News and Programs 01.13.22
King Sunday Beloved Community
MLK Sunday 2022
Sunday, January 16, 11:00 a.m., Zoom Only:
As a part of Emory King Week, there will be a special Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service on MLK Sunday, with Dr. Walter Fluker speaking. His sermon title is "Run to the Mountain: A Call to Dreamers at the Crossing(s) in a Post-King Era", and we invite you to join via Zoom or in person.
Dr. Walter Fluker is the Dean’s Professor for Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership at the Emory University Candler School of Theology. He previously served as Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology.
Special music provided by Maury Allums, OSRL Music Director. 
Register Here
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Emory King Week Online
January 13-20, 2022
Emory University King Week is a series of programs offered in January by various Emory units to honor the life and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Programs include educational lectures, spiritual services, community service projects, celebrations, and exhibits. 
View the King Week schedule below. This year's events have been moved online in keeping with Emory's COVID-19 operating status. 
For more information, please contact
King Week Schedule
WISE Application
Apply to Be WISE Pre-Orientation Student Coordinator
Apply by Monday, January 24
Help select and lead the Peer Mentor team that serves as guides during the Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) Pre-Orientation Program. This program is designed to ease the transition to college, while providing an opportunity to explore Atlanta, build religious and philosophical literacy and interfaith leadership skills, and connect with new friends. 
The Student Coordinator will help recruit and select peer mentors, provide integral student input on the planning process, and be a strong leader for peer mentors and first-years alike.
A more robust job description can be found on the application here. Position is not full time. For questions, email OSRL Program Coordinator Katie Rappold
Nature Stroll to Celebrate Tu BiShvat
Monday, January 17, 3:30 p.m., Lullwater Preserve Entrance on Clifton Road
If you’re looking for an excuse to hug a tree, Tu BiShvat, the Jewish new year for trees, is happening this Sunday night to Monday. On Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm, please join OSRL Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan and second-year student Anna Bayuk for a meditative nature walk through Lullwater. Rabbi Jordan will share some thoughts on the intersection of ecological justice and Judaism and Anna will share a bit of her abundant mushroom wisdom.
All are welcome. Meet at the entrance to Lullwater on Clifton Road. Bring your walking shoes, your curiosity and your love of nature.
For any questions, and to RSVP, please contact Rabbi Jordan.
Emory University Religious Dining Resources
Emory University Religious Dining Resources
Emory University offers a variety of halal, kosher, made without onions and garlic, vegan, and vegetarian dining options. For more information, visit Emory Dining.
Throughout the various dining locations on Emory, the icons above indicate the religious dining resources. View the full poster here. For questions or support, please contact
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Mid-Week Music Meditation Returns
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., 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 University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe and connect with others in our community.
Visit to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page. This week's meditation can be watched on the video below, or on our Facebook and Youtube pages. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, January 12, 2022
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, January 12, 2022
Upcoming Programs
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Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, January 13, 6:00 p.m., Zoom Only through January 2022
We will kick off the semester with online only meditation, all are welcome. Join here.
Next week, meditation will be led by The Venerable Priya Sraman, Emory's Buddhist Chaplain. Venerable Priya comes from Bangladesh, was ordained and trained as a monastic in Sri Lanka, and studied in Thailand and Hong Kong, prior to coming to the US and earning a degree from Harvard Divinity School. Learn more about Venerable Priya here
Jumu'ah Prayers
Fridays in January 2022, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
For January 2022, Jumu'ah Prayers at Cannon Chapel will be limited to 25 people due to updated Emory COVID policies. To sign up, and for questions, please email Emory OSRL Muslim Religious Life Scholar Isam Vaid
Emory Hillel: New Year's Shabbat
Friday, January 14, 7:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Join us for a new year celebration at the first Shabbat dinner of the spring semester. We'll catch up after an eventful winter break and look ahead to a great semester.
Masking and social distancing to be observed. All meals will be prepackaged to minimize contact, but there will be an option to take your food to go, or to eat your to go meal on the Hillel patio (we have heaters). For questions, please contact Rabbi Ilan:
RUF at Emory Spring 2022
Interested in RUF events this Spring? Check out their Linktree or follow @ruf_emory on Instagram. Our small groups will start in a few weeks and more info is to come. Join a Four By Four: Four people will meet once a week for four weeks. This is a space where you can get to know a few people better in a casual way. Sign up by January 14. These will start the week of the January 17. For questions, please contact Laura Straka.
Graduate Christian Fellowship: Virtual Game Night
Friday, January 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Zoom
Join Graduate Christain Fellowship in a virtual game night. Click here for the Zoom link.

Graduate Christian Fellowship: Daily Morning Devo
Wednesday, January 12 - Friday, January 21, 6:00 a.m - 7:00 a.m., Zoom
Starting on Wednesday, January 12th, join the Graduate Christion Fellowship in starting your days with reading chapters from gospel books and having individual praying time.
Click here for the Zoom link.

