Small Groups, Intramurals, & More
Small Groups, Intramurals, & More
Throughout the week and each semester we offer many planned and spontaneous opportunities to gather with Wesley folks. See something intriguing here? Come on out and give it a try.
Small groups meet for Bible study, topical studies on faith and life in college, and prayer groups. Groups are led by students and by our campus minister. Groups and studies change each semester so check out the weekly email for events and groups or Facebook if you are looking for a different topic or a different day/time to meet.
First Year small groups are especially for first year students in the fall semester. These small groups are led by upperclass students and focus on issues, topics, and questions about the transition to college and life as a first year.
Faith Families are a way to build a deeper spiritual friendships with other students, meeting for prayer, conversation, and support on your own schedule. We’ll match you up and you take it from there.
Take part in various intramural sports or last minute pick-up games.
We reach out in service to the local community each month so stay tuned for announcements about where we are volunteering and how you can join us. We go further afield to serve during our annual Spring Break Trip.
We host movie nights, apple-picking trips, study breaks, dinner on the town, and other fellowship events for fun, blowing off steam, and getting to know one another.
Together with Wesley Memorial Church, we also host a group for Grads & Young Adults. Grad students can and do participate in many Wesley events but sometimes it’s helpful to gather together as older students and with other young adults who have finished college. The group meets at a different location every week, searching out the best place to discuss matters of faith over a pint (or a cup of coffee). Any and all grad students are welcome to be a part of this group, even friends and colleagues outside the Methodist tradition.
The McDonald Lecture is in March, often in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book. The annual Lecture is a series of events, including a public talk for Festival audiences, a smaller gathering for students, and preaching. In 2016, we hosted Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints. Previous McDonald Lecturers include Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Bishop Will Willimon, artist and writer Jan Richardson, and civil rights activist James Lawson. Upcoming Lecture guests include:
- 2017: The Rev. Jason Micheli, an elder in the Virginia Conference, blogger at Tamed Cynic (tamedcynic.org), co-host of the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast, and author of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo. He is also a father and husband, a UVA grad, and an insightful theologian with a relentless hope and a biting sense of humor. Jeffrey Pugh, Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University (and who also happens to be the husband of Jan Rivero, former Wesley Campus Minister), says this about Jason’s new book, “Jason Micheli is the bravest motherf@$%^& I’ve ever met. It takes a lot of courage to keep faith with God while you’re saying, ‘F#$% you cancer, and your little tumor Toto too.’ But not only does he keep faith; it deepens because he becomes a theologian of the only theology that matters—the theology of death and life, you know, the theology of when sh#t gets real. Writing with the wit and brutal honesty of Anne Lamott, Micheli takes his readers on a shakedown cruise of pain, suffering, and discovery where we all meet God, perhaps for the first time. Get this book, b@#$%^s.” Jason will be spending time in Charlottesville, with students and with a larger general audience as part of the Festival of the Book. Specific dates and times TBA but mark you calendars for March 23-26, 2017 and check back.
- 2017: We are also co-sponsoring the visit by Sue Klebold on March 26, 2017. She is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the shooters in the attack on Columbine High School, and she has written and speaks extensively about mental health in the years since the attack and her son’s death. Along with Charlottesville’s Partner in Mental Health and other community groups, we focus attention on mental health and community care and responsibility as we host Sue Klebold, author of A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.
- 2018: In March 2018 we will host Michael Twitty, noted culinary and cultural historian, who created Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy (afroculinaria.com). He appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmerman, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, and has lectured to more than 200 groups including Yale, Oxford and Carnegie Mellon Universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and Colonial Williamsburg. He has spoken around the world from the MAD Symposium in Copenhagen to the Barbican Theatre in London to Jerusalem’s Jewish Film Festival on culinary justice and the African American impact on Southern foodways and the complexities of his identity as a gay, African American, Jewish man. HarperCollins will release Twitty’s first major book in 2017: The Cooking Gene, which traces his ancestry through food. He was recently named one of 50 people changing the South by Southern Living and one of the Five Cheftavists to Watch, as well a TED Fellow. Most recently, Afroculinaria was named the Editors’ and Readers’ Choice for Best Food & Culture Essay in the 2016 Saveur Blog Awards and his work is highlighted in the new Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Stay tuned for details and check out Twitty’s recent visit to cook at Monticello, featured on NPR’s The Salt (10/1/16).