WISE Recap, Guided Meditation, and Faith in the Vaccine
WISE Recap, Guided Meditation, and Faith in the Vaccine
 News and Programs 08.26.21
WISE 2021
Celebrating Our First WISE Interfaith Pre-Orientation
Native Lands: Native Americans and Georgia Exhibit, Atlanta History Center
Native Lands: Native Americans and Georgia Exhibit, Atlanta History Center
The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) is delighted to have completed the inaugural year of our WISE (Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration) Pre-Orientation Program. This program is designed to welcome entering first-year students to Emory's Atlanta campus while providing an opportunity to learn about faiths and interfaith, social justice, and explore campus and Atlanta.
We are grateful to our 26 first year student particiants and 12 returning student peer mentors for their engagement throughout a week of activities, including a sacred music concert at Glenn Memorial Church, visiting the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, sharing Langar Lunch at the Sikh Study Circle Gurdwara, joining in Jum'ah Prayers at the Al-Farooq Masjid, practicing meditation with Emory Buddhist Club, and enjoying the rest of Shabbat at Hillel at Emory. We're excited to continue working with these interfaith leaders for years to come. 
To learn more about WISE, please visit our website here. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Glenn Memorial Church
Sacred Music Concert, Glenn Memorial Church
Hindu Temple of Atlanta
Hindu Temple of Atlanta
Sikh Study Circle Gurdwara, WISE
Langar Lunch, Sikh Study Circle Gurdwara
Buddhist Meditation, WISE
Buddhist Meditation at Cannon Chapel with Geshe Phende from Drepung Loseling Monastery
Masjid W(SE
Jumu'ah Prayers, Al-Farooq Masjid
Shabbat WISE
Shabbat Service and Dinner, Hillel at Emory
Spiritual Life Resource Fair
Spiritual Life Resource Fair 2021
On Tuesday, August 24, OSRL hosted a Spiritual Life Resource Fair on Cox Hall Bridge, which gave students the opportunity to connect with student leaders, religious life affiliates, and OSRL staff from a variety of religious and philosophical communities. There were snow cones, iced coffee, cookies, and great conversations about ways to get involved.
We have also been able to meet students at resources fairs at the Candler School of Theology, the Laney Graduate School, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the School of Law. Our team is looking forward to participating in fairs at the Goizueta Business School and Woodruff School of Nursing next week. 
If you were unable to see us at these fairs, you can learn more about our office and religious life affiliates on our website here. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Vaccine Clinic Workers
Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors Linh Le and Kiki Francois at the mobile vaccine clinic at Toco Hill Community Alliance. 

Rollins School Feature: Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine Program