Emory Hindu Students Association Shlokas and Snacks
Tuesday, January 18 and January 25, 7:00 p.m., Online
Join us for a laid-back discussion where we will share shlokas (verses), poems, readings, questions and ideas associated with Hindu traditions. Feel free to bring your own shlokas and poems to discuss. Join online here
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya.
Off Campus Programs
Celebrate Dr. King at the National Center for Human Rights
Saturday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard. Atlanta, GA 30313
Join The Center for a host of programming and activities on January 15 and 17 as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. View a list of programming here
Interfaith Atlanta Programs
Interfaith Atlanta, formerly known as Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), has a mission to promote understanding, respect, prayer, interaction and unity among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region, and to advance the influence of voices of the faith communities for the common good. View their website here and see a list of programs they've highlighted recenly below. 
  • Dekalb NAACP's 20th Annual Marching to the Sounds of Justice MLK, Jr. Parade
    Monday, January 17, 12:00 p.m.
    The Dekalb County Branch 5192 of the NAACP is proud to bring back its Marching to the Sounds of Justice - Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 17. The parade will begin at Green Pastures Christian Church. Line up at 10:00 a.m., start at 12 noon and ends at MLK High School. Any schools, organization, or clubs that want to march for justice--Sign up here

  • Ignatius House To Host A Morning of Reflection
    Monday, January 17, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Ignatius House will be hosting a Morning of Reflection on MLK Day with Lauren Morton as our guest speaker. Spread the word and registere here

  • 2nd Annual Interfaith Blessing For Beloved Community
    Thursday, January 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Join the Interfaith Children's Movement, Rev. William Flippin Jr. and a diverse group of faith speakers, including youth speakers, as we once again come “together” during the Georgia legislative session to pray for our legislators and for all our children affected by the laws they pass. Pre-Register here
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Weekly Church Action ENewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta welcomes churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, and others to join us for fellowship, to network, and to explore ideas and issues of importance to the community. We work together to promote the common good, magnify the work and witness of the church, and help establish the kingdom of God throughout our region, nation, and all of creation. View their website here and see a few highlighted items from their most recent newsletter below. 
  • Day of Reflection honoring MLK
    Monday, January 17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center: 6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs.
    Spend a morning in prayer, reflecting on similarities between the women who shared what they witnessed at Jesus’ tomb and women of the Civil Rights Movement, who were witnesses to Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Led by Lauren Morton. $50 includes light breakfast, guided prayer, lunch, and use of 20 acres of natural forest. RSVP Here.
  • 2022 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosea Helps
    Monday, January 17, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Hosea Headquarters
    Pre-registration is required, call (404)755-3353. Free distribution of groceries with chicken and fresh produce, school supplies, masks and hand sanitizer in a Covid-safe drive through.
  • Morehouse College Human Rights Film Fest Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
    Monday, January 17 - Sunday, January 23
    Screening “No Time to Waste: The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin” celebrating the legendary 100-year-old park ranger’s inspiring life, work, and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story on Jan. 17. See more at Schedule : Morehouse College.
  • Faith and Fortitude
    Sunday, January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Online
    In Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Am Yisrael Chai presents a powerful and unforgettable event, “Faith and Fortiutude,” with keynote speaker Holocaust survivor Ella Blumenthal - joining from Cape-Town, South Africa. Information and registration at Faith and Fortitude 2022.
2022 National Day of Racial Healing
Tuesday, January 18, 3:00 p.m., Online
The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, it is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world. Find more information here. RSVP here.
2022 MLK Days of Service
Throughout January 2022, thousands of Atlantans will celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Be great and get involved in building Dr. King’s Beloved Community. Featured volunteer events include repairing wheelchairs, working on a farm, packing wellness bags, and more.
Click here for more information and the list of events here.
Atlanta Jewish Life Festival
Sunday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Georgia Aquarium
The Atlanta Jewish Life Festival is Atlanta's largest single day festival promoting and celebrating Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and culture while connecting the community to local synagogues, nonprofits and social action groups with the hope to further strengthen the bonds and understanding of Jewish beliefs, traditions and family. Find more information and purchase tickets here.
Opportunities and Resources
Faith in the Vaccine Continues -- Spring 2022
This spring, Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine (FIVP) leaders are organizing pediatric vaccine clinics for elementary students and educational webinars for their parents in Dekalb County. We’re partnering with Refugee Women’s Network and the International Rescue Committee/CORE. View a list of clinic times and locations below:
International Community School (ICS)
  • January 26 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • February 23 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Elementary (ICE)
  • January 19 Webinar for Child Vaccine Awareness
  • February 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • March 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
Additional information on registering for the clinics is coming soon and you can sign up to volunteer here. For questions, please contact Linh Le. To read more about Emory FIVP, please click here. Sponsored by Emory OSRL with Interfaith Youth Core.
Beloved Community Protestant Worship: Spring 2022 Feedback Survey
Deadline: Thursday, January 20
Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson is seeking feedback for those who are involved or wanting to be involved with Beloved Community Protestant Worship Sunday services. Those who fill out the survey by Thursday, January 20 will be entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. Fill out the survey here
Emory Hillel Spring Leadership Team Applications
Due Monday, January 31
Applications are open for Hillel's Spring 2022 Leadership Team. Hillel is looking for student leaders who want to shape the Jewish community at Emory through fun, engaging, and dynamic programming. 
Submit your application here
Ripple Interfaith Conference with Elon University
Thursday through Saturday, February 18-20, 2021, Online
The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University invites you to register for our annual Ripple Interfaith Conference this coming February 18-20 2022. Due to the continued pandemic, we are offering an online conference. This is a great opportunity to introduce your campuses to interfaith work. There are also opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to present a breakout session based on our theme below. For more information about our speakers and the conference, you can visit
Registration is now open and tickets are at early-bird prices until January 31. You can also register via a group rate if your campus registers six or more participants. Please let me know if you’d like a poster to distribute to your campus. If you have any questions, email
Faculty and Staff Resources
Midweek Musical Meditation
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook live
Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Alums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit 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 related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email
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 All 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
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
Tu B'Shevat
Sun., Jan. 16, 2022 

Tradition: Judaism
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancami)
Sat., Feb. 5, 2022
Tradition: Hinduism
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 
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