Ash Wednesday, WISE Peer Mentor Application, and Emory Well-Being Fair
Ash Wednesday, WISE Peer Mentor Application, and Emory Well-Being Fair
News and Programs 02.24.22
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 2, Noon, Cannon Chapel
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, and OSRL will hold a service of prayer, scripture, and the imposition of ashes at noon in Cannon Chapel. Join Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson and Music Director Maury Allums, as well as our guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr., Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Methodist Studies at the Candler School of Theology. Hosted by Emory Beloved Community. 
If you cannot attend the service, other times to receive ashes include:
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Wellness Fair, McDonough Plaza
  • 2:00-5:00 p.m – OSRL Office, Cannon Chapel Room 316
For questions, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson
Additional Ash Wednesday Services:
  • University Catholic Center
    Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
    For more information, please click here

  • Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Children's Service
    Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 p.m., Little Chapel or Amphitheater (pending weather and COVID numbers)
  • Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Traditional Service
    Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary with childcare provided in Fellowship Hall, Glenn Memorial Church

    For more information, please click here
WISE Peer Mentor Applications OPEN
Apply Today: Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) Pre-Orientation Peer Mentors 2022 
Application deadline: Friday, March 4, 11:59 p.m.
Welcome first year students to Emory as part of the Peer Mentor team during the Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) Pre-Orientation Program. This program is designed to ease the transition to college, while providing an opportunity to explore Atlanta, build religious and philosophical literacy and interfaith leadership skills, and connect with new friends. 
Peer mentors will assist with the recruitment of incoming student participants, facilitate reflection activities and co-lead program sessions, and help answer questions and inquiries from incoming student participants. Peer Mentors will guide students around Atlanta while providing support and encouragement. See photos from WISE 2021 here
A more complete job description can be found on the application here. For questions, please email WISE 2022 Student Coordinators, Sandra Bourdon and Justin Burnett.
Meet the WISE Student Coordinators 2022
WISE Student Coordinators work closely with the OSRL staff to help plan and lead the WISE Pre-Orientation program. They help recruit and select peer mentors, provide integral student input on the planning process, and serve as strong leaders for peer mentors and first-year students. Meet our 2022 WISE Student Coordinators below. 
Sandra Bourdon 23C
Sandra Bourdon, a GA native, is a junior in the college majoring in Human Health with a Concentration in Health Innovation. Motivated by a passion for community service, equity, and justice, she seeks a career that allows her to serve underprivileged communities, especially low-income and Latinx families, with a focus on community outreach, collaboration, and communication.
Sandra currently serves as president of the Voices of Inner Strength (VOIS) Gospel Choir and represents VOIS in the Inter-Religious Council. She is excited to serve as a 2022 Student Co-coordinator for WISE after serving as a Peer Mentor and lead student organizer/co-founder for WISE 2021. In addition to her role as student coordinator, Sandra works at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law, which allows her to pursue some of her interests (law, religion, health, etc). She loves community-building and learning more about others as well as discussing the first-gen experience.
Justin Burnett 23C
Justin Burnett is a third-year majoring in Sociology and minoring in Ethics from Atlanta. His passion is to work with kids when he graduates. In what little free time he has, Justin enjoys hanging out with friends, exploration, nature, photography, movies, and reading. On campus, Justin plays club ultimate for Emory Juice, is a Trip Leader for Outdoor Emory, Social Media Chair for Emory Bike Social, a Junior Leader in the Bread Coffehouse campus ministry, and he is also their representative on the Inter-Religious Council. He also works as a member of The Moonlight Crew for Dooley After Dark in the SILT office and coaches debate independently.
Emory Well-Being Fair
Join OSRL at the Emory Well-Being Fair
Wednesday, March 2, 12-2 pm, McDonough Plaza
Join OSRL at the Emory Well-Being Fair on March 2 and explore the many paths so you can "Be Well, Your Way". From healthy recipes and stress relieving activities, to massages and a petting zoo, to loads of free giveaways, the variety of campuses resources are here to get you connected and support you on your path to thinking about how you can "Be Well, Your Way". Find the full schedule at The Hub
Be sure to find the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life table during the Emory Well-Being Fair from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on McDonough Plaza. The OSRL table will feature a station where you can make your very own finger labyrinths with yarn. Unlike a finger maze, these are tactile patterns you can trace with your finger that always lead you to the center - a “centering” activity in many ways. We hope you’ll swing by to make one. Feel free to pick up one of our pocket-size meditation journals and chat with our chaplains.  
