Interfaith Study Break, Emory Chanukah, and Holiday Programs
Interfaith Study Break, Emory Chanukah, and Holiday Programs
News and Programs 12.02.21
Interfaith Study Break
Interfaith Study Break
Thursday, December 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Cox Bridge (Rain location: Cannon Chapel Tent)
Take a break from finals and join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and our Religious Life Affiliates on Cox Bridge for hot drinks, sweet treats, and fun giveaways in replace of our annual late-night pancake breakfast.
First 150 people present will receive a free T-shirt.
RSVP here
Chanukah Celebration
Emory Celebrates Chanukah
On Monday, November 29, Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, in conjunction with the Bayit, Chabad, Hillel, and Meor, hosted a festive candle lighting to celebrate the second night of Chanukah. There was hot cider and Chanukah snacks, such as latkes and doughnuts. We are grateful to those who came to shine light and share joy with the whole Emory community. To continue in celebration, we encourage you to participate in the many Chanukah events on and off campus, listed below in Upcoming Programs.
For more information about opportunities to engage with Jewish Life at Emory, click here
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Holiday Events
Get in the Holiday Spirit with Emory Events
December 2021
The Emory community will celebrate the holidays in the coming weeks with music, art and special religious services. All programs are open to the public. Here are some highlights, but check websites such as the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Candler School of Theology, and Emory Arts for updates. Events include Advent services, Chanukah programming, concerts, holiday parties, and more.  
A sampling list of events can be found here
Interfaith Gratitude Reflection Time
Interfaith Gratitude Reflection Time (Midweek Musical Meditation)
Wednesdays in Term, 12:00-12:30 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
On December 8, join us for our final and special midweek musical meditation of the fall semester where we will be joined by members of the OSRL team and the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). We’ll be taking a few minutes to share some reflections in the spirit of gratitude as we wind down for the end of the semester. Following the reflections, we welcome you to stay on for a gratitude-themed discussion with our panel as well as an interactive Q and A. All are welcome.
To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, December 1
Midweek Musical Meditation, December 1
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Maddie Henderson
Maddie Henderson
Christian Chaplain, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, December 5, 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.
December 5 Preacher: Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
Upcoming Programs
Buddhist Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursday, December 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel, Room 106 or Zoom
Join us for a guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6pm. This week, EBC is pleased to welcome back Venerable Geshe Phende. He is a monk from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta. Geshe Phende joined the Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India in 1982 and completed his monastic education there. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and then proceeded to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center. He is now a resident teacher at DLM Atlanta.
On Thursday, Geshe Phende will lead a Buddhist meditation and reflection. He will lead a discussion titled “How to Cultivate a Calm and Peaceful Mind” In introducing this topic, he writes "All happiness and suffering have their basis in the mind. Therefore, if we learn how to cultivate our minds effectively, we learn how to cultivate peace and happiness in our lives. In this talk, we will look at techniques for cultivating calm, happy, and peaceful minds.” Please note that EBC’s last meeting of the semester will be next week on Thursday December 9. 
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Bread Coffeehouse DBS
Thursday, December 2, 7:15 p.m., 1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
We're back for one more exciting Thursday night DBS, this week featuring chicken tortilla soup for dinner and stories by the lovely Alicia. As always, we'll also have dessert and a vegan option. We're going to be back at the house this week, so we'll see you all there at 7:15.
Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here.
Emory MSA Finals Destress
Friday, December 3, 5:30 p.m., Candler Library Room 101,123 and 124
Come chill with Emory MSA, you know you’ve earned it. It’s been a stressful past few weeks and we have another stressful two ahead of us, so come take a load off and kick your feet up with us. A variety of tea, fruits, sweets, and games will be made available for you all. More MSA events can be found here. 

Glenn Memorial Church: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., Glenn United Methodist Church
For many Atlantans, the start of the Yuletide season begins with Emory University's annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Performed by the Emory University Concert Choir and University Chorus, this magical melding of scripture lessons read in conjunction with the performance of international carols has been an Atlanta tradition since 1935. The benediction will also be led by Emory's Christian Chaplain, Maddie Henderson. 
For information on performance times and availability, click here.
Hanukkah at Hillel
Thursday and Friday, December 2-3
Join Emory Hillel for 8 days of lights, celebration, community, and delicious food.
