Policies for Religious Holidays
Birmingham-Southern College is committed to the spiritual development of a diverse student body. The College makes every reasonable effort to allow students to observe religious holidays of obligation without academic penalty. Holidays of obligation are those holidays during which the observant person, according to religious practice, cannot work. Within the first fifteen days of the term, students should review course syllabi for potential religious conflicts, notify professors of potential conflicts, and make arrangements concerning missed work. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the Provost or Chaplain of the College.
Worship – We encourage worship because we never pursue God alone. At BSC, everyone is invited to seek God together in community services that help us focus on something other than ourselves. Chapel at BSC is not mandatory and we hold our faculty and staff to no doctrinal uniformality. Many worship services on campus are Christian in background – but within the radical hospitality that Jesus offered we hope to be inclusive of students wherever they may find themselves in life. You can find a list of current offerings here.
Prayer – We encourage prayer because we are always seeking insight into life’s journey. Speaking to the divine is one of the simplest and yet hardest pursuits in religion. At BSC we pray – sometimes communally sometimes individually. There are a multitude of places and times to pray at BSC. The most common place is here.
Service – We encourage service because we find life in giving ourselves away. What good is faith or religion if it doesn’t change anything? Our best way of finding God (and ourselves) is to serve our neighbors. At BSC we take seriously our commitment to making this world a better place. A good place to start? Here.
Study – We encourage study because to know another is to love another. Besides, BSC is a place of higher learning. Hello! That means we take seriously intellectual pursuits, especially in religion. There is much to be gained by not only experiencing God ourselves but knowing how others have made the journey before us. Find your niche here.