OSRL Black History Month Conversation, Ash Wednesday, and Wondrous Worlds
OSRL Black History Month Conversation, Ash Wednesday, and Wondrous Worlds
 News and Programs 2.11.21

Emory University OSRL Black History Month Lecture 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021, 3:30 p.m. EST, Register via Zoom here.
The Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Black History Month Lecture 2021 welcomes The Reverend Adam Russell Taylor 98C, the new president of Sojourners, and a former faith and advocacy leader at the World Bank and World Vision.
Taylor is a graduate of Emory College, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. He is the author of "Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation."
Learn more by clicking here and for more information, please email here.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Candler School of Theology Black Church Studies Program, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement, and Glenn Memorial Church.
Register Here
Ash Wednesday
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 p.m. EST, Zoom Registration: https://bit.ly/OSRLAshWednesday21
All are invited to an Ash Wednesday service of the Word to mark the beginning of the Lenten season with prayer, scripture, and a reflection by Kyle Marshall, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Bread Coffeehouse Affiliate. Music meditation will be provided by Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music. To register, click here. Hosted by Emory Beloved Community. 
Offering to Benefit: Toco Hills Community Alliance
University Catholic Center: Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of Lent 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
While ash distribution will be different this year, we will begin the season of Lent by celebrating Ash Wednesday as a community. Our schedule will be:
- 7:30 a.m. - Ashes distributed at the University Catholic Center.
- 9:00 a.m. - Live Streamed Mass.
Music Reflection this week, Wednesday, February 10 | OSRL
Mid-Week Musical Meditation with Maury Allums- 2.10.21
Mid-Week Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during the 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, 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. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Click Here to Register
Islamic Awareness Month: February 2021
Islamic Awareness Month, Muslim Call to Prayer from Cox Hall
Fridays in February, 1:45 p.m. EST
You may start to notice the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) recited from the Cox Hall carillon chimes in the month of February, which is Islamic Awareness Month at Emory.
It has been a tradition for several decades at Emory during Islamic Awareness Month and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to play the call to prayer on Fridays, which is the Muslim day for communal midday prayer (Jumu'ah).
The call to prayer is a general statement of Islamic belief and a summons to communal prayer. Traditionally, it is recited from mosque minarets five times per day to call Muslims to obligatory prayers. On Friday afternoons at Emory, it is followed immediately by communal prayer, a sermon, and a time for fellowship in Cannon Chapel.
Special Note: In-person indoor gatherings are limited to under 10 people at a time and require advanced registration. For more information, please check the Emory Forward website. For more information on Friday prayers, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid, Muslim Religious Life Scholar. 
Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Space
Carlos Musuem Programs in February
While Emory University and the Carlos Museum remain closed to the general public, these Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Space Zoom programs are open to all.
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "Alhambra Waters: Theology, Poetry, Politics"
    Thursday, February 11, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
    Wondrous Worlds Lecture by María M. Carrión, Professor of Religion and Comparative Literature at Emory University. 
    Required registration: click here.
  • Conversation and Cooking
    Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
    Conversation and Cooking with Anissa Helou, author of Feast: Food of the Islamic World
    Required registration: click here.
  • AntiquiTEA: "The Splitting of the Moon"
    Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
    AntiquiTea, the Splitting of the Moon with Drs. Scott Kugle and Roxani Margariti of Emory’s Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "Discovering Islamic Geometric Design"
    Thursday, February 25, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
    Discovering Islamic Geometric Design by Eric Broug, artist, author, and founder of London’s School of Islamic Geometric Design
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Adult Workshop: "Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design"
    Saturday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zoom 
    Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design with Eric Broug.
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Adult Workshop: "Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design"
    Sunday, February 28, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Zoom 
    Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design with Eric Broug.
    Required registration click here.
Wondrous Worlds is organized by The Newark Museum of Art.
