Weekly Community and Reflection, Purim, and Ahmaud Arbery Rememberance
Weekly Community and Reflection, Purim, and Ahmaud Arbery Rememberance
 News and Programs 2.25.21
Weekly Community and Reflection | OSRL
Weekly Community and Reflection with Venerable Priya
Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Venerable Priya, Emory Buddhist Chaplain, and other participants for a time of community and reflection together.
The purpose of this time is to connect and relax with each other as we share our reflections on our favorite poems, texts, and experiences that are meaningful, whether spiritually or not. There will be pre-selected topics/texts for reflection. We also encourage you to bring a poem or text that is meaningful to you, but that is not required.
All students are welcome. To register, please click here. For more information, please contact priya.rakkhit.sraman@emory.edu.
Click Here to Register
Purim 2021: Reflecting on the Past Year
Purim Message from Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Emory Jewish Chaplain
If I look backwards a full year, it is the zany, drunken, masquerade holiday of Purim that marks the last moment in Jewish time I can recall before the world was really turned on its head by COVID. On a remarkably warm March day last year, we passed out treats to passersby on campus. Silliness and merriment were present, but so too was a feeling that something big was coming. An announcement would come from the university. Perhaps, students speculated, spring break would be extended an extra week (maybe, two!). We celebrated our holiday of randomness and luck, even as we wondered what strange turns the days ahead would hold.
We had no idea.
The night before, at our synagogue, we had bumped elbows with friends. There was hand sanitizer near the hamentashen and one clever congregant had even dressed up as a bottle of Purell. We sat spread out (these synagogue-goers were ahead of the curve in terms of social distancing) and listened to the story of Esther chanted. We laughed and hollered and made noise to celebrate a holy story in which the Holy One is conspicuously absent. The story of Purim asserts that when the Divine is hidden, it is upon us to manifest holiness in our world. We felt this truth in our synagogue that night. We did not know that this would be our last time with community in this sacred space.
Ahmaud Arbery Rememberance
Tuesday, February 23 was the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. Please find a link to a post from the Emory University Twitter account, which commemorates the day and links to the extraordinary work of Pulitzer Prize-winning Emory faculty member Hank Klibanoff and his students. For more information, please click here.
This week, OSRL dedicated our Midweek Musical Meditation to Ahmaud Arbery's life and memory. If you missed it, you can view the recording here and below. 

Music Meditation - 2.24.21
Remembering Ahmaud Arbery
Midweek Musical Meditation Video Recording - 2.24.21
Midweek Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during 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, OSRL 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.
This week, we dedicated our Midweek Musical Meditation to Mr. Ahmaud Arbery's life and memory. See the announcement on Facebook here. If you missed it, you can view the recording above.
Visit http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic 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.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information contact mallums@emory.edu.
Click Here to Register
New OSRL Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) is launching a new interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year undergraduates. This program will provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in the Atlanta area. It will also welcome new underrads to Emory and ease their transition to college. Returning undergraduate students will serve as planners and peer mentors. Depending on public health guidelines, the program will take place this August, whether in person or online, prior to the start of first year orientation.
If you are a current undergraduate interested participating in the visioning process or potentially serving as a peer mentor, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zachary Cole at zachary.cole@emory.edu.
Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 | Emory University Commencement
Save the Date and Call for Contributions: Online Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021
Ceremony Release: Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EST, Link TBD
Each year, we look forward to celebrating graduating seniors and sending them into the world with blessings in the Multifaith Baccalaureate Ceremony. Again this year this will be a video tribute, but last year's was a cherised production that brought together Emory deans, chaplains, affiliates, faculty, staff, and seniors to create a video celebration and keepsake.
Opportunity to Get Involved: If you are a graduating senior who would like to help plan the 2021 Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 or contribute original music, poetry, readings, dance, art or spiritual blessings and reflections, please contact Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig at jordan.braunig@emory.edu. You can also submit ideas here
Check the OSRL website soon for a full schedule of Emory Commencement events. 
TONIGHT: MSA Through the Years
Thursday, February 25, 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Zoom
As Islamic Awareness Month continues, Asalamu aleykum, we’re having our MSA Through the Years event this coming Thursday. Make sure you show up and stick around to socialize and play with Emory MSA and Oxford MSA members. All attendees will be automatically considered for a raffle to get MSA merch. Sponsored by Emory Muslim Students Association. 
Zoom ID 971 8087 0234

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.

