OCTOBER 14 - 18
vol 2 | issue 8

            North Carolina Mountains

Read this week's column and review all the academic related information you need to know for the week ahead.

"Welcome back from Fall Break! I hope we are all ready to move into the remaining weeks of the semester with renewed energy. I, for one, will be toasting the start of those weeks with a pumpkin spice latte, perhaps accompanied by a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Got any good recipes to share?" Read more.

Mosaic Gathering - Monday, October 14, 8:00pm - The Polo Div House | Student group Mosaic invites all to this bi-weekly unwind event for a brief arts-based devotion, fellowship, and craft time as a group. For more information contact Megan Snider or Caitie Smith.   
Fall Open House - Tuesday, October 15 | The Office of Admissions will host our Fall Open House this week. We will have 24 prospective students and their guests (total of 35 people) joining us for the day. In addition to attending chapel that day, I hope you will engage in good conversations with these potential students during community lunch.  Please help us make all our visitors feel welcomed!



For God's Sake, Let's Focus on the Earth with Richard Cizik - Wednesday, October 16, 11:00am - Wait Chapel | On World Food Day, what better time to ask: What is my duty to God and Planet earth?Stewards are not born, they are made.  We can choose our own destiny, boldly.  Come examine with Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, the incredible hope that arises for all of creation when we partner with the Creator in the renewal and redemption of earth and the cosmos.  But beware. As Cizik says, "If you've never changed your mind about something, pinch yourself, you may be dead." Cizik will speak in Wait Chapel at 11am, followed by brown-bag lunch in the Lower Auditorium from 12:00noon to 1:00pm. >> Add to your calendar. 



Coming Out as a Sacrament with Chris Glaser - Thursday, October 17, 5:00pm - Wingate 302 Gay Christian author and activist Chris Glaser persuasively argues that coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender has biblical precedence and sacramental dimensions. In an engaging and readable book, Coming Out as a Sacrament, Glaser applies cultural anthropologist Rene Girard's critique of the scapegoat mechanism to the treatment of LGBT people in church and culture. Coming out is understood as an act of vulnerability, much like the sacrificial offerings of times past, that were believed to invoke God's presence and effect atonement, or reconciliation. The Bible may be viewed as God's own "coming out" story! Thus the sacred nature of coming out is to be celebrated. Join the School of Divinity and student organization sponsor Kaleidoscope for this important conversation and dialogue. Light dinner provided. Registration required. >>Register and add to your calendar.



Academic Skills Instructor |  Hilary Floyd is the new Academic Skills Instructor for the School of Divinity.  Please stop by her office (Tower 402), send her an email, or make an appointment with her if you're interested in getting some help and coaching for a variety of academic concerns: writing papers, doing research, studying for tests or exams, reading comprehension, time management, etc. She will be in her office on Tuesdays from 12-2pm and Thursdays from 4-6pm. If neither of those time slots works for your schedule, please get in touch with Hilary and she will work to find another time to meet.

Financial Assistance Funds Available | The School of Divinity offers two financial resources to help students: Stealey's Purse for students in emergency financial situations and Student Academic Conference Grants to attend academic or denominational conferences. More information about these two resources, including how to apply, is online.
Moral Monday and Public Religious Leadership: 
Honoring the Legacy of Will Campbell ('48) - 
Monday, October 21, 2:00 - 5:00pm - ZSR Library Auditorium 404
Hosted in partnership with the North Carolina Council of Churches, the ZSR Library, and the Wake Forest University Department of Religion, the Religion and Public Engagement Program, and Office of the Chaplain. The forum is held in honor and remembrance of Will Campbell ('48). Professor Stephen Boyd from the Department of Religion will be lecturing. Other presenters will include community leaders who participated in Moral Monday events during the last legislative session.  >>Read more.

