Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. It marks the beginning of the season of Lent and derives its name from the placing of ashes on one’s forehead. Services and ashes on the go are provided.
The University of Lynchburg’s yearly celebration of its graduating students the evening before graduation. The service includes the awarding of honorary degrees, guest lecture, and music.
Multiple times a year, a candlelight service is held to commemorate the sacredness of students being welcomed into the campus community as well as to signify their connection with the Divine and with other members of the community.
Doggies in the Dell
In partnership with the Office and Wellness and Health Promotion, Doggies in the Dell is held twice per year, where faculty and staff bring their dogs for an afternoon of playtime on campus.
Hanamatsuri (Buddha’s Birthday)
Hanamatsuri (“flower festival”) is celebrated annually on April 8, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. University of Lynchburg’s Buddhist Community usually celebrates Hanamatsuri by bathing a statue of the Buddha, engaging in meditation, and enjoying hot tea as a community.
The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. In this service, our students participate in a traditional Jewish Seder meal, which includes the telling of the Exodus story, eating matzah, and partaking in the symbolic foods placed on the Seder plate.
Service of Remembrance
A yearly service held in Snidow Chapel that honors and remembers those family members, friends, or students who have died in the last year. It is in conjunction with the Christian holiday, All Saints Day.
Spiritual Life Fair
Early in the Fall the SLC hosts an afternoon Spiritual Life Fair in the Drysdale Commons area. Highlights each year are the free T-shirts! The Fair also features candy, giveaways, activities, and information on the Spiritual Life student groups.
Sukkot, also translated as the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, is a biblical Jewish holiday, following one of three festivals the ancient Israelites were commanded to perform as a pilgrimage to the Temple. Join us for a meal and prayer in the sukkah outside the Spiritual Life Center.