Beloved Community, Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh, Holocaust Remembrance Day
Beloved Community, Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh, Holocaust Remembrance Day
News and Programs 01.27.22
TONIGHT: Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation: Honoring the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh
Thursday, January 27, 6:00 p.m., Zoom through January 2022
Join us for a guided Buddhist meditation tonight at 6:00 p.m. This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain, Venerable Priya Sraman. 
From Venerable Priya: Tonight we will spend time in remembrance of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings. If you plan on attending, you are encouraged to bring your favorite quote, practice, or teaching of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh to share with our community.
Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing is a great loss to us all, especially to those who have been inspired by his many teachings, practices, works and expressions of values such as kindness, compassion, mindfulness, interbeing. While it is undoubtedly a saddening moment, it is also another opportunity to respect and celebrate the master by remembering the good he has done and inspired. One way of doing that could be to re-visit our practices and to reflect on the memories inspired by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.
There are several quotes by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh floating around as everyone remembers the master. One quote that inspires me is here: 
“Please do not build a stupa for me. Please do not put my ashes in a vase, lock me inside, and limit who I am. I know this will be difficult for some of you. If you must build a stupa though, please make sure that you put a sign on it that says, ‘I am not in here.’ In addition, you can also put another sign that says, ‘I am not out there either,’ and a third sign that says, ‘If I am anywhere, it is in your mindful breathing and in your peaceful steps.’”
In line with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s own words and to show our respect to the exemplary teacher, let us, in our own ways, create meaningful ways to continue our practices that we learned through him. In this way, we will forever be graced by his blissful presence.
Join here.
Today: UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On this UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we invite you to join Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves in reflecting on the story of his father, and the impact of hate and Antisemitism on society.
View the video here
Beloved Community Spring 2022
Beloved Community Christian Worship
Sunday, January 30, 11:00 a.m. service, Zoom Only: 
Text: Psalm 71: 3-5, 1 Corinthians 4-8 a, 13
Title: "Faith, Hope, Love, and Mental Health"
January 30 Preacher: Minister Melody Falter, Religious Life Affiliate, InterVarsity
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 at
OSRL Hindu Life Aarti Online
Friday, January 28, 5:00 p.m., Zoom
Join OSRL Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya for aarti online on Friday January 21 and 29 at 5:00 p.m. via zoom. All are welcome. Click here for the Zoom link.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found on their Facebook page.
Judaism for Beginners Study Group
Weekly, Spring 2022
This spring, Emory's Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig will be hosting a weekly class on Judaism for Beginners. The class is open to any and all, regardless of spiritual background or previous knowledge of Judaism, and will explore major themes and concepts of Judaism relevant to our lives. 
If you have any questions, email If you're interested, fill out this form
mId-week music meditation
Midweek Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
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.
To register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections, visit You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page. Last week's meditation can be watched on the video below, or on our Facebook and Youtube pages. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, January 26, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation, January 26, 2022
Faith in the Vaccine -- Spring 2022 Children's Clinics
This spring, Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine (FIVP) leaders are organizing pediatric vaccine clinics for elementary students and educational webinars for their parents in Dekalb County. We’re partnering with Refugee Women’s Network and the International Rescue Committee/CORE. View a list of clinic times and locations below:
International Community School (ICS)
  • February 23 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and up register here. Ages 5-11 register here.
Indian Creek Elementary (ICE)
  • February 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • March 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and up register here. Ages 5-11 Register here
Please register for the clinics at the specific links above. You can sign up to volunteer here. For questions, please contact Linh Le. To read more about Emory FIVP, please click here. Sponsored by Emory OSRL with Interfaith Youth Core.
Con-Ed Internships
OSRL Contextual Education II Internships for Candler Students
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life 2022-23
Application deadline: Monday, February 7, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST
The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) welcomes applications for our CST Contextual Education II internship program for 2022-2023. OSRL is the multifaith office that supports all religious and philosophical life at Emory University for students, faculty, and staff of all Emory Schools. We support religious and philosophical communities, educate about spirituality and ethics in society and the world, provide pastoral care and opportunities to engage in service and social justice work, and support interfaith engagement. We offer a number of signature programs (e.g., Inter-religious Council, Beloved Community Protestant Worship) and also encourage students to bring their own backgrounds and interests to our work.
OSRL is accepting applications for two positions.
  • Beloved Community Focus: This position will work closely with Emory’s Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson to serve the vast and diverse Christian Community at Emory University, with special attention to the progressive Protestant community. Primary responsibilities will include planning, supporting, and preaching at Beloved Community Sunday Worship, planning and supporting programs for the Emory Christian community and OSRL at large, doing outreach, and working with student leaders. We are looking for applicants who are interested in discerning a future in chaplaincy or higher education ministry, are interested in applying what they are learning in the classroom to this context, and want to grow personally and professionally. 
