Black Lives Matter to Wesley

As United Methodists, we take baptismal vows promising to “accept the freedom God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever ways they present themselves.” Therefore, we see it as our duty to speak out against the injustices we witness today. The death of George Floyd added yet another name to the list of Black people unjustly killed by police. This horrific incident is just one example of the systemic racism present in all aspects of our country since its founding, and justice is long overdue. We at the Wesley Foundation at UVA understand that racism is historically and structurally grounded sin that hinders our personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our UVA community. The Wesley Foundation’s calling is toserve God’s diverse community here at the University of Virginia, and we have previously and proudly proclaimed what we feel in our hearts: that every person is wonderfully made, valued, and loved by God. At this moment, it is important that we are explicit that Black lives matter: to the world, to the body of Christ, and to the community at the Wesley Foundation at UVA.   We also understand that simply stating our support is not enough. We condemn white supremacy and commit ourselves to anti-racist work alongside our Black siblings in Christ. We are proud of the members of our community that are speaking up, educating themselves, donating to organizations, signing petitions, and participating in protests. We want our Black siblings to know that we see you. We hear you. And we stand beside you in the fight for justice and equality.  God commands us not only...

Holy Week 2020

Friends, here’s your invitation to join us in observing Holy Week. It won’t look like other Holy Weeks we have known. That’s OK. We are following the One who knows the Way. Download your copy of Wesley’s day-by-day devotional guide HERE. Blessings on the...

Wesley remote ministry to begin

ALL in-person events and group gatherings are cancelled until further notice.  This includes worship, here and at Wesley Memorial UMC, next door.*Check back next week for online gatherings.*Wesley friends, I know this isn’t how we thought spring break would go. I know this louses up a lot of cherished and long-anticipated plans.  I know how much I will miss being with you all in person in the coming weeks. And I know that we can handle it.  Or, as Wesley student president Justice Allen put it, “While this is definitely a mess, I know we can find some good ways to stay in ministry.”   Though it’s surprising-inconvenient-scary-isolating, all of this is one of the ways we continue to live out our call to ministry by loving our neighbors.  Practicing careful personal hygiene and “social distancing” is something every single one of us can do every day. (See the links and reminders, below.) Sometimes loving our neighbors looks like actively trying to slow down a disease raging through communities around the world. To put it another way, “Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body” (I Corinthians 12:14-16). We are connected to one another as human beings, each one a child of God and made in the image of God. Some of us and some of the people we...

Voices from the Wilderness: An Advent Devotional

LGBTQ students, alumni and friends of the Wesley Foundation at UVA are collaborating to provide a collection of daily devotions to help all persons—gay or straight, conservative or progressive, and everything in between—nurture and grow their faith. Allow this Advent season to bring Light into the darkness as these silenced voices offer insight and understanding of our shared journeys of faith.We are pleased to amplify these voices and to offer the devotional to you for a small donation to support the mission and ministry of the Wesley Foundation at UVA.  Perhaps you want to share this with a small group or Sunday school class in your church?  We encourage that!  Suggested minimum donation per download/copy:1 download: $10 minimum donation5-10 downloads: $20 minimum donation 11-50 downloads: $35 minimum donation51-100 downloads: $50 minimum donation 101+ downloads $75 minimum donation  Two ways to donate and receive your copy of the devotional: Click the UVA Fund link on our website here: https://wesleyatuva.org/annual-giving/ Write “Advent” in the “in honor of” box.By mail to “Wesley Foundation at UVA”/ 1908 Lewis Mountain Road/Charlottesville, VA/22903.  Write “Advent” on your check’s memo line. Voices from the Wilderness will be available beginning November 15th.  Make your donation any time and we will email you a pdf version of the devotional once it is available (so please be sure to include your email address when you give online and when you give by check).  Thank...

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...
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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