On August 18, Emory OSRL, the IFYC Faith and the Vaccine Project, and Emory Healthcare partnered to host a mobile vaccine clinic at the Toco Hill Community Alliance. As the Delta variant is circulating in the United States, we are very grateful to our community for participating as both volunteers and recipients at the clinic. We are delighted to say that 36 people were vaccinated at the mobile clinic and we were able to help bring the clinic to the community. Thank you to everyone who made it happen. 
To stay up to date on more opportunities for volunteering, follow us on Facebook here, and to learn more about the Faith in the Vaccine Project, read this article. 
International Community Friday Lunch
International Community Friday Lunch
Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Beginning September 10, Brooks Commons (RSVP Required)
International Community Friday Lunch (formerly called International Coffee Hour) is a long-standing collaboration between the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). The purpose of this gathering is to extend a warm welcome and build a community for international students and scholars. We seek to support international students’ and scholars’ physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being as well as to cultivate a sense of belonging in the Emory community by fostering multi-faith and intercultural exchange and friendships.
International Community Friday Lunch occurs every Friday throughout the semester beginning on September 10.
Free lunches are limited, so be sure to register by the Tuesday before the community lunch you will attend. RSVP Required here
Welcoming Day of Service
Welcoming Day of Service on 9/11/21
Saturday, September 11, 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer Emory is hosting its annual large-scale day of service, Emory’s Welcoming Day of Service, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. This event is a chance for all current Emory students to come together to volunteer around Atlanta, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, followed by a short on-site reflection session. We are excited to be able to do this in-person again and hope to see all your happy faces. Find more information and register here. Come to meet one another and the community and build solidarity.
Upcoming Programs
Emory Buddhist Club
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Starting August 26, Cannon Chapel or Zoom
We will kick off the fall 2021 semester with a hybrid combined in person and online (same Zoom link) starting Thursday, August 26 and every Thursday at 6:00 p.m., in Cannon Chapel and on Zoom, all are welcome either physically or virtually. Note: Emory policy is to wear face masks while indoors.
For the first two weeks, meditation will be led by The Venerable Priya Sraman, Emory's new Buddhist Chaplain. Venerable Priya comes from Bangladesh, was ordained and trained as a monastic in Sri Lanka, and studied in Thailand and Hong Kong, prior to coming to the US and earning a degree from Harvard Divinity School. Learn more about Venerable Priya here. 
MEOR Sushi Social
Thursday, August 26, 5:00-7:15 p.m. Rudolph Courtyard, Cannon Chapel
Come and eat great food and meet Emory MEOR. Come any time from 5:00-7:15 p.m. for sushi, Israeli salad, fruit, and cookies. RSVP at yfleshel@meor.org. 
Information Session GCF
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship Information Session
Thursday, August 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Brooks Commons and Zoom
Learn more about GCF and how to get connected. RSVP: sign up here. Zoom link for virtual attendees
InterVarsity IV3D
Thursday, August 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Harris Parlor 
Join us for an inter-fellowship gathering (snacks and fun included) with Collegiate Black Christians (CBC), Asian Christian Fellowship (ACF), and Emory Christian Fellowship (ECF). For more information contact Melody Falter.
Bread Coffeehouse Attends Songfest
Thursday, August 26, 6:30 p.m., 1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
Celebrate being back at Emory through a beloved Emory tradition - Songfest! We'll be meeting at Bread at 6:30 pm and walking over to Emory Village to grab food, then heading over to the Emory Quad to cheer on the first years at Songfest from 8-10 pm. Join us for food, laughter, and some friendly competitive spirit. Come ready to cheer on your first-year residence hall.
Muslim Jumu'ah Prayers
Friday, August 27, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join Emory OSRL for Friday Prayers. For questions, please contact isam.vaid@emory.edu
Catholic Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, August 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
The Catholic 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. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Catholic Welcome Back Hike at Stone Mountain
Saturday, August 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Departing from Freshman Quad or the SAAC on Clairmont Campus 
Join the University Catholic Center and fellow students for a chill hike at Stone Mountain. Meet up on the Freshman Quad or at the SAAC on Clairmont campus at 9:00 a.m. to carpool to downtown Stone Mountain for free entrance to the park. If you have a car and you're willing to drive (and be reimbursed for gas), contact Michael Zauche at mzauche@emory.edu. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Emory Hillel Rafting Trip
Sunday, August 29, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 
Join us as we raft down the Oconee River. The day will start with lunch at the rafting site and rafting will start at 12:30 p.m. You are responsible for driving there but if you do not have a car we can pair you up with someone who does. There is a $20 sign up fee. To pay, click here.
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service
Sunday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. lunch, Cannon Chapel
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern 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, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad.
Preacher: Chaplain Maddie Henderson, Christian Chaplain
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Chaplain Maddie Henderson at madelyn.mary.henderson@emory.edu.
Get to Know Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 29, 5:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial UMC 
Join us on August 29 as we re-launch our Sunday evening worship service at 5:00 p.m. at Glenn Memorial UMC. We'll share a little about Glenn and the ways we want to support undergrads at Emory as well as have food and drink. Sponsored by The United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emory
Catholic Student Union Leadership Interest Meeting
Sunday, August 29, 5:00-5:45 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
Are you interested in helping us plan events for this academic year? Join us and learn how you can become involved in the Leadership Team. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Catholic Sunday Mass on the Lawn
Sunday, August 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Join us for an outdoor Mass (weather permitting) followed by a delicious cookout where you can get to know other Catholics on campus, get involved, and find a community to support you. If it is raining, Mass will be held at Cannon Chapel. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Catholic Welcome Back Cookout
Sunday, August 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
Welcome back to campus. Stay after Mass for free hamburgers and hot dogs and get to know other Catholics on campus, get involved, and find a community to support you. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
RUF First Large Group
Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 p.m., in Brooks Commons in Canon Chapel 
Come fellowship, worship, and hear from our Fall Sermon Series on the Gospel of John. Sponsored by Reformed University Fellowship
MSA "Travel the World Thursday"
Thursday, September 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Cox Hall Bridge 
Highlights different regions of the world and the Muslim Student Association will be partnering with College Council and various other South Asian related organizations to welcome students, share South Asian foods, and teach students about diverse cultures in the first event of this series. MSA will have ice cream and fun activities to participate in. Learn more about MSA here
Bread Coffeehouse First DBS of the Semester
Thursday, September 2, 7:30 p.m., 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Join Bread Coffeehouse for a free home-cooked meal, a live band, and our staff sharing stories from our lives and the Bible. Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here
First GCF In-Person Bible Study of the Semester
Thursday, September 2, 6:00 p.m., Brooks Commons
Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting on September 2 as they study Foundations for Flourishing in Grad School. More information here
Hindu Students Association First Aarti and General Body Meeting
Friday, September 3, 5:00 p.m., Room 106, Cannon Chapel.
Sponsored by the Hindu Student Association
VOIS Flyer
First Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Rehearsal of the Year
Friday, September 3, 6:00 p.m., White Hall 101
The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir, Emory's longstanding and dynamic gospel choir, welcomes all who desire to praise God with song and serve as taught in God's word. They sing at Beloved Community Worship the fourth Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. in Cannon Chapel, offers one campus concert each semester, and sings at university events such as Baccalaureate and other occasions. In addition, VOIS has offered an annual service learning trip in the continental U.S. or abroad during Spring Break and sings at churches around Atlanta and performs acts of service locally.

