Interfaith Study Break, Holiday Programs, Interfaith Gratitude Reflection
Interfaith Study Break, Holiday Programs, Interfaith Gratitude Reflection
News and Programs 12.09.21
Interfaith Study Break
TODAY: Interfaith Study Break
Thursday, December 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Cox Bridge (Rain location: Cannon Chapel Tent)
Take a break from finals and join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and our Religious Life Affiliates on Cox Bridge for hot drinks, sweet treats, and fun giveaways in replace of our annual late-night pancake breakfast.
First 150 people present will receive a free T-shirt.
RSVP here
Interfaith Gratitude Reflection- December 8
Interfaith Gratitude Reflection - December 8
Interfaith Gratitude Reflection Time (Mid-Week Musical Meditation)
On December 8, we had a final and special midweek musical meditation of the fall semester where members of the OSRL team were joined by the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA). Participants each took a few minutes to share some reflections in the spirit of gratitude as we wind down for the end of the semester. Following the reflections, there was a gratitude-themed discussion with our panel as well as an interactive Q and A. We are grateful for all who participated to end our semester in this time of reflection.
To register for updates and future mid-week music meditations via zoom, visit You can also watch the event on YouTube, linked above, or Emory OSRL Facebook
Holiday Events
Get in the Holiday Spirit with Emory Events
December 2021
The Emory community will celebrate the holidays in the coming weeks with music, art and special religious services. All programs are open to the public. Here are some highlights, but check websites such as the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Candler School of Theology, and Emory Arts for updates. Events include Advent services, Chanukah programming, concerts, holiday parties, and more.  
A sampling list of events can be found here
Catholic Center Advent Schedule Catholic Center Christmas Schedule
University Catholic Center Advent and Christmas Schedule
Join the University Catholic Center for Advent and Christmas Mass beginning this week through January 9. For more information on the holiday schedule with the Catholic Center, click here.
Upcoming Programs
Bread Coffeehouse Finals Fun
Bread Coffeehouse will be having a whole host of fun activities to keep you going through finals.
  • Off-Campus Lunch (December 9, December 13-15):​ Join us for lunch off campus every day of finals to de-stress and get some good food. We'll be leaving from Bread at noon each day so come by for one day or several.
  • Wednesday December 8: There will be a marathon of Christmas movies in the grey room all day. Stop by for one or several.
  • Monday December 13: Join Mandy for Christmas Olympics at 2:00 p.m. Meet at the house
  • Tuesday December 14: Take a break from studying to crush your friends at Mario Kart. We'll be racing at Bread from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
To learn more about Bread Coffeehouse, visit here
Emory University Hillel
Hillel at Emory Finals Week Programming
Join the Emory University Hillel family for their Finals Week activities, ranging from Shmooze and Schmear to Shabbat Dinner.
For more information on the activities being held by Hillel, click here.
Emory Buddhist Club Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, December 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Room 106 or Zoom option here
Join us for our final Buddhist meditation of the semester this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain, Venerable Priya Sraman. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist Ministry, a Master of Buddhist Studies degree from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalong-kornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. Venerable Priya is originally from Chattogram, Bangladesh. As this is our last gathering of the semester, EBC would like to wish everyone good luck on exams, happy holidays, and enjoy the break.
Glenn Church Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 12, 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Glenn Church 
This Sunday, join Glenn UMC for A Service of Lessons and Carols. In preparation for Christ’s coming, there will be rememberance through scripture, reading, and song the prophets who have told us of a Messiah that will come to be the Savior of us all.
There will be services at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary & 5:00 p.m. in the Little Chapel, a Children’s Nativity Pageant at 9:30 a.m., and there are Adult Sunday school options as well. See more here
Off Campus Programs
Church Action Enewsletter
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Church Action Enewsletter
Bach's Lunch Series
Friday, December 10, 12:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
Bach's Lunch:  eternal love triangle: music of Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms;: Clara's Romances for violin; Robert's Dichterliebe for Tenor; and Johannes' mighty Sonata in F Minor for Viola bring the most passionate love story in classical music to life.
