Diwali, Rothschild Lecture, VOIS Fall Concert
Diwali, Rothschild Lecture, VOIS Fall Concert
News and Programs 11.05.21
HSA Diwali
Emory Diwali Puja and Celebration
Hindu Students Association Diwali Puja
Friday, November 5, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
From Emory OSRL Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya:
Diwali is a festival that carries a variety of significance for many Hindus. Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs celebrate around this time as well, and each tradition comes to the celebration with their own unique significances. For Hindus, it is typically observed over 5 days and widely associated with the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.
Some turn to ancient stories, specifically the story of Rama being welcomed back to his kingdom by rows of oil lamps after defeating the tyrant king Ravana. Another story narrates Krishna’s defeat over the greedy Narakasura. However one choses to associate with the festival, Diwali marks a time for families and friends to come together and feel a sense of renewal and joy. It is a time to lean on community to find support in reflecting on our commitments to ourselves and to one another. 
For more information, follow HSA on instagram
Indian Cultural Association and Dooley after Dark Diwali Festival
Saturday, November 6, 7:00 p.m., McDonough Field
Join the Indian Cultural Association and Dooley after Dark in celebrating Diwali. There will be South Asian food, beautiful performances, and giveaways. For more information visit the ICA Instagram here
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday November 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Underpass (outside in shade) 
International Community Friday Lunch is a long-standing collaboration between the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). We seek to extend a warm welcome and build a community for international students and scholars over a free lunch, conversation, and resource sharing. 
November 5 Sponsor: ISSS and Indian Student Groups, celebrating Diwali
RSVP for Friday lunch by the Tuesday prior here
Annual Rothschild Lecture
The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Thirteenth Annual Rothschild Lecture
Thursday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) at Emory University will feature lawyer, writer, and journalist Dahlia Lithwick as the speaker for this year’s Rothschild Lecture, titled “The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition.” The program will explore the life and jurisprudence of Justice Ginsburg through a Jewish lens, including how her religious upbringing and immigrant background shaped her constitutional worldview and philosophy of what America could and should be. 
Particular focus will be given to Ginsburg’s pathbreaking advocacy for gender equality, a topic especially relevant today as women’s reproductive rights have re-emerged as a contentious legal issue on the Supreme Court’s docket.
Co-sponsored by Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
This free online lecture will take place via Zoom, and registration is required. Register here
VOIS Concert
Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fall Concert
Saturday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Santuary and Live Stream
Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life as we welcome back Voices of Inner Strength (VOIS) Gospel Choir for their annual Fall Concert after two years.
VOIS Gospel Choir serves the Lord on campus and in the Atlanta community through their singing and volunteering opportunities. Their use of Christian Contemporary and Gospel music has broadened and connected our diverse Christian communities for over 30 years under the direction of our own Music Director Maury Allums. The choir always welcomes new members.
Food will be provided afterwards outside of the chapel. No tickets required. To view a live stream of the concert, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EmoryOSRL. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Beloved Community Fall Bible Study: Table Talk in Luke
Wednesday, November 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Chaplain Maddie on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in AMUC 125 for Bible study
This week we explore Luke 22:7-23, the story of the Last Supper. When we take communion today, we remember this meal Jesus had with his friends before he died. How can we keep this story fresh in our minds? How do we honor Jesus’ commands to his disciples? We will explore these questions and more this week.
Contact Chaplain Maddie for more information here.  
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
The Rev. Greg Bergquist, General Secretary, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
The Rev. Greg Bergquist 
General Secretary, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, November 7, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. lunch (outside), Cannon Chapel
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.
November 7 Preacher: The Rev. Greg Bergquist, General Secretary, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Title: "Clarity vs. Certainty: Towards a Wesleyan Notion of Faithfulness." Scripture: Revelation 21:1-5.
Originally from Florida, the Rev. Greg Berquist entered the ordained ministry after working as a systems engineer and manufacturing manager for Procter & Gamble. He has been an ordained elder for 34 years, serves churches in Georgia and California-Nevada Annual Conference. Greg served Los Altos United Methodist Church as associate pastor and executive pastor, First UMC of Santa Rosa as the senior pastor, and on the Cabinet as the Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development. In addition, Greg served the conference on the Board of Ordained Ministry, including the Chair of the El Camino District Committee, Chair of the Conference Relations Committee, and the Cabinet Representative to BOM. Greg also served on the faculties of the Pacific School of Religion and Southern Methodist University, teaching in the areas of Historical Theology and Wesleyan/Methodist Studies. 