The choir welcomes enthusiastic singers who want to explore or join in its ministry of music. Rehearsals take place weekly during the academic year on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. in White Hall 101, and will begin on September 3. For more information, please contact Mr. Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, at mallums@emory.edu.
Catholic Welcome Dinner
Friday, September 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
Welcome back to campus. Join the Catholic Student Union  before Fellowship & Adoration Night for a free dinner cooked by Fr. John. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Catholic Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, September 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
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. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday Dinner
Friday, September 3, 7:00 p.m., Brooks Commons
Welcome new graduate students and welcome back returning graduate students. Join Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship for our first one of the fall semester. This will be an opportunity to connect with fellow graduate students at Emory. RSVP Here
Friday Night Live! at Chabad
Friday, September 3, 7:30 p.m., Chabad at Emory
Join Chabad for Friday Night Live! celebrations each week, with services at 7:30 p.m. and dinner at 8:00 p.m. More information here. 
Catholic Volunteering at the St. Francis Table Soup Kitchen
Saturday, September 4, 6:45 -11:00 a.m., Departing from the Freshman Quad and the SAAC on Clairmont Campus
Put your faith into action and join us in feeding nearly 500 people. Meet the Catholic Student Union on the Freshman Quad or at the SAAC on Clairmont campus by 6:45 a.m. to carpool. Sign up in advance with Michael Zauche at mzauche@emory.edu - limited to 10 people. If you have a car and you're willing to drive (and be reimbursed for gas), please let us know. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Shabbat Morning at Chabad
Saturday, September 4, 11:00 a.m., Chabad at Emory
Join Chabad at Emory for meaningful and enjoyable services following by a full deli Kiddush with the best Cholent in-town. Chabad now has Minyan every Shabbat when Emory is in Session. Chasidic Meditation will be at 10:30 a.m., with services following at 11:00 a.m. and lunch at 1:00 p.m. More information found here. 
RUF Labor Day Tubing Event: Float and Fellowship
Monday, September 6, 9:00 a.m., Depart from AMUC Circle
Come float down the Chestatee River in North Georgia with us. Rides leave from the AMUC circle at 9 a.m. Expect to return to campus around 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5 with lunch provided. Fill out this form to RSVP by Friday, September 3. Sponsored by Reformed University Fellowship

