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.... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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
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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