For more information, please contact
25th Annual Tenenbaum Lecture on
25th Annual Tenenbaum Lecture: "Judaism and Climate Change: Environmental Ethics and Social Activism"
Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Ackerman Hall and Online
The 25th annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture in Judaic Studies will explore how, along with other world religions, Judaism has recognized the challenges posed by climate change and has inspired its own forms of religious environmentalism.  This free public lecture can be viewed in-person at Emory University's Ackerman Hall, located in the Carlos Museum on campus (571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30322), or via Zoom. 
Sponsored by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Read more about the event here. Registration is required for both online and in-person participation, and can be done here
Midweek Musical Meditation
Midweek Musical Meditation
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, Director of Music, and the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe and connect with others in our community.
Visit OSRL Midweek Music to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page. Learn more about the program here. 
Midweek Musical Meditation, February 23, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation for Black History Month, February 23, 2022
Beloved Community Spring 2022
Beloved Community Christian Worship
Sunday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. service, Cannon Chapel, 12:00 p.m. Lunch
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year. Worship is ecumenical and planned especially for the campus setting, providing a variety of worship experiences for the Emory community. Preachers include Emory chaplains and affiliates, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad. For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson.
February 27 Preacher: Emory OSRL Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson
Text: Luke 9:28-43
Title: "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, February 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
International Community Friday Lunch is back for the spring semester. If you're looking to connect with other International Students and Scholars, join us for the International Community student lunches.
February 25 Host: Civic and Community Engagement and International Students and Scholars Services
Registration is required by the Tuesday before the lunch, do so online. Sponsored by Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services. 
Upcoming Programs
Guided Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, February 24, 6:00 -7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Room 106, Zoom
Starting this week, EBC will be hosting a weekly social to build community amongst our members. Feel free to come to Cannon Chapel anytime between 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.—right before our weekly meditation meetings—to hang out and get to know your peers.
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome back Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain, Venerable Priya Sraman. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist Ministry, a Master of Buddhist Studies degree from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalong-kornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. Venerable Priya is originally from Chattogram, Bangladesh, and currently lives in Atlanta.
Read more about Venerable Priya here.  
Emory HSA Mahashivratri Observance
Friday, February 25, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Join the Hindu Students Association for "The great night of Shiva." There will be some calming chants and prayers, and a DIY japa mala (prayer beads) making session.
All are welcome. For more information about HSA events, visit their Instagram
Join the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir
Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., White Hall 101
Interested in gospel music and making music with your Emory peers? Consider joining Emory's VOIS Gospel Choir.
For more information, follow VOIS on Instagram and on Tiktok, or contact
Emory MSA: Sister's Soiree
Friday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cox Ballroom
Asalamualaikum. Emory MSA is very excited to invite you to the all-women's formal, "Sister's Soiree." This will be an empowering and fun event to celebrate Muslim women and strengthen our relationships with other brilliant Muslim women.
Tickets are $5 to help us cover food/decoration costs. Venmo $5 to @msaformal
Encouraged dress code: Pastel or neutral-colored formal dresses/suits (Western)
Food and drinks will be provided.
Doors will close promptly at 6:00 p.m.. Check-in will start at 5:45 p.m. Please contact (Afsha Hossain) if you have any questions or concerns. RSVP Here.
Emory Bayit and Casa Emory: "Alegria, Exploring Sephardic Identity" Film Screening
Saturday, February 26, 8:00 p.m., 745 Peavine Creek Drive
Come watch Alegria, a new film that explores Sephardic Jewish identity in the Moroccan port city of Manilla
Alegria is directed by Violetta Salama and is streaming as a part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Bread Coffeehouse: Cafe Night of Worship
Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse
Join Bread Coffeehouse for a night of worship every week on Tuesdays. Read more about Bread Coffeehouse here
Open Interfaith Conversation Led by Emory's Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join us in a casual interfaith conversation faciliated by our Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Rakhit Sraman, discussing various concepts and practices. All are welcome. To indicate interest in participation or for more information, fill out this form.
If you have any questions, please contact Priya Sraman or Shweta Chaitanya. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
InterVarsity GCF: First Friday Dinner
Friday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
The Faculty member, Dr. Tracy McGill, Professor in Emory’s Department of Chemistry will be the guest speaker for the night and she will be discussing Lent. All are welcome. To register for this event, click here.

