Stage-Serious Cancer: Responding with Humor and Faith March 25-26, 2017

Stage-Serious Cancer: Responding with Humor and Faith Authors Jason Micheli, writer of Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, and Terri Tate, writer of A Crooked Smile: A Memoir, argue for cancer’s place on the list of things that are funny, as they present personal accounts in defense of disease as a fount of spiritual growth and necessary laughter. Join the Wesley Foundation at UVa in hosting these two for a time of Reading, Reflection, and Q&A. Date: Saturday, March 25th Time: 12pm Location: McLeod Hall, 202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, 22903 Free parking available underneath McLeod Hall in the parking garage The Wesley Foundation at UVA, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, the Compassionate Care Initiative at the UVA School of Nursing, and the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center are partnering to sponsor this visit as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book and the Wesley Foundation at UVA McDonald Lecture Series. All events are free and open to the general public. — The Rev. Jason Micheli will also be preaching on Sunday, March 26th at 11am at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (1901 Thomson Road, 22903) and at 5pm at the Wesley Foundation at UVa (1908 Lewis Mountain Road, 22903). Rev. Micheli is an ordained 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.... read more

New students and Wesley’s fall kick-off events

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.) 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! Friday 8/19 & Saturday 8/20 – Need help moving in to first year dorms?  Send us a note to let us know where/when and we’ll try to have some friendly folks there to lend a hand and welcome you in person. Saturday 8/20 – Open House from 11am -1pm at Wesley.  Drop in on your own or bring your family. We’ll have lunch and some great students on hand to answer questions, make introductions, and show you around. Sunday 8/21 – 11am worship at Wesley Memorial church (next door) Sunday 8/21 – Our Sunday Night Worship kicks off for the semester tonight at 5pm.  We’ll be outside on the lawn of the church if the weather permits (in the dining room at the Wesley Foundation, if not).  Dress is casual and all are welcome. Monday 8/22 – Look for the Wesley table at the UVA Activities Fair.  Give-aways and more friendly folks on hand. Thursday... read more

Authenticity, Community, and the Church

Our thanks to Wesley grad Erica Ridgell (2014), for taking the time to write this reflection after our splendid weekend with Nadia  Bolz-Weber (March 18-19, 2016).  We hosted over 800 people throughout the three events! *  *  * I was on the Nadia Bolz-Weber train very early on. Even two years ago, I remember learning she would be coming to the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2016 and making promises to everyone I knew that we would all come back to the Wesley Foundation to hear her speak. I never spent much time analyzing what it was I liked about her, but I knew for sure I liked her. So, with the far-off date suddenly approaching, like a good UVA grad, I prepared. I reread Pastrix and purchased her new book, Accidental Saints. Coming into the weekend, I expected her to make us laugh, and maybe cry, and definitely give us a lot to talk about over drinks later. What I didn’t expect was for her to remind me of all the reasons I loved the Wesley Foundation in the first place. Nadia shared with us that people often ask her how she attracts so many young people when Christianity is so clearly not relevant to millennials anymore, and when they ask this she always feels taken aback. “It’s just like phone booths,” she said. You can look around and see that there are no phone booths any more and say, ‘Young people really just aren’t into phones anymore, it’s a shame’, and then those same people say, “Nadia, will you come redecorate our phone booth so we... read more

Graduation weekend at Wesley – May 21, 2016

We’ve spent some important years together and we want to send you off with love and a great worship party! Graduates and their families are invited to join us for a final time of worship together in our baccalaureate service, at 7:30pm, next door in the sanctuary at Wesley Memorial UMC. EVERYONE — current students, families, friends, alumni, Wesley community members — is invited to be part of worship and it’s a wonderful way for other students and friends to celebrate and bless our graduating students as they take their leave.... read more

