Halloween, Diwali, and Tree of Life Message
Halloween, Diwali, and Tree of Life Message
News and Programs 10.29.21
Honoring Halloween, All Saints and All Souls, Dia de los Muertos
October and November are times in many cultures and traditions in which those who have passed away are remembered and honored, and for some felt to be especially nearby in spirit. As the world and this country continues to navigate the COVID19 pandemic, this year we count among those we remember all who have been lost to COVID19, as well as their families, friends, colleagues, and loved ones who are grieving.
We also remember in a special way all those who have lost loved ones from whatever cause—whether from violence or natural deaths—during COVID19, and the ways that customary rituals of celebrating lives and grieving and healing from losses and deaths have been impossible during the pandemic. The multifaith team of OSRL lifts up our prayers for all those in the Emory community who have died and for all those who are experiencing loss.
Please do not hesitate to reach out for support, and know that OSRL has collected and shares a number of helpful resources on grief and loss here.
You can also join Centro Latinx and Latinx Student Organization's Dia De Los Muertos Celebration happening on Friday, October 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Asbury Circle. RSVP required while supplies last. Finally, please see a number of Halloween programs here
View Support Resources Here
HSA Diwali
Emory Diwali Puja and Celebration
Hindu Students Association Diwali Puja
Friday, November 5, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
From Emory OSRL Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya:
Diwali is a festival that carries a variety of significance for many Hindus. Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs celebrate around this time as well, and each tradition comes to the celebration with their own unique significances. For Hindus, it is typically observed over 5 days and widely associated with the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.
Some turn to ancient stories, specifically the story of Rama being welcomed back to his kingdom by rows of oil lamps after defeating the tyrant king Ravana. Another story narrates Krishna’s defeat over the greedy Narakasura. However one choses to associate with the festival, Diwali marks a time for families and friends to come together and feel a sense of renewal and joy. It is a time to lean on community to find support in reflecting on our commitments to ourselves and to one another. 
For more information, follow HSA on instagram
Indian Cultural Association India Week 2021 
Monday, November 1-Saturday, November 6
Join the Indian Cultural Association for India Week 2021. A week of programming culminating with a Diwali Celebration on November 6 with music and dance at McDonough Field. All are welcome to these events. More details coming soon. Check the Emory ICA Instagram here

Remembering Lives Lost at Tree of Life Synagogue
From Emory OSRL Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig:
On October 27, 2018, eleven precious, unique and sacred human lives were stolen at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was three years ago today, on the 28th of October that the names and ages of those killed were made public.
I remember heading upstairs, away from the ears of my small children, to listen to the press conference. And, I remember the sadness that shook my body as I heard their names read. I thought of all the older people who were regulars in my synagogue growing up, their devotion to Jewish life, their love of community, their dedication to being present for one another.
Three years have passed and the pain still feels raw. The hatred that fueled this act of violence is still present in our society. My prayer is that in remembering those whose lives were cut short, we will recommit to fighting the ugliness and the cruelty of antisemetism. As a campus rabbi, I am here for students, staff or faculty who have experienced any form of bias. I hope that together at Emory we can shine a light on this form of oppression and be leaders in combatting senseless hatred in all its forms.
In memory of:
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59  
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
If you would like to speak directly to Rabbi Jordan, contact him here
Muslim Students Association Fall Fest
Friday, October 29, 5:30 p.m., Campus Life Pavilion
Asalamualaikum everybody. MSA is excited to announce our annual Fall Fest this upcoming Friday at 5:30 pm at the Campus Life Pavilion. Come sit around the bonfire for s’mores, jinn stories, and more. For more information and events, follow MSA on instagram here
Riesa Hoque
Riesa Hoque
Chris Lawrence
Christopher Lawrence
Gabi Kim
Gabi Kim
Emory OSRL Welcomes New Student Workers
Emory OSRL recently welcomed three new student workers. Our Student Worker Program provides the opportunity to learn about the multifaith work of the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and to assist our dean, chaplains, and staff in fulfilling essential functions that support our programs and services. Responsibilities include hospitality and communications, data and record management, web and publications work, and special event support.
