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

Lent & Holy Week Worship at Wesley

During the season of Lent we continue with regular Sunday worship (11am at Wesley Memorial church and 5pm at the Wesley Foundation) but we also have other opportunities to observe the season leading to Easter. We hope you’ll consider joining us for some of these special Lenten worship opportunities. All are welcome.   Ash Wednesday – February 18th 12 noon and 7pm at Wesley Memorial. Join us for a brief service including Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.   Palm/Passion Sunday – March 29th 11am at Wesley Memorial & 5pm at the Wesley Foundation   Maundy Thursday – April 2nd 6pm: Join us in the fellowship hall at the church for a potluck dinner at 6pm. Homemade or store-bought food is fine and if you forget or can’t bring something, please come anyway. 7pm: Worship begins in the sanctuary.   Good Friday – April 3rd 12 noon: We will gather at the cross on the lawn of the church for a brief outdoor worship service. (Rain site: Wesley Memorial sanctuary) 7pm: Gather in the sanctuary for a Taizé style worship service of song, silence, and scripture.   Easter Sunday – April 5th 6:15am: We will leave from the church parking lot at 6:30am to drive to Pen Park for worship. Students and others are welcome at our Sunrise Communion service. (Inclement weather: 6:45am at Wesley Foundation. Check the Facebook page that morning for changes.)   9 and 11am: Join us for either worship service at Wesley Memorial and make time for breakfast in the fellowship hall between services, at 10am. Please note: There will be no 5pm worship at... read more

Join us April 11-12, 2015 for our 50-year celebration!

Please mark your calendar and make plans now to join us for our 50-year celebration on April 11-12, 2015! We are planning an open house, worship with Bishop Cho, and our official groundbreaking on Saturday.  On Sunday, join us for worship in the morning at Wesley Memorial or in the evening at the Wesley Foundation — and tag along to the dining hall for lunch with students in between.  This is a great time to plan a reunion with your Wesley pals, show your children a place that’s been important to you, and meet today’s students. Saturday, April 11, 2015 2pm  Open Houses at Wesley Foundation at the Cottage 3pm  Worship, including Communion, preaching by Bishop Cho, and reflections by Wesley alumni 4:15pm  Groundbreaking and pictures   Sunday, April 12, 2015 11am  Worship at Wesley Memorial UMC 12pm  Lunch with current students at one of the dining halls ($12/person) 5pm  Worship at Wesley Foundation   Keep up with the latest details and RSVP at our Facebook... 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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