Emory Black History Month 2021 Programming
Black History Month | Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Programs during Emory’s 2021 observance of Black History Month will feature (clockwise from top left) Anthony Jack; Jessica Stewart; Taos Wynn; Kevin L. Gilliam and Iesha Galloway-Gilliam; Valerie Babb; and more.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join the Emory community as we celebrate those whose life work paved the way for equity, inclusion, and social justice. Let us honor their legacy and determine our responsibility “to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.” A number of events happening across Emory can be found below:
  • How ATL is Striving to Become an Economically Just and Inclusive Community
    Thursday, February 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Dr. Anthony Jack: "The Privileged Poor"
    Thursday, February 11, 5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Race-Ethnicity and the Applicant-Employer Interface
    Monday, February 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • How Small Businesses Drive Economic Opportunity in Metro ATL
    Wednesday, February 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Healing from our 'Two Traumas' the 17th Annual Hamilton E. Holmes Memorial Lecture
    Wednesday, February 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET, Zoom. Access the Zoom meeting.
  • Emory Community Conversation presents The Black Box
    Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Online. Register here.
  • Discussion with artist Kevin Beasley: “Race, Social Justice and Contemporary African American Art”
    Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Black Men in White Coats"
    Sunday, February 21 – Tuesday, February 23, Film Screening. Register here.
    Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, Zoom, Panel Discussion. Register here.
  • Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
    Monday, February 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
Find additional programming here
Office for RACE and Black Student Union: Black History Month
February 4-24, 2021
The Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) and the Emory Black Student Union (EBSU) invite you to their Black History Month events. Additionally, if you attend three or more events, you will be entered into our prize raffle. Follow RACE and EBSU on Instagram for Black History Month content all February.
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.

Liz Martin, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Liz Martin, Chaplain Intern
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, February 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: Liz Martin, Chaplain Intern, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21
Sermon: Valentines for Beloved Community
Liz Martin is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, a sixth-generation Mormon (non-practicing), and an aspirant for Unitarian Universalist ministry. Last July, Liz and her husband transferred to Atlanta to enable her to study at Emory (Candler). They have two young adult children and a large extended family.
Liz is very passionate about prison reform, comprehensive sexuality education, and delicious vegan food. Her favorite recreational activities are road trips and attending concerts. To learn more about Liz Martin, please click here.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here 
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
The Rev. Angela Johnson, Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church | Beloved Community
Beloved Community Protestant Worship - 2.7.21
The Rev. Angela Johnson, Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church 
Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education Inaugural Annual Conference: Imagine the Possibilities
March 8-9, 2021, Online
This virtual conference marks the consolidation of two long-time professional associations, ACURA and NACUC into ACSLHE (pronounced “axle"), to become the national professional association for college and university chaplaincy. As the significance of spiritual life on university and college campuses expands, so should our role as professionals and as a national organization. Join us as we imagine the possibilities. Register and learn more by clicking here
Cosponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
Candler Contextual Education II Internships 2021-2022: Emory OSRL
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) welcomes applications for our CST Contextual Education II internship program for 2021-2022. OSRL is the multifaith office that supports all religious and philosophical life at Emory University for all students, faculty, and staff on the Atlanta campus. We support religious and philosophical communities, educate about spirituality and ethics in society and the world, provide pastoral care and opportunities to engage in service and social justice work, and support interfaith engagement.
We offer a number of signature programs (e.g., Inter-religious Council, Beloved Community Protestant Worship) and also encourage students to bring their own backgrounds and interests to our work. More information is available at www.religiouslife.emory.edu. Apply here. For questions, please contact Dean Greg McGonigle at Gregory.McGonigle@emory.edu.
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.
Upcoming Programs

Guo Gu by Myosen Sprott
The Venerable Guo Gu
 Founder and Teacher, Tallahassee Chan Center
Guided Meditation with Emory Buddhist Club  
Thursday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. EST, To join by Zoom, please click here
This week, Emory Buddhist Club (EBC) is pleased to welcome back Guo Gu, the founder and teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Center. He will be leading a meditation and group discussion this Thursday. 
“Guo Gu” means the result of being a valley. It comes from the Chinese proverb, “To be humble as a valley.” A valley is humble because it is empty, resting at the lowest part of earth. Yet it is able to support and nourish all life forms. This page on Guo Gu’s life aims to pay gratitude to his teachers, students, and the Dharma. Guo Gu first learned meditation as a child in Taiwan. He was introduced to Master Guangqin (1892-1986), one of the most respected Chinese meditation masters and ascetics in Taiwan, at the age of four and received instruction from the master. In 1980, he moved to the United States and began studying with Master Sheng Yen (1931-2009).
