Abundant light streams through the windows of the chapel on a sunny September Sunday, mingling with the flicker of candlelight and the lilt of liturgy. A small group of congregants, heads bowed in prayer, kneel and prepare for the communion they are about to receive. A priest, enrobed with heavy garments and authority, stands behind an altar draped with a white cloth. Atop the cloth sit a crucifix and candlesticks. Music wafts through the chapel, worshipful and warm. All of t
Editor’s Note: The Vision removed the original article from its website Tuesday due to factual errors in the story. Belmont does hire non-Christian students in a variety of student worker positions. Student workers–including RAs– are not required to respond to the university’s mission, values and vision statement. The Vision apologizes for the error and recognizes its obligation to correct the mistake in order to present full and accurate stories to its readers.
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A day before her convocation Wednesday detailing her experiences in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey presented a talk in the Massey Boardroom on a different subject entirely. As a black woman who identifies both as queer and as a Christian, Lightsey is imminently familiar with binaries which seem to be opposed, yet still somehow intersect. Binaries, in this case, is a word used to describe absolute, opposite categories, such as male/female, gay/straight, rich/poor,
Christianity and Islam in the Middle East may seem inherently at odds, but a Catholic bishop Wednesday morning dispelled this notion and pleaded for peace and unity in a region desperately lacking both. “Peace is possible, but it takes hard work,” said Bishop Gregory Mansour. “It takes a little bit of defiance, and it takes young people like you to get old people like me to move forward.” Mansour and the organization he leads, Christian Arab and Middle East Churches Together,
Eight months after forming, the Belmont Rumi Club is starting to make itself and the message of tolerance it promotes known around campus. Since their founding, the group has held multiple convos about topics ranging from the Iranian rock scene to living as a Muslim in Nashville as they try to educate students about the people and culture of the Middle East. Mariam Hashimi, president of Rumi Club, said that she first got the idea of a club for Middle Eastern education and awa
Most of the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the School of Religion tentatively will move to a new building at 15th and Wedgewood avenues that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. Construction on the new building, which will also include a 430-car parking garage, a dining facility and a 250-seat chapel, will begin in May, according to a campus-wide email sent by Provost Thomas Burns Tuesday morning. Dr. Bryce Sullivan, dean of the College of A