The OSRL often hires new student workers each semester. To inquire about potential student worker positions in the OSRL, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
  • Riesa Hoque is a third-year and Oxford graduate, majoring in biology and minoring in Arabic from Norcross, Georgia. She Is on the pre-med track and hopes to attend medical school after she finishes undergrad.
  • Christopher Lawrence, a NYC native, is a junior in the college majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. His goal is to become a clinal psychologist for NASA astronauts to connect his passions of space exploration and mental health.
  • Gabi Kim is a third-year studying history and minoring in religion from Cincinnati, OH. Her primary research interests include the intersection of Christianity, Asian American History, and womanism.
We're excited to welcome these students to our team. Learn more about them on our Instagram and on our website here. Each week on Monday, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is highlighting a different team member on our social media.
Follow along on Facebook or Instagram to get to know each of our team members, their role in the office, how they can support you, all in addition to their personal interests. 
Annual Rothschild Lecture
The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Thirteenth Annual Rothschild Lecture
Thursday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) at Emory University will feature lawyer, writer, and journalist Dahlia Lithwick as the speaker for this year’s Rothschild Lecture, titled “The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition.” The program will explore the life and jurisprudence of Justice Ginsburg through a Jewish lens, including how her religious upbringing and immigrant background shaped her constitutional worldview and philosophy of what America could and should be. 
Particular focus will be given to Ginsburg’s pathbreaking advocacy for gender equality, a topic especially relevant today as women’s reproductive rights have re-emerged as a contentious legal issue on the Supreme Court’s docket.
Co-sponsored by Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
This free online lecture will take place via Zoom, and registration is required. Register here
VOIS Concert
Voices of Inner Strength Fall Concert
Saturday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Santuary and Live Stream at https://www.facebook.com/EmoryOSRL
Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life as we welcome back Voices of Inner Strength (VOIS) Gospel Choir for their annual Fall Concert after two years.
VOIS Gospel Choir serves the Lord on campus and in the Atlanta community through their singing and volunteering opportunities. Their use of Christian Contemporary and Gospel music has broadened and connected our diverse Christian communities for over 30 years under the direction of our own Music Director Maury Allums. The choir always welcomes new members.
Food will be provided afterwards outside of the chapel. No tickets required. To view a live stream of the concert, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EmoryOSRL. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
International Community Friday Lunch Cancelled October 29
Fridays in Term, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Underpass (outside in shade).  
International Community Friday Lunch is a long-standing collaboration between the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). We seek to extend a warm welcome and build a community for international students and scholars over a free lunch, conversation, and resource sharing. 
This week, October 29, International Community Friday Lunch is cancelled due to inclement weather. We look forward to seeing you next week, November 5, for a special Diwali Lunch sponsored by ISSS. 
Beloved Community Fall Bible Study
Wednesday, November 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Chaplain Maddie on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in AMUC 125 for Bible study. For six weeks, we will explore the theme of meals in the Gospel of Luke, asking questions like “Who does Jesus eat with, and what does that mean for us?” and “How can a meal be a space for hospitality and humility?”
This week, we will continue asking “what can we learn from meals Jesus has with people?” In Luke 14, Jesus eats with some Pharisees. He challenges our notions of who should be invited and given priority. 
Contact Chaplain Maddie for more information here.  
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
The Rev. Andrew Rickel, Grace House Affiliate
The Rev. Andrew Rickel, Grace House Lutheran Affiliate
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, October 31, 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.
Preacher: The Rev. Andrew Rickel, Grace House Lutheran Affiliate
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at madelyn.mary.henderson@emory.edu.
