welcome back from Brite Chapel

January 11, 2011

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends,

Greetings on behalf of Brite Divinity School and welcome to the new semester! It has been wonderful to meet so many of our new students and to see the familiar faces of our current students once again. Amid the excitement of new beginnings, I want invite everyone to come and share in the many weekly opportunities for us to draw together in the Spirit:

On Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. the Brite community gathers in Robert Carr Chapel for a service of Word and Table. The service features some of the best and brightest preachers from our student body, faculty, and staff as well as invited guests from the local and national communities. “Brite Chapel” follows the liturgical year alongside special observances of worship (Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Korean Church Studies, Earth Day, Holocaust Remembrance). It is about an hour in length, and all are invited.

On Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. there is a mid-week Eucharist led by our Episcopal Studies Program and open to all. Held in the chancel of Robert Carr Chapel, this is a wonderful opportunity to draw upon the depth of liturgical tradition and spirituality found with the Book of Common Prayer. Fr. Fred Barber and others share a brief homily and preside at this service of Holy Communion.

On Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. there is a time of informal evening worship centered around a common meal and student-led with songs of praise, moments for prayer, and meditation on scripture. All are invited to join in Weatherly Hall for this brief “agape feast” and we hope that you will consider bringing your own traditions of worship and spiritual practices to share with us and perhaps lead us in worship.

Our first Brite Chapel service this spring is a celebration of the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this next Tuesday (1/18). Dr. Bryan Feille, Brite’s Minister-in-Residence and Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs, will be preaching. All are invited to come and share in witnessing to ministry of Dr. King and how we are still challenged to this day to help bring about God’s beloved community.

If you are interested in being a part of the worship leadership at Brite (reading scripture, serving communion, offering music, etc.), please contact me at this email address. You can also keep up with the latest information on worship opportunities at Brite on Twitter (http://twitter.com/britechapel), Facebook (http://facebook.com/britedivinity), and our blog “On the Brite Side” (http://britesa.wordpress.com).

Welcome, and we hope that you will join us in worship.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Rev. Michael N. Riggs
Director of Chapel
Brite Divinity Schoolhttp://brite.edu