Greg and his wife Connie enjoy traveling, music, playing Scrabble, and spending time with the families of their two adult children, Jonathan and Susanna. Greg is also an avid photographer and cook.
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at madelyn.mary.henderson@emory.edu.
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, November 3
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, November 3
Mid-Week 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 Allums. 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
Upcoming Programs
EBC Guided Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, November 4, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
Join us for guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Venerable Chang-Zhai. She is a nun from the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) Atlanta, a monastery in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen. She will be leading EBC through Zoom this week and next week (November 4 and November 11), and give a talk titled "Living Fully by Recognizing Each Moment as a Brand New Moment."
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman.  
University Catholic Center
Emory University Catholic Center: Quaero- Theology for Non-Theologians
Thursday, November 4, 
7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. The topic of our Fall 2021 series is "Catholic and the University." Optional readings can be found here. 
Emory University Catholic Center: Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, November 5, 6:3
0-8:00 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. Learn more about the Catholic Center here
Bread Coffeehouse DBS
Thursday, November 4, 7:15 p.m., Campus Life Pavilion
Join the Bread Coffeehouse family for a homemade dinner (D), live band (B) and a storytelling about Jesus (S). This week we'll be having taco salad for dinner, a repeat performance by the incredible Wendlo, and stories about love by Mandy. The forecast is pretty dreary, but there will be space heaters and bundling up to try to stay as cozy as possible. There will be a car picking up at the circle at Clairmont at 7 for any of our upperclassmen friends who need a ride. We also will have rides after as needed - let a staff member know if that's you. If you need a ride to the Campus Life Pavilion, click here to contact Katalia Alexander
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday
Friday, November 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join fellow graduate students for the beginning of First Fridays with Graduate Christian Fellowship. Enjoy a dinner and conversation. For more information, visit here
Emory Hillel Torah Queeries
Friday, November 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Hillel Center Patio
Come join Hillel's Keshet Council to see how Torah is queer. Everyone is welcome. Bagels will be served along with gluten-free and vegan options. To register, click here.
Muslim Students Association Fallanthropy
Friday, November 5-Saturday, November 10
MSA is excited to present the month of Fallanthropy. This is a time to give back to the community.  Keep a lookout on Friday for the upcoming fundraiser for Sudan, and follow along on their instagram here.  
University Catholic Center November Picnic Social
Saturday, November 6, 1:00 p.m., Freshman Quad
The Catholic Student Union invites you to join for free food, games, and fellowship with other Catholic first-year students, including our friends from the Georgia Tech Catholic Center. For more information about the Catholic Center, click here
Muslim Students Association Sisters and Sweets
Sunday, November 7, 4:00 p.m., W. Library 213
Due to popular demand, MSA will be having another Sisters and Sweets Halaqah this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The group will be discussing the wives of the Prophet(s). Stay up to date with MSA events here
Open Interfaith Conversation Led by Emory's Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains
Thursday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 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.
Emory University Catholic Center: Fiat: An Intercollegiate Day Retreat
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
It is important to periodically step away from the hustle of your daily life to immerse yourself in prayer and reflection. Join for this one-day retreat focusing on Mary's "yes" at the University Catholic Center, presented by the Catholic Student Union and led by Fr. Brian Baker. Sign up here.
Howard Thurman Lecture: Lerone Martin
Howard Thurman Lecture: Lerone Martin
Wednesday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Online
Candler's Black Church Studies program invites you to attend the 2021 Howard Thurman Lecture, "Howard Thurman and the Future of the Black Church." The lecture will be presented by Lerone Martin, associate professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Register for this Zoom webinar here
Off Campus Programs
Interfaith Youth Core Webinar: Remembering the Past, Cultivating the Future
Thursday, November 11, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
In celebration of IFYC alum Jen Bailey's new book "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope" join us for an alumni round table discussion about the future of spiritual life. In times of great social upheaval and instability, what rituals, practices, and traditions do we carry forth to help us meet the urgency of this moment? How do we discern that which no longer serves us? What new innovations might we seed to craft a new way forward?
All registrants will be entered to win a free signed copy of "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope". Registering for this e-mail means opting-in for IFYC's communications. Register here
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Festival
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Fest
Sunday, November 14, 3:00-7:00 p.m., Historic Fourth Ward Park
Announcing Interfaith Atlanta's First Annual Fall Fest. Atlanta's Historic 4th Ward Park Amphitheatre is where we will work to unite the community through engaging programs and networking opportunities. For more details or to reserve table space for your organization, visit Fall Fest's site here.  