Pathways in Ministry: The Gifts and Challenges 

for Women in Ministry

Wednesday, October 23, 11:00am - Wingate 201

On Wednesday, October 23, our Pathways in Ministry series continues with a panel discussion about the unique gifts and challenges for women serving and seeking to serve in ministry. Come hear the stories and experiences of ministers such as Sheila Sholes-Ross, Executive Director of Communities in Schools (Orange County), and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, chaplain and writer, both Co-Chairs of Equity for Women in the Church Community for the Alliance of Baptists. We will have snacks for everyone from Mrs. Pumpkins, so please RSVP to Chris Copeland by Monday, October 21. Be a part of this important learning experience. >>Add to your calendar.

Hike with Deans - Saturday, October 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm - Hanging Rock State ParkLace up your boots, grab your dog that you haven't walked in a week, and rehearse that searching question for the much anticipated Hike with the Deans! For more details or to add to your calendar, click here.

Faithful Witness: Creative Writing and Social Change - Friday, November 22, 8:30am - 2:30pm St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem |  In this writing workshop writers Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Fred Bahnson will explore ideas of soil and sacrament, tapping into stories to recover a sense of the world as holy and worthy of our care. In a stimulating blend of journaling, writing prompts, brainstorming, and discussion, we will use creative nonfiction to investigate our personal relationships to food and food security. Sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative. Registration Fee: $25 for students.  >>Learn more and register today.

Prayin', Truckin', Servin': An Interfaith Workshop on Food, Faith, and Justice
Thurday, November 7, 8:30am - 3:00pm
S.G. Atkins Enterprise Banquet & Conference Center | Following the success of the February 2013 food justice conference, this workshop will focus on skills that you can take back to your community. Using local presenters, each of our three sessions will feature lecture-style learning with small group discussion centered around our three themes: Prayin'What do our scriptures and faith traditions teach us about food and its role in our lives? Truckin': How can churches and faith communities improve healthy food access in urban areas? Servin'How can we make healthy food more available in our places of worship?Workshop is free to attend; registration is required>>Learn more and register today.

Community Worship and Lunch - Tuesday, 11:00am - Davis Chapel & Lower Auditorium
Worship Leader: Abby Pratt
Coffee Hour - Wednesday, 11:00am - Lower Auditorium
Bring your mug, a treat to share (if you're able), and enjoy the company of community and conversation.

Intercessory Prayer - Wednesday, 12:00pm - Wingate 213
Join together with faculty, staff, and students for a brief service of intercessory prayer.

Community Worship and Lunch - Thursday, 11:00am - Davis Chapel & Lower Auditorium
Worship Leader: Joe Phelps, Pastor of Highland Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)


Job of the Week

Salisbury, NC - First United Church of Christ in Salisbury, NC is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry. Ideal Candidate will be motivated, innovative, and enthusiastic, with or currently seeking a degree in youth ministry or a related field. Director will work with middle school and high school youth, leading Sunday School, two monthly meetings, and annual retreat/mission trip, and other activities to help bring youth to know and be committed to Christ. Average 8-10 hours per week, starting salary $5,250. Director will work directly with the Senior Pastor and closely with the Christian Education Committee.

>> View the detailed job listing for the position above and all available job listings (sorted by category) here.

American Baptist Personnel Services Coming to Chapel Hill

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill 

Those who are interested in serving in an American Baptist Churches, USA congregation are invited to attend a meeting of Area III of the American Baptist Churches of the South on Thursday. Rev. Dwight Lundgren, Manager of Personnel Services will be speaking to interested seminarians about how they can get connected to ABC Personnel Profiles database through his office. This is one element of the weekend's activities that may be helpful to WFU Divinity students with a connection or desired connection to ABC, USA. Please contact Dale Osborne, Associate Minister, at dale@binkleychurch.org for further information.

Did you know that the Admissions Office keeps a list of external scholarship resources to assist you with finding scholarship and grants to support the cost of your education? There are a variety of awards available, some with certain eligibility requirements (i.e., location, denomination, etc.). 
>> View the complete listing of external scholarship resources.

