News and Programs 3.11.21
Spiritual Life Isolation and Quarantine Support
As we mark a year since the university's operational transformation with COVID19, OSRL is seeking to support the amazing work of the Emory Isolation and Quarantine Support Team and students in Isolation and Quarantine by offering care packages for students in isolation.
The care packages include handwritten notes from the students in Beloved Community and the Hindu Students Association, along with an OSRL calendar, a stress ball, a pen, sticky notes, some blank greeting cards, a coloring book, teas, and an interfaith meditation. These have been presented in Emory drawstring bags generously donated by Advancement and Alumni Engagement.
With the help of the ISOQ team so far we have been able to deliver about 135 bags. We are grateful for the ISOQ team for all that they are doing. Students Sandra Bourdon and Jonna Austin are leading an effort to provide wellness boxes. If you are interested in getting involved in these efforts, please contact Hindu chaplain Shweta Chaitanya at  
ACSLHE Closing Session
Emory University Dean of Religious Life, The Rev. Greg McGonigle, moderates closing keynote with Joy Harjo, the current and first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
Successful National Conference: Spiritual Life in Higher Education
On March 8-9, Emory University OSRL and others co-sponsored the inaugural conference of the new Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE). Originally intended to be an in-person conference hosted on Emory's Atlanta campus, the COVID19 pandemic forced it to go online. Nevertheless, some 300 chaplains, faculty, students, and university leaders attended. The conference marked the consolidation of two long-time professional associations, ACURA and NACUC to combine resources to better support religious diversity on college campuses. Emory University Dean of Religious Life The Rev. Greg McGonigle, an ACURA board member and former NACUC president, served on the conference planning committee and moderated the closing keynote with Joy Harjo, the current and the first Native American poet laureate of the United States. Other speakers included Bishop William Barber II, President Ruth Simmons, and Dean Varun Soni.
The conference was covered by Religion News Service and Emory Report.
Help to Replant the Living Mandala Garden
March 2021 
Join the Emory Buddhist Chaplaincy in replanting the Living Mandala Garden in front of Cannon Chapel. If you are looking to spend time in nature, taking care of plants and flowers, and for spiritual community, come join us. We will replant the Living Mandala Garden and share reflections on spiritual practices in connection with nature. All are welcome. 
Please register here: Specific date, time, and other details will be emailed to registrants when finalized. 
Sponsored by OSRL. For questions, please contact Emory Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Sraman at
Observance of Mahashivratri
Thursday, March 11, 7:00-7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
This week brings us the very special Hindu observance of Mahashivratri. This is a day (and night) in which many offer their worship to Lord Shiva through puja, fasting, meditation, chanting, and many other expressions.
The significance of this day is as manifold as the devotees of Lord Shiva. It can be seen as the day Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva were married, the day Lord Shiva took the form of an endless pillar of light signifying his infinite nature, the day Lord Shiva drank poison to save mankind, and even the day Lord Shiva performed his great dance - the Nataraja Tandava.
While this is certainly not a comprehensive list, it gives us an idea of how devotees connect to this day of worship and contemplation. You can connect to this day as an opportunity to re-center and re-calibrate my commitment to the issues you care about by reflecting on the contemplative descriptions of Lord Shiva.
We will start with an invocation and a short reflection on Mahashivratri followed by a few moments together of guided worship.  All are welcome to join and we look forward to observing this day with all of you. 
Click here to join.
Emory University Libraries Blog: World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue, and Film
Thursday, March 11
World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film is an annual observance held on March 11 over the world, which has taken place for the past 11 years. This day was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, a writer and producer from California. The main aim of the celebration is to share and discuss Muslim culture to create a link and understanding across faiths and to promote a better knowledge of Muslim culture. For more information please visit:
Emory Day of Giving
Save the Date: Emory Day of Giving with OSRL
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Emory Spiritual and Religious Life nurtures a diverse religious life program that supports particular faith traditions and interfaith engagement, educates about spirituality and ethics in society and the world, and builds bridges of understanding and peace. 
When you make a gift to Emory OSRL, you are strengthening our community and enhancing spiritual life on campus and in the many communities we serve. On Emory Day of Giving, we are highlighting these giving opportunities:
  • Gifts to Center for Religious Life support the design, construction, and programming of the proposed Emory Interfaith Center.