Church Action eNewsletter: The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. Events
  • Church Women United World Community Day
    Friday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., Zoom. Dial in 1(312) 66-6799.
    This event's theme is "New Places, New Faces at the Table". Speakers for this occasion are Lisa Harris of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and Elizabeth Wilson of Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ. 

  • American Jewish Committee’s Project Understanding Retreat
    January 22-23, Apply by November 7
    The American Jewish Committee's Project Understanding Retreat brings members of the Black and Jewish communities together to learn, talk, and develop life-long relationships. During this 24-hour retreat, participants have an unparalleled opportunity to engage in impactful conversation about the issues that matter most. The 2022 Project Understanding retreat will be January 22-23. Learn more and apply by November 7 here

  • Pitts Theology Library's Last Fall 2021 Kesseler Conversation
    Wednesday, November 10, 12:00 p.m., Online
    This conversation will be with Dean Bell, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, discussing  "Luther, Jews, and Judaism: Possibilities for Interreligious Engagement." These conversations are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.

  • Energy Efficiency Matching Grants from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Application
    Open now through November 15, 2021. 
    Click here to apply. If you are a previous recipient of this grant, confirm that a progress report has been submitted for your prior grant award BEFORE submitting an application. Questions? Email Hannah Shultz, Program Associate, at hannah@gipl.org.

  • Equitable Dinners: "Anti Racism and Truth and Reconciliation: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities"
    Sunday, November 21, 5:00 p.m., Online
    You are invited to join Equitable Dinners to talk about "Anti-Racism and Truth Recognition: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities." The evening opens with an original play written for the evening by Marcie Randon, followed by guest speaker, Laura Cummings Bulgari, Co-Director, Atlanta Indigenous People's Association. Then guests from all over the country have a chance to reflect in small groups on what they've heard and come up with ideas to create change where they live. Register for this free event here.  
Partner Programs
The Center for Ethics Fireside Chat
Thursday, November 4, 4:30 p.m., Online
The Center for Ethics is honored to host Anand Giridharadas, journalist, editor-at-large for TIME, visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and bestselling author of Winners Take All. 
Giridharadas will be in conversation with Dr. Robert Franklin, the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University. We hope that you will join this discussion of the growing awareness of the roots of divisiveness and inequity, the call for social justice and the hope for inclusiveness and discourse that leads us forward toward systemic change. Register here
Office of RACE Black Grad Student Mixer 
Thursday, November 4, 6:00 p.m., McDonough Plaza
Join fellow Black graduate and professional students for music, games and community. There will be light refreshments and drinks provided. RSVP Here
First Fridays at 4: Emory Faculty on Race
Friday, November 5, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Join Emory College and the James Weldon Johnson Institute in listening to Dr. Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, discuss "Agency and Power: Black Women in Politics." Find more information and RSVP Here.
Emory Cares
Saturday, November 13
Deadline to Register: Saturday, November 7
We are excited to continue to celebrate Emory’s commitment to service and our 18-year Emory Cares tradition this fall.
Registration is now open for alumni, faculty, and staff interested in participating as a project participant. There are many different ways to give back in-person or virtually at varying commitment levels. Check out the filters on the registration page above to find an opportunity supporting your interests, preferences, and/or region. 
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, meaning you get an extra hour of sleep. We hope to see you all at Beloved Community this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

More information about Emory Cares can be found here
Emory First-Gen Week
Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12
Join in celebrating Emory's first-generation community next week. Events vary from social receptions to banner signings and panels. View the full schedule of events here
Emory Votes: A Post-Election Reflection on Voting in Georgia
Wednesday, November 10, 6:30-7:45 p.m., via Zoom
Join Tharon Johnson and Brian Robinson, hosts of NPR's Political Breakfast, for an interactive discussion and debate on the implications of the recent Atlanta elections, the development, and impacts of SB202, and the importance of student voting in local elections. Register via the link here
Alumni Association Webinar, President Carter: Head of State and Humanitarian
Monday, November 15, 6:00 p.m., Online
Emory University has long enjoyed a special relationship with the 39th President of the United States who inspires our community through his work as a statesman, humanitarian, and peacekeeper. Alumni and friends in the DC area are invited to reflect on the legacy of President Jimmy Carter in this curated conversation with Emory thought leaders who worked alongside him and studied his complex and significant impact on our world. We find it especially fitting to honor his legacy on the heels of President Carter’s 97th birthday.
