A message from Wake Forest University Chaplain Tim Auman.
The annual Lovefeast on Dec. 5 is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the gifts we enjoy as a Wake Forest community. But there are many friends and colleagues on our campus who are struggling with financial hardship. The Chaplain’s Emergency Fund (CEF) was created to help faculty, staff and students who are facing a personal financial crisis.
The CEF serves employees on the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown and Graylyn as well as contractual workers with employers outside of Wake Forest. Giving is a simple joy of the season, and a gift to the CEF will provide immediate financial relief to members of our community.
The Wake Forest University Secrest Artists Series will present a special holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. The concert will feature Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear performing one of his signature works – his virtuosic transcription for solo piano of the complete Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky.
Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished concert pianist, improviser and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with, and has been commissioned by, many of the major orchestras and chamber music organizations around the world.
A message from Tim Auman, University Chaplain
Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, students and retired faculty and staff,
Please join the Wake Forest campus community as we celebrate Lovefeast on Sunday, December 5. This year, our annual holiday tradition is as follows:
- 6 p.m. an outdoor gathering on Hearn Plaza to light the luminaries and enjoy Moravian cookies and cider
- 6:30 p.m. the doors to Wait Chapel will open followed by the prelude at 7:10 p.m.
- 7:30 p.m. the Lovefeast service will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Please note: In an effort to prioritize the health of our campus community, the service is open to only students, faculty, staff, local trustees and invited guests, including the Winston-Salem State University Choir and their families.
This event is first-come, first seated. When Wait Chapel reaches capacity, simulcast viewing will be available in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.
In compliance with campus policy, masks must be worn indoors at all times, including when the congregation is singing.
This year, one highlight of the service will be a dual performance by the Winston-Salem State Singing Rams and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir. The program will also feature handbell music, instrumental pieces and favorite choral selections from the Wake Forest Choirs.
Since it was first celebrated by students in 1965, the annual Wake Forest Lovefeast has become a cherished campus tradition. Each year, we gather for music, fellowship and inspirational readings from campus leaders. At the conclusion of the service, after candlelight has spread from person to person like the warmth of the holiday season, guests leave the Chapel with their hearts filled. It’s a magical evening you won’t want to miss.
To maintain the health of students, faculty and staff, Wake Forest is inviting the Winston-Salem community and alumni near and far to join the prelude and service via livestream at lovefeast.wfu.edu. The University is providing several opportunities for local residents to pick up Moravian beeswax candles to light at home as they celebrate Lovefeast remotely.
The “Thank a Colleague” program is a Center for the Advancement of Teaching initiative designed to allow faculty and staff to recognize your colleagues’ efforts and let them know they are making a difference.
Fill out this form and your note will be sent to the colleague you are thanking at the end of the semester.
The deadline to submit thank-you notes is Dec. 10.
An announcement from the Office of Communications and External Relations
We are saddened to announce that Charles Talbert, former professor of religion, died on Nov. 21. He taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University for 33 years, from 1963 to 1996.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Professor Talbert’s obituary is available here.
We extend our condolences to Professor Talbert’s family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for faculty and staff. The Chaplain’s Office can be reached at 336-758-5210. The Employee Assistance Program is available at 336-716-5493.
As you consider opportunities to give, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund supports Wake Forest community members experiencing financial hardship.
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