  • Gifts to the Journeys of Reconciliation Endowment fund support an interfaith travel program for students, faculty, and staff to learn about social justice issues in the world.
  • Gifts to the Inter-Religious Council support weekly gatherings of 25 representatives of undergraduate Atlanta-campus spiritual organizations for interfaith dialogue and leadership.
  • You can also designate your support for University Worship (Christian), Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, or Muslim Life programs.
Save the date on your calendar and make a gift on Emory's Day of Giving, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 
Make a Gift Here
Fall 2021 Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program
Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program August 2021:
Apply to be a Peer Mentor!
Emory University OSRL and student leaders are planning an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students for mid-August 2021. This program will provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in Atlanta. It will also welcome new students to Emory and ease their transition to college.
We seek Peer Mentors from diverse religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds. 
Peer Mentors would return to campus early and lead incoming students through the program.
What to Expect in the Program:
  • Explore Atlanta and the Emory campus through visits to vibrant religious and philosophical communities and service and social justice organizations
  • Grow your religious and philosophical literacy skills by experiencing different spiritual practices and meeting leaders from different backgrounds
  • Build leadership skills through workshops and small-group discussion
  • Connect with incoming students and peer mentors and build long-lasting friendships
  • Enjoy fun social activities
If you are a current undergraduate interested in applying to be a peer mentor, please fill out this form by clicking here. Learn more about the program here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zachary Cole.  
Express Interest Here
A Chat with the Chaplains | OSRL
Exploring Spiritual Life at Emory: A Chat with the Chaplaincy
Friday, March 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) will present a “Chat with the Chaplaincy” session in which you can meet and talk with Emory's multifaith chaplaincy staff  – Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist.
Are you curious about how to stay calm balancing coursework and life during the COVID19 pandemic, or are you interested in how spiritual life connects with current events? Bring your questions or just come and learn more.
All are welcome. You can submit questions beforehand or during the event.
Click Here to Register
Passover 2021
Chabad and Hillel Passover Meals
Chabad and Hillel Passover Meals
Passover is around the corner. Hillel has you covered for all things Seder, meals, and more. Pick up Seder to go from Hillel or host your own Seder with the help of Hillel. Sign up for everything on the Hillel Hive. 
Emory Hillel: Passover Schedule 2021
Passover Schedule 2021
Register on the Hillel Hive by Sunday, March 21. Seder meals will be picked up Friday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Marcus Hillel Center.

Ramadan 2021: Sign up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Emory Dining are pleased to provide suhoor and iftar meals for students currently living on Clairmont Campus or Main Campus and observing Ramadan (April 12-May 12, 2021).
Iftar and suhoor (for the following morning) meals can be picked up at a time that will be announced by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Please complete the form below by Thursday, April 1, 2021 to request meals.  Meal pick up location will be by area of residence: Main Campus at DCT,  Clairmont Campus at SAAC. 
To sign up, please click here. For questions or support, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid by clicking here or the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life by clicking here.
Sign Up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals Here
Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 | Emory University Commencement
Save the Date and Call for Contributions: Online Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021
Ceremony Release: Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EST, Link TBD
Each year, we look forward to celebrating graduating seniors and sending them into the world with blessings in the Multifaith Baccalaureate Ceremony. Again this year this will be a video tribute, but last year's was a cherised production that brought together Emory deans, chaplains, affiliates, faculty, staff, and seniors to create a video celebration and keepsake.
Opportunity to Get Involved: If you are a graduating senior who would like to help plan the 2021 Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 or contribute original music, poetry, readings, dance, art or spiritual blessings and reflections, please contact Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig at You can also submit ideas here
Check the OSRL website soon for a full schedule of Emory Commencement events. 
Beloved Community Protestant Worship | OSRL
Emory Beloved Community is a progressive ecumenical Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year online.

TheRev. Brent Huckaby, Associate Pastor
The Rev. Brent Huckaby Associate Pastor
Glenn Memorial UMC Affiliate
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Latarae Sunday, March 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: The Rev. Brent Huckaby
Scripture: John 3:14-21
Sermon: A Different Lens
Rev. Brent Huckaby is an Associate Pastor at Glenn Memorial UMC, an ordained deacon in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church with over 19 years of ministerial experience serving four congregations as a Music Minister and Pastor. Brent is from Raleigh, North Carolina, but has called Atlanta home for 16 years. He is a graduate of Furman University (BA in Music) and Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv).   