  • Inter-Religious Council Focus: This position will work closely with Emory’s Dean of Religious Life, The Rev. Dr. Gregory McGonigle to support initiatives to enhance interfaith engagement across Emory University. Primary responsibilities will include planning, supporting, and presenting at the Inter-Religious Council, planning and leading interfaith retreats and educational initiatives, and organizing vigils and social justice related events. The intern can also learn about the best practices of leading of a multifaith university religious life office. Prior study or engagement with interfaith work and/or teaching is helpful.
More information is available at Apply here. For questions, please contact Dean Gregory McGonigle at or Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
Upcoming Programs
Jumu'ah Prayers
Fridays in January 2022, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
For January 2022, Jumu'ah Prayers at Cannon Chapel will be limited to 25 people due to current Emory COVID policies. To sign up, and for questions, please email Emory OSRL Muslim Religious Life Scholar Isam Vaid
Graduate Christian Fellowship: Daily Morning Devo
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Zoom
Join the Graduate Christion Fellowship in starting your days with reading chapters from gospel books and having individual praying time.
Click here for the Zoom link.
Emory MSA Sisters and Sweets
Sunday, January 30, 4:00 p.m., Online
Asalamu aleykum ladies, Sisters and Sweets is resuming again this semester. Please join this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to have a discussion about hijab, inspired by Jubilee’s “Middle Ground” YouTube series. Please know that all sisters are encouraged to attend regardless of whether they cover or not. Find more information on the MSA Instagram here
Bread Coffeehouse: Welcome Back Bonfire
Monday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Come celebrate the first day of in-person classes with Bread Coffeehouse. There will be a bonfire and catching up with friends. Bread can't wait to see you. For more information on Bread Coffeehouse, click here
MSA Qur'an Study Group
Tuesdays beginning February 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Candler Library Room 122
Join MSA for Qur'anic discussions, tajweed lessons, memorization prep, and overall engagement of the Qur'an. This program hopes to create an inclusive and welcoming environment to explore the Qur'an and increase imaan inshAllah. 
Learn more information by joining the GroupMe here
Kessler Reformation Conversations 2022
Online Registration
Named after the world-renowned Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection held at Pitts Theology Library, these online, 30-45 minute conversations offer opportunities for the general public to learn about the events in Europe in the 16th century and to consider what they may tell us about the issues facing our communities. Conversations in a given academic semester focus on a single contemporary theme and trace it back to the Reformers. These conversations are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Below is registration for the Fall 2021 conversations, as well as archived versions of the Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 conversations.
Upcoming Conversations:
Dr. Mary Jane Haemig, "Elizabeth Cruciger: Wife, Hymnwriter, Theologian" Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Elsie Anne McKee, "Surprise and Diversity: A Woman's Place in Reform Yesterday and Today," Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, "Women Leaders of the Reformation: Profiles, Contexts, and Texts," Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Off Campus Programs
Interfaith Atlanta 
Interfaith Atlanta, formerly known as Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), has a mission to promote understanding, respect, prayer, interaction and unity among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region, and to advance the influence of voices of the faith communities for the common good. View their website here and see a list of programs they've highlighted recently below. 
IA Vaccine PSA
Interfaith Atlanta COVID-19 Vaccine Video
Check out this video about how Interfaith Atlanta shows how our community's faith leaders believe that getting vaccinated and wearing a mask is essential. Together we can save lives. Sponsored by Interfaith Atlanta.
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. 
Building the Beloved Community: The Struggle for Justice in Our Time
Thurday, January 27, 6:00 p.m., Online
Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation with remarks by Eric Holder, 82nd U.S. Attorney General, and a panel of Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard, the Rev. James Woodall, and Dr. Adrienne Jones; with moderator Dr. David Wall Rice.
If you have questions contact: Dr. Vicki Crawford at (470) 639-0569 or  Watch on the Morehouse College YouTube channel.
Together in Hope, Equity, and Opportunity
Friday, January 28, 1:00-11:30 a.m., Register Here
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and Chief Equity and Social Justice officer Dr. Tauheedah Baker-Jones invite faith leaders to join an engaging discussion on ways we can partner Together in Hope, Equity, and Opportunity for students during COVID and beyond.
"Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr."
Sunday, January 30, 6:00 p.m., Watch On the Morehouse Youtube Here
Join the volume editors, Dr. Vicki Crawford, director, Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and professor of Africana studies, and Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, professor emeritus of religious studies, Vanderbilt University as they discuss themes from their book with chapter authors: Dr. Crystal de Gregory, research, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation; Dr. Hak Joon Lee, Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Larry Rivers, State University of West Georgia. 
