The next Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Topics and speakers include:
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This is a message from University Chaplain Timothy L. Auman and Dean of the School of Divinity & Wait Chapel Jonathan Lee Walton.
A child was murdered in Winston-Salem. A senseless and cruel act unleashed terror in a building designed to be a sanctuary of learning and development, Mount Tabor High School. We pray for the family and friends of William Chavis Raynard Miller, Jr.
The days and weeks ahead will be difficult for so many. Teachers must resume instruction in classrooms where children hid under tables and in closets. Parents must relive those frantic moments of vulnerability associated with sirens whisking through the streets of Winston-Salem. And students at Mt. Tabor must attempt to learn in a space where the life of their classmate was stolen.
This tragedy also reveals the interconnected nature of our communities. Violence is never an isolated act. One deadly gunshot impacted the lives of thousands of children, families and educators. This turn of events affected many within the Wake Forest family. Thus, we seek to sit in prayer and solidarity as an initial act of comfort and support.
We invite all to join us today for a period of prayer, meditation and reflection in solidarity with the Mount Tabor community. We will hold space in Davis Chapel from 12 noon – 1 p.m. for silent prayer.
Timothy L. Auman, University Chaplain
Jonathan Lee Walton, Dean of the School of Divinity & Wait Chapel
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Wake Forest University will hold this year’s annual Christmas Lovefeast ceremony virtually on Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning with a prelude at 5:45 p.m. with a service to follow.
Wake Forest has been celebrating the Lovefeast since 1965. This year’s virtual, pre-recorded event means a larger audience can enjoy Lovefeast from the safety of their own homes. The video will be shared on the Lovefeast website on the day of the event. A crowdfunding page for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund is replacing donation baskets typically available as people exit Wait Chapel.
The Chaplain’s Emergency Fund was created to help Wake Forest faculty, staff, students and employees of outside contracted groups in times of temporary, emergency financial hardship. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 10, with a goal of 2,250 donors to match the capacity of Wait Chapel.
“In the midst of finding stability in our post-election world, in the hectic rush to prepare for a socially distanced Christmas and New Year, we will gather once again as a campus community to remind one another that there is love in the world,” said Wake Forest Chaplain Timothy Auman.
A story highlighting the 2020 Christmas Lovefeast can be found on the University news site.
The Lighting of the Quad ceremony will be held Dec. 5 on Hearn Plaza from 7 to 8 p.m.
Vice President Penny Rue and Chaplain Tim Auman will participate in the event, as well as representatives of the student-run Jewish organization Hillel and the Winston-Salem organization Potter’s House FRC (family resource center).
Campus a cappella groups and the Wake Forest Gospel Choir will perform.
The event is sponsored by the Student Union, the Office of the President, and the Student Activity Fee.
Naijla R. Faizi has joined the Office of the Chaplain as director of Muslim life programming. A Wake Forest graduate, she succeeds Imam Khalid Griggs, an associate chaplain who served the University’s Muslim community for 17 years.
At Wake Forest, Faizi will provide support for Muslim students, faculty and staff. She will coordinate religious services, holy days and educational events, and supervise the Muslim Students Association.
“As a Muslim alumna of Wake Forest, I experienced the challenges of being a hypervisible Muslim woman on campus who was simultaneously rendered invisible by the public discourse on Islam which often prevented my fellow peers from engaging with me directly,” Faizi said. “It was the support of Imam Griggs, allied faculty and staff, and my friends in the Muslim Student Association who ultimately helped me grapple with these challenges and develop a sense of belonging. Now, as the director of Muslim life programming, I hope to cultivate safe spaces at Wake Forest for Muslim students, faculty, and staff to engage intellectually with Islam, express a diversity of personal identities, and build a vibrant campus community. “
At Wake Forest in 2014, Faizi received a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies with minors in international studies and Middle East and South Asia studies. She also studied at the University of Jordan in Amman, where she took courses in Arabic and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
As a student, she served as president of Wake Forest’s Muslim Student Association. Faizi was involved in organizing more than 30 campus-wide events focusing on faith-based issues in the media, Islamophobia and diversity within Islam. Some of her other efforts included collaborating with the University’s Admissions Office to boost Muslim enrollment and establishing relationships with leaders from other campus religious organizations to develop ongoing service projects.
Since graduation, her work experience has included stints with the Asian American LEAD organization in Washington, D.C., and the AmeriCorps VISTA for Education program in North Carolina.
She succeeds Imam Khalid Griggs, who has become well known on the campus community as a member of the staff led by Chaplain Tim Auman. Griggs, who is the Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, recently decided to change his relationship with Wake Forest because of his new role as vice president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Auman said that Griggs will continue informally as an advisor to the Office of the Chaplain.
An event will be held in the fall semester to express the University community’s gratitude for Griggs’ extensive service on campus.
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