In these pandemic times, he leads a Wednesday evening virtual contemplative service at 7:00 p.m.  on Glenn’s Facebook page and serves as the associate pastor for Spiritual Formation and young adults. The latter allows him the privilege of being a partner with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory. He lives near East Lake with his wife, Lizzie, and their four children.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here. In addition, if you missed our service last week, the video recording can be viewed below.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Women's Heritage Month Celebration -- Video Recording 3.7.21

Linh Le, OSRL Chaplaincy Intern
Holy Week 2021
Emory Beloved Community Holy Week 2021 
  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Zoom 
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
All are welcome. Register for services here
For more information, please email
Weekly Community and Reflection | OSRL
Weekly Community and Reflection with Venerable Priya
Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Venerable Priya, Emory Buddhist Chaplain, and other participants for a time of community and reflection together.
The purpose of this time is to connect and relax with each other as we share our reflections on our favorite poems, texts, and experiences that are meaningful, whether spiritually or not. There will be pre-selected topics/texts for reflection. We also encourage you to bring a poem or text that is meaningful to you, but that is not required.
All students are welcome. To register, please click here. For more information, please contact
Click Here to Register
Mid-Week Music - 3.10.21
Midweek Musical Meditation, Women's Heritage Month -- Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Midweek Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook Live
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community.
Visit to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information contact
Click Here to Register
Ombuds Interview with Dr. Robert Franklin
Dr. Robert Franklin's recent book, "Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination," argues forcefully for leaders in business, politics, academia, and faith to "step forward" and invite others to join them in working toward social justice.
Linked below, Associate Ombuds Brian Green discusses moral leadership with Dr. Franklin, asking how moral leaders engage with internal and external conflict.
To read the full article click here.
Upcoming Programs
Mindful Meditation Sessions
March 17-May 5, 12:00 p.m. EST
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 12, 5:00 p.m.
The realities of the pandemic have been difficult for us all, in different ways. It is no surprise that mindful meditation has gained increasing popularity as a method of coping, but is there more to meditation than apps can give? How do we actually include meditative practices in our lives, with practical tips? Can meditative practices serve as grounding for our work ethic, sense of self, advocacy and activism, or even our deeper sense of purpose?
Join us for eight sessions led by Dr. Aparna Ramaswamy, professional counsellor and senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, as we find ways to make these ideals a reality. Featuring guided meditations, small group discussions, tips and tricks, and much more. Co-sponsored by the Emory Hindu Chaplaincy. 
To register click here.
Black Women, Community, and Black Church
Thursday, March 11, 5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
In her now classic book, If It Wasn't for the Women. . .: Black Women's Experience And Womanist Culture In Church And Community (Orbis Books, 2000), Cheryl Townsend Gilkes writes about the roles of Black women in the church and the community and how such roles intersect to produce social change. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Black Church Studies (BCS) at Candler School of Theology, join this panel of prominent Black female leaders, scholars, and practitioners in the Black church tradition to talk about Black female leadership in church settings and how such leadership affects and precipitates institutional Black Church and societal change.
To learn more about the panelists and register, please click here.
Bread Coffeehouse Baker's Notes
March 8-11, 2021
Bread Coffeehouse is a place unlike any other on campus is a place where good coffee flows freely, delicious treats are served daily, where residents and staff know your name, where you will be treated with love no matter what you believe, a place that never pushes Jesus on you but a place where the staff believes in serving Jesus by serving you and loving you.
We have live bands, great dinners, quiet study times, deep conversations, great storytellers, and people who will listen to you. And we are a lot of fun. Come play ping pong or a board game, create art by baking or drawing on the tables, pick up a guitar, play with playdough, or dance in the kitchen.
Lastly, you are so welcome to any of our events today. The Bread Espresso Bar is open from noon until 5:00 p.m. We'll also bring the coffee to you during our Coffee on Campus event from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Then we'll round out the day with DBS-dinner, band, and story-at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here
Hindu Students Association Weekly Aarti
Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Zoom 
Join the Hindu Students Association (HSA) this Friday at 5:00 p.m. for a virtual meditation and Aarti facilitated the Emory HSA and Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. We are excited to announce that the Aarti will be offered weekly. This week, Aarti will be followed by a group discussion led by the HSA discussion chairs. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the Zoom link.