High Holidays with Hillel

Beginning September 6
Join Hillel in recognizing the Jewish New Year by participating in a series of events, including dinners, services, and lunches, found here. All High Holiday services will also be live-streamed to Hillel's YouTube channel. 
Rosh Hashanah with Chabad
Join Chabad in recognizing the Jewish New Year by participating in a series of events, including 
  • Services and Dinner: Monday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
    • Services begin at 7:15 p.m. with a festive meal following at 8:00 p.m.
  • Shacharit First Day: Tuesday, September 7, 10:30 a.m.
    • Services begin 10:30 a.m., with a festive meal at 1:30 p.m. and Tashlich at 3:00 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashanah Dinner Second Night: Tuesday, September 7, 8:00 p.m.
    • Services at 8:00 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m.
  • Shacharit Second Day: Wednesday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.
    • Services begin 10:30 a.m., with Shofar at 12:30 p.m. and a festive meal at 1:30 p.m. 
For more information, please click here.
First GCF Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, September 7, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., on Zoom
Join Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship every other Tuesday beginning on September 7 to discuss the book of Psalms. More information here
First Collegiate Black Christians Meeting
September 8, 7:30 p.m., Emory Student Center Room N302
Join other students of color in exploring faith and growth by attending the first Collegiate Black Christians meeting.
Off Campus Programs
Contemplative Series
Interfaith Atlanta Contemplative Series
Wednesdays, 12:00p.m.-12:30p.m., on Zoom , passcode 060135
Join Interfaith Atlanta for a midday respite focused on peace, compassion and kindness. This program seeks to provide sanctity and perspective to participants, with new facilitators each week.  Learn more here
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light: Climate Resilience Summit
Thursday, August 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Zoom
You will hear stories of how climate change is impacting faith communities, how those communities are building resilience, and how the federal government must invest in climate-ready infrastructure. This event will include the premiere of two "Faithful Resilience" short films, based in Ga. and N.C. Register for the Climate Resilience Summit here. Sponsored by The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Project Understanding: Black/Jewish Coalition
Project Understanding, a signature achievement of AJC’s Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition, ensures that relationships between Black and/or Jewish thought leaders continue with Atlanta’s next generation. This year’s Project Understanding will have two tracks:  Project Understanding for Emerging Leaders (ages 25-39) and Project Understanding Gen X (ages 40-55).  Apply Here.  Project Understanding is open to those who identify as Black and/or Jewish and live in Metro Atlanta. The application due date is Sunday, October 17. Questions? Contact Julie Katz at katzj@ajc.org.
Partner Programs
InvolvEU Flyer
SILT InvolvEU Student Activities Fair
August 29 1:00-4:00 p.m., August 30-September 1, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Stop by the McDonough Field, Plaza, and Promenade to meet various organizations, offices, and partners of Emory. Learn about opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people. 
Tuesday, August 31 will showcase Emory's religious and philosophical organizations. 
Symposium Invitation
In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism, and the Journey Towards Restorative Justice Symposium
September 29 - October 1, 2021. Hybrid format on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses, with in-person and virtual sessions, as well as physical and digital exhibits. 
The symposium is open to the public at no charge. Many universities are examining their histories and discovering their connections to slave labor and Indigenous dispossession. This symposium will highlight the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions will include creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. 

Click here to read an article about the symposium. 
Register Here
Opportunities and Resources
Love in Action: Afghanistan
Bread Coffeehouse is partnering with Atlanta Christian Church and New American Pathways, a non-profit organization that works with refugees here in the state of Georgia. They are currently focused on supporting refugees from Afghanistan, and we want to lend a hand to our neighbors in need by donating items that help with basic daily needs.
For the next few weeks, we'll be collecting these items at Bread (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307):
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Washcloths and Towels
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Feminine products
  • Stuffed animals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Can openers
  • Small and large knives
  • Other utensils
Parliament of World Religions Registration
Early Bird Registration for 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions Online
October 16-18, 2021, Virtually
The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Eboo Patel, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Karen Armstrong are just a few of the luminaries joining #2021PoWR.
Take advantage of the Early Bird Rate and join thousands of interfaith colleagues from around the world. Register here. 
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies core and affiliated faculty are bringing their scholarship to a public audience this semester by teaching in the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning.
To register for one of these courses, follow the links below to the MJCCA's website:
Weekly Gatherings
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 are 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.
Krishna Janmashtami (Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami)
Sun., Aug. 29, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
Celebrates the birthday of Krishna. According to the Hindu epics, Krishna was the eighth incarnation of the God Vishnu, opposed to the demon Kansa, who was responsible for the increase of evil in the world. Worship of Krishna is characteristically expressed in dance and song.

Paryusana Festival
Fri., Sep. 3 – Fri., Sep. 10, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
Considered the holiest period of the year, these eight days are marked for Jains by fasting, meditation, prayer and public readings of the life story of Lord Mahavira. Observed especially by the followers of the Shvetambara sect, Paryusana concludes on Samvatsari, the most solemn occasion of self-scrutiny and forgiveness. On this day, Jains ask for forgiveness from their relatives and friends for any offense they may have committed by deed, word or thought.
Rosh Hashanah
Mon., Sep. 6 – Wed., Sep. 8, 2021
Tradition: Judaism
The Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world, Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Ten Days of Awe (also known as the Ten Days of Repentance) that conclude on Yom Kippur. It marks the beginning of the holiest time of the year for Jews.
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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