Week of March 3
Eat Pray Fun
Monday, 6:00 PM
Spiritual Life House
Eat Pray Fun this month will include video clips and discussion of current events or pop culture from a faith perspective.
Tonight's topic: Snake-Handling Preacher
Tonight's meal: Spaghetti (made in our kitchen!)
Tonight's fun stuff: Trivia
Chapel Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, 6:00 PM
Conway Boatman Chapel
Anyone interested in being part of the Chapel Band, contact Alexandra Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up for rehearsal.
50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort
Wednesday, March 5
Religious and educational groups have been invited to participate in this recognition of an important piece of our natinoal and state history. Students from Union were at the original march, and we're going this time. We would leave campus at 7:30 AM. The lineup for the march is at 9:30 AM. The march and rally is from 10:00 until noon. We would leave for home then.
Anyone interested in going with us, contact Rev. David Miller, College Minister, at 546-1291 or email@example.com .
Spiritual Life Book Club
Wednesday, 5:30 PM
Spiritual Life House
We will be finishing Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays by last semester’s Minorities Day speaker Dr. Bernadette C. Barton. Dr. Melinda Rice and Jacqueline Bengie will be leading discussion for this six-week series. Books will be provided free of charge. Join us for food, drinks, and discussion.
The next selection for the Spiritual Life Book Club will be Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies, which we will start the Wednesday after Spring Break, March 19. The time and location will remain the same—Wednesdays, 5:30 PM, in the Spiritual Life House.
Anne Lamott is a popular writer on faith matters. Her down-to-earth style and her willingness to share personal stories from her own life make her a great choice for the Book Club. The publisher says about the book, “Lamott's faith isn't about easy answers, which is part of what endears her to believers as well as nonbelievers. Against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. As she puts it, "My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers." At once tough, personal, affectionate, wise, and very funny, Traveling Mercies tells in exuberant detail how Anne Lamott learned to shine the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life, exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.”
If you are interested in joining us as we read this book together and discuss it, contact College Minister David Miller at 546-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and a book will be ordered for you.
Thursday, 9:30 AM
Conway Boatman Chapel
This week's theme: Ash Wednesday on Thursday
Alternative Spring Break Service Trip
Saturday - Friday, March 8-14
We will explore the city and dive into its historical roots as well as do service work in the surrounding community. Our group will be volunteering at the historic Maymont Park alongside a local pet shelter. We will also explore the many museums and attractions that Richmond has to offer, including a Civil War Museum, Richmond Fine Arts Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and much more! We will be lodged at Willis United Methodist Church, a small church 10 minutes outside of Richmond. Anyone interested in participating, contact College Minister David Miller at email@example.com or 606-546-1291.
Of Interest to Those with a Relationship with the former Sue Bennett College or Bennett Center of London
"Attention Appalachian enthusiasts: Whether you are a scholar studying a particular aspect of Appalachian culture, a student needing information on the Melungeons for a speech, or just someone that enjoys reading Sharyn McCrumb novels, you will be happy to know the WTML is working to create an Appalachian collection. The collection will be housed in the front of the Reference Room and will include a wide range of materials. Some may be old and rare and kept under lock and key, but most of it will be a working collection that will serve the needs of our faculty, students, and local scholars. During the next few months, the library staff will start identifying materials in our current collection that should be housed in this special area. New materials will be sought out and purchased to add to the collection. The final step will be to integrate the materials recently acquired by the library from the Bennett Center in London, and that will be done over the upcoming summer. Sue Bennett College had a substantial Appalachian collection at one point, and many of those books have a new home at the Weeks-Townsend Memorial Library. The idea of an Appalachian Collection has been marinating with our librarians for years, and we are very pleased to finally have the opportunity to bring it to fruition and provide access to our patrons."
By Tara Cooper, originally published in WTML Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1