Briyant Hines, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Briyant Hines
OSRL Chaplaincy Intern
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: Briyant Hines
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Sermon: "He Knew Me"
Briyant Hines is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. He graduated in 2019 from Beulah Heights University where he was named valedictorian and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies.
Currently, he is a second-year M.Div. student at Candler School of Theology with a focus on chaplaincy and Black Church Studies. Upon graduation, he plans to enter into a two-year accelerated program to earn his Juris Doctorate degree and practice constitutional and criminal law.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here. In addition, if you missed our service last week, the video recording can be viewed below.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Beloved Community Protest Worship, Sunday, February 21, 2021 The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Afffilate
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Video Recording - 2.21.21
The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Affiliate
Holy Week 2021
Emory Beloved Community Holy Week 2021 
  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Zoom 
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
All are welcome. Register for services here
For more information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Black History Month Lecture 2021 YouTube video | OSRL
Video Recording: OSRL Black History Month Lecture 2021
Last Friday, the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Black History Month Lecture 2021 welcomed 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. If you missed the event, you can watch the recording above and 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.

Online First Reunion of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir
On Friday, February 19, immediately following the OSRL Black History Month Lecture with Adam Russel Taylor 98C, OSRL Director of Music Maury Allums and Director of Presidential Initiatives Dr. Anjulet Tucker hosted a first-ever reunion of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir alumni and current members. About 70 choir members past and present from around the country joined in and reminisced, shared updates from their lives, and recounted how in many cases VOIS got them through their studies at Emory. We are looking forward to the next renion already. For more information, please contact mallums@emory.edu.
Celebration of Life for Kun Lin
Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Please join the Bassell Lab and the Emory Neuroscience Community as we remember our beloved friend and colleague, Kun Lin. Kun was full of radiant energy, intellect and passion, kind and generous, with dreams to become a professor.
The Zoom memorial service will be this coming Saturday. This service will be an opportunity to mourn and also to celebrate his short but wonderful life. Faculty and students will have an opportunity to speak and share thoughts during a tributes and story time (12:00-1:00 p.m.) that will follow the memorial service. We hope you will be able to join us.
For Zoom login information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu. You can also donate directly to his parents and sister to help with end-of-life costs and future expenses on their GoFundMe fundraiser.
Upcoming Programs
Schmooze N Schmear
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST, Emory Hillel Patio
Join us on the back patio of Hillel every Thursday for some bagels, coffee, snacks, and great company. Notice that we are now meeting at a new time. Bring your work, or just hang out. To register, click here. Hosted by Emory Hillel.
TONIGHT: 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. Sponsored by Hillels of Georgia. 
To join us, click here.
Emory Hillel Shabbat2Go Registration
Meal pickup: Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Join Emory Hillel for Shabbat at your home; we provide the food. Pickup is 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Marcus Hillel Center. The menu for this week is Persian chicken, Basmati rice with turmeric, and roasted peppers, onion, and zucchini. Dessert is hamentashen. To register, click here. Hosted by Becca.
Havdallah by the Fire
Saturday, March 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Come to Emory Hillel for a campfire, Havdallah, and snacks. The Havdallah will be live-streamed for remote students. Click here to register. Hosted by Eli and Hannah. Sponsored by Emory Hillel. 

Rise Workshops
Tuesdays, March 2-April 13, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Thinking of applying to serve as an SA, RA, OL, or other campus leader? Or better yet, want to learn how to gain clarity on where you want to go (Desire), what drives you (Authenticity) and how you can accomplish your goals (Action)?
We invite you to attend Rise Workshops, a new leadership opportunity available to Emory students by Emory students. The Rise Workshops create a collaborative space for one to learn the skills to become a holistic leader.
We strongly encourage you to attend all seven sessions; however, they are all optional. If you do attend all seven sessions, you will be awarded a certificate of achievement that you may include in your resume. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the interest form by clicking here. Cosponsored by Holistic Hub. 
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here. Find more Lenten Faith resources here
  • Lenten Rosary
    Mondays in Lent, 6:45 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Add a little prayer to your Lenten journey by joining us on Mondays to pray the rosary. To register, please click here
  • Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
    Mondays in Lent, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 4-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. Our topic for the series is “How Catholics Read the Bible”. Optional readings can be found by clicking here. To register, please click here.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, 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 on Zoom by clicking here.
  • Catholic Chat
    Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Do you have questions about the Church? Are you puzzled by Church teachings? Do you want to think aloud, and with others, in a comfortable informal setting that encourages participation and exchange? Join us for open-minded, in-depth conversations about Catholicism. To register, please click here.
  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, 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.

