VOIS Fall Concert, Rothschild Lecture, Beloved Community Bible Study
VOIS Fall Concert, Rothschild Lecture, Beloved Community Bible Study
News and Programs 11.11.21
VOIS Concert
Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fall Concert
Saturday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Santuary and Live Stream
Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life as we welcome the Voices of Inner Strength (VOIS) Gospel Choir's annual Fall Concert for the first time in two years.
VOIS Gospel Choir serves God 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 OSRL's 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
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
Beloved Community Fall Bible Study: Table Talk in Luke
Wednesday, November 17, 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
To continue our study of Jesus and his ministry through meals, we are analyzing Jesus' meal after his resurrection. Did you know Jesus eats with the disciples after his resurrection? What does this mean for us and our resurrection? In our last session this semester, we will explore Luke 24 where the risen Jesus eats with his disciples.
Contact Chaplain Maddie for more information here.  
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace
The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace 
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, November 14, 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.
November 14 Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, Oxford College Chaplain
Title: Did You Notice? 
Text: Mark 13:1-8
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, November 10
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, November 10
Mid-Week Musical Meditation
Wednesdays 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

Shlokas and Snacks
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Hindu Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya in AMUC 125 for a laid-back discussion where we will share and explore shlokas (verses), poems, questions, and ideas associated with Hindu traditions. Feel free to bring your own shlokas and poems to discuss. While we won’t be able to share snacks indoors just yet, there will be hot chocolate, tea, and coffee for us to enjoy as we chat. There will be another meeting on November 30. For questions or for more information, contact Shweta Chaitanya.
Emory OSRL
Giving Tuesday with Emory OSRL
Now through Tuesday, November 30, All Day
In this season of Thanksgiving, OSRL invites you to join us in giving to support spiritual life at Emory on Giving Tuesday. Gifts made anytime now through Tuesday, November 30 count toward our total. 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 OSRL's many vibrant programs. Thank you for your support, and a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Emory Celebrates Diwali
The South Asian Student Association(SASA) at Goizueta Business School celebrated Diwali in school on the evening of November 6, Saturday. Harriet Ruskin, Director-MBA Program Office, graced the occasion by lighting the ceremonial lamp and encouraging us with a few words. We had a small prayer, called “Aarti” to pray to Goddess Lakshmi for Diwali followed by cultural performances by the students. Graduate students from Full Time MBA, Evening and Executive MBA program along with their families came together to celebrate the diversity of the GBS family. There was Bollywood movie screening, Bollywood music and dance, and Indian buffet dinner including vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. The students were really delighted to have an authentic Indian cultural immersion with Indian food, culture, Bollywood music, and dance. 
We are also thankful to those who participated in joining the Hindu Students Association for a puja on Friday, November 5, and the Diwali celebration at McDonough Field on Saturday evening. If you are interested in continuing to participate in weekly aarti, follow HSA on instagram here
Upcoming Programs
Emory Hillel: Schmooze N' Schmear
Thursday, November 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Cox Bridge
Come eat a bagel, drink some coffee, and Schmooze every Thursday on Cox bridge. If you have any questions, please contact Emory Hillel on Instagram.
Open Interfaith Conversation Led by Emory's Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains
Thursday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 p.m., AMUC 125
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. To indicate interest in participation or for more information, fill out this form
If you have any questions, please contact Priya Sraman or Shweta Chaitanya.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Guided Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, November 11, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
Join us for guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Venerable Chang-Zhai. She is a nun from the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) Atlanta, a monastery in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen.  She will be leading EBC through Zoom this week and continue her talk titled "Living Fully by Recognizing Each Moment as a Brand New Moment".
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman.  
Bread Coffeehouse Open Mic DBS
Thursday, November 11, 7:15 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse
This Thursday's DBS band is you. Sign up here to perform a song, comedy routine, or showcase another creative talent. This week DBS will be back at Bread, and with the weather forecast, will be moving inside. To be COVID safe, this week DBS will start with stories about love by Trey, followed by our open mic night, and finally will be handing out to-go boxes of Chicken Pot Pie with Monkey Bread as you leave. For more information about Bread Coffeehouse visit here
Emory MSA and PD Atlanta Present: PB&J Packing Event
Friday, November 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m., ESC Multi-Purpose Room 1
As promised, our next event of Fallanthropy. Please join us this Friday in the ESC Multipurpose Room 1 at 6:00 p.m. as we collaborate with @pdatlanta to pack PB&Js for underserved individuals experiencing homelessness in the Atlanta area. Get excited about giving back. For more information, click here
University Catholic Center
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives through the practice of adoring the Eucharist. Find out more here.
Fiat: An Intercollegiate Day Retreat
Friday, November 12-Saturday, November 13, University Catholic Center
It is important to periodically step away from the hustle of your daily life to immerse yourself in prayer and reflection. Join for this one-day retreat focusing on Mary's "yes" at the University Catholic Center, presented by the Catholic Student Union and led by Fr. Brian Baker. Sign up here
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Series
Begins Sunday, November 14, 10:30 a.m., Cannon Chapel Classroom 105D
As Catholics, the Mass is central to our Faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri takes us on a unique tour of the liturgy, explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy, and explains their profound significance. Find out more on the official website of the University Catholic Center here.
Community Rosary in the Marian Garden
Monday, November 15, 1:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
Members of our community will be praying the rosary together in our Marian garden on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and we invite you to join us. Find out more 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
Bread Coffeehouse Thanksgiving Potluck
Thursday, November 18
Next Thursday is Bread Coffeehouse's annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Bread will provide a delicious fried turkey and ham, and we invite you all to bring your favorite sides and desserts. Sign up here to let them know what you're bringing. Find more information about Bread Coffeehouse here
Bread Coffeehouse Thanksgiving Day Lunch
Thursday, November 25, 2:00 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse
Not going home for Thanksgiving? Come to Bread on Thursday November 25th at 2pm for yet another delicious Thanksgiving potluck. All are welcome. Talk to Josh for more details. Find more information about Bread Coffeehouse here
Off Campus Programs
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?
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.  
Sacred Cypher Creatives Artist Residency
Inter-City Muslim Action Network: Sacred Cypher Creatives Artist Residency
Saturday, November 13- Tuesday, November 16, Atlanta GA
Next week, join Sacred Cypher Creative Tasleem Jamila for her residency, Elevated Rejuvenation, in Atlanta. This residency will focus on cultivating nurturing spaces, sound healing, and artistic expression as a source of holistic healing. Events range from food distribution to educational sessions. Register here.
Church Action eNewsletter
Church Action eNewsletter: The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. Events
  • 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.