He was ordained as a monk in 1991 and became Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant and assistant. Responding to a deep desire to take Chan Buddhism beyond the walls of the monastery, Guo Gu gave up his robes and re-entered the world in 2000. He completed a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching as a professor of Buddhist studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. These two dimensions of Guo Gu (theory and practice) come through his teachings, following the footsteps of his teacher. To learn more about Guo Gu, please visit his website at https://guogulaoshi.com.
Game Night | EACF + Emory InterVarsity
Game Night
Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) and InterVarsity for online gaming, fellowship, and fun. Meet new people and compete in a variety of games. Friends and family are welcome to join. The Zoom ID is 914 4782 5340.
*If you have time, please download the Houseparty app before logging in (it will help things move a little faster). We hope to see you there.
Spring 2021 Small Group
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
The topic is The New Testament in The Gospel of John. Click here to email Siv with any questions or concerns.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship. 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.
Glenn Memorial Church Young Adult Fellowship
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
The young adults group will continue to meet on Thursdays for eTwains on Zoom. Join us at 8:00 p.m. for a virtual drink and at-home chicken nachos. To get the Zoom invitation, email Rev. Brent Huckaby by clicking here. Sponsored by Glenn Memorial Church.
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here
  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 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.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., 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 by clicking here.

  • Hot Takes Happy Hour
    Wednesdays, 6:00- 7:00 p.m., Zoom
    Welcome to Hot Takes Happy Hour, a time to unpack and decompress difficult and potentially controversial topics in a faith-centered atmosphere. To join, please click here.
Peculiar Dating in an Unpeculiar Society | EACF
Peculiar Dating in an Unpeculiar Society
Friday, February 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) for Bible study as we discuss the intersection between relationships, Christianity, and living on a secular campus. Chris Mogaka, the president of GSU's Adventist Christian Fellowship will be leading out.
The Zoom ID is 688 621 103. We hope to see you there.

Let's Talk Plural-Sectionality: A Discussioon Aabout Pluralism, Intersectionality, and Jewish Identity
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. EST, Online
Plural-Sectionality: Pluralism, Intersectionality, and Jewish Identity is a community-building event aiming to foster dialogue between Jewish students of different backgrounds. With the help of student leaders from across Emory's Jewish community, we hope to have a meaningful dialogue about being Jewish in many ways, shapes, and forms. The event will involve a brief text study, breakout room discussions, and identity exercises.
This event is hosted by Emory Hillel. To RSVP by the February 18 deadline, please click here.
We hope to see you there. 
Women Worldwide
February 7-March 7
Women Worldwide is a 5-week women's program hosted by MEOR at Emory. Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., we will host various women from different countries. The first 15 minutes are discussions lead by Michal Levy, followed by a talk from a special guest speaker.
Applications close after we have 25 applications, so apply fast. Click here to apply. Sponsored by MEOR at Emory. 
Voices of the Liturgy
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join the Aquinas Center of Theology for our annual Catholic-Orthodox Initiative Lecture as Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Sr. Mary Priniski converse on "Voices of the Liturgy: A Conversation on Ancient Traditions in Orthodox Worship."
Orthodox churches are known for the beauty of their worship. Especially powerful, in any of their languages, is the sound. Orthodox liturgies are a tapestry of song, adorned with hymns, musical prayers, melodic responses, chanted refrains, and intoned sacred readings. Susan Ashbrook Harvey is a scholar of ancient Byzantine Christianity, both Greek and Syriac. In this presentation, she explores the historical tradition of worship as a musical weaving to which all participants – clergy, choirs, and laity – contribute with sounding voice.
To register, click here.
Purim Program Celebration
Thursday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Come and get your groger on. This year, Hillels of Georgia and Ma'alot are partnering for a digital Purim program. It's part Megillah, part Purim Shpiel, and all festive fun. Come see students and staff perform this fun and festive shpiel.
To join us, click here.
