WISE Peer Mentor Application, Spring Open House, Meditation for Ukraine
WISE Peer Mentor Application, Spring Open House, Meditation for Ukraine
News and Programs 03.03.22
AMUC Grand Opening
Emory OSRL Spring Open House
Thursday, March 31, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Alumni Memorial University Center Room 125
All Emory students, faculty, staff, and affiliates are invited to come celebrate our newly renovated spaces in AMUC 125, including a lounge, prayer room, and staff offices. You are also encouraged to join us as we support OSRL’s communities and programs through the Emory Day of Giving March 30-31.
There will be refreshments provided, and the first 75 people to attend will also receive a personal spring plant in a pot. For more information, contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
WISE Peer Mentor Applications OPEN
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Sacred Music Concert, Glenn Memorial Church
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Hindu Temple of Atlanta
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Langar Lunch, Sikh Study Circle Gurdwara
Apply to Be a WISE Pre-Orientation Peer Mentor for August 2022 
Application deadline: Monday, March 14, 11:59 p.m.
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life invites undergraduate students to apply to be a part of the 2022 Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) Pre-Orientation peer mentor team. 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. We welcome students from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual, and ethical identities to apply. 
During the program, participants will: 
  • Explore Atlanta and the Emory campus through visits to vibrant religious and philosophical communities and service and social justice organizations
  • Grow your religious and philosophical literacy skills by experiencing different spiritual practices and meeting leaders from different backgrounds
  • Build leadership skills through workshops and small-group discussion
  • Connect with other students and build long-lasting friendships
  • Enjoy fun activities such as outdoor barbeques, campus scavenger hunts, and more!
Program timeline (subject to change):
  • Peer Mentor Move-in: Friday, August 12
  • Peer Mentor Training: Saturday, August 13-Sunday, August 14
  • WISE Program: Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19
A more robust job description can be found on the application here. For questions, please email WISE Student Coordinators, Sandra Bourdon, and Justin Burnett.
Apply Here
Midweek Musical Meditation, March 2, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation and Prayer for Ukraine, March 3, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation with Prayers for Ukraine
This week, the Emory OSRL multifaith chaplaincy team shared words of reflection and prayer surrounding the violence in Ukraine.
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. Note that there will not be a Midweek Meditation on March 9 due to Spring Break. 
25th Annual Tenenbaum Lecture on
Tenenbaum Lecture: "Judaism and Climate Change"
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
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, March 4, 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, please join us. 
March 4 Host: James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies
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
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University Catholic Center Upcoming Programs
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
The fellowship and adoration Night is a student-led Bible Study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives through the practice of adoring the Eucharist. 
Lenten Reflections: Meditating with the Rosary
Friday, March 4, 2:00 p.m., Agnes Scott College Julia Thompson Smith Chapel Ground Floor (Sign up for a rosary kit)
The Agnes Scott Catholic Student Organization will be hosting weekly Rosary and Bible study gatherings as we begin to prepare for the month of Lent, a solemn preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus on Easter. This year, we are planning on gathering to meditate and reflect as a community by praying the rosary or reading the Bible.
Meatless Lenten Dinner
Friday, March 4, 6:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
All students are invited to join us on the first Friday of Lent for dinner at the University Catholic Center, hosted by the Graduate Catholic Student Associatijnm\on. Join friends new and old for refreshments, fellowship, and prayer. 
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, March 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary or via Zoom
EBC will be hosting weekly social to build community amongst our members. Feel free to come to Cannon Chapel 30 minutes before the weekly meditation meetings to hang out, get to know your peers, and enjoy some tasty snacks.
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Sister Pearl from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. Sister Pearl (Dharma Name: Viên Thanh Châu) was ordained in California in 2019. She is trained in the Bamboo Grove Vietnamese Zen School under the guidance of the most revered Zen master Thich Thanh Tu (1924—), the dharma brother of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (1926–2022). She is currently residing at Atlanta Soto Zen Center while interning as a chaplain at the Emory Decatur Hospital. This Thursday, Sister Pearl will lead the session with a Buddhist song and then we’ll recite and discuss the Discourse on Loving-Friendliness.