Off Campus Programs
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Weekly Church Action Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta welcomes churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, and others to join us for fellowship, to network, and to explore ideas and issues of importance to the community. We work together to promote the common good, magnify the work and witness of the church, and help establish the kingdom of God throughout our region, nation, and all of creation. View their website here and see a few highlighted items from their most recent newsletter below:  
Equitable Dinners and FCRC present Stories from the Soil
Sunday, February 27, 6:00 p.m., Online
Are you looking for a place to connect with others who want to make a positive difference? Equitable Dinners Atlanta is a free monthly series using the arts and courageous conversation to inspire Anti-Racism action in the world in collaboration with the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition. Stories from the Soil, sharing the lives of documented victims of racial terror in Fulton County between 1889-1936. Find out more and register here.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta and Multifatih Initiative to End Mass Incarceration
Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m., Online
 Archdiocese of Atlanta in partnership with Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration will be hosting a virtual Expungement Training Workshop open to anyone interested in hosting a record restriction event in their parish or community. The Reverend John Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple, who have both offered these events in their communities to great success will speak. Cierra Bickerstaff, Chief of Staff for the Fulton County Solicitor General, will give an overview of how record restriction works and best practices for hosting an event. 
Partner Programs
JWJI Race and Difference Series
Thursday, February 24, 6:00 p.m., Online
The James Weldon Johnson Institute is pleased to present this spring installment of the JWJI Public Dialogues in Race and Difference Series. The speaker for this week is Dr. Brandon Winford from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The talk is entitled Our Good Fortune: A History of Black Banking in the American South.
This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.
First Friday at 4: Emory Faculty on Race
Friday, March 4, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Join us via Zoom to hear Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery discuss The Violence of Natural Law: Race, Indigeneity, and Citizenship.
Dr. Lowery, a historian of identity and sovereignty in American Indian nations, will talk with Dr. Sheth, a political philosopher of race and gender, about the invention of natural law in the 17th and 18th centuries and how its ramifications are felt today. 
You can register for the Zoom event here.  
ISSS: Make Your Own Sand Art
Friday, February 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Underpass of Cannon Chapel 
ISSS invites international students, scholars, and family members to de-stress and enjoy culture chats while making your own beautiful sand art.
Supplies and snacks are provided. Space is limited so register on the Hub/Corq app by February 23. 
BCJ Graduation
Belonging and Community Justice: Graduation Ceremonies
The community of Belonging and Community Justice is delighted to open registration for their second annual commencement celebrations. Please register before the deadline here
Opportunities and Resources
CAPS: Virtual Workshop Series
One-time workshops on rotating topics, including:

  • Friday, February 25: Procrastination Toolkit
  • Friday, March 18: Avoiding Burnout  
For more information or to sign up, students can go to
CAPS: Spring 2022 Virtual Groups
This includes our Stress Clinic Classes and our classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts & Feelings (5 sessions). For more information or to sign up, students can go to
Faculty and Staff Resources
Midweek Musical Meditation
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook live
Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Alums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook. 
Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email
Pastoral Care 
All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings Open to All Faculty and Staff
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
  • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
  • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
  • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
  • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
Other gatherings are listed here.
Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here
Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Mi'raj al-Nabi)
Sun., Feb. 27, 2022
Tradition: Islam
Commemorates the ascension (al-Mi'raj) of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to heaven following his night journey (al Isra') from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent to heaven and return the same night. Begins at sundown.
Maha Shivaratri
Mon., Feb. 28, 2022
Tradition: Hinduism
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. On the day of Mahashivratri, many people fast, meditate, pray, and share stories in honor of this God whose cosmic dance, according to some Hindu traditions, creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world. The night of Mahashivratri, which literally translates to “the great night of Shiva”, is observed through a series of rituals and prayers made to the deity. 
Nineteen Day Fast
Tue., Mar. 1 – Sat., Mar. 19, 2022
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fasting is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
Ash Wednesday
Wed., Mar. 2, 2022
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic, Christianity-Protestant
A special day of repentance observed by Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians to mark the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer, repentance, and self-denial preceding Easter. The name derives from the practice of marking of the faithful with ashes to signify penitence.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact 
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