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important.” That’s probably true. As I have said, I seek not to be
thorough in my evocation of campus life but only to hint at its open-
ness to change, its diversity, and its potential for pleasure, informa-
tion, and sometimes excitement.
As I conclude these “Afterthoughts” I recall, fondly and gratefully,
the annual Christmas Lovefeast, held early in December and attract-
ing to Wait Chapel hundreds of worshippers and celebrants—some-
times, indeed, two thousand or more—who come to sing carols, to
hear the Christmas message in words and music, to light candles, to
drink sweet coffee, and to eat Moravian buns. Following a Moravian
tradition dating back to a ceremony in Bethabara, North Carolina
(just a few miles from the Wake Forest campus) in 1753, the first
Wake Forest Lovefeast took place in 1965, following a suggestion
made by an undergraduate student, Jane Sherrill Stroupe (’67). Over
the years it became what is believed to be the largest indoor service
of a Lovefeast in North America. I know, from both published and
unpublished comments by students, that for many of those who
attend, it is one of the most cherished community experiences of
the school year.
The Christmas Lovefeast in Wait Chapel
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