Thursday, December 2
Shmooze and Schmear, 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Cox Bridge
Dreidels and Donuts, 7:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center 
Friday, December 3
Torah Queeries Lunch n' Learn, 1:00 p m., Zoom
Latke making with Or, 3:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Hanukkah Shabbat, 7:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
RSVP here.
GCF First Friday Dinner
Graduate Christian Fellowship: First Friday Dinner
Friday, December 3, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., 1226 Forrest Blvd, Decatur, GA 30030
This will be a time to take a breather before finals, enjoy one another's company, and celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We will start with a potluck dinner, followed by games and Christmas caroling in the neighborhood, and ending with a White Elephant gift exchange. 
RSVP here
Emory HSA aarti
Hindu Students Association Friday Aarti
Friday, December 3, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 
Join the Hindu Students Association for Aarti, a form of worship in which a lamp is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and/or religious principles. 
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found here.

Bread Coffeehouse White Elephant
Monday, December 6, 7:00 p.m., 1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
It's Christmas season, and at Bread that means white elephant. Come celebrate the end of classes and the start of the holiday season with Bread on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Bring a small, silly gift (don't spend more than $5) to participate in the exchange. Talk to a staff member if you have any questions.
Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here.
Graduate Christain Fellowship Bible Study
Tuesday, December 7, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Online
Join the Graduate Christain Fellowship in their last bible study of the fall semester. Join with this link.
Catholic Center
Catholic Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, December 3, 6:30 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.
Catholic Center Christmas Party
Saturday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
Join the Catholic Center for our yearly community Christmas party on at the University Catholic Center. Enjoy carols performed by members of our music ministry, get your picture taken with Santa, and fill your belly with a delicious home-cooked meal.
Catholic Center Fall Study Retreat
December 3-5
The Study Retreat is designed to aid you in your studies by providing a secluded, stress-free environment in which you can complete all your schoolwork with ease. Free meals and opportunities for prayer will be provided all weekend at the Uniersity Catholic Center. We hope you can join us.
Sign up here.
Catholic Center: A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Series
Sunday, December 5, 10:30 a.m., Cannon Chapel Room 105D
As Catholics, we know that the Mass is central to our Faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri takes us on a unique tour of the liturgy, explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy, and explains their profound significance.
Catholic Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Wednesday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
Join us for Mass at the University Catholic Center in celebration of the conception of Mary without original sin. This is a holy day of obligation.
Off Campus Programs
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Advent Days of Reflection
December 1-8,
9:00 a.m. – 3:00  p.m.., Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta.
Choose a day to spend in silent prayer, preparing your heart for Our Emmanuel. Four, individual Days of Reflection will be offered, including breakfast, lunch, three presentations with prayerful exercises, Mass, and use of 20 acres. The cost of attendance is $65 per person.  
The Lord is Near -- Advent Quiet Day
Saturday, December 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00  p.m.., Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
God is closer - much closer - than we think. And that should mean something. Service will be led by Kristen E. Vincent. The cost is $20; lunch included. Register here.
Epiphany's Nativities, 300 Crêches from around the World
Saturday, December 4 - Sunday, December 12, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 289 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
For the twenty-fifth holiday season, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the difference between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Mathew. For more information, contact Epiphany at (404) 373-8338 or or visit
“Shine a Light On Antisemitism” Atlanta Community Hanukkah Celebration
Sunday, December 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m., MJCCA Zaban Park
Join for a community-wide Hanukkah celebration to shine a light on the recent rise in antisemitism and delegitimization of Israel. Explore community and individual responses to antisemitism in all of its modern forms. Guest speakers include Virág Gulyás, the NYC coordinator for End Jew Hatred, a grassroots civil rights movement dedicated to ensuring Jewish liberation from centuries of persecution and achieving justice for the Jewish people through peaceful direct action; and Gerard Filitti, a New York City-based human rights attorney. He serves as Senior Counsel at The Lawfare Project, a Jewish civil rights litigation fund and think tank that focuses on matters of civil and human rights, anti-Semitism, discrimination and counterterrorism.
The program will include the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah, entertainment, free jelly donuts, dreidels, and more. All are welcome. Register here by searching "Shine a Light". 