If you have any questions, contact Emory OSRL Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya.
Emory Hillel Shabbat Dinner to Go
Friday, March 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Spring break is here, but Hillel is still happy to offer Shabbat dinner to go. Orders will be boxed and ready.
RSVP Here.
Email ilan@emoryhillel.org with questions and concerns.
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.

America's Real Sister Act: Why the Stories of U.S. Black Catholic Nuns Matter
Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Zoom
In this talk, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams will share insights from her forthcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle (Duke University Press, May 2022). Specifically, Williams will consider how master narratives of women’s religious life and Catholic participation in the Black freedom struggle fundamentally change when the lives and experiences of African American nuns are taken seriously.
Sponsored by the Aquinas Center. Register for the Zoom event here.
Emory Holi 2022: Hindu Student Association and Indian Cultural Association
March 18, 19, 24, 2022
Holi is a festival celebrated by many Hindus that commemorates the arrival of spring. Many associate the festival with the deity Krishna and his devotee Radha, who are said to have joyfully smeared colored powders on each other mark their non-difference. Others associate the festival with Vishnu, who took a half-lion, half-human form to protect and bless one of his devotees. Today, Holi is widely celebrated as both a religious and cultural festival in which participants joyfully smear colored powder on one another to signify a sense of unity.
This year, on the day of Holi, March 18, the Hindu Students Association will be celebrating with fun interactive activities. The Indian Cultural Association (ICA) will be celebrating with powdered colors on March 19, followed by an ICA Holi reception on March 24. Locations and times are forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact Hindu Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya.
Swara Emory Raga Fest
Friday, April 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m., White Hall 208
Swara aims to bring the rich tradition of the South Asian classical musical art form to the Emory community. Join them for Raga Fest, a celebration of indian classical music and dance.
For more information contact Swara.emory@gmail.com or visit their page on the Hub.
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 mallums@emory.edu.
Bread Coffeehouse: Spring Break Activities
Staying in Atlanta this spring break? Even though classes are out, Bread Coffee is excited to share the programs they are holding during the break.
For more information about Bread Coffeehouse, 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:  
Justice Reform Partnership: Hidden Mercy
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church
The height of the AIDS crisis in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s left many profound stories that remained untold. Journalist Michael O’Loughlin will speak about his new book, Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear, as he uncovers the stories of Catholics who at great personal cost chose compassion during the AIDS crisis. O'Loughlin offers a compelling picture of those who responded to human suffering with mercy, offering insights for LGBTQ and other people of faith struggling to find a home in religious communities today. Register for the event here.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta and Multifatih Initiative to End Mass Incarceration
Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m., Online
The 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. 
Celebrating Andrew Young's 90th Birthday
March 9-12
Ambassador Andrew Young will celebrate his 90th birthday with a 4-day series of events, March 9-12, centered on the number 90. The celebration will begin with a 90-minute Prayer Service for Global Peace and Reconciliation, March 9, at noon EST at First Congregational Church, the Ambassador’s home church since 1961. You are invited to join Young and faith leaders from across the world via streaming in this 90-minute prayer service. This special service organized by the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, pastor of First Congregational Church will include an interfaith choir comprised of members of the Atlanta faith communities and choral organizations. Access this service by going to the celebrations dedicated website www.andrewyoung90.com.
The Interfaith Imperative
The Interfaith Imperative: Engaging Religious Diversity in Higher Education                                Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST, Zoom
A growing number of higher education institutions are recognizing the need to engage religious pluralism, foster interfaith cooperation, and embed interfaith literacy into curricular and cocurricular initiatives in light of ever-increasing global, national, and local religious diversity. This webinar will focus on ways a variety of institutions have been considering interfaith engagement to prepare students for work, life, and citizenship
Register for the Zoom event here.
