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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.

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

Upcoming Events

Worship by the Lake
Tuesday, April 21 8:15pm (arrive as early as 730 for fellowship)

Students, Staff and Faculty invited. Come early for fellowship and enjoy the fire pit. In the midst of this busy semester, we invite you to pause for a moment and come celebrate community and creation at BSC's first annual ecumenical lakeside worship service. Several of BSC's most talented musicians will put on an incredible night of music and prayer, and Tom Webster, our partner in ministry from Perkins, will be preaching his final sermon of the year to conclude his internship. This service is open to all, so we hope you will join us!

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.

April 13th Scotty Wild
April 20th Chandler Grace Terry
April 27th Lauren Patterson
May 11th Lindsay Sheets
See you at Chapel! Mondays at 8pm

Miss one or won't be able to attend? Check out the podcasts here: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3956
Serve Coffee, Serve the Community: Join us Thursdays to serve coffee to the homeless at Church of the Reconciler. Meet in Battle Coliseum parking lot at 8am- back to campus by 9:30.

Coffee Bar during finals, 8am-4pm, May 7-8, & May 11-13 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: May 7, Noon to Midnight, May 8-11 8am to Midnight, Bruno Great Hall, Norton. 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.

Baccalaureate is Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at Canterbury United Methodist Church, located at 350 Overbrook Road in Mountain Brook. Baccalaureate, part of the commencement celebration, is a service of worship that celebrates and gives thanks for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom. This year's speaker is Dr. J. Lawrence Brasher, Denson N. Franklin Professor of Religion Emeritus, with special music from the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir and the Concert Choir. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Come and support our seniors. Seniors, wear your gown, and invite your family and friends; no RSVP required.

Piano Concert with Randall Atcheson to raise funds for Camp Sumatanga scholarships. Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 PM at East Lake United Methodist Church, 7753 1st Av S Birmingham AL. Fundraisers such as this enable children who would otherwise not have the resources to attend a week of summer camp. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased on-line at www.sumatanga.org. Find out more about concert pianist Randall Atcheson here: http://www.randallatcheson.com/

Serve the college as a host to our guests and assist BSC staff when the North Alabama Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church comes to campus for their annual meeting May 31-June 2. Meals and housing provided, must commit to work Sat. May 30 through Tues., June 2. It's a lot of work and a lot of fun. Interested? Contact Laura Sisson, lsisson@bsc.edu or Jennifer Lancaster, jlancast@bsc.edu.

Interested in a church related job? Check out the ministry/church related job postings here: http://www.bsc.edu/campus/religious/jobs.cfm

Weekly Campus Ministries

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 (starts Feb. 4)

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

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

Catholic Mass: Thursdays at 11am in Yeilding Chapel

Serve Coffee, Serve the Community: Join us Thursdays to serve coffee to the homeless at Church of the Reconciler. Meet in Battle Coliseum parking lot at 8am- back to campus by 9:30.

Wesley Fellowship (UMC Campus Ministry): Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Hanson Loft

Religious Holidays:

April

Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Christian) Apr. 2 The commemoration of Jesus' last supper and the initiation of communion.

Mahavira-jayanti (Jainism) Apr. 2 Celebrates the birth of Mahavira (Great Hero), the 24th Tirthankara

Good (Holy) Friday (Christian) Apr. 3 The commemoration of Jesus' crucifixion, i.e. the Passion of the Christ.

Pesah or Passover (Jewish) sundown on Apr 3-11 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.

Theravada New Year (Buddhist) Apr. 4 In Theravadin countries the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.

Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Christian) Apr. 4 Commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus.

Easter (Western Christian) Apr. 5 The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Christians believe that Jesus paid the penalty for sin.

Palm Sunday (Eastern Christian) Apr. 5 celebrates Jesus entering into Jerusalem.

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

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

Pacscha (Eastern Christian) Apr. 12 The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Christians believe that Jesus paid the penalty for sin.

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.

Yom HaShoah (Jewish) begins at sundown Apr. 15 Day memorializing the death of the 6 million Jews in the Holocaust during World War II.

Ridvan (Bahai) 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.

Akshaya-tritya (Hinduism) Apr. 21 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) Apr. 21 Marks the day that the first Tirthankar-Rushabha Dev broke his fast with the gift of cane juice.

Jamal (Bahai) Apr. 28 The third Bahai 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.

May

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

Wesak (Buddha Day) (Buddhism) May 3 Commemorates the birth, awakening, and passing away of the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama. (Therevada)

Laylat al Mi'raj (Islam) May 15 A day to commemorate the Prophet ascending to heaven. Marked by both public and private worship and prayer.

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

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.

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) (Jewish) begins at sundown on May 23 commemorates the day G-d gave the Torah to the nation of Israel. Lasts two days among the diaspora and one in Israel.

Ascension of the Bahaullah (Bahai) May 29 Anniversary of the death of the Bahaullah. Work is suspended for the day.

Pentecost (Christian) May 31 Marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples following the ascension of Jesus. It is fifty days after Easter.

June

Laylat al Bara't (Islam) June 1 The Night of Repentance in preparation of Ramadan.

Poya Poson (Buddhist) June 2 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.

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

All Saints Day (E. Christian) June 7 (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.

Ramadan (Islam) June 18-July 29 The Month of Fasting. Observers do not eat from sunrise to sunset, and spend the month in religious devotion and self-examination.

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

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

Ghambar Maidyoshem (Zarathushti) June 29-July3 celebrates the creation of water, sowing crops and the harvesting of grain.