Aarti is a form of worship in which a lamp, typically an oil lamp, is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. The various icons towards which the Aarti is performed hold unique significance across different Hindu traditions, although the atmosphere of joy and upliftment is common to all. Whether performed alone in one’s home or in a communal setting like a temple, Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and religious principles.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found on their Facebook page.
Join the Holistic Hub Executive Board
Holistic Hub is a student organization dedicated to spreading compassion and wellness on and off campus through a variety of means, be that movement, music, meditation, on our own or in campus with other organizations. We aim to serve as a community for being and a space for doing. In addition to our in-person events, we host a vast online community with our over 400 person GroupMe and our thousand-person Instagram. 
We are currently recruiting for several high-level executive board positions, including treasurer and vice president, and are looking for people passionate about wellness, who live the question of what it means to be human, and who want to coordinate wellness related activities and/or manage the financial side.
Developmentally, these positions provide a unique opportunity to manage an established organization and adapt to changing times. If you are interested, please email here.

Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Register for Zoom meeting here.
This week, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes back Geshe Dadul Namgyal. Geshe Dadul-la is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who serves on the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. He is an exceptional scholar and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, with years of experience in communicating the Dharma at all levels. During the meeting on Thursday, Geshe-la plans to discuss the 3rd chapter of the Dhammapada, centered around the topic of "the mind". He will also guide a meditation and lead the recitation of "Homage to the Shakyamuni Buddha" which is attached. 
To participate in the meeting, simply paste the link included above into your computer URL bar. Anyone is welcome to join. The Emory Buddhist Club is a student-led effort. Our primary mission is to provide a free, weekly opportunity for anyone with any interest in Buddhism or meditation to meet, practice, and learn with qualified Buddhist teachers from the Atlanta area. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. We welcome anyone, regardless of meditation experience or point of view.
Blue and orange circular InterVarsity logo | Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF)
This Week with Emory GCF
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) is a grad student community experiencing God’s grace through Jesus and inviting people from all programs and cultures at Emory to join us in following Him. 
Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. See below for our upcoming events:
  • *New* Spring 2021 - Prayer Call
    Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Weekly prayer call open to graduate students & led by Glenn. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here, and email Glenn if you'd like more information about it.
  • Spring 2021 Small Group
    Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Tonight's topic is "The New Testament in The Gospel of John." Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here, and email Siv if you'd like more information about it. 
Lamentations of Jeremiah with Glenn Memorial Church
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., EST
Commonly found as a reading during the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday, the book of Lamentations grieves over the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE.
In this pre-recorded concert, join men from the Chancel Choir and special guests in Thomas Tallis’ settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. This beautifully meditative piece from Renaissance England evokes the poets feeling of God deserting God's people - as we find in many psalms and other poems in Scripture. Recorded from the beautiful Glenn Sanctuary, surround yourself in the beauty of holiness as we prepare to experience Christ’s death and ultimate resurrection.
Join online with Facebook Live.
Being Oranges
Thursday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Agnes Scott Hillel for “Being Oranges": A Panel on Female Jewish Leadership in honor of Women’s History Month. Featured panelists: 
  • Taylor Baruchel, Hillels of Georgia
  • Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami
  • Sarah Gaies, Tampa General Hospital
  • Rabbi Lauren Filson Lapidus, The Temple
  • Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple
  • Debra Shaffer Seeman, Prizmah
  • Rabbi Miriam Udel, Emory University
Emory Civic Dinners
Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
There are hundreds of different belief systems in the world with countless denominations of major religions, and every individual connects with their faith or practice in their own personal way.
For peace and stability in the workplace and the world, it is imperative that we embrace pluralism and replace ignorance and fear with understanding and hope. This conversation explores religious diversity and how we embrace differences.
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here. Find more Lenten Faith resources here
  • Lenten Rosary
    Mondays in Lent, 6:45 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Add a little prayer to your Lenten journey by joining us on Mondays to pray the rosary. To register, please click here
  • Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
    Mondays in Lent, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 4-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. Our topic for the series is “How Catholics Read the Bible”. Optional readings can be found by clicking here. To register, please click here.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us. Jackbox and other video games, card games and board games, and trivia. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
  • Catholic Chat
    Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Do you have questions about the Church? Are you puzzled by Church teachings? Do you want to think aloud, and with others, in a comfortable informal setting that encourages participation and exchange? Join us for open-minded, in-depth conversations about Catholicism. To register, please click here.
