Something I Learned At Baccalaureate

As I type this post my denomination (United Methodist) is meeting for General Conference. General Conference is a gathering held every four years (always the years of the Summer Olympics and presidential elections) in which delegates from around the world meet for worship, prayer, and decision making. You can read endless takes on what will or should happen at this gathering and what people think the main “issues” are. For me, certainly one of the Read more…

How Congregations Can Care for Students

As a campus minister I have become acutely aware of the stress and anxiety among my students (as well as faculty and staff) this time of year. The pressure of exams and projects mix with a general uneasiness about what comes next – particularly for graduating seniors. I also believe congregations are uniquely positioned and gifted to offer care to university students before, during, and after the moments of panic. Here are some thoughts on Read more…

The Word Wagon

Casey Enright, Class of 2017, has launched a new ministry to address the lack of age appropriate books for children in lower income homes. I hope you will enjoy learning about “The Word Wagon” and support Casey in this ministry. The Word Wagon is a new program in the Middle Tennessee area. Casey Enright, the founder, has a huge passion for childhood literacy and thinking of ways to improve the reading levels of children in Read more…

Spring Break Immersion Trip – L’Arche Mobile

  During the first week of March, I went with a group of students on a spring break immersion trip. Last year we headed to San Francisco on a similar trip. This year, six students journeyed to Mobile, AL to work with the L’Arche community there. L’Arche is French for “The Ark” – a place of refuge – and it is a worldwide organization where people with intellectual and developmental challenges live alongside friends in Read more…

Room in the Inn

A little over a week ago, our students partnered with our board of directors to host an evening of Room in the Inn’s winter shelter at Belmont United Methodist Church. This year marks the thirtieth year Room in the Inn has partnered with local congregations to host overnight guests from November to March. You can find out more about Room in the Inn through their website: http://roomintheinn.org/ The experience of hosting eleven guests involved both collaboration Read more…

Reflection on Career and Calling Week

Written by Madeline Easdale, Class of 2018 This week we had three wonderful guests come to speak to the students of Belmont, and their stories were filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit!  This event was part of a Spiritual Emphasis Week at Belmont known as “Career and Calling Week.” During this week, speakers are invited and programs are developed to share with students the deep connections of faith and one’s vocation. Thank you Read more…

Wesley Wellness Groups

Belmont Wesley Fellowship is offering new small groups called “Wesley Wellness Groups.” These groups will focus on building faith and community through spiritual practices. They will provide close friends who will share the joys and burdens of life together. By participating in a group, students will discover ways that faith matters deeply in this life (not just the next) and impacts the whole person – mind, body, and soul. To learn more about Wesley Wellness Read more…

Belmont Wesley Launches Connection

There’s a saying I have come to love. I’m not sure the first time or place I heard it, but I feel it is deeply true. The saying goes like this: “Alone we go fast, together we go far.” I am convinced that many of us have focused more on how quickly we can accomplish something and have forgotten that things of great value and great sacrifice require time, patience, and help from others. I Read more…

Changing Our Story

I recently listened to an interview with Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is an attorney and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. He has done an incredible amount of good in a deeply broken system. In the interview, he shared about the influence of his grandmother on his life. He told about a time when she took him aside and told him that he was special and had amazing potential. This stuck with Bryan and shaped Read more…

Faithful Sex Ed Convocation

BWF Hosts Academic Lecture Convocation Faithful Sex Ed Convocation Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. in Beaman A and B Join us for an engaging lecture and presentation about more honest conversations of sexuality and sexuality education in the church. Our presenter will be Lyndsey Godwin who is assistant director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Those attending will receive Academic Lecture convocation credit.