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.
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.
Seeking a unique gift for family and friends? Then plan to attend the annual WFU Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson 401. Thirty vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass and more.
Here is a list of vendors and their products:
Students in David Finn’s public art class will lead a walkthrough and commentary session on three public artworks created by the class. The works will be displayed on the Reynolda campus for a limited time.
The tour will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.* Meet at Davis Field Tent ‘A’ (nearest the library) to begin the walkthrough.
Works on the tour include:
- “Courage Balloons” by Iris Liu – a participatory sculpture in four locations that transforms free will into sound.
- “The Storm” by Kaitlyn Park, Emma Martin, Sammy Clark, and Maya Whitaker – a work combining poetry workshops within a sculptural memorial to Maya Angelou.
- “Alula Arbor” by Marie Claire Goff and Ramona Suris – a place to inspire conversation and action about the land and our future located on the edge of campus.
*Rain date is Monday, Nov. 29. Same time and location.
A message from Wake Forest University Division of Campus Life
A Wake Forest Data Dive to explore the sense of belonging on Reynolda campus will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.
Using campus data and referencing national data, three assessment experts, Phil Handwerk, assistant provost and director of Institutional Research, Nicole Brocato, director of the Wellbeing Assessment, and Nelson Brunsting, director of global research and assessment for Global Programs and Studies, will share what their research reveals about the current state of sense of belonging on campus.
Following the data presentation, psychology professors Shannon Brady and Eranda Jayawickreme, and academic counselor and STEM advisor Bert Ellison will share insights from their research and experience.
This session will underscore the importance of belonging and convey how faculty and staff have the ability to enhance the sense of belonging for others.
Details at go.wfu.edu/belonging.