  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led Bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives. Join us on the University Catholic Center back deck or on Zoom every during the school year. While our primary attendance is composed of students, everyone is welcome. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
Faith and Public Health: Allies and Partners in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST
Special Guest:  
*Dr. Caswell Evans, Professor Emeritus University of Illinois, Chicago; Past President of APHA
*Dr. Mimi Kiser – Assistant Professor, Interfaith Health Program, Emory University
*E. Yvonne Lewis – Co-Director Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center
*Dr. Carolyn Parks, Associate Professor, Dept. Behavior & Social Sciences, Temple University
Register in advance for this meeting here, and once you register the Zoom Link is provided for joining this meeting.
IIF Family/ISM in Georgia | InterVarsity IIF
The vision of the International InterVarsity Fellowship (IIF) is to build a fellowship experiencing God’s love and to create a community for international students, visiting scholars, and exchange students from all backgrounds to come, belong, build lifelong friendships, trust, pray, study God’s word, and seek who Jesus is as well as experience the beauty of diverse friendships around the world. Keep up-to-date by joining our Facebook group. We also invite you to any and all of our regular events:
  • Tuesday Tea-Talk
    Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom
    Tea-talk gives international students the opportunity to practice their English speaking and communication skills with English-speaking volunteers through conversations and to learn and exchange about the beauty of cultures. Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • Wednesday Tea-Talk
    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom   
    Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • In-Person Program
    First and third Saturdays of the month
    IIF organizes hiking or outside games with social distance and Covid safety rules such as wear masks, six feet, temperature check etc. Limits for only 7-8 people per event. To inquire and register, please email us at
The Anna Julia Cooper Lecture
2021 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture
Wednesday, March 17, 4:00 p.m., EST
Please join Candler School of Theology's Black Church Studies program in welcoming the Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems, PhD, biblical scholar, author, public intellectual and co-pastor of Nashville’s Ray of Hope Community Church to deliver the 2021 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture.
In the lecture entitled "We Build On Foundations We Did Not Lay: The Emergence of Womanist (Biblical) Scholarship in the '70s and '80s," Dr. Weems explores the 1980s as a pivotal decade. Black women had begun enrolling in theological schools in significant numbers in the decade before, and they arrived challenging institutional expectations about their "God-given" roles as women, their right to preach, lead, interpret sacred scripture, and be knowledge producers. Above all was their insistence upon distinguishing their work from that of other marginalized voices pushing against the center. To register, please click here.
Sacred Work: Science, Religion and Human Health
Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
There is a great convergence of disciplines in health science taking place in the world today. Human values are moving to the forefront of what constitutes for health of person and community. Vocations in spiritual health and religious care are turning to the importance of scientific preparation while health scientists are incorporating sacred underpinnings to discover and be present to whole person and population health. Emory University invites you to hear from two of our most accomplished scholars, Dr. Ellen L. Idler and the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey, who will address current and future movements of these elements. Dr. George H. Grant and Dr. Charles Raison will moderate.
This is a free event that will be recorded. To learn more about our speakers and register click here.
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
International Coffee Hour is a longstanding community-building tradition at Emory where international students and scholars can meet each other over a meal or drink, learn about resources, and network.
Coffee hour will be virtual this year, and we are excited to still offer this as a time to pause and relax as a community, connect with one another, and learn about the many resources available for internationals at Emory. Feel free to drop in with any questions, concerns, just to connect with other students, scholars, and staff.
To access the zoom meeting, click here.
Off Campus Programs
Interfaith Atlanta Townhall and Celebration
Sunday, March 14, 4:00 p.m. EST
Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is becoming Interfaith Atlanta (IA). Join us as we celebrate ongoing and upcoming interfaith work in Greater Atlanta and the first-ever presentation of the Jan Swanson Outstanding Interfaith Achievement Award. Let's reflect on where we've been and where we want to be.
To register, click here.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta - Weekly Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches Weekly Church Action eNewsletter contains events, volunteer opportunities, and resources of interest to the faith community. We welcome submissions from the community. Past issues are here. Below are a few highlights from this week's edition:
  • “A Poet Reads the Gospels,” Pádraig ÓTuama
    Thursday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. EST, Webinar
    A webinar from Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York. Stations of the Cross in poetry and scripture. Register here.