  • Equitable Dinners: "Anti Racism and Truth and Reconciliation: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities"
    Sunday, November 21, 5:00 p.m., Online
    You are invited to join Equitable Dinners to talk about "Anti-Racism and Truth Recognition: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities." The evening opens with an original play written for the evening by Marcie Randon, followed by guest speaker, Laura Cummings Bulgari, Co-Director, Atlanta Indigenous People's Association. Then guests from all over the country have a chance to reflect in small groups on what they've heard and come up with ideas to create change where they live. Register for this free event here.  

  • Blanket Atlanta with Love Distribution
    Tuesday, November 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Fulton County is collecting new or gently used winter coats, clothes, blankets and toiletries to help those who are in need during the holiday season. “Blanket Atlanta with Love” bins will gather blankets, coats, ponchos, and other cold weather clothing from November 1 through November 12. The event culminates with a dinner and distribution of the new and gently used goods collected at the Fulton County Government Center November 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The collection bins are at Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor Street SW, the Oak Hill Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Parkway, and the Fulton County South Annex at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park.

  • Trancestors: Remembering the Sacred Worth of Transgender People
    Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m., Virginia-Highland Church
    Virginia-Highland Church will host a memorial event honoring transgender lives lost in 2021. There will be a live art installation followed by a panel conversation with transgender clergy and activists. Register in advance here.

