At Wesley all means ALL

“You are beloved and you are welcome here.” The United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2019 was rough. A couple weeks after GC ended, a student asked if we could consider becoming officially affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which supports and works for full inclusion for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. He convened a writing group and drafted our welcoming statement, which was approved and adopted by our student leadership and our Board of Directors, which voted unanimously to join RMN. Wesley UVA is the first Reconciling campus ministry in the Virginia Conference. Here’s our welcoming statement: Every Sunday, the Wesley Foundation at the University of Virginia gathers around the altar table to celebrate communion. We boldly declare that “This is not our table, not the Wesley Foundation’s table, not the United Methodist Church’s table–this is God’s table, and God invites all to the table.” Throughout the week, we seek to live this welcoming spirit into being. We recognize and rejoice that all people are made in God’s image, and that this image is beautifully and wildly diverse. To serve God’s diverse community here at the University of Virginia, we proudly proclaim what we feel in our hearts: that every person is wonderfully made, valued, and loved by God. We acknowledge and are deeply saddened by the harmful and restrictive language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. But we also recognize that the Church is not its policies–first and foremost, the Church is God’s people. And as people of God, the Wesley Foundation at the University of Virginia fully and wholeheartedly welcomes and affirms... read more

Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

Portugal and SpainJune 26 – July 5, 2020 Join W&M and UVA students and alumni, along with Virginia Conference clergy and friends, for an 80-mile walking pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, beginning in Valença, Portugal, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  The trip will be led by the Revs. David Hindman and Deborah Lewis, with daily presentations and the companionship of Dr. George D. Greenia, internationally acclaimed pilgrimage scholar, person of deep faith, and Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages at The College of William and Mary in Virginia.  We will walk 10-15 miles per day, staying in pilgrim hostels (albuergues) along the way. Cost per pilgrim is $580, including lodging and welcome dinner; each pilgrim covers their own international travel and daily meals. Full information and details here.Apply here by... read more

Welcome to new and returning students! We have a great semester ahead!

Welcome to Wesley! New to UVA or to Wesley?  Send us an email or provide your contact info here.  We’d love to reach out and tell you more about Wesley and how you can be involved this year.  (Parents, clergy, friends, alumni, and others:  if you know someone headed to UVA please help us welcome them by making sure we know they are coming.  You may use the links above for connecting us with students, too.) Not new? Welcome (back to) Wesley!  Whether it’s your first year or fourth, it’s never too late to give Wesley a try. Here are a few things to look forward to as fall kicks off.  Hope to see YOU at Wesley this fall!   Every week, all semester… Sundays @ 5pm – Worship  Student-led music, Communion, and a student-oriented message every week. Dress is casual and we’re done before 6pm. (starts 8/25) Tuesdays @ 6pm – FREE Dinner & Program  Homemade dinners, followed by discussions, hot topics, Bible studies, guest speakers, and other programs.  This is a great way to find out more about what you think, doubt, and believe, while listening for God in the midst of a solid faith community. (starts 8/27)   Welcome Weeks at Wesley… 8/26 @ 11-2pm: Stop by the Wesley table @UVA’s Student Activities Fair – Free swag! 8/29 @ 3:30-4:30pm: Free Starbucks for you  Stop by the Newcomb Starbucks to meet Wesley student President Justice Allen, campus minister Deborah Lewis, and other Wesley folks.  The drinks are on us.  We’ll be hanging out, meeting new folks, taking questions, and enjoying the a/c and the treats for about an hour so come on by! 8/30 @ 5pm: Frisbee on the Lawn  Meet at Wesley to walk over together or just meet up with us on the Lawn.  No previous frisbee experience... read more

Hosting Amy Laura Hall

The Wesley Foundation at UVA is thrilled to announce Amy Laura Hall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University Divinity School, as our 2019 McDonald Lecture guest March 20-24th. Author of Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich, Amy Laura Hall invites you to see the world with a medieval visionary now known as Julian of Norwich, believed to be the first woman to have written a book in English. Julian “saw our Lord scorn [the Devil’s] wickedness” and noted that “he wants us to do the same.” In this impassioned, analytic, and irreverent book, Amy Laura Hall emphasizes Julian’s call to scorn the Devil. Julian of Norwich envisioned courage during a time of fear. Laughing at the Devil describes how a courageous woman transformed a setting of dread into hope, solidarity, and resistance. Join us for one or more of events during her visit (3/20 at 2pm and 6pm, 3/21 at 4pm, 3/22 at 12pm), which is offered in partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book and many other ministries and UVA groups, departments, and organizations. Wed 3/20, 6-7pm @ Wesley Foundation:  Dinner and conversation with Wesley students & friends:  “What may a medieval, Catholic, woman visionary teach students about holiness today?”   Thurs 3/21, 4-5:30pm @ Harrison Institute (Small Special Collections) Festival of the Book Event:  “Laughing at the Devil—An Invitation to Look at Evil Through the Eyes of a Medieval Visionary” Amy Laura Hall will give a short reading from her book, along with a few introductory remarks/questions, then opening up to a panel conversation. Book signing at the end. Parking at Wesley... read more

Summer Wesley Word is Here!