Labyrinth Conference: Turning and Returning with Fingers and Feet: Walking a Path for Personal and Global Transformation
Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Rollins College Winter Park, Florida
Join the interactive and experiential workshop to learn how walking the labyrinth path with intention may lead to personal and global change. Registration and more information are here.
Partner Programs
Sky Happiness Retreat
December 10-12, Online
Sky Retreat is a high impact workshop that teaches students skills on how to manage stress and boost productivity and mental wellness. Students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing practice, develop strategies for social connection, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. 
Apply for Sky Retreat Scholarhship here.
For more information, contact Dr. Suprateek Kundu.

Windows to the World: Tibetan Culture
Friday, December 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Cox Ballroom 
ISSS and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative invite the Emory community to learn about Tibetan culture through demonstrations and a presentation by our Tibetan monastics, a trivia game with awesome prizes, and a performance by our local Tibetan community. Learn more about ISSS here
First Fridays at 4: Emory Faculty on Race
Friday, December 3, 4:00 p.m., Online
Join via Zoom to hear Dr. Kali Gross discuss Maria: 1681
Dr. Kali Gross will discuss her historical research and current book project on Black women and capital punishment.  She will map historical disparities, touch upon research challenges, and explore the need for histories on difficult subjects. 
Register for this zoom event here.

Opportunities and Resources
Spring 2022 Short Courses
In-Person and Online Registration
Our Spring 2022 Short Courses are now open for registration. We have various online, in-person, and hybrid courses to choose from. Please click the link below to view our course catalog and learn more about how you can partner with The Candler Foundry.
For more information, check out the course list here.
Jewish Approaches to Environmentalism Course
This course opportunity for Spring 2022 explores Jewish sources and arguments surrounding environmental ethics.
Learn more about the course here
Emory LGBT Life Gender Affirming Items
Are you in need of gender-affirming items and clothing? Register for the Gender Affirming Items Initiative to discreetly receive items such as binders and tucking underwear. 
Missed the clothing swap two weeks ago?
We donated most of our clothing to the Lost and Found Youth, but we kept a few pieces just in case. Stop by AMUC 132 and come to say hi and find your new favorite gender-affirming outfit.
For more information, click here.
Springtide Ambassadors Program 2022
Young people ages 13 to 23 throughout the U.S. are invited to apply to be a part of the 2022 SAP cohort. SAP members are able to develop and hone different communication and leadership skills while building connections across lines of difference. This year’s cohort contributed to print and website publications, were quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, participated in Instagram Live conversations, walked through cover design decisions for our flagship report, contributed video clips that were used in presentations of our research findings, and more.
Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m. PST
For more information and application, click here.
COVID Chronicles Youth Writing Fellowship 
The COVID Chronicles Writing Fellowship is a 3-month program to help youth and young adults (14-21 years of age) from across the country elevate their voice and share how COVID-19 has impacted themselves and their communities. Through this program, fellows will be paired with dedicated mentors who have proven track records in elevating health equity and social justice issues in the press, social media, and through academic discourse. Fellows will receive real-time feedback on their creative outputs — which can be essays, poetry, video, or other relevant formats — and will be supported in getting their work elevated to high-impact media, journalistic, and academic outlets.
Each fellow will be awarded a $500 stipend for participating. The fellowship runs from December 15 2021 to March 10 2022. A total of 10 fellows will be accepted. The online application can be accessed hereFor more information or to ask questions, please contact Grace Harrington.
Emory BCJ Student Fund for Inclusivity and Belonging
Wednesday, December 15, online.
Is your student organization hosting an event that promotes Emory understanding of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, veteran status, or social/economic class? Apply for the Belon Community Justice Student Fund for Inclusivity and Belonging for the funding
Awards range from $500 to $30,000 per event.
The deadline for Spring 2022 is December 15, 2021, two weeks from now. Click on the image or follow this link for more info.
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 Allums. 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 releated 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 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.  
Sun., Nov. 28 – Fri., Dec. 24, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for Christmas and meditate on the end of all time. In Western churches, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year.
Sun., Nov. 28 – Mon., Dec. 6, 2021
Tradition: Judaism
The Feast of Lights (Feast of Dedication) is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Temple following the Jews' victory over occupying forces in 165 BCE, which re-established for a time their religious and political freedom.
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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