  • Hope Lives! National Lutheran Choir - a Winter Virtual Program
    Sunday, March 14, 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join the National Lutheran Choir and guest artists, the Keith Hampton Singers, for a free virtual program blending spoken reflections and songs and familiar hymns of joy and hope with new music that speaks to our present time, inviting all people of faith to sing in joy together.
    Click here for a treat.
  • Grace in the Wilderness
    Wednesday, March 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST, Online
    This online course led by Fr. Mark Michael explores the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving at a time of profound change in the church and wider society. Course participants are invited to engage in guided practice during the weeks between class sessions.  Clergy are invited to bring members of their congregation for a congregational Lenten study. To learn more and register, click here.
  • The Gospel in the Wilderness: Tips for Pandemic Preaching”
    Thursday, March 18, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST, Webinar
    A free webinar with resources for preachers, hosted by The CEEP Network. Join four gifted preachers for a conversation about what they have learned about the ministry of preaching during the pandemic; strategies for engaging congregations, themes that are especially compelling, ideas for Holy Week and Easter preaching, and much more. Register here.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday Manna Food Outreach
    Second and fourth Mondays of the month, March-April, 12:00-4:00 p.m. EST
    Ebenezer Baptist Church responds to food insecurities as their Outreach Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative provide free groceries on the following dates while supplies last: March 22, April 12, April 26. For more information email Rev. Bronson Elliott Woods by clicking here.

Learn more about Buddhism in Atlanta with See a few upcoming events and announcements below:
  • WWGYD - What Would Guan Yin Do, Buddhism in Modern Life
    Fridays, 8:00 p.m., Zoom
    Our weekly Friday night at 8:00 p.m. meeting. WWGYD - What Would Guan Yin Do, Buddhism in Modern Life - a small group discussion led by Venerable Jin He of Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, is Georgia Buddhist Summer Camp's virtual session for those interested in exploring topics like karma from a contemporary and scientific perspective. All welcome to join the Zoom meeting by clicking here or by entering the meeting ID (829 0886 4838) and passcode (777456).
  • Dharma Realm Buddhist University Graduate Applications
    Applications accepted on a rolling basis
    Applications for admission to our graduate programs in the fall are open. Dharma Realm Buddhist University's Master of Arts program in Buddhist Classics provides an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism through close reading and careful analysis of its primary sources: sūtras/suttas, abhidharma and śāstras, and śīla texts. To learn more and/or apply, visit the DRBU website.
UMC GBHEM: Rick Steves in "Travel as a Spiritual Act" 
Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 p.m., CT
In an exclusive conversation open to clergy and the public, renowned travel expert and author Rick Steves will join the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM for a live discussion on “Travel as a Spiritual Act.” Led by GBHEM Executive Director, Rev. Tamara K Gieselman.
To register, please click here
Partner Programs
Womens History Month
Happy Women’s History Month
Join the Center for Women throughout March and follow us to keep updated on various events and celebrations happening on campus (virtual unless otherwise noted). For more information, please click here. #womenshistorymonth #emorywhm #emorycwe.
Million Dollar Hoods Project
Million Dollar Hoods Project
Thursday, March 11, 6:00 p.m., Zoom
Founder and Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez will discuss her work Million Dollar Hoods which maps and documents the human and fiscal costs of mass incarceration in Los Angeles and beyond.
Million Dollar Hoods maps and documents the human and fiscal costs of mass incarceration in Los Angeles and beyond.  Launched in September 2016, the Million Dollar Hoods website, began by hosting digital maps that show how much is spent per neighborhood on incarceration in Los Angeles County.
To register, please click here.
The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic LIfe
Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Zoom  
The poems of the 13th-century Persian poet known simply as Rumi have been described as ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To author, lawyer, activist, and Emory alumna (06L, 06PH) Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. Her father, a physician, used to leave Rumi’s poems around the house for her, written on pages from his prescription pad, but it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that she realized how the words of the poet could help her face the fear, isolation, depression, and distraction she faced each day. Join Moezzi for a discussion of her memoir, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life.
To register, please click here.
Racial Segregation’s Constant Gardners: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy
Monday, March 15, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our next speaker, Dr. Elizabeth McRae from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will discuss, Racial Segregation’s Constant Gardeners: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy,
All events are free but registration is required.  Please register here. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.

AntiquiTea at the Carlos Museum
Tuesday, March 16, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Curator of African Art Amanda Hellman discusses Qur’anic boards in the Carlos Museum's galleries of African art and in Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place, including works in the exhibition by contemporary Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk that are inspired by such boards.
