Brittany Caine-Conley is our Interim Director of University Ministry. Brittany considers herself to be a teacher, a minister of social action and justice, and an advocate for laughter. She resides in Charlottesville with her wife, Lindsay, and their beagles, Agnes and Eliza. Brittany received degrees from JMU, UVA and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. She is in the final stages of ordination within the United Church of Christ. When Brittany isn’t hanging out with the stellar students at UVA, she organizes clergy and faith leaders to show up for matters of justice, watches lots of ESPN, and drinks dirty chai lattes.
Before Spring Break, the grad student group got out and about for a hike! We enjoyed the peaceful trails at Ragged Mountain Reservoir and took a rest by the water. It was a great opportunity for the grad students to connect with one another and breathe deeply with God.
Most recently, we invited two Muslim women grad students to speak to us about wearing the Hijab and share some of their journey with us. We appreciated their honesty, humor and warmth.
In the upcoming weeks, the grad student group will be examining Enneagram types. The Enneagram is a powerful and insightful tool that allows us to learn more about ourselves and others. Grad students will discover their own Enneagram type and investigate how Enneagram resources can lead to more exploration and integration.
Check out The Enneagram Institute to learn more.
We have a new day and time! Starting Monday, Feb 13th at 10am, we will resume our Common Grounds Community Bible Study. We will spend the first few meetings recapping last semester so it is a great time to jump in as we work our way through the Gospel of Mark. We will read an extended part of the text out loud together and reflect on the story Mark’s community is living in, who Jesus is in this story, dynamics of power and resistance, struggle and hope. Led by Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey and Rev. Lynne Clements. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month this semester at 10am. Fresh coffee, tea and breakfast snacks will be served!
We meet: Feb 13, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 10, Apr 24
What Shall We Do?
Faced with growing uncertainties and a restlessness in our culture and world, this season of Lent we will explore scripture, hear sermons, and listen to music focusing on uncertain outcomes and unexplored territory. You are invited to explore this theme by sharing your thoughts in writing about what it is like to be feeling your way into the future day by day while at the same time attempting to put your trust in God. How does your faith comfort or challenge you? Please consider writing for our Lenten devotional project. Personal reflections, poems, essays and song lyrics are welcome. Offerings should be 350 words or less, and are due to by Tuesday, February 21. You will have an opportunity to sign up in the Gathering Place after worship or on line at SignUpGenius.
Please feel free to use these Scriptural resources to guide your writing:
Preaching scriptures during Lent:
Luke 19 41-48
Another source for Scripture is the Daily Lectionary. Any of these readings can be used as inspiration. You do not need to sign up for a particular day. Once the writings are collected they will be organized into a booklet that can be used as a daily devotional during the season of Lent.