"Without Regard to Sex, Race, and Color: A Black History Concert"
Sunday, February 6, 6:00 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
The world premiere of "Without Regard to Sex, Race, and Color: A Black History Concert” is a great opportunity to share the hopes and aspirations for our world through the richness of African American composers. All proceeds go to support the Trey Clegg Singers. Tickets are available here.
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 3:00 p.m., Online
Join ICI in harmony in celebrating interfaith in travel, cuisine, and art. The theme will be "The Diaspora- A Force for Positive Change". Register here
Partner Programs
Race and Difference Colloquium
Race and Difference: Colloquium Series
Monday, January 31, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our first speaker for the spring colloquium series is Dr. Jill Fisher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her talk is entitled "Your Health is Your Wealth."
Volunteer Emory Spring General Body Meeting
Monday, January 31, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
Join Volunteer Emory for their spring general body meeting on January 31st at 7:00 p.m. to hear about all that Volunteer Emory has going on in the Spring and learn more about the organization, upcoming events, and ways you can get involved. Join on zoom here
SHINE Spring 2022 Opportunities
Sign up by January 31
SHINE is Emory’s premier engagement program with the refugee, immigrant, and new American communities in metro Atlanta. Through educational events, celebrations, and sustained community collaboration, SHINE has contributed to a more welcoming and compassionate metro Atlanta for refugees, immigrants, and new Americans for over 15 years. 
Engage your education with community partners in the many SHINE opportunities for Spring 2022. To learn about the opportunities as well as pre-requisites for participation, visit this PDF. SHINE_Spring_2022_Overview.pdf
Volunteer Emory Alternative Breaks Interest Meeting
Wednesday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., White Hall 110
Join Volunteer Emory for an Alternative Breaks Interest meeting. Learn more about what an Alternative Break means and how fun volunteering activities are combined with social justice experiences in trips across the Southeastern U.S. We'll be talking about the application process and delve into the three trip topics taking place this Spring Break: Healthcare Disparities in Nashville, TN; Food Insecurity and Sustainable Food Systems in Atlanta, GA; and Environmental Justice near Congaree National Park in Columbia, SC. For more information, email
JWJI Race and Difference Series
Thursday, February 10, 6:00 p.m., Online
The James Weldon Johnson Institute is pleased to present this spring installment of the JWJI Public Dialogues in Race & Difference Series. Our panelist talk is entitled Black-Asian Solidarity.

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

Opportunities and Resources
Emory In Via: A Journal of Christian Thought
Wednesdays, 9:10 p.m.

Are you interested in campus dialogue regarding your Christian faith? Join In Via, Emory's only Christian thought journal. 
In Via is looking for writers, artists, editors, designers, social media specialists, and website designers. FOr more information, email
Emory CAPS: Drop-in Consultations for Emory Graduate and Professional Students
Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., online
Let's Talk is an informal, free, confidential consultation service that allows students to speak with a clinician and receive support for any challenge they may be experiencing; however, is not a substitute for formal counseling but can be used to receive short-term support and resources. 
For more information, check out this flyer. Registration can be made using this link here. 
SKY Happiness Retreat
Friday January 28- Sunday, January 30, Online
Join for a powerful worldwide retreat on breathwork and meditation practices and stress management skills, with special guest Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Register here
Hosted by SKY @ Emory and the International Association of Human Values. SKY meditation is affiliated with The Art of Living Foundation.
Bread Coffeehouse Spring Break Service Trip
Due January 31
Have spring break plans yet? How about a service trip with all your favorite friends from Bread? Join us from March 6-11 as we head to Eastern Kentucky to do construction projects for the elderly and the disabled. A $100 deposit is due by January 31st and the total cost will be $300 due by February 28, which will cover food, lodging, and building materials. Talk to a staff member for more details if you're interested. Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here.
Cultivate Well-Being with a Research-Based Meditation Course
Saturdays, February 5, February 19, March 5, and March 19, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (break: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.), online
This course is taught by the developer of CBCT®, Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi. Dr. Negi is the founding director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, a professor, and a former Tibetan Buddhist monk whose teaching and research focus on the relationship between well-being and contemplative practice.
Register here
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
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancami)
Sat., Feb. 5, 2022
Tradition: Hinduism
One of many Hindu festivals to honor the advent of spring, this day is celebrated particularly in North India, where it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning; however, it also retains connection with the goddess Lakshmi.
Nirvana Day (for some, February 8)
Tue., Feb. 15, 2022
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern Buddhist tradition, it commemorates the parinirvana of the Buddha. In cultures of Southeast Asia, the buddha's parinirvana is remembered during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Mi'raj al-Nabiy)
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.
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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