Bread Coffeehouse and Eagle Food Co-Op
Bread offers a free food pantry for students at Emory who are in need. Fill out your order using the form below and schedule your pick-up. We are taking every precaution to maintain the safety of our staff as well as those we are serving during this time. Complete the Eagle Food Co-op Order Form here
If you have any questions or would like to donate any items to the food co-op, please email eaglefoodcoop@breadcoffeehouse.org.
International InterVaristy Fellowship (IIF) Volunteer Opportunity
Friend, if you are interested in helping international students and visiting scholars to know more about English, the American culture, or your own culture (if not American), please consider volunteering with IIF.
If you are interested, contact LoAnn for more information by email here

Celebrating the Black Church Tradition of Sankofa
February 18- April 15  
Candler’s Black Church Studies program prepares men and women to provide learned, prophetic and compassionate leadership in Black and multiracial churches; and educates the entire Candler community about the origins, development and contemporary diversity of the Black church tradition.
The program also explores religious traditions among peoples of African descent across Africa and the diaspora. The program seeks to integrate Black church studies into foundational courses at Candler and to expand and deepen Black church studies courses. The program also seeks to respond to the need for literature in Black religion, in particular the need for primary field research on Black congregational life. Register for each event by clicking here

Candler Chapel Worship Services Schedule, Spring 2021, Online
January 26-April 29, Online
View the live stream services on the day on Facebook, Instagram or Candler live stream. The services will also be available on Vimeo after the live stream. To view the schedule and for more information click here and email Dean Williams here.
Off Campus Programs
Dismantling White Supremacy, Healing Humanity: The Dharma of Racial Justice
Thursday, February 18, 4:00 p.m. EST, Online
Please join the Harvard Buddhist Community for our second monthly event in our 2021 Buddhism and Race Speaker Series. February's event features Rhonda V. Myozen Magee.
Rhonda’s talk invites and offers a reconsideration of the concept of “racial justice” through a dharmic lens, exploring both inner and outer dimensions of mindfulness and liberation. Drawing on insights from sociology of race, racism and oppression, Rhonda will discuss and invite inquiry into the potential inherent in Buddhist practices and teachings for deepening our understanding of and spiritual, lived-freedom from what sociologists call socio-cultural projects of racism and interlocking structures of domination. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation. Click here to register.
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:
  • Baptist Women in Ministry Month of Preaching
    February 2021
    In 2007, Baptist Women in Ministry invited Baptist churches to participate in Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching by having a woman preach during the month of February. This invitation became an annual event, one that has been a deeply significant source of joy and discovery for many churches as they have celebrated the giftedness of women. The annual preaching month was named for Martha Stearns Marshall, an eighteenth-century Separate Baptist woman. Read more by clicking here.
  • TheoEd Talks
    Sunday, February 21
    The Candler Foundry and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta will host a fresh round of TheoEd Talks featuring presenters Olu Brown, Neichelle Guidry, Doug Shipman, and Chanequa Walker-Barnes. The online event is free and open to the public with advanced registration encouraged. To read more, click here.
  • Grace in the Wilderness
    February 24-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.
  • Dinner and Dialogue Group
    February 28-May 16, 5:00-6:15 p.m., Zoom
    Dinner and Dialogue is a diverse and dynamic group focusing on race and racial justice, virtually this Spring. They occur on the third Sundays of the month: February 28, March 21, April 18, and May 16.
Join Chris Holmes of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Iyabo Onipede of Compassionate Atlanta for discussion and fellowship. Explore Anneliese P. Singh’s book, The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing. You can purchase the book by clicking here.
Email Chris Holmes for more information by clicking here.

AtlantaBuddhism.org - Weekly Newsletter
The newsletter shares information regarding special events, Buddhist books, meditation classes, scholarships, movies, and many more. Below are highlights from this week.
  • Young Professionals: Monthly Talk With CEO
    This monthly professional workshop on Zoom is a program where we invite an industry professional or entrepreneur to speak about their own journey to success and use their own experience to help answer questions on career development. You will gain an insight into the stories that got them where they are today, as well as the wisdom from their years of experience. Whether you are well-established or new to the scene, there is something here for everyone. The meetings are one Sunday of every month at 3:30 p.m. PST. If you’re interested, please email us at ddmbala@gmail.com for updates and more info.