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, October 27
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, October 27
Mid-Week 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
Upcoming Programs
OSRL Venerable Priya Office Hours
Friday, October 29, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Asian Student Center, AMUC first floor
Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Sraman will be holding office hours in the AMUC. Stop by to chat, ask questions, and discuss any topic. Contact Venerable Priya here
Hindu Students Association Friday Aarti
Friday, October 29, 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 Fresh Party
Friday, October 29, 6:00 p.m., 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30307
For this week's fresh party, there will be a Halloween movie night. Come by the house at 6:00 p.m. to join in the fun with other freshmen. More information about Bread Coffeehouse can be found here
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday
Wednesday, November 3, 8:00 p.m., Online
Are you still looking for a Bible Study Group to join or already a part of a Bible Study Group and want to also participate in this one too? This is a New Bible Study Group being organized by Jiwon Kim, a graduate student at Emory's Political Science program. It will be covering The Small Books, the books of Nahum and Habakkuk. It will happen weekly on Wednesdays until December 1, online via zoom.
If you're interested in joining or have any questions, please contact the student  organizer, Jiwon Kim.
OSRL Rangoli Designs
Wednesday, November 3, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Outside of Cannon Chapel
Join us outside of Cannon Chapel on Nov. 3rd from 4:30-6 for a chance to draw some chalk Rangoli designs. Chalk and design templates will be provided. All are welcome. Contact Shweta Chaitanya for questions
Open Interfaith Conversation Led by Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains
Thursday, November 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Asian Student Center, AMUC (First Floor)
Join us in a casual interfaith conversation faciliated by our Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Rakhit Sraman, discussing various concepts and practices. All are welcome. 
If you have any questions, please contact Priya Sraman or Shweta Chaitanya.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
EBC Guided Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thurdsay, November 4, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom 
Join us for a guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday
Friday, November 5, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join fellow graduate students for the beginning of First Fridays with Graduate Christian Fellowship. Enjoy a dinner and conversation. For more information visit here
Emory Buddhist Student Retreat
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Emory Buddhist Chaplaincy has planned an over-night Buddhist retreat for students at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center which is about two hours’ drive from Emory Atlanta Campus. It will take place on November 12-13 (Friday afternoon – Saturday afternoon). If you are interested in attending the retreat, please apply by October 20 here. For any related inquiries, please contact Venerable Priya Sraman
University Catholic Center Fiat: An Intercollegiate Day Retreat
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
It's important to periodically step away from the hustle of your daily life to immerse yourself in prayer and reflection. Join us for this one-day retreat at the University Catholic Center, presented by the Catholic Student Union and led by Fr. Brian Baker. Sign up here.
Howard Thurman Lecture: Lerone Martin
Howard Thurman Lecture: Lerone Martin
Wednesday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Online
Candler's Black Church Studies program invites you to attend the 2021 Howard Thurman Lecture, "Howard Thurman and the Future of the Black Church." The lecture will be presented by Lerone Martin, associate professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Register for this Zoom webinar here
Off Campus Programs
The Day of Mindfulness
Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, October 30
Chua Quan The Am (Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Norcross / Lilburn)
Afternoon activity includes MAKING small Buddha statues. Suggested donation of at least $25 to help cover vegetarian lunch and supplies, but no one turned away due to financial need. RSVP here
Southern Buddhist Scholarships
Southern Buddhist Scholarships
Applications due October 31, 2021
Apply for the chance to be awarded a scholarship by submitting an essay, video, or project that explains what the Noble Eightfold Path means to you. The scholarship is open to all college students. For more information, visit atlantabuddhism.org
Interfaith Youth Core Webinar: Remembering the Past, Cultivating the Future
Thursday, November 11, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
In celebration of IFYC alum Jen Bailey's new book "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope" join us for an alumni round table discussion about the future of spiritual life. In times of great social upheaval and instability, what rituals, practices, and traditions do we carry forth to help us meet the urgency of this moment? How do we discern that which no longer serves us? What new innovations might we seed to craft a new way forward?

