One of Wake Forest’s oldest traditions is its annual Lovefeast. The first Moravian Lovefeast was served in Germany on August 13, 1727, and is styled after a common meal shared by the early church as described in the Book of Acts. The first lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the Moravians at Bethabara (just a few short miles north of the Reynolda campus) in 1753.
“Wake Foresters away from "Mother, So Dear" can host a Local Lovefeast wherever they are.”
All that is required for a lovefeast is a simple meal, family, friends, and a spirit of love and goodwill. It does not matter how you celebrate your homegrown version of the Wake Forest Lovefeast. All that matters is that you celebrate it with someone – or those – you love.
There is also no set format for the lovefeast, though it usually involves seasonal music and Christmas carols, a simple meal, the reading of scripture, prayers and the lighting of candles. The rest is up to you. The personal love, care and attention you bring to your own version of the lovefeast are the only elements needed to help you appreciate and acknowledge the blessings heaped upon you and your family – free of charge – every day.
The following communities are hosting a Local Lovefeast.
Don’t see your city? Let us know if you want to help organize a Local Lovefeast near you.
Please note, some locations are still finalizing venue and timing details.
Atlanta (St. Philip’s Cathedral)
Oklahoma City (Edmond)
Venice (Casa Artom)**
* this Local Lovefeast will incorporate a modified Call to Conversation either before or after the service. More details can be found on the registration page.
** this Local Lovefeast will be held during the week of December 3-7, in partnership with our WFU students studying abroad. Stay tuned for details.
In the spirit of the Call to Conversation movement, we would like to offer an additional opportunity to share in the warmth of community with a brief moderated conversation on the topic of tradition immediately prior to or following Local Lovefeast events. If you are interested in incorporating this meaningful experience into your Local Lovefeast, please let us know on the interest form.
October 31 – Last day to indicate your interest in serving as a lead volunteer.
November 1 – Deadline to confirm venue and choose which service you’d prefer to stream.
November 6 – First invitation/registration email sent by Alumni Engagement Office
November 13 – Second invitation/registration email sent by Alumni Engagement Office
November 25 – Registration deadline. Those who register after this date are not guaranteed candles or programs.
November 26 – Lovefeast Kits are shipped
November 29 – Dewey’s Bun Shipment (overnight, direct from Dewey’s bakery. Please place buns in freezer upon receipt)
December 1 – Reminder email and final details to all registrants
December 2 – Lovefeast: 4:30 p.m. (ET) Shorter, family-friendly service; 8 p.m. (ET) Traditional service