  • The BIPOC Zoom Meditation Group                                                                                      The Second and Fourth Mondays Each Month, 7:00 p.m. EST
    For more information, email Brenda Collins by clicking here. To access the Zoom meeting, click here (meeting ID 821-3377-8570).

Interfaith Youth Core Webinars
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world.
Partnering with higher education institutions and corporations, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century. See below for their upcoming webinars:
  • Race, Religion and Restorative Healing in American Healthcare
    Tuesday, February 16, 12:00 p.m. CST
    Racial inequities exist in American healthcare, with devastating effects on Black and brown communities. Interfaith leadership has a role to play. Join field leaders for a conversation that will explore the relationship between worldview, race, and health. Click here to register.
  • Using Critical Interfaith Praxis to Transform Space and Place on Campus
    Thursday, February 25, 1:00 p.m. CST
    The field of Interfaith Cooperation has at many times privileged the experiences and ideologies of dominant religious, secular, and spiritual perspectives. Join field leaders as we reimagine the field of interfaith cooperation in and outside the classroom. Click here to register.
Music for the Soul
Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 p.m. EST, Online
Rebecca Jade is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Growing up in a musical home, she has been exposed to an extensive variety of artists, genres, and styles from her mother, who is also a vocalist. With such influences, it seems a natural progression that Rebecca has followed in her footsteps.
Rebecca has been described by many to have a chameleon-like quality to her voice, where she is able to deliver each song in a unique way, yet she has been blessed with a sound unlike anyone else. Many music lovers have stated that she has the ability to transfer the emotion of each song to her listeners. Click here for free registration. Sponsored by Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. 
Random Acts of Flowers | Compassionate Atlanta
Random Acts of Flowers
You’ve probably heard of random acts of kindness. It’s a simple concept - doing something nice, just because. Not an anniversary or birthday, not graduation or a big accomplishment, but just because.
Well, Compassionate Atlanta and our partner Flower Design by Joan have taken this randomness to a new level. This year, every month, we’re giving you a chance to nominate someone for a random act of flowers. You nominate, and we deliver. There’s a little bit of fine print about how far we can deliver, but you’re also welcome to pick up. So, click here and nominate someone who deserves a random act of flowers.
Partner Programs
Merging Faith & Medicine to Survive a Pandemic
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. EST
Please join the Atlanta Medical Association for this important webinar in our "Ask a Black Doctor" series where we examine the intersection of religion and the practice of medicine. If you have questions, you can send them prior to the event by email here. Register early because spots will fill up fast. To register, click here.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Friday, February 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) invites you to February's Global Community Connections event, which is a Lunar New Year Celebration. Come learn how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, try to win a prize during the trivia game and learn how to cook traditional cuisine.
Please register by Wednesday, February 10 by clicking here.

Jazz Fest 2021 Virtual Stage
Friday, February 12, 8:00 p.m. EST, Online Concert
Saturday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. EST, Zoom Master Class
Jazz Fest 2021 kicks off with Bobby Broom, Kenny Davis, and Gary Motley. The artists were able to collaborate virtually, recording together from multiple locations. Featuring works by Thomas "Fats" Waller and George and Ira Gershwin, along with arrangements by Bobby Broom and Gary Motley. For concert registration, click here. For master class registration, click here.
Avatars of Vishnu Lecture Series | Carlos Museum
Vishnu’s Divine Descents: Saving the World one Avatar at a Time
Sunday, February 14, 2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
In the Avatars of Vishnu Lecture Series' first installment, titled “Vishnu’s Divine Descents: Saving the World one Avatar at a Time,” Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College, will discuss the myths, meanings, and various artistic manifestations of Vishnu’s avataras, with a focus on his multiple human guises. Examples will be drawn from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and the Rani ki Vav stepwell in Patan, Gujarat. Click here to register.
Upcoming lectures in the series will occur on Tuesday, March 9, and Sunday, April 18. Click here to learn more.
This program is sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and held in conjunction with an Emory class taught by Emory Associate Professor of Religion Dr. Ellen Gough.
Race and Difference Colloquium
Monday, February 15, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our next speaker Dr. Patrick McKay hails from Temple University and will give a talk on Race-Ethnicity and the Applicant-Employer Interface.