Moderator: Reverend Jen Bailey
Discussion partners: (see bios below)
-Harmeet Kaur Kamboj
-Maya Williams
-Mia Willis
-Byron Tyler Coles
All registrants will be entered to win a free signed copy of "To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope". Registering for this e-mail means opting-in for IFYC's communications. Register here
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Festival
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Fest
Sunday, November 14, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Historic Fourth Ward Park
Announcing Interfaith Atlanta's First Annual Fall Fest. Atlanta's Historic 4th Ward Park Amphitheatre is where we will work to unite the community through engaging programs and networking opportunities. For more details or to reserve table space for your organization, visit Fall Fest's site here.  
Church Action eNewsletter: The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. Events
  • American Jewish Committee’s Project Understanding Retreat
    January 22-23, Apply by November 7
    The American Jewish Committee's Project Understanding Retreat brings members of the Black and Jewish communities together to learn, talk, and develop life-long relationships. During this 24-hour retreat, participants have an unparalleled opportunity to engage in impactful conversation about the issues that matter most. The 2022 Project Understanding retreat will be January 22-23. Learn more and apply by November 7 here
  • Energy Efficiency Matching Grants from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Application
    Open now through November 15, 2021. 
    Click here to apply. If you are a previous recipient of this grant, confirm that a progress report has been submitted for your prior grant award BEFORE submitting an application. Questions? Email Hannah Shultz, Program Associate, at hannah@gipl.org.
Partner Programs
JWJI Colloquium Race and Difference Series 
Monday, November 1, 12:00 p.m., via Zoom
The next Colloquium speaker is Dr. Sharon Monteith. She will be discussing the topic Organizing for Civil Rights: SNCC’s Activist Writing and Literary Legacy
All events are free but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link. Please register here
2nd Annual James W. Fowler Conversation
Thursday, November 4, 12:00 p.m., via Zoom
Please join us on November 4 at 4:30 pm for the 2nd annual James W. Fowler conversation, Where Do We Go From Here – Social Justice and Civil Discourse. We are honored to host Anand Giridharadas, journalist, editor-at-large for TIME, visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and bestselling author of Winners Take All. 
Giridharadas will be in conversation with Dr. Robert Franklin, the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University. We hope that you will join this discussion of the growing awareness of the roots of divisiveness and inequity, the call for social justice and the hope for inclusiveness and discourse that leads us forward toward systemic change.
The event is virtual, free, and open to the public. Register here.
Office of RACE Black Grad Student Mixer 
Thursday, November 4, 6:00 p.m., McDonough Plaza
Join fellow Black graduate and professional students for music, games and community. There will be light refreshments and drinks provided. RSVP Here
Emory Cares
Saturday, November 13
Deadline to Register: Saturday, November 7
We are excited to continue to celebrate Emory’s commitment to service and our 18-year Emory Cares tradition this fall.
Registration is now open for alumni, faculty, and staff interested in participating as a project participant. There are many different ways to give back in-person or virtually at varying commitment levels. Check out the filters on the registration page above to find an opportunity supporting your interests, preferences, and/or region. 

More information about Emory Cares can be found here
Alumni Association Webinar, President Carter: Head of State and Humanitarian
Monday, November 15, 6:00 p.m., Online
Emory University has long enjoyed a special relationship with the 39th President of the United States who inspires our community through his work as a statesman, humanitarian, and peacekeeper. Alumni and friends in the DC area are invited to reflect on the legacy of President Jimmy Carter in this curated conversation with Emory thought leaders who worked alongside him and studied his complex and significant impact on our world. We find it especially fitting to honor his legacy on the heels of President Carter’s 97th birthday.
Adamson will be joined by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat P97 P96, Chief Domestic Policy Adviser in the Carter Administration and author of President Carter: The White House Years, and Kai Bird, Pulitzer Price-winning historian and author of The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter. Following the discussion, Dr. Lisa Cooper 84C, Member of The Carter Center Board of Trustees, will share her reflections on the 39th U.S. President.
