Mid-Week Prayer Service Wednesdays

September 2 - December 9, 2009January 20 - May 5, 2010, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Come to the ______________ Chapel

Chaplains ______________& _______________ will lead an informal Christian prayer service, using liturgy from the Iona and Taizé communities and a meditative reading and reflection on a short passage of scripture. Everyone is invited to come!

Activities at the Local University: Thursdays

September 10 - December 10, 2009January 21 - April 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Planned and facilitated by the inter-disciplinary class, "Convo: Campus/Community/Cosmos," the University Convocation series brings speakers, musicians or other performers -- often with a spiritual or ethical message -- to campus every week.Fall Semester schedule

Samhain [Witch-craft!]

Sundown on October 31 through sundown on November 1, 2009Samhain (pronounced "Sow-hen or Sow-in") is the Wiccan New Year, and is one of the four major holidays of Wicca.

At this time, the God passes into the other-world to be reborn to the Goddess at Yule. The division between the worlds is thin, and it is a time to remember one's ancestors and to reflect on the past year.

Recruiter: ________________ Divinity School

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.University Center 2nd Floor Lobby

Director of Admissions and Student Services, will be on campus to speak with students interested in graduate theological education and/or preparation for church leadership (lay or ordained).

_____________ Divinity School offers Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degrees as well as dual degree programs with Vanderbilt University's Schools of Business, Law, Nursing and Medicine. The Graduate Department of Religion also offers a Ph.D. program.

Eid al Adha [Islamic]

Sundown on November 26 through sundown on November 30Eid al Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) is the most important festival of Islam and concludes the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca). It is a three-day festival commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, in obedience to Allah.

Muslims worldwide sacrifice a lamb or other animal and distribute the meat to relatives or the needy.


Sunday, November 30 through Thursday, December 24, 2009Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is the Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year.

Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles (representing hope, love, joy and peace), the display of wreaths and special ceremonies. The season continues through Christmas Eve on December 24.

Lessons & Carols Choir

_________ Chapel Monday, November 30, 2009, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, December 7, 2009, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Any member of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, spouses) is welcome to be a part of the choir, which is directed by _____________ (faculty spouse and director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church). The difficulty and voicing of the music will depend on the make-up of the choir. Your commitment is four 1-hour rehearsals and the service itself during the Convocation hour at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 10. Please join us if your schedule permits!


Sundown on Friday, December 11, until sundown on Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating religious freedom and the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE. The festival is observed with special readings, praise songs, games and gifts.

Candles are lit on the menorah each night of the festival as a reminder that when the Jewish army returned to the Temple there was only oil enough to burn in the Eternal Light for one night, but it burned for eight.


Sundown on Sunday, December 20, until sundown on Monday, December 21, 2009Yule is the Wiccan celebration of rebirth and renewal. At Yule, the Goddess gives birth to her son, the God, who is symbolized by the sun. His birth brings hope and the promise of the coming summer. Yule is a remnant of older rituals which hurried the end of winter and the coming of spring.

Christmas, Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus. Christmas is given more importance in Western Christianity than in Orthodox. The day is observed with prayer, the giving of gifts and family gatherings.


Saturday, December 26, through Thursday, December 31, 2009Kwanzaa, a seven-day holiday, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. This African-American and Pan-African festival celebrating family, community and culture, was modeled after African first-fruits celebrations.

The candles of a seven-branched candelabrum representing the seven principles (the Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa - unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith - are lit successively over the seven days of the festival.

Imbolc [Witch-Craft]

Sundown on Monday, February 1, until sundown on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Imbolc (also called Imbolg or Candlemas) is one of the four major holidays of Wicca. Imbolc marks the growth of the God into a strong boy, as the days grow longer and the sun gets stronger. It also marks the recovery of the Goddess from giving birth to the God.

It is a time of initiation, a beginning, as the seeds begin to wake from their winter sleep. Traditionally many initiation and self-dedication rituals are done at this time. (Imbolc begins at sundown on Feb. 1.)

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shrove Tuesday is a Christian carnival day on the eve Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Because fats were not allowed in foods during Lent and had to be consumed before it began, the day is also known as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras).

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the forty-day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer, repentance and self-denial that precedes Easter. Ashes are marked on worshippers as a sign of penitence.


Sundown on Saturday, February 27, until sundown on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Purim is the Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from planned genocide as told in the book of Esther. The holiday is observed by reading the Book of Esther, food, the exchange of gifts and donations to the poor.


Sundown on Friday, March 19, until sundown on Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ostara, the Spring Equinox marks the first day of spring. It is the time when the God grows to maturity. The night and day are equal, therefore it is a time of balance when our lives can be brought into harmony. For Wiccans it is a time of beginnings of action.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28, 2010Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the beginning of Christian Holy Week. The name is taken from the Gospel stories telling of people waving palm branches and spreading them in front of Jesus as he entered the city.


Passover is the eight-day celebration in remembrance of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. An important part of Passover is a ceremonial meal, a Seder (usually on the first or second night), in which specific foods representing elements of the Exodus story are eaten.

Yom HaSho'ah

Sundown on Saturday, April l0, to sundown on Sunday, April 11, 2010

Yom HaSho'ah is the day established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis from 1933 to 1945.

Beltane [Witch-Craft]

Sundown on Thursday, April 29, until sundown on Friday, April 30, 2010

Beltane is one of the four major holidays of Wicca. Beltane is the emergence of the God into manhood. He falls in love with the Goddess, and their union results in the Goddess being with child. Beltane is a celebration of their coupling and the fertility of the Earth Goddess and all living things. Beltane marks the return of vitality and passion.

College of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 15, 2010 4:30 p.m.

Smith AuditoriumThis interfaith service, planned by a committee of graduating seniors and the chaplains, will be held as part of Commencement activities and will include music, scripture from a variety of traditions and reflections by graduates and others.

Vesak/Buddha Day

To be announced!

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