All events are free, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.  To register, click here.

Emory Explores Food Insecurity on Emory’s Campus and Communities of Color
Thursday, February 18, 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST
Join Emory's Civic Dinners for a brief presentation from Emory Campus Life and the Toco Hills Community Alliance. We will share current examples of barriers to healthy food and then participate in a small group conversation with fellow attendees to discuss food inequity and what we can do to ensure quality food is available for all, especially in communities of color.
To register for this event, click here. For more information, email here.
SOFAHOOD Experience | Office of LGBT Life
SOFAHOOD Experience
Thursday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. EST, Artist Talk and Conversation
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. EST, Storytelling and Self-Advocacy Workshop
The Office of LGBT Life is so excited to announce that local queer artist SOFAHOOD will be joining us for TWO awesome events on Thursday, February 25. First, join us at 5:00 p.m. for an Artist Talk and Conversation with SOFAHOOD about her artistic process and what inspires her work. Then, tune in at 6:30 p.m. for a Workshop focused on storytelling and advocating for yourself as an independent artist. Students who attend the workshop will also be entered into a raffle to receive a commissioned piece from SOFAHOOD herself.
Check out @SOFAHOOD on Instagram and Twitter, and on her website, to see more of her work. Register for these events by clicking here or on the flyer above. 
Opportunities and Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Spring 2021
I’m excited to share the array of services, beyond individual therapy services, that CAPS is offering this semester. All the below and attached information is posted on our website at https://counseling.emory.edu/community/index.html. We’ve also posted most of this information on our OrgSync at bit.ly/emorycaps. Open to students globally, no requirement to initiate therapy:
1. CAPS Drop-In Workshops: One-time, one hour workshops on rotating topics, including:
- Improving relaxation and sleep
- Building on strengths and purpose (positive psychology)
- Avoiding burnout
- Communication skills
- Imposter syndrome
2. Anxiety Toolkit: One-time, 90 minute workshop that provides strategies to address a variety of anxiety-related concerns, such as panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and test-related anxiety.  
3. Procrastination Toolkit: One-time, 90 minute workshop that provides skills to break cycles of procrastination.
4. Mindfulness Mondays: Drop-in meditation every Monday. February 22 and March 22 are focused on Sophomores.
5. Skills Groups: This includes our Stress Clinic Classes (4 week commitment) and our classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings (5 week commitment). Note that we are offering a Stress Clinic class specifically for BIPOC students.
6. Support Groups: Including Black Graduate Student, Black Undergraduate Student, BIPOC Student, and International Student.
7. Let’s Talk: Virtual consultation service for graduate and professional students in Laney, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Theology.
8. Support for Students in Medical Isolation and Quarantine: The attached Isolation and Quarantine Support flyer includes information for students in both on and off campus medical isolation and quarantine, including support group meetings offered by CAPS.
In addition, CAPS has trained a group of students (the Eagles Support Network) to provide one-on-one peer support to students in on-campus medical isolation and quarantine. Students in on-campus medical I and Q will receive an email with information about accessing this peer support service.
Finally, CAPS is also offering therapy groups. Therapy groups require that students are clients at CAPS and reside in GA. This semester’s therapy groups include:  
- Women’s Interpersonal Process
- Men’s Interpersonal Process
- All Gender Undergrad Interpersonal Process
- All Gender Graduate Interpersonal Process
- School of Medicine M2 Support
- Surviving and Thriving (trauma survivors support)
- Grief and Loss
- Gender and Sexual Diversity
Information for therapy groups can be found here
Anxiety and Procrastination Toolkits | CAPS
Anxiety and Procrastination Toolkits
Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) is launching one-time 90-minute workshops to help alleviate your anxiety or procrastination. These workshops are offered several times throughout the year, and you can sign up by clicking here. For more information, email us here or here
Plan a Break.
February-April 2021
During a time of heightened stress, anxiety, and loneliness, we all need ways to support our mental, physical, and academic health. The current environments can lead to increased feelings of doubt and insecurities and having to be “on” all the time can drain energy and decrease motivation for self-care.
It s important to utilize breaks to rest and take care of yourself to enhance focus and ultimately performance. Plan in advance for the academic rest days on Wednesday, February 17, Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, April 14.
