Leave-taking

April 2022 Dear Wesley friends, As you may have heard by now, this is my final semester serving as Wesley’s campus minister.  What an absolute gift and joy it has been to serve here in ministry with you.  Thank you for the opportunity and the support! This is my 21st year serving in campus ministry, the last 18 as clergy under appointment, and the last 17 as Wesley’s director.   Wow!  During my time at Wesley, we experienced the September 11th attacks and the wars that followed; hurricane Katrina (and a spring break service trip there to help); an earthquake on the first day of classes; the rise of social media; an attempted removal from office of UVA’s president; white supremacists marching here in 2017; re-naming of multiple buildings on Grounds and the installation of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers; the removal of the Honor Code’s “single sanction,” and, of course, the ongoing pandemic.  We have also experienced becoming the first Reconciling campus ministry in the Virginia Conference; winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 2019; handing out hundreds of #LoveYourNeighbor stickers to new students at the annual Activities Fair; interfaith service trips and gatherings with our friends from Hillel; hosting McDonald Lecture guests like Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jan Richardson, James Lawson, and Michael Twitty; Wesley’s first-ever capital campaign raising over $1 million and completing two phases and a pandemic-era patio addition debt-free; and well over 20 “Wesley weddings.”  And we have sent students to seminary, Peace Corps work, teaching, family life, government service, and every corner of the world. Context matters, especially in campus ministry. We have four lightning-quick years to meet and befriend students as they pass through....

Position opening: Campus Minister/Director

Wesley UVA is a strong, fun, challenging, vital campus ministry, and we are now looking for our next Campus Minister & Director! The search process is coordinated through the Virginia Conference Learning Ministries Office and you can see the position announcement below, along with links to the job description and full information and timeline regarding the search process. The Virginia Conference Learning Ministries Office in partnership with the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry announces the job opening for The Wesley Foundation at UVA Campus Minister/Director. A successful candidate for this position will be a creative and visionary leader who provides pastoral and relational care, relates well to students, and crafts a nurturing and welcoming environment for all whom they encounter. Resumes are being accepted now and will continue to be accepted until February 28, 2022. Click here for a detailed job description (pdf). Submit your application with cover letter, resume, and three references to Rev. Nickie Moreno Howard, Associate Director of Learning Ministries at learning@vaumc.org. Specific questions may be directed to Rev. Nickie Moreno Howard (learning@vaumc.org), Associate Director of Learning Ministries for VAUMC or Rev. David Vaughan (davidvaughan@vaumc.org) Chair, Wesley Foundation at UVA Board of...

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...
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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