Adamson will be joined by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat P97 P96, Chief Domestic Policy Adviser in the Carter Administration and author of President Carter: The White House Years, and Kai Bird, Pulitzer Price-winning historian and author of The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter. Following the discussion, Dr. Lisa Cooper 84C, Member of The Carter Center Board of Trustees, will share her reflections on the 39th U.S. President.
Time will be set aside for Q&A with the speakers. Please submit your questions in advance through the online registration page, found here
Opportunities and Resources
The Tam Institute For Jewish Studies Spring 2022 Course List
Interested in learning more about Jewish Studies? Check out the course list. Learn more about the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
Bread Coffeehouse Prayer Wall
Bread Coffehouse has a new prayer board at the front of the house. Make sure to check it out the next time you come by. Bread staff and senior leaders want to be praying for you, so feel free to drop a prayer request or leave a celebration for our community to rejoice with you. For more information about Bread Coffeehouse and to find the address, visit their website here
Sojourners Fellowship Program 
Applications Open Mid-October
The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a leadership and professional development program dedicated to ecumenical Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Participants live in an intentional, Christian community and work alongside a departmental team at the Sojourners office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 38-year history, program alumni have made a lasting impact on the social justice movement in the church, the United States, and around the world.  The program is open to anyone 21 years or older who has work permission in the United States and a Social Security number.
Applications for the 2022-2023 Cycle will open in mid-October.  For more information and to access the application, visit this website.  Send any questions to volunteer@sojo.net.
Hands of Hope Service Year Program
Applications Open
Want to make a difference in the lives of young children? 
Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.  House Parents in this program gain valuable experience that is relevant to their future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children. 
For a complete description click here or contact Darean Talmadge for more information. Find the application here.  
Tams Institute for Jewish Studies Graduate Student Grants
Applications due Monday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) is accepting applications for grants to Emory graduate students during the academic year of 2021-2022 (Fall and Spring semesters only), to support academic experiences that complement or advance the graduate students’ pursuit of Jewish Studies at Emory University, such as travel or research. Visit the grant website for more information here
Remember to Fill out the Emory University Campus Climate Survey
As part of ongoing efforts to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic community, Emory is participating in the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC). This survey, administered by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center seeks to assess the campus climate, focusing on racial diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Faculty, students, and staff received individualized survey links in their emails on Tuesday, October 26. 
For more information, visit the following link.  
Faculty and Staff Resources
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion presents: Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace
Monday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. CST, Online
This learning opportunity is part of The Forum's new series and learning platform called Professional Development Labs.
The goal of the Professional Development Labs are to learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace, identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture, and to create a customized action plan for how to engage religious diversity productively in your workplace. To register, click on the attached image above or visit forumworkplaceinclusion.org.

Antisemitism on Campus: Professional Development Webinar
Wednesday, December 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Online
Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present is an 11-minute educational film that charts the history of antisemitism from its origins until today.  t tackles the hard questions about different and changing forms of antisemitism, persistent anti-Jewish stereotypes, the complex racial position of Jews in contemporary America, and the precise line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism. Join us to learn from the film’s authors, Dr. Ethan Katz and Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, about how they are using this film as part of UC Berkeley’s Antisemitism Education Initiative to change the conversation about antisemitism on their campus and beyond. RSVP at academicengagement.org/12121.
Mid-Week 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 Allums. 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 releated 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 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
Diwali (Dipavali)
Wed., November 3, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
Perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals, also known as the Festival of Lights, it is dedicated to the goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in the rest of India. As with several other festivals, Diwali is associated with one of the stories about the destruction of evil by Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
Diwali/Mahavir Nirvana
Wed., November 3, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
This "Festival of Lamps" celebrates the attainment of Moksa by Lord Mahavira. A burning lamp symbolizes the "light of knowledge," which dispels the darkness of delusion and ignorance.
Birth of the Bab
Sat., Nov. 6, 2021
Tradition: Baha'i
The anniversary of the birth of the Bab, the herald of the new age for Baha'is. the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel, is part of the World Center of the Baha'i faith.
Birth of Baha'u'llah
Sun., Nov. 7, 2021
Tradition: Baha'i
The anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith. Work is suspended on this day.
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. 
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