Advent Sabbath Rest Silent Retreat
Wednesday, December 15, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta.
Amidst this busy holiday season, do you wish there were more time for rest and reflection in your life? Advent Sabbath Rest Silent Retreat is an extended period of silence and prayer on 22 acres of beautiful wooded land in Sandy Springs hosted by Ignatius House. There is a $25 registration fee. Register here.
Readings of the Season
Saturday, December 18, 10:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. Central Time, Online
This is a a free online event from St. Mary’s Sewanee by Zoom. Bring your favorite piece to share. Register here.
Labyrinth Conference: Turning and Returning with Fingers and Feet: Walking a Path for Personal and Global Transformation
Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Rollins College Winter Park, Florida
Join the interactive and experiential workshop to learn how walking the labyrinth path with intention may lead to personal and global change. Registration and more information are here.
Partner Programs
Sky Happiness Retreat
December 10-12, Online
Sky Retreat is a high impact workshop that teaches students skills on how to manage stress and boost productivity and mental wellness. Students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing practice, develop strategies for social connection, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. 
Apply for Sky Retreat Scholarhship here.
For more information, contact Dr. Suprateek Kundu.

Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program: End of Semester Project Showcase and Community Conversation
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
On behalf of the Emory University’s Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program, we invite you to the unveiling and celebration of projects completed by the 2021 cohort of Arts and Social Justice Fellows working together with Emory students and faculty.
RSVP for the event here.
Please click here to view the livestream, no registration required.

Opportunities and Resources
Women-Focused Christian Ministry Student Organization Interest Form
At the request of several students, the form is intended to assess interest in a women-focused Christian ministry student organization. If you are interested in learning more about this, please complete the interest form and we can connect you with the students proposing this initiative.
You can access the form here.
Spring 2022 Short Courses
In-Person and Online Registration
Our Spring 2022 Short Courses are now open for registration. We have various online, in-person, and hybrid courses to choose from. Please click the link below to view our course catalog and learn more about how you can partner with The Candler Foundry.
For more information, check out the course list here.
COVID Chronicles Youth Writing Fellowship 
The COVID Chronicles Writing Fellowship is a 3-month program to help youth and young adults (14-21 years of age) from across the country elevate their voice and share how COVID-19 has impacted themselves and their communities. Through this program, fellows will be paired with dedicated mentors who have proven track records in elevating health equity and social justice issues in the press, social media, and through academic discourse. Fellows will receive real-time feedback on their creative outputs — which can be essays, poetry, video, or other relevant formats — and will be supported in getting their work elevated to high-impact media, journalistic, and academic outlets.
Each fellow will be awarded a $500 stipend for participating. The fellowship runs from December 15 2021 to March 10 2022. A total of 10 fellows will be accepted. The online application can be accessed hereFor more information or to ask questions, please contact Grace Harrington.
Emory BCJ Student Fund for Inclusivity and Belonging
Wednesday, December 15, online.
Is your student organization hosting an event that promotes Emory understanding of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, veteran status, or social/economic class? Apply for the Belon Community Justice Student Fund for Inclusivity and Belonging for the funding
Awards range from $500 to $30,000 per event.
The deadline for Spring 2022 is December 15, 2021, two weeks from now. Click on the image or follow this link for more info.
Faculty and Staff Resources
Midweek Musical Meditation
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Allums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit 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
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
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.  
Sun., Nov. 28 – Fri., Dec. 24, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for Christmas and meditate on the end of all time. In Western churches, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year.
Bodhi Day
Wed., Dec. 8, 2021
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern tradition, this is the anniversary of the Buddha's Enlightenment, ca. 596 BCE. In the southern tradition, the Buddha's Enlightenment is celebrated during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Wed., Dec. 8, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
A feast day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was born without sin.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sun., Dec. 12, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
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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