Guided Meditation and Discussion
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m., Register for Zoom meeting here
This week, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes back Geshe Ngawang Phende from the Drepung Loseling Monastery this Thursday. Geshe Phende joined Drepung Loseling Monastery (DLM) in South India in 1982 and completed his monastic education there. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and then proceeded to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center. He is now a resident teacher at DLM.
On Thursday, Geshe Phende will lead a Buddhist meditation and reflection. In his discussion, Geshe-la will explain how to manage anger and hatred. In introducing this topic, he writes "Managing our anger is very important because anger is an emotion that can destroy the peace of mind of oneself, peace and harmony within our family, and relationships between friends and families.  Anger is also referred to as a poison mind.  It is curable and changeable.  It is not permanent.  Managing our anger is a completely self-responsibility conduct that does not depend on money or power, and that we all have equal potential to rid of this poison mind, anger."
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.
IIF Family/ISM in Georgia | InterVarsity IIF
The vision of the International InterVarsity Fellowship (IIF) is to build a fellowship experiencing God’s love and to create a community for international students, visiting scholars, and exchange students from all backgrounds to come, belong, build lifelong friendships, trust, pray, study God’s word, and seek who Jesus is as well as experience the beauty of diverse friendships around the world. Keep up-to-date by joining our Facebook group. We also invite you to any and all of our regular events:
  • Tuesday Tea-Talk
    Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom
    Tea-talk gives international students the opportunity to practice their English speaking and communication skills with English-speaking volunteers through conversations and to learn and exchange about the beauty of cultures. Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • Wednesday Tea-Talk
    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom   
    Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • In-Person Program
    First and third Saturdays of the month
    IIF organizes hiking or outside games with social distance and Covid safety rules such as wear masks, six feet, temperature check etc. Limits for only 7-8 people per event. To inquire and register, please email us at intl.intervarsity.iif@gmail.com.
First Friday Virtual Dinner
Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) invites you to their next First Friday Virtual Dinner. All graduate students are welcome. Be on the lookout for the official flyer with details of the topic for the event in next week's email. To access the Zoom meeting on the night of the event, click here.

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.
Lunar New Year Celebration Recording Available Online 
Did you miss the ISSS Lunar New Year celebration? The recording of the event is available on our virtual events page


Lenten Faith Resources
Glenn Memorial Church
Lenten Small Groups
During this season of Lent, we encourage you to join with others on the journey towards Easter. We will have a number of groups meeting throughout the week. To sign-up for one of these groups, contact email here.
Lenten Devotional
This devotional, written by staff members at Glenn, is a guide to that journey in the hopes that Lent will be a season of drawing closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the people God has called us to be. This could be a great time to spend a few minutes each day contemplating what it means to be a follower of Christ. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit would work in each of us in this season of reflection and preparation. View Devtional here.

Anatomy of a Disciple
These groups will discuss the weekly sermons and devotionals for our Lenten series. Groups begin the week of February 21st.
- Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Rev. Mark Westmoreland via Zoom, email here.
- Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Rev. Brent Huckaby via Zoom, email here
- Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. - Young Adults with Rev. Brent and Jordan Grassi via Zoom, email here
- Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. - Men’s group via Zoom
- Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - “Walk and Talk” group with Rev. Susan Pinson, email here. This group will meet (weather permitting) in the Oak Grove area for a masked, socially distanced walk.
Off Campus Programs

  • Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi events
    The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, senior American monk, leads several events:
    - Saturday morning meditations at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
    - Practicing Mindfulness of the Body Four Day At-Home Retreat, March 26-29
    - and more online events
    Find the links at www.baus.org 
  • Amitabha Recitation Retreat 
    February 27-March 5, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. EST, Zoom or YouTube Live
    Berkely Monastery is hosting Amitabha sessions for a full week starting this Saturday. For the PDFs of the Amitabha session texts and Zoom registration, click here. For the DharmaRealmLive Youtube channel, click here.
  • Covid Vaccination? Talk on Vaccines 
    Sunday, March 7, 10:30 p.m. EST, YouTube Live or Zoom
    Covid vaccination discussion by the most senior American monastics from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas with Dharma Master Heng Chih (nun), Live on Sunday, March 7. You can watch the discussion live on the CTTB Live YouTube channel, or you can email us for the Zoom link at info@georgiameditation.org.
  • Dharma Realm Buddhist University Graduate Applications
    Applications accepted on a rolling basis
    Applications for admission to our graduate programs in the fall are open. Dharma Realm Buddhist University's Master of Arts program in Buddhist Classics provides an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism through close reading and careful analysis of its primary sources: sūtras/suttas, abhidharma and śāstras, and śīla texts. To learn more and/or apply, visit the DRBU website.
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:
  • Lenten Lament Walks
    Wednesdays During Lent
    A community time for reflection and prayer during Lent. RSVP is required for each week. Space is limited. 
Feb 24  Register here Roswell United Methodist, 814 Mimosa Boulevard
March 3  Register here St. David's Episcopal, 1015 Old Roswell Road
March 10 Register here Roswell Presbyterian, 755 Mimosa Boulevard
March 17 Register here Mt. Pisgah United Methodist, 2850 Old Alabama Rd. Alpharetta
March 24 Register here  First Baptist Church, 710 Mimosa Boulevard
  • Hunger Walk Run 2021Fighting Hunger: Many Paths, One Goal
    Sunday, March 7, 2021
    While we won’t be together in person, we can be together in spirit to end hunger in greater Atlanta and north Georgia. Every registration will help provide 100 meals to the 1 in 7 Georgians struggling with hunger. To register to walk or run 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.
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:
  • 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.
  • Immigrant Faith Communities as Anti-Racist Allies
    Thursday, March 11, 12:00 p.m., CST
    Systemic racism and white supremacy have long deployed "divide and conquer" tactics, pitting racial and ethnic communities against one another. Yet, anti-racist work is growing from and within immigrant faith communities. Join field leaders for this conversation. Click here to register.
Open Div Summit Pod-Conference
February 25-28
The event is called the Open Div Summit, and it aims to translate divinity and religious studies for a non-religious audience. Sessions include topics like:
  • Spiritual Infrastructure of the Future — with Casper ter Kuile & Angie Thurston of the Sacred Design Lab
  • Mindfulness & Race — with Cheryl A. Giles & Pamela Ayo Yetunde, professors at Harvard Divinity School and United Theological Seminary
  • Building Your Own Theology — with UU minister Richard Gilbert
  • Crossfit as Reinventive Institution — with Marcelle Dawson of University of Otago
  • Tolkien-ism, Jedi-ism, and Invented Religions — with Markus Davidsen of Leiden University
  • Collective Storytelling — with Marshall Ganz of Harvard Kennedy School
  • Building Ecumenical Faith Communities — with Killian Noe of Recovery Cafe
  • God and Money — with Dartmouth professor Devin Singh
  • The event is a 4-day pod-conference, which means we'll be releasing 10-15 pre-recorded talks as podcasts each day in addition to several live panels and community gatherings that will include music and mindfulness practice.
Attendees will have a chance to meet one another, exchange ideas, and share ideas about the future of meaning-making and secular spirituality. The event is free and open to those of any faith and no faith.
To register click here.
Interfaith Atlanta Townhall And Celebration
Sunday, March 14, 4:00 P.M., EST
Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is becoming Interfaith Atlanta (IA). Join us as we celebrate ongoing and upcoming interfaith work in Greater Atlanta and the first-ever presentation of the Jan Swanson Outstanding Interfaith Achievement Award.
To register click here.
Partner Programs
Wondrous Worlds: "Islam & Art Through Time and Place: In This Moment"
Friday, February 26, 12:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Works of art have the power to prompt, provoke, and illuminate. In a series of lunchtime talks titled In This Moment, Carlos curators and Emory faculty and graduate students discuss works of art that reflect the complex social issues of their time and place and provide a framework through which we can reflect on those of our own time as well.
With a beautiful copper ewer and basin featured in the exhibition Wondrous Worlds: Islam & Art Through Time and Place that illustrates the importance of water in Islamic tradition and ritual as a starting point, Norah Elmagraby, PhD candidate in Emory’s Program in Islamic Civilizations Studies, presents a look at places where control of water is a source of conflict in the contemporary Islamic world.
To register click here.
Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Equality
Monday, March 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Zoom
Our speaker for the next installment of the Race & Difference Colloquium Series is Dr. Karen Cox from the UNC Charlotte. This talk examines the long history of Confederate monuments with examples of how these statues, which have long dominated the southern landscape, have been intentionally deployed as a cultural wedge to reverse gains in racial progress.
All events are free, but registration is required. Please click here to register. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.
This event is co-sponsored by the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative Presents: "Indigenous Suffragists, the 19th Amendment and the Politics of Self-Determination"
Thursday, March 4, 5:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
At the turn of the twentieth century Native American cultures, governments, and traditions were under sustained attack by federal policies that sought to destroy them. Policymakers drew a contrast between "modern Americans" and "primitive Indian," ideas that were reinforced by the many images of Indians that proliferated in art, literature, and myriad other aspects of US culture.
This presentation explores how three Native American suffrage activists--Marie Bottineau Baldwin (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Laura Cornelius Kellog (Wisconsin Oneida), and Gertrude Bonnin also known as Zitkala-Ša (Yankton Dakota)--strategically used their writings and public appearances to change public opinion about Native communities and advocate for political rights and self-determination.
To register, please click the link here
Art Meets Activism Event: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian and The Baptism                                  Sunday, March 7, 3:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) and Arts at Emory invite you to join us for this screening and panel discussion which also commemorates “Bloody Sunday.”
Our panelists include Dr. Francine Allen-Adams (Morehouse College/JWJI Fellow); Dr. Vicki Crawford (Morehouse College); Doris Derby (photographer, poet, and Civil Rights Movement participant); Dr. Andra Gillespie (JWJI Director) and Carl Rux (poet of The Baptism-tribute to John Lewis and C.T. Vivian).
This event is free, but please click here to register on Eventbrite.