Time will be set aside for Q&A with the speakers. Please submit your questions in advance through the online registration page, found here
Opportunities and Resources
Bread Coffeehouse Prayer Wall
Bread Coffehouse has a new prayer board at the front of the house. Make sure to check it out the next time you come by. Bread staff and senior leaders want to be praying for you, so feel free to drop a prayer request or leave a celebration for our community to rejoice with you. For more information about Bread Coffeehouse and to find the address, visit their website here
Poll Chaplain Training with the New Georgia Project
The New Georgia Project is recruiting poll chaplains to serve as part of the NGP team at key Metro Atlanta precincts on November 2, 2021.
If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity or signing up for a shift, join for a short online training on Thursday, October 28. Following the training, participants will receive additional information about how to sign up for particular shifts and precinct locations.
For more information and to receive the zoom link, email Rev. LK Pendleton at the New Georgia Project: LK@newgeorgiaproject.org.
Sojourners Fellowship Program 
Applications Open Mid-October
The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a leadership and professional development program dedicated to ecumenical Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Participants live in an intentional, Christian community and work alongside a departmental team at the Sojourners office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 38-year history, program alumni have made a lasting impact on the social justice movement in the church, the United States, and around the world.  The program is open to anyone 21 years or older who has work permission in the United States and a Social Security number.
Applications for the 2022-2023 Cycle will open in mid-October.  For more information and to access the application, visit this website.  Send any questions to volunteer@sojo.net.
Hands of Hope Service Year Program
Applications Open
Want to make a difference in the lives of young children? 
Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.  House Parents in this program gain valuable experience that is relevant to their future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children. 
For a complete description click here or contact Darean Talmadge for more information. Find the application here.  
Tams Institute for Jewish Studies Graduate Student Grants
Applications due Monday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) is accepting applications for grants to Emory graduate students during the academic year of 2021-2022 (Fall and Spring semesters only), to support academic experiences that complement or advance the graduate students’ pursuit of Jewish Studies at Emory University, such as travel or research. Visit the grant website for more information here
Faculty and Staff Resources
Mid-Week 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
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
Unofficial Emory Employee Christian Prayer Call
Mondays, 8:00-8:30 a.m., via Phone
All current Emory employees are welcome to a weekly Christian prayer call facilitated by Kes Robinson and Jacynta Brewton. Support is offered by the Emory OSRL Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson.
Each week a different Volunteer Facilitator leads the prayer group in: Praise and thanksgiving, bible verse and open discussion, prayer requests, and prayer. 
For information to participate, email Jacynta Brewton.
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
Reformation Day
Sun., Oct. 31, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant
Commemorates the beginning of the Protestant Reformation of Christianity with Martin Luther's challenge to the Roman church in the sixteenth century C.E.
Sun., Oct. 31, 2021
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
The New Year and the final harvest festival, celebrating the last gifts of the Earth before winter and the return of the spirits of the dead.
All Saints Day
Mon., Nov. 1, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Christian celebration of the lives of all the saints, especially those not having a special day; Orthodox churches observe the day in mid-summer.
All Souls Day
Tue., Nov. 2, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
Catholic Christian observance in memory of all the faithful who are deceased. In some Latin cultures, this day is known as "The Day of the Dead."
Diwali (Dipavali)
Wed., Nov. 3, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
Perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals, also known as the Festival of Lights, it is dedicated to the goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in the rest of India. As with several other festivals, Diwali is associated with one of the stories about the destruction of evil by Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
Diwali/Mahavir Nirvana
Wed., Nov. 3, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
This "Festival of Lamps" celebrates the attainment of Moksa by Lord Mahavira. A burning lamp symbolizes the "light of knowledge," which dispels the darkness of delusion and ignorance.
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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