Conversation with Justin Lee, Founder and Executive Directory of The Gay Christian Network Monday, October 14, 3:00pm - ZSR Auditorium | Justin Lee, a WFU alum, is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network, an interdenominational nonprofit organization serving LGBT Christians and those who care about them. He is the host of GCN Radio, a popular podcast on faith and sexuality, and author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians DebateJustin grew up as a conservative Southern Baptist, preaching against gay acceptance until questions about his own sexuality forced him to reconsider everything he thought he knew. Today, he focuses on building bridges between those who disagree, with an approach that has been called "ingenious" by The Advocate and praised as "fresh air" by the former Archbishop of Canterbury.  
Outdoor Movie: The Great Gatsby - Wednesday, October 16, 8:00pm - 11:00pm - Hearn Plaza
Campus Wide Picnic - Friday, October 18, 11:00am - 2:00pm - Manchester Plaza | All faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate the impact of philanthropic giving on our campus community and to learn what the generosity of our alumni, parents and friends will make possible in the near future. >>Add to your calendar.

Reynolda Village Farmers Market - Friday, October 18, 8:00am - 12:00noon | 
The Reynolda Village Farmers Market will be held each Friday at 8:00 a.m. (weather permitting). Come shop on the Reynolda Village lawn for fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, and more.

President's Ball - Friday, October 18, 9:00pm - 1:00am - LJVM Coliseum | The President's Ball welcomes all members of the Wake Forest community-students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni-to celebrate the university's success, led by President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch.  What started as a way to bring the entire campus together to celebrate President Hatch's inauguration has now turned into a biennial tradition welcoming some 5,000 members of the Wake Forest community. This will be the fifth edition of this biannual event. >>Add to your calendar.

Go Deacs! WFU vs. Maryland Homecoming Football Game
Saturday, October 19, 3:30pm - BB&T Field

Interested in other events in the Piedmont? Check out a listing of other upcoming events this week here.

Dignity & Respect Campaign - Take The Pledge!

All are invited to join WFU in celebrating the Dignity and Respect Campaign in order to promote inclusion through behavioral and organizational change. Daily, we will practice one common behavior of the 30 Tips of Dignity and Respect established by the Center for Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. We are asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in the Dignity and Respect Campaign in three ways:

  1. Join members of our community in signing the pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  2. Practice the Tip of the Day.
  3. During the month ask your peers, students, and colleagues "What happens in a community when everyone is treated with dignity and respect?" 

We will conclude the D&R Campaign with a campus-wide celebration at the end of the 30 day campaign. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 302 Reynolda Hall or email murrykd@wfu.edu for more information.


Tai Chi - Weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00noon - Hearn Plaza (in front of Wait Chapel) | Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has values in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.
Holistic Movement - Wednesdays, 5:00pm - Miller Center Group Fitness Room (4th Floor)
Come build flexibility and strength while also improving posture and overall muscle tone. Lengthen your body while becoming more balanced physically and mentally. Participants of all levels are welcome. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Campus Recreation. Purchase your pass today in the fitness center!



The Story of My Life: A Multimedia Documentary and Exhibit - Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts | Follow the lives of six intellectually and developmentally disabled adults through photography, written and spoken word, and various visual art forms, which taken together create richly layered narratives. The exhibit will run through November 14. The project is a collaboration between Phoebe Zerwick (WFU Lecturer in English), photographer Christine Rucker, journalist Michelle Johnson, faculty at the Sawtooth School, and the exhibit's six adults. 

"Things Wondrous and Humble: American Still Life" Exhibition at Reynolda House Museum of American Art | Explore both traditional and unexpected approaches to still life in this exhibition featuring some of the finest examples of still life from collections across the state. Explore how objects appeal to the senses, how tabletop arrangements become an artist's study tool, and how any object can have meaning. Now through December 8th. >>More information.

Painting ≠ Photography: New Acquisitions and Selections at the Student Union Art Collection of Contemporary Art - Charlotte and Phillip Hanes Art Gallery |  Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00pm (closed during University holidays). Exhibit runs through October 20. >>More information.

Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico at the Museum of AnthropologyMOA's annual exhibit includes new information with sections about the celebration's history and its unique folk art. The centerpiece is a traditional Mexican ofrenda: a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, food and beverage offerings, marigolds, and photos of deceased relatives to honor the dead. A children's ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating different aspects of the celebration are also on display. Text is in English and Spanish.

Admission is free. Exhibit runs through December 13.


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