Nadia Bolz-Weber visits UVA March 18-19, 2016

  Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, is visiting UVA in March! She is the author of “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint” and her latest book, “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.” She’s a popular speaker who preaches prophetically while maintaining a surprisingly salty vocabulary. **Please plan to arrive early.  There are no tickets and seating is first-come, first served.  Doors will open at Newcomb Hall  Theater at 12:30pm on Saturday.**  Both events are free and open to the general public.  Directions and parking info are available at the links for each venue. Nadia will lead a vespers worship service at St. Mark Lutheran on Friday, March 18 at 7:30pm. On Saturday, March 19 at 1pm in Newcomb Hall Theater, Nadia will give a public talk as part of the Festival of the Book, entitled, “Finding God in All the Wrong People.” The Wesley Foundation, St. Mark Lutheran, St. Paul’s Memorial and Koinonia, Wesley Memorial UMC, and the UVA Department of Religious Studies are partnering to sponsor this visit.  ... read more

Welcome to Wesley! Kick-off week is here!

Welcome to Wesley – check us out this first week of classes! Wesley is kicking off the semester this week with several events to introduce you to the people and the place.   We hope you can stop in this week to say hi and meet us but please know we aren’t a club – you can come (or come back) any time. We know schedules are busy and there are so many things to try at UVA, so come when you can and know there will be a place for you and people happy to see you. Kicking off this week at Wesley: THURSDAY AUGUST 27th 6 pm Kick-off Dinner (free!): Barbecue, music, and great people! Come to our first Thursday night dinner and meet some wonderful people. 8:15pm Late Night @ Wesley: Especially for those whose busy evening schedules keep them from being at dinner. There will be plenty of food and snacks left over, so come hang out!   SUNDAY AUGUST 30 11am Sunday morning Worship at Wesley Memorial Church (next door): Campus Minister Deborah Lewis will be preaching here this morning, too, talking about God’s desire for us to know “Delight.” 12 noon at the church (next door): Welcome Picnic for all students. Free food and a great time to meet church members and Wesley Foundation students. 5 pm Sunday night Worship: The first worship of the year! Campus minister Deborah Lewis will give a short message to help get you ready for the semester ahead and there will be fantastic music and Communion. Tonight we begin a 5-week sermon series on “The Most Important Things... read more

Wesley’s Virginia Mountain Getaways & Wahoo Spirit online silent auction!

  Wesley invites you to make a bid for a good cause! We’re hosting an online silent auction through Sunday, August 2, 2015. All proceeds support our Building a Foundation for the Future Capital Campaign (click here for more details on the scope of the campaign).   Auction items include 4 different getaways in the Charlottesville area, with dining at Oakhart Social, handmade pottery by local artist Nan Rothwell, a sunrise hot air balloon flight, and stays at Fairhill Farm and Albemarle Estate. For the ultimate fan, we also have a UVA basketball signed by Coach Tony Bennett and the 2014-2015 ACC Regular Season Championship team. Click here to see full descriptions of all items and to make your generous bid!   (Thanks to our local partners who’ve donated wonderful gifts for our auction: Albemarle Estate, Fairhill Farm, Nan Rothwell Pottery, Oakhart Social, Trump Winery, the UVA Cavaliers 2014-2015 men’s basketball team, and Virginia Hot Air Balloons. )      ... read more

Graduation weekend, new students, and pictures from April 11

A few things going on around here…   Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 50-Year Celebration and Groundbreaking on April 11, 2015!  We welcomed 200 alumni and friends, including Bishop Cho.  Check out some of the pictures from that day here.   You are invited to join us for baccalaureate worship during UVA’s graduation weekend, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7:30pm.  We’ll gather in the sanctuary at Wesley Memorial (next door) for a time of singing, Communion, words of thanksgiving, and blessings for our graduating students.   Do you know a new student?  Are you a student coming to UVA this fall?  Please let us know you’re coming by sending an email to our campus minister.  We’d love to say “hi” and invite you to our kick-off events in August.  ... 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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