  • The Center for Religion and Environment "Notes of Rest for the Sake of Earth,"
    Thursday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Online
    Join for a virtual spiritual retreat led by artist-theologian Julian Reid. Notes of Rest is a hour-long event responding to the charge from the Lord to live with the Earth. Reid will lead the participants in a time of reflection on how a sacred vocation in life and faith shape one another. Participants will have a chance to respond creatively to what God's been doing for them. More details and an online registration can be found here
Partner Programs
Emory First-Gen Week
Monday, November 8-Friday, November 12
Join in celebrating Emory's first-generation community next week. Events vary from social receptions to banner signings and panels. View the full schedule of events here
Religion, Science and Space: A Lecture and Conversation with Rev. Dr. David Wilkinson
Friday, November 12, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Online
A Lecture and Conversation with Rev. Dr. David Wilkinson on "Hawking, the Big Bang and the Goldilocks Enigma: The Search of God in Modern Cosmology."
As one of the panelists from the Ignatius Forum 2021 at the Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Wilkinson will be joining Candler Faculty, Staff, and Students for an afternoon lecture and conversation. Dr. Wilkinson is the project leader of "ECLAS" an organization devoted to Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a project funded by the Templeton Foundation. Register for this online event here.
Recital/Lecture by Indigenous Violinist Heidi Senungetuk
Sunday, November 14, 4:00 p.m., Ackerman Hall
In this recital/lecture, violinist and Emory Visiting Professor of Music Heidi Senungetuk (Kingikmiut Inupiaq), will present two works that highlight Indigenous modes of creativity in music.
The first of these, For Heidi Senungetuk, was composed by Raven Chacon (Navajo Nation) as part of his series For Zitkála Šá. The second piece on the program, “Qutaaŋuaqtuit: Dripping Music,” was created for the ongoing art exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, which brings attention to concepts of musical score interpretation, Indigenous language revitalization, interpretation of ancestral material arts, and musical performances as acts of sovereignty.
For more information of this recital and lecture, click 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
Race and Difference Colloquium Series: Fall 2021
Monday, November 15, 12:00 p.m., Online
The next JWJI Colloquium speaker is Dr. Zakiya Luna from Washington University in St. Louis. Her talk is entitled "When the Law is not Enough: Race, Human Rights and the Reproductive Justice Movement."
This event is being held by the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference. To register, and for more information about the series and organization, click here.
Opportunities and Resources
The Tam Institute For Jewish Studies Spring 2022 Course List
Interested in learning more about Jewish Studies? Check out the course list. Learn more about the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
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
Faculty and Staff Resources
Raising Awareness about Antisemitism on Campus
Antisemitism on Campus: Professional Development Webinar
Wednesday, December 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Online
Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present is an 11-minute educational film that charts the history of antisemitism from its origins until today.  t tackles the hard questions about different and changing forms of antisemitism, persistent anti-Jewish stereotypes, the complex racial position of Jews in contemporary America, and the precise line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism. Join us to learn from the film’s authors, Dr. Ethan Katz and Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, about how they are using this film as part of UC Berkeley’s Antisemitism Education Initiative to change the conversation about antisemitism on their campus and beyond. RSVP at academicengagement.org/12121.
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 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.  
Guru Nanak's Birthday
Thu., Nov. 18, 2021
Tradition: Sikhism
Day of the Covenant
Wed., Nov. 24, 2021
Tradition: Baha'i
Celebrates the anniversary of the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the son of Baha'u'llah, as the Center of the Covenant. Work is not suspended on this day. Begins at sundown.
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
Wed., Nov. 24, 2021
Tradition: Sikhism
This day commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered not only for his defense of the Sikh faith, but also of Hinduism and of religious liberty.
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha
Fri., Nov. 26, 2021
Tradition: Baha'i
Commemorates 'Abdu'l-Baha's death. Begins at sundown.
Sun., Nov. 28 – Fri., Dec. 24, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for Christmas and meditate on the end of all time. In Western churches, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year.
Sun., Nov. 28 – Mon., Dec. 6, 2021
Tradition: Judaism
The Feast of Lights (Feast of Dedication) is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Temple following the Jews' victory over occupying forces in 165 BCE, which re-established for a time their religious and political freedom.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
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