12 the anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin at Tatsunokuchi in 1271 where he escaped execution and was revealed as the reincarnation of Buddha. It also verified the Lotus Sutra to be true.

Ghambar Paitishem (Zarathushiti) September 12 to September 16 celebrates the creation of the earth and the harvest.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) Sunset September 13 - nightfall 15 Often referred to in America as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the first two days of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, believed to be when God created the world. Instituted in Leviticus 1624 it is a remembrance with the sounding of the shofar (ram's horn). Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 26) are known as the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism) September 17 celebrates the birthday of Ganesh who is the God of Success. This day is called Ganesh Chaturthi

Dashalakshani-parva (Jainism) September 18-28 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. 28, the Ananta-chaturdasi (Festival of Ten Virtues).

Samvatsari (Jainism) September 18 The Day of Forgiveness, the last day of Paryushana. Dedicated to self-examination, penance, and confession.

Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism) September 20-26 Three days before and after the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time to honor ancestors and chant the name Amida Buddha.

Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism) September 22 Eihei Dogen Kigen was the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. He observed that the practice does not make one Buddha, or turn humans into a Buddha, but instead is a manifestation of our enlightened nature.

Day of Hajj (Islam) September 22 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) sunset September 22- Sunset September 23 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.

Id al-Adha (Islam) September 23 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.

Mabon (Wicca) September 23 Observed at the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and of passing from youth to wisdom, the Goddess from mother to crone and the God from birth to re-birth.

Shubun-no-hi (Shinto) September 23 formerly called Shuki-sorei-sai , it is observed on the spring and autumn equinox, a memorial service held at home alters to revere ancestors as kami. Graves are cleaned and purified.

Mashiyyat (Bahai) September 27 The eleventh month of the Bahai year.

Ananta-chaturdasi (Jainism) September 27 The penultimate day of the Dashalakshani-parva period.

Sukkot (Jewish) sunset on September 27 – Oct 4 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.

Ksamavani (Jainism) September 28 Jains ask forgiveness of others and forgives those who caused them suffering for wrongs for the previous year.

Kathina (Buddhism) September 29- November 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.


World Communion Sunday (Christianity) Oct. 4 many Christian congregations celebrate Holy Communion as a global community on the first Sunday of October promoting Christian unity.

Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism) Oct. 5 Bodhidharma 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.

Shmini Atzeret (Jewish) Oct. 5 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. 5 marks the beginning of the synagogue's annual Torah reading cycle.

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.

Navaratri Begins (Hinduism) Oct. 13-21 A 9 night 10 day festival marking the start of Autumn, and culminates on the 10th day with Dussehra – victory of good over evil.

First of Muharram (Islam) Oct. 15 The first month of the Islamic calendar and the celebration of the migration of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, establishing the first Islamic community.

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.

Aymbil Ori (Jainism) Oct. 20-27 9 day (approximately) festival occurring twice a year that includes eating only once a day with food prepared without certain ingredients.

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.

Dassehra (Hinduism) Oct. 22 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.

Ashura (Islamic) Oct. 24 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.

Pavarana (Buddhism) Oct. 27 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.

Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Creation Day) (Jainism) Oct. 28 In 1896, the poet Shrimad Rajchandra-ji wrote the legendary treatise Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, which explains the quintessence of Jainism.

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.

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

Bandhi Chhor Divas (Sikhism) Nov. 11 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.

Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism) Nov. 11 On this day, Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth.

Diwali Festival (Hindu) Nov. 11-16 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.

New Year Day (Jainism) Nov. 12 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.

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)

Jnana Panchmi (Day of Acquiring Knowledge) (Jainism) Nov. 16 On this day, observances vary from fasting, praying for right knowledge, and worshipping the scriptures with religious devotion. Svädhyäya, meditation, Pratikraman are also performed and books maintained in the religious libraries are cleansed and restored as necessary.

Qawl (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.

Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism) Nov. 25 (1469) Birth of the founder of the Sikh faith and the first of the Ten Gurus.

Dev Diwali (Jainism) Nov. 25 A traditional Jain ceremony, in celebration of one of the conquering of samsara, on the way to moksha.

The Day of Covenant (Bahai) Nov. 26 The day Baha'u'llah, founder of the Bahai faith, appointed his eldest son, 'Abdu'l-Baha as his successor. 'Abdu'l-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 'Abdu'l-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. 29 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.


Hanukkah (Jewish) sunset Dec. 6-Dec. 14 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.

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.

Maunaijyaras (Jainism) Dec. 21 Day of fasting, silence and meditation.

Yule (Wiccan) Dec. 22 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. 22 The Grand Ceremony of the December Solstice, celebrates the ending of the yin period of the sun and beginning of the yang period.

Mawlid al-Nabiy (Islam) Dec. 24 (in some traditions) Anniversary of the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

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

Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism) Dec. 25 Occurs on the full moon of December. Celebrates the arrival of Sanghamitta to Sri Lanka, who started The Order of Nuns.

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.