In Islamic communities across Africa, children attend Qur’anic schools to study Arabic and the holy book. Students write verses from the Qur’an on these boards as memory aides as they learn to recite the sacred text.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: Joy Harjo
Saturday, March 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Virtual
Current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate, will read her poems at an event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
 Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this annual spring poetry reading, normally a large in-person event, will be held online. After registering at this link, attendees will receive a viewing link prior to the event. Attendance is free.
Harjo’s visit is hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and sponsored by the Hightower Fund, with support from the Emory Libraries, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
World of Wonders with APID/A WAVES
Wednesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
APID/A WAVES is a collaboration between the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) and the Center for Women at Emory University to create a space to provide resources and support for APID/A women on campus.
For our first reading circle event for WAVES, we will read World of Wonders, a New York Times bestseller by APID/A author, Aimee Nezhukumatiahil. World of Wonders is a beautiful series of personal essays reflecting on the natural world and the ways one might relate to it.
Please fill out this form by March 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST if you wish to receive a free physical copy of the book to read prior to our event.
Even if you are unable to receive a physical or digital copy of the book, please feel free to attend our event. Join us on Zoom by entering the meeting ID: 970 1990 7119. 
Emory Votes Notes
Please click to read our March 9 newsletter. In this issue: Emory is officially voter-friendly, Georgia voting bills and more on votes & voting.
You can find this and past issues on our website. Thanks for reading and sharing. Sponsored by the Emory Votes Initiative. 

Quarantine Cooking Series
Sunday, March 28, 6:00 p.m., EST, Zoom
We had an awesome time cooking our mac-a-roni and cheese last month. This month we are making Shakshuka and Cucumber Mint Elixir. Let's wrap up this cooking series on a spicy note. We look forward to cooking in the kitchen with you.
RSVP on OrgSync. Sponsored by the Dooley After Dark team. 

Opportunities and Resources
Scholarships for Methodist Students Attending Emory University
Application Deadline: March 19
It’s easy to apply. Eligible applicants must:
1) have been a member of a Georgia Methodist church for a year and 
2) be a full-time student at a Methodist-related college, university or seminary (like Emory University).
Please click the following link for more information about the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarship. The application process is starting soon, so please begin by letting your church know and by asking them for their part of the scholarship. Learn more here
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Summer Grants
Application deadline: April 2, 12:00 p.m.
Apply for summer grants from the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS). We are proceeding optimistically that grant funds may be able to be used for travel, research, or study at some point during the summer of 2021, and we also are aware that funds may be useful in ways that are different than in previous years. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. To learn more about our grants and how to apply, visit our website or email us at
Personal Prayer Spaces on Campus - Spring 2021
Communal religious practices are happening virtually or off-campus this semester. Cannon Chapel, the university chapel on the Quad, is closed for communal spiritual gatherings. However, there are small prayer spaces around campus that are available for individual prayer and meditation. To see a list of those spaces, please click here or below. 
For questions, please contact
Weekly Gatherings
Weekly Religious and Philosophical Gatherings
While this is a year unlike any other, there are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here
Can't find what you are looking for? Check out our Fall 2020 Orientation page with videos and contact information for many of our religious and philosophical organizations. You can also directly 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
Upcoming Religious Holidays and Festivals
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.
Nineteen Day Fast
Ongoing through March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fast is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
Maha Shivaratri
Thursday, March 11
Tradition: Hinduism
A feast dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. The night before the feast fasting is observed, texts are recited, songs are sung, and stories told in honor of this God whose cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.
Great Lent
March 15-April 30
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti
Monday, March 15
Tradition: Hinduism
Celebrates the birthday of Sri Ramakrishna, teacher of Swami Vivekananda.
Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem
March 16-20
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of human beings and honors the souls of the deceased.
Naw Ruz
Friday, March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
The seventh greatest festival, "New Day" is the first day of the Zoroastrian/Persian and Baha'i New Year. It falls on the spring equinox and symbolizes the renewal of the world after the winter. For Zoroastrians, Naw Ruz also celebrates the creation of fire that is symbolic of Asha, or righteousness. It is also the day on which Zarathustra received his revelation.
Friday, March 19
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
Vernal Equinox, celebrating the equivalence of light and dark and the arrival of Spring.
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