Spring 2022 Holidays, King Week, New Interfaith Center
Spring 2022 Holidays, King Week, New Interfaith Center
News and Programs 12.16.21
Happy Holidays from Emory OSRL
Happy Holidays from Emory OSRL 
As 2021 comes to a close, the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life would like to express our gratitude for your involvement in our programs, highlighted in our holiday card here. From our first WISE Pre-Orientation program to the Riyaaz Qawwali Concert to Faith in the Vaccine, as well as longstanding programs like the IRC, VOIS, and International Community Friday Lunch, we are grateful for sharing the year together with you.
We wish you many blessings in 2022.
Happy Holidays from Emory OSRL
Holiday Events
Spring 2022 Religious Holidays Reminder -- Accommodation
As we approach a new semester and planning begins for courses, programs and meetings, OSRL seeks to provide guidance for the Emory community regarding upcoming religious holiday observances that may impact the community. These dates are provided in order to assist community members with avoiding potential schedule conflicts, and can be found here. Please give special attention to the month of April this year which includes many significant holidays.
Emory King Week 2022
Emory King Week 2022
Emory University King Week is a series of programs offered in January by various Emory units to honor the life and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Programs include educational lectures, spiritual services, community service projects, celebrations, and exhibits. More information will be shared as it becomes available. View the current event schedule here
For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
MLK Sunday 2022
Sunday, January 16, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel or Zoom Webinar
As a part of Emory King Week, there will be a special Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service on MLK Sunday, with Dr. Walter Fluker speaking. His sermon title is "Run to the Mountain: A Call to Dreamers at the Crossing(s) in a Post-King Era", and we invite you to join via Zoom or in person.
Register for the Zoom webinar here
For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Emory Interfaith Center
Emory Report: New Interfaith Center Planned for 2022
Expected to open in December 2022, the new Emory Interfaith Center, which will be located on North Decatur Road, will provide space for students to practice their traditions and serve as a community hub for dialogue and understanding. Architects are now designing the center, which has been requested by students and alumni for several decades. Read more about the center here
Year-End Giving: Join Our VOIS Choir Endowment Campaign
In this season of giving, OSRL invites you to join us in giving to support spiritual life at Emory. Gifts may be made leading up to December 31, and is a great opportunity to give a gift in honor of family, friends, or simply out of generosity. This year, we are emphasizing our Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fund in order to make VOIS a permanent part of spiritual life at Emory. But you can also support all of OSRL's many vibrant communities and programs. Thank you again, and a Happy and Blessed Holiday Season to you and yours. For more information, visit our campaign here
December Holidays
Celebrating the Winter Holidays
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. Learn more here
Catholic Center Advent Schedule Catholic Center Christmas Schedule
University Catholic Center Advent and Christmas Schedule
Join the University Catholic Center for Advent and Christmas Mass beginning this week through January 9. For more information on the holiday schedule with the Catholic Center, click here.
Opportunities and Resources
Faith and Health Campus Grants
Faith and Health Campus Grants
Apply by January 17
Interfaith Youth Core announces new round of Faith and Health Campus Grants, designed to support faculty and staff interested in exploring the intersection of religion and health. Recipients of Faith and Health grants will plan and deliver a range of curricular and co-curricular initiatives that can include but also go beyond Covid-19 and vaccine-related outreach. 

These $4,000 grants can be used to support the grantees time and energy in pursuing projects such as curriculum development, research, and campus and community events related to religious identity and health. Applications are due January 17, 2022. For questions, email rachel@ifyc.org and for more information about the grant and to apply, visit this link.
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 http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook
Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG releated to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Pastoral Care
All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings Open to Faculty and Staff
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
  • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
  • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
  • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
  • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
Other gatherings are listed here
Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.  
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.
Mon., Dec. 20, 2021
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
Winter Solstice, celebrating the longest night and the blessings of darkness as well as the rebirth of the sun god. Begins at sundown.
Sat., Dec. 25, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.
Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ
Sat., Dec. 25, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
Celebrates the anniversary of the birth (nativity) of Jesus. December 25 is the date of this observance for Roman Catholic, Protestant, and many Orthodox Christian churches.
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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