Partner Programs
Center for Women at Emory Women's History Month
Friday, March 4, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Happy Women’s History Month from the Center for Women at Emory. Join the Center for Women throughout the entire month of March, as they' have compiled programming from all over the Emory community fit for everyone to celebrate. Stay tuned to their stories, feed and newsletter for updates 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.  
Emory Climate Talks: The Ministry for the Future
Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.
Register for the Zoom event here
Selfhood/Nationhood: A Portrait in Poetry with Guest Poet Marilyn Chin
Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m., Online event
The reading is open to the public at no charge. Part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, the event also celebrates Women’s History Month. A self-described activist poet, Chin says her work both laments and celebrates her “hyphenated” identity. Her widely taught poems have been alternately referred to as funny, fearless and feminist, and have earned her an array of prestigious literary honors.
Register for here to receive the Zoom link.
Opportunities and Resources
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Summer Grant Application Deadline 
Deadline: Monday, March 28
TIJS provides awards and grants to Emory undergraduates to support activities that enrich the academic experience, such as study abroad, intensive language training, and travel for research or participation in conferences and workshops. Particular funds are available for projects related to modern Antisemitism and the Holocaust. Grants for other purposes related to a student’s course of study will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Apply by Monday, March 28 for projects or study planned for Summer 2022. Read more here

Student Body Abelism Organization Seeking Members
Student Body is an upcoming student organization aiming to start a conversation about ableism for interested students at Emory. As the club works toward being chartered, it is currently in search of members from the Emory community who are interested in joining, being an ally, or the group in general.
For more information, please reach out to cwegrzy@emory.edu.
CAPS: Virtual Workshop Series
One-time workshops on rotating topics, including:
  • Friday, March 18: Avoiding Burnout  
For more information or to sign up, students can go to https://thehub.emory.edu/organization/caps.
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 https://thehub.emory.edu/organization/caps.
Emory Twin Memorials Honoring Enslaved Individuals Listening Sessions                                                                                                           Multiple Sessions through March
As Emory has engaged in ever more rigorous self-reflection about its past, President Fenves has set in motion a series of initiatives, including the Twin Memorials Working Group. According to the president, “By understanding our history and expanding the Emory story to include voices, perspectives, and contributions that were overlooked or silenced, we are creating a deeper understanding of who we are and all we can achieve as a university.” In the case of the Twin Memorials, the working group is charged with “drafting a request-for-proposals for architectural firms to design and construct Twin Memorials to honor the enslaved individuals and their descendants who lived and worked on the original campus of Emory at Oxford College.”
For more information about the project background and for focus group registration, please visit https://twinmemorials.com/engage.
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 http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. 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 religiouslife@emory.edu
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 religiouslife@emory.edu.
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
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.
Great Lent
Mon., Mar. 7 – Sat., Apr. 23, 2022
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem
Wed., Mar. 16 – Sun., Mar. 20, 2022
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of human beings and honors the souls of the deceased.
Wed., Mar. 16, 2022
Tradition: Judaism
Celebrates the rescue of the Jews of ancient Persia from a plot to destroy them as related in the Book of Esther, which is read at this time. Purim is a joyous holiday, celebrated by wearing of costumes, giving gifts to friends, giving to the poor, and socializing. Preceded by the Fast of Esther, Purim is a day of feasting. Begins at sundown.
Laylat al-Bara'ah
Thu., Mar. 17, 2022
Tradition: Islam
Begins at sundown.
(Night of Repentance)
On this night, Allah approaches the Earth to call humanity and to grant forgiveness of sins. Observed on the 14th day of the lunar month of Sha'ban.
Fri., Mar. 18, 2022
Tradition: Hinduism
A joyous spring Hindu festival that is dedicated to Krishna in some parts of India; in other parts of India, it is dedicated to Kama, the God of Pleasure. People throw colored water or colored powder in celebration.
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 religiouslife@emory.edu. 
404-727-6226    religiouslife@emory.edu
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