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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.

Upcoming

Manna & Mercy with Jack Hinnen, 4pm on Sundays in the Religious Life (Norton 120) starting Feb. 15. The Bible should be an instrument of redemption and new life. Let's talk about how we read it and how we can do that in our lives.

Religious Life Leadership Team App is up! Interest meeting is after Chapel on the 23rd. http://goo.gl/forms/XQYVmVRuKa

Interested in working at Camp Sumatanga this summer? Visit their website, www.sumatanga.org or contact Jack Hinnen for more info at jhinnen@bsc.edu.

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 Campus Ministries

Chapel: Mondays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel

Manna & Mercy with Jack Hinnen, 4pm on Sundays in the Religious Life (Norton 120) starting Feb. 15. The Bible should be an instrument of redemption and new life. Let's talk about how we read it and how we can do that in our lives.

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

NEW! Episcopal Campus Ministry Bible Study: Tuesdays at 2:30pm in the Hanson Loft with Rev. Thomas Joyner.
Also happening at Trinity Commons Student Center (1170 11th Ave S):
Sundays at 6pm, Holy Eucharist with free supper following
Thursdays at 7pm, Episco-tea Fellowship

Combined Service Sunday, February 22 we'll have a combined 6pm service with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (they're right next door to us and we share a parking lot). 

Speaker Eva Walton Kendrick on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and March 3, Eva Walton Kendrick of the Alabama Faith Organizer with the Human Rights Campaign will come to Trinity Commons and give a Lenten talk on "Who is our neighbor?" The program starts at 6pm with a free supper provided by our friends at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

Thursday, Feb. 26, Bishop Sloan has given the approval for Episcopal parishes to begin blessing same-sex relationships.  You are all invited to come to Trinity Commons where we will begin the process to discuss how this relates to our student center, and campus ministry. 

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF): Wednesdays, 8pm in Yeilding Chapel
ALSO don't miss RUF Small Groups:

  • Freshman Girls, Thursdays at 4pm, 3rd Fl, Common Rm, Lakeview North.  Contact Mary-Ashley Seabrook for info: maryashley.seabrook@ruf.org
  • Sophomore-Senior Girls, Sundays at 8pm. Contact Mary-Ashley Seabrook for info: maryashley.seabrook@ruf.org
  • Guys: Sundays at 8pm in the Hall of Fame Room, contact Rev. Tom Franklin at ruf@bsc.edu

Catholic Mass: Thursdays at 11am in Yeilding Chapel
Also happening at St. Stephen's Catholic Chapel (1515 12th Ave. S):
Mass on Sundays at 5pm followed by free dinner for students.
Visit http://www.stsbhm.org/ or contact Father Vu at fr.vu@stsbhm.org for more information.
St. Stephen's Catholic Chapel Lenten Schedule (check with Fr. Vu for times)

  • Feb. 18: Ash Wed. service 6pm
  • Feb. 25 Lenten Talk - Addiction
  • Mar. 4 Lenten Talk - Medical Ethics
  • Mar. 11 Lenten Talk - Marriage & Family
  • Mar. 14 - Habitat Build
  • April 2 - Holy Thursday 6pm
  • April 3 - Good Friday - Outdoor Stations of the Cross and the Lord's Passion at 3pm
  • April 5 - Easter at 10am

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:

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.

Magha Puja (Buddhist) Feb. 3 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.

Setsubun-sai (Shinto) Feb. 3 marks the end of winter and the eve of the first day of spring according to the ancient East Asian solar calendar.

Tu B'Shevat, (Jewish) February 4 (begins sundown Feb 3rd) The 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. Tu B'Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. People celebrate with Seders or by planting a tree.

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.

Parinirvana or Nirvana day (Buddhist) February 15: Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80. The Mahayana Buddhist festival marks the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Alternately, Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.

Mahashivaratri (Hindu) February 17: A Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva - one of the Trimurti in the Hindu Trinity. The festival falls on the moonless, 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun (in the month of February - March, according to English Calendar). According to a popular legend, described in Linga Purana, it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga for the first time.

Shrove Tuesday (Christian) Feb. 17: Marks the end of Epiphany and the start of Lent.

Ash Wednesday; Lent begins (Christian) Feb. 18: 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 and starts on Feb. 23

Lunar New Year (Buddhism) Feb. 19 (4713 Year of the Sheep) The new year is determined by the first day after the new moon.

Losar: (Buddhism) Feb 19 Tibetan New Year. (Tibetan year 2142) The celebration lasts 15 days.

Ayyam-i-Ha (Bahai) Feb 26- March 1 The intercalary days inserted into the Bahai calendar to make 365 days.

March

Ala (Bahai) Mar. 2-20: 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

Purim (Jewish): Mar. 5 (sundown Mar. 4) 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.

World Day of Prayer (Christianity) Mar. 6: Movement by Christian women of Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions to celebrate a worldwide day of prayer.

Holi (Hinduism) Mar. 6: Annual Hindu Festival of Colors which welcomes the spring

Hola Mohalla (Sikhism) Mar. 6: 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.

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

Sikh New Year's Day (Sikhism) Mar. 14: Beginning of the year 547 of the Nanakshahi Era

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

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

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

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

Baha & Naw Ruz (Bahai) Mar. 21: 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) Mar. 21: Zarathushti's New Year's Day

Ramayana (Hinduism) begins Mar. 21: 9 day period preceding the birth of Lord Rama. Some observe this period with fasting.

Palm Sunday (W. Christian) Mar. 29: The Sunday before Easter and the mark of the beginning of Holy Week; celebrates Jesus entering into Jerusalem.

Holy Week (W. Christian) Mar. 29-Apr. 4: (Eastern tradition starts Apr. 6) Last week of Lent and week leading up to Easter

Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Zarathushti) Mar. 26: Birth of Prophet Zarathustra

Aymbil Ori (Jainism) begins Mar. 26: 9 day festival occurring twice a year that includes eating only once a day with food prepared without certain ingredients.

Ramanavami (Hinduism) Mar. 28: Honors the birth of Lord Rama, the 7th reincarnation of Vishnu and hero of the Ramayana.