Here’s the link to our latest issue of the Wesley Word newsletter. Read up on a new spin on an old tradition, our McDonald Lecture events with Michael Twitty, and how the Wesley Foundation is impacting... read more

Open House – October 21

Homecoming Open House Saturday, October 21 10:00 – 11:30 am Lately, it seems that the Wesley Foundation building must have been working out, eating its vegetables, and test driving a new skincare regimen, because it looks about fifty years younger these days! In all seriousness, thank you to all who contributed and made these building renovations possible, and another thank you to all those who have been hard at work redesigning and reconstructing the home of Wesley at UVa. Study Camp, the kitchen, the upper room, and the Cottage in its entirety have been updated, beautified, and made more accessible thanks especially to your generosity. We would love for you to come back by and celebrate the improvements made on our students’ spaces. And, fortunately for you, the chance to do exactly that is upcoming on Saturday, October 21st, 10:00-11:30 am, on which Wesley will be holding an Open House. Included on this day will be tours, joy, reunions, room dedications, celebration and Bodo’s. Y’all come by soon and get some hospitality from our brand new building! (And from your friends at Wesley, of course, because the church is not a building or a steeple or a resting place, but a people. These people will be standing in a brand new building, however, so you have to admit, that is pretty neat.)  ... read more

Pastoral letter about the events in Charlottesville on August 11-12

  To those returning to school this week and especially to those who are venturing to UVA for your first semester, I want to welcome, challenge, and invite you. It may feel like a scary or unsettling time to be headed to Charlottesville, but you won’t be able to hide from what’s here by heading to another school or another town. The hate on display last weekend isn’t confined to this place and the malignancies of racism, white supremacy, sexism, and other forms of xenophobia infect people and communities all across our country.   First, what must be said, clearly and unequivocally: Racism and white supremacy are evil. There is no room for compromise or nuance in acknowledging this, speaking out against these plagues, and resisting their persistent insinuations into our lives and communities. Anti-Semitism is evil. Every attempt to separate and assign varying degrees of worth to people is evil. Christians believe in the sacred worth of each and every human being based solely on the fact that they are human beings, each one a child of God and made in the image of God.   It is very hard for me to discern the image of God in the hateful, violent, murderous faces of the modern Klan and Nazis who terrorized Charlottesville last weekend. I stand in opposition to everything they represent and I am grateful to my clergy colleagues, students, friends, and neighbors who put their bodies and their lives on the line to stand up against them. My hope, always, is in the One who put his body and life in the way of hate... read more

Stand up to hate and bear witness to Love – August 12

As we prepare to welcome students in just a couple more weeks, UVA and Cville are also preparing to encounter a large gathering of white supremacist hate groups meeting here on August 12th. It’s a scary time and we are called to stand up against hate and bear witness to another Way. Bishop Sharma Lewis has written a letter encouraging clergy and laity alike to join in protest and prayer. She writes, “At Annual Conference, I announced my vision for the clergy and laity of our conference to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve. The opportunity before us is one of influence; the influence to join together in holy resistance to groups who support white supremacy.” I hope you will pray for the Charlottesville community now, and on August 12th. Whether you will be in town or not, whether you will be able to join in the counter-protests or not, please lift your prayers with us. Another wonderful and creative way to get involved, whether or not you can be here physically, is to pledge to donate a certain amount to a local charity for each white supremacist that shows up on the 12th. Here’s how to turn their numbers into massive wins for our community. If you plan to be in town or come to town to protest, here are some events and resources. Any of these folks will welcome your presence, so feel free to join in with one of these established groups, especially if you are coming to the protest on your own. Thursday August 10 – Prepare... read more

Capital Campaign – Phase 2 Under Construction!

Phase 2 of the Capital Campaign is underway! Check out the renovations being done this summer in the Wesley Foundation and Cottage (residential community). For more information about the Capital Campaign and ways to support it, click here! Pictures of Wesley Foundation Kitchen Pictures of Wesley Foundation... read more
Weekly Meeting Schedule
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 Morning Worship at Wesley Memorial UMC (next door)
    • 5:00 Sunday Night Worship
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00 Tuesday Night Dinner
    • 6:45 Forum — Discussion/speaker on a variety of faith topics and student life.
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