Emory Ethnographic Forum
Monday, March 22, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Zoom
The Department of Religion and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies are sponsoring a new book series virtual event. In our upcoming session, we will be focusing on "Judaism in Motion: The Making of Same-Sex Parenthood in Israel" by Sibylle Lustenberger. This book examines the political, rabbinic, and cultural dynamics at play in the contemporary creation of gay and lesbian families. It follows same-sex couples on their path to parenthood to show how various actors – the couples, their families, medical personnel in fertility clinics, state workers, and rabbis – grapple with fundamental questions over the norms of reproduction and the authority to define them.
To access the Zoom meeting, please click here.
Opportunities and Resources
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Summer Grants
Application deadline: April 2, 12:00 p.m.
Apply for summer grants from the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS). We are proceeding optimistically that grant funds may be able to be used for travel, research, or study at some point during the summer of 2021, and we also are aware that funds may be useful in ways that are different than in previous years. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. To learn more about our grants and how to apply, visit our website or email us at mmibab@emory.edu.
Summer Opportunities at Camp Ramah Darom
June 13-August 8, 2021
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Ramah Darom is a breathtaking 185-acre kosher campus, just two hours north of Atlanta. In the summer, young campers at Camp Ramah Darom have transformative Jewish experiences: they learn new skills, forge identity, gain independence, and build lifelong friendships.
We invite you to experience Ramah Darom for yourself. We are looking for motivated, energetic, positive, and hard-working individuals to fill our paid on-campus safety staff and volunteer security officer positions. Both positions have benefits including lodging, meals, staff programs, and more.
For more information or if interested, please email wlevitt@ramahdarom.org and visit our website.

Residential Student Staff Leaders 2021-2022 Interest Form
Form will close Monday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. ET
The Offices of Residence Life and Sorority and Fraternity Life are excited to announce the start of our 2021-2022 selection process for residential student leaders. While we would typically kick off this process with the formal opening of applications, this year we are beginning with an interest form that we invite all interested candidates to complete.
This form offers you the opportunity to indicate which positions you would be interested in applying for. Completing this form will ensure you receive the most up-to-date information about the next steps in the application and interview processes. The form closes on March 1 at 9:00 a.m. EST – complete it by clicking here
Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Queer Discussion Groups
Spring 2021 Virtual Queer Discussion Groups
The Office of LGBT Life is proud to announce that our Queer Discussion Groups are back. Our seven student-led discussion groups meet once a week and offer students an opportunity to meet similarly-identified peers and discuss relevant issues in a judgment-free zone. Check out our full schedule above.
Interested in joining a group? Reach out to the group's facilitators for Zoom info.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 25
Tradition: Judaism
Celebrates the rescue of the Jews of ancient Persia from a plot to destroy them as related in the Book of Esther, which is read at this time. Purim is a joyous holiday, celebrated by wearing costumes, giving gifts to friends, giving to the poor, and socializing. Preceded by the Fast of Esther, Purim is a day of feasting. Begins at sundown.
Nineteen Day Fast
February 28-March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fast is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
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