What can you do? View our guide, "How to Take a Break," by clicking here.
Be Well Mini-Grants
Apply by Sunday, February 14
The Office of Health Promotion is offering mini-grants to support student-led health projects and programs. Last year the average grant amount was $350. Some ideas that were funded were:
• Bike lights for students who commute to campus
• Wellness books for the law library
• A virtual wellness series
All Emory students are welcome to apply. To learn more, go to our website by clicking here.
To apply, students can email here.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
Tuesday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 23
Apply by Sunday, February 14
Looking for a summer experience and interested in human rights and social justice? Consider the Humanity in Action Fellowship.
Volunteer Emory: Staff Application Information Sessions
Volunteer Emory Staff Applications are now open.  We are looking for service-oriented leaders who are passionate about social justice to be apart of our team. Applications are ONLY open to first and second-year students. In order to apply, you MUST attend ONE info session to learn about what it means to be on staff.
Information sessions will be held virtually and Zoom links can be found within the application. We recognize that there will be time zone and other conflicts so we have pre-recorded an information session to accommodate these conflicts.
Please email Chloe Camp by clicking here to request this video, but only if you cannot attend the two live sessions. 
We cannot wait to read your applications. Use this link to access the application.
Georgia’s first Asian American Studies Conference, “The Need for Asian American Studies”
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PST, Online
Their theme is “Solidarity, Community, and Justice for All,” and they are platforming the 3 A’s -- academics, artists, and activists -- for collective learning and community-building in the pan-Asian American community and allies.
The session on Racial Justice, led by Dr. Nitasha Sharma of Northwestern University, may be of special interest to HSA. Dr. Sharma's work focuses on hip-hop and its associations with racial solidarity. This session will explore Afro-Asian solidarity in Black liberation activism.  
The keynote is Janani Balasubramanian; trans South Asian artist, astrophysicist, and author who has performed across the U.S. and Europe at over 160 venues. Janani Balasubramanian will speak about Asian Americanist feminisms and astrophysics.
They’ll also have panels on queer Asian American life, Afro-Asian solidarity, immigration justice and policy, and Asian American Studies in relation to Ethnic Studies at large.
To register, click here. Hosted by the Asian American Studies Collective.
Meet with STEER Team
Discuss your plans for involvement at Emory and prepare for future organization application processes with STEER Team.
  • Mock Interview 
  • Involvement Consultations
  • Leadership Skills Assessment
For the available application form, search "STEER Team" on OrgSync. Learn more here
Eagles Support Network
February 8-April 30, 6:00-10:00 p.m. EST, Virtual
You are invited to access one-on-one virtual peer-support meetings through the Eagles Support Network (ESN).  ESN is an organization that was created in partnership with CAPS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and was formed to provide support for students who are in on-campus medical isolation/quarantine.  It has been expanded for anyone living on-campus.
ESN is staffed by trained student volunteers and offers one-on-one 45-minute appointments through their Microsoft Booking website by clicking here for same-day bookings only.
Bookings will become available every weekday at 10 a.m. Please note that all bookings must be made at least 4 hours in advance. For questions or concerns, contact the CAPS advisor here.
2021 Orientation Leader
Apply by Monday, February 22 
It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of our 2021 Orientation Leader application.
New Student Programs is currently seeking student leaders to serve as 2021 Orientation Leaders. OLs have the opportunity to empower the next generation of Emory students, leave a lasting impact on the Emory Community, and build everlasting bonds with classmates.
To apply, please click here.
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 religiouslife@emory.edu
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 religiouslife@emory.edu.
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.
Nirvana Day
Monday, February 8 or Monday, February 15
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern tradition, it commemorates the parinirvana of the Buddha. In cultures of Southeast Asia, the buddha's parinirvana is remembered during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancami)
Tuesday, February 16
Tradition: Hinduism
One of many festivals to honor the advent of spring, this day is celebrated particularly in North India, where it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning; however, it also retains connection with the goddess Lakshmi.
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 17
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
A special day of repentance observed by Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians to mark the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer, repentance, and self-denial preceding Easter. The name derives from the practice of marking of the faithful with ashes to signify penitence.
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