It's the last week of classes. As you complete your assignments, prepare for finals, and wrap up another semester, we pray for illumination of your mind and heart, strength, and energy.

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Announcements

Tuesday Chapel: I Wander as I Wonder  |  Join the School of Divinity Choir, led by Sally Morris, as we journey from Advent to Epiphany through scripture and song. Add to your calendar here.

Worship Offering Collection  |  Our worship offering this week will go to the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry where second year student, Brittany Varner, is an intern. Here are some toiletry items to contribute for the ministry to distribute:  personal hygiene articles such as soap, non-aerosol deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, and body lotion. The gift of the month for December:  individually packaged toothbrushes.

Community Lunch and Chili Cook-Off  | Community Lunch on Tuesday will be our Second Annual Chili Cook-Off. There will be prizes for best tasting, most creative, and spiciest (while still edible). Get together with some friends, or a student organization you're a part of and whip up your best chili creation to share with our community. Bring the chili in a crock pot to the lower auditorium before chapel and we can keep it plugged in and warm until time for community lunch.

Make-Up Photo Session - Tuesday, December 4, 11:00am - 12:00noon - Lower Auditorium  | Is your photo blank in the online directory? Want to have your picture remade? This is your last chance! Come to the make-up photo session and smile away after chapel.

Project Chapel presents, Whole Body at Worship: Move - Thursday, December 6, 11:15am - 12:00noon - Lower Auditorium  |  How can worship embody justice-making? Join Project Chapel to explore liturgical responses to this question and to experience a modern adaptation of an African ring shout and a performance piece that blends Spoken Word and Image Theatre. For more information and to add to your calendar, click here.

Incarnation Celebration - Friday, December 7, 6:00pm - Lower Auditorium | SLC invites all faculty, staff, and students to the Incarnation Celebration. Partners and families are welcome with you as the community celebrate the Christmas season and the conclusion of the Fall semester. Please bring finger foods; cider and hot cocoa will be provided. There will also be a Festive Outfit Contest and Talent Show. Add it to your calendar here.

Save the Date

Exam Break Holiday Luncheon - Wednesday, December 12, 11:30am - Lower Auditorium | Remember 12-12-12 for the School of Divinity's Exam Break Holiday Luncheon. The School will provide a soup and sandwich buffet, everyone else is asked to bring a dessert to share. There will be plenty fun, fellowship, and musical merriment. Add it to your calendar here.

Call for Papers: Student Symposium on Gender-Related Issues

On Monday, March 4, Wake Forest University will host its second annual student research symposium on gender and sexuality, featuring moderated sessions of scholarly and creative presentations by Wake Forest students. This event will showcase the exciting work that our undergraduates and graduate students are doing on gender-related issues across disciplines. The symposium will take place the day before the Phyllis Trible Lecture Series (March 5-6), which will feature four internationally renowned feminist scholars. We invite papers on the past, present, and/or future of feminism in relation to: gender and religion, gender and politics/law, gender and the arts, feminist activism, history of feminism, sexuality and visual culture, LGBTQ communities and rights, women and poverty, women and business, and women and science/medicine. Proposals involving poster sessions, creative exhibits, performances, and video clips are also welcome. For complete details on how to submit paper abstracts and information, click here. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013.

Jobs and Internships

Job of the Week: Pine Forest United Methodist Church (Goldsboro, NC) seeks a Director of Education and Family Ministries. This is a full-time position with salary and benefits commensurate with education and experience.  The candidate will work closely with the pastor, staff, and lay leadership to lead, resource, develop, and coordinate the educational ministries of Pine Forest, with a primary emphasis on youth. PFUMC has 550+ members. Worship includes both contemporary and traditional services. We are located in the growing Rosewood community just west of Goldsboro, approximately 50 miles SE of Raleigh, NC. Please send a cover letter and resume to Pine Forest United Methodist Church, ATTN: PASTOR/SPRC, 867 NC Hwy 581 South, Goldsboro, NC, 27530. For more information, contact the church at 919-735-5161 or vspivey@nccumc.org.

View the job listing above and the School of Divinity's complete list of Job and Internship Opportunities.

Take Note

Centering Prayer | Monday | 11:00am | Wingate 213 | Join us for a time of meditation and contemplative prayer every Monday.

Coffee Hour | Thursday | 11:00am | Lower Auditorium | Bring your mug to partake in coffee, tea, or hot chocolate... and a treat to share if you're able.

WFU Community Events

Ishmael Khaldi to Speak - Monday, December 3, 7:30pm - Carswell Hall, Annenberg Forum 110  |  Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat and the first high-ranking Muslim in its foreign service has facilitated dialogue between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and other communities. A Q&A session follows his talk. For more information: Rabbi Michael Gisser.

WFU Artisans' Fair - Tuesday, December 4, 11:00am - 4:00pm - Benson 401 |  Come out to see how talented your fellow WFU colleagues are and shop for potential gifts for your family and friends! An assortment of items from clothing, quilts, jewelry, woodworking, food, pottery, etc. are to be available for purchase!

Tacky Mug Competition!  |  Sustainability's annual Choose to Reuse mug initiative is approaching and we need your help to make sure every Deacon has a reusable mug in hand for finals.  Take this opportunity to clean out your cabinets and bring your tacky treasures to Reynolda 101 by Tuesday, December 4th.  The donor of the tackiest mug will win a gift card to Camino Bakery. Tasteful mugs are also welcomed.

Sustainable Holiday Craft Day - Tuesday, December 4, 3:00pm - 4:45pm - Reynolda 101  |  Stop by and help the Office of Sustainability decorate for the holidays.  Learn how to make low-impact wreaths to deck your own halls and offices using household items like corks, neckties, and disposable plastic bags.  Light holiday snacks provided.

Film Screening: The 11th Hour - Tuesday, December 4, 5:00pm - Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center  |  Greeks Go Green and the Office of Sustainability will host a screening of 11th Hour, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.  This feature length documentary examines human impacts on the environment from multiple perspectives, including environmental scientists, historians, medical specialists and oceanographers.

Lighting of the Quad - Tuesday, December 4, 7:00pm - Hearn Plaza  |  Each December, students, faculty, and staff celebrate the holidays by enjoying musical performances, a speaker, and lighting of the tree and lights around the Quad. Sponsored by the Student Union and Office of the President. For more information: Student Union.

QWake: A Conversation Space - Thursday, December 6, 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Benson 218  |  QWake is a safe, confidential conversation space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students on the first Thursday of each month. Moderated by LGBTQ Center Program Coordinator Melanie LeMay, this month’s topic is “Home for the Holidays: Out and About.” For more information: http://lgbtq.wfu.edu/.

Film Screening: Amazon Gold - Thursday, December 6, 7:00pm - Temple Emanuel  |  Sissy Spacek & Herbie Hancock narrate this documentary, showing how illegally mined gold in Peru has devastated the Amazon rainforest & resulted in a loss of biodiversity.  Dr. Miles Silman, Director of the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at Wake Forest University, who served as a scientific consultant on the film will speak.

Sustainability Update from Susan Robinson

Did you know that you can track the use of electricity and water in our building? Click here and you can see all the buildings on this campus and see their electrical or water use on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Our goal would be to have the fish or squirrel smile.

What can we do to be more energy efficient? Remember to turn off lights when you leave your office or classroom; power down all electrical items in your office at the end of the day (turn off computers, monitors, printers, lamps) which is easier to do if they are plugged into a power strip; remember to turn off space heaters or turn down wall heating units both in offices and classrooms when you leave the room; unplug appliances when not in use (this is also good at home – unplug coffee pots, toasters, radios when not in use); and, in offices and classrooms be sure to use the blinds to your advantage (open them when you need the sun to heat a room and close then when you want to block the hot sun.) With water use, be smart when turning on and off facets. Do not let water run unnecessarily.

Be sure to check out the Office of Sustainability here on campus. You will find lots of good information on all things sustainable.

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