Islamic Awareness Month, Black History Month, International Friday Lunch
Islamic Awareness Month, Black History Month, International Friday Lunch
News and Programs 02.04.22
Islamic Awareness Month:
Muslim Call to Prayer Fridays from Cox Hall
Fridays in February, 1:45 p.m., Cannon Chapel
The Emory Muslim Students Association and the Graduate Muslim Student Council celebrate the month of February as Islamic Awareness Month, and by longstanding tradition the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) is played on Fridays after the 1:45 p.m. chimes from the Cox Hall carillon. This call to prayer announces the time for Jumu'ah prayers, the weekly communal prayer held on Fridays at 1:55 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. 

The call to prayer is a general statement of Islamic belief and a summons to prayer, traditionally recited from mosque minarets five times a day. 

For more information, please contact OSRL Muslim Religious Life Scholar Dr. Isam Vaid at
Islamic Awareness Month
Emory MSA Presents: Islamic Awareness Month
Asalamu aleykum everyone, this is the calendar of events for this month. We have a lot of amazing events coming up, and we know it can become dizzying to keep track of them all, so please refer back to this whenever you need a reminder of what’s going on. Plan accordingly so you don’t miss out on these great opportunities. Learn more here
International Community Friday Lunch
International Community Friday Lunch Resumes
Friday, February 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
International Community Friday Lunch is back for the spring semester. If you're looking to connect with other International Students and Scholars, join us for the International Community student lunches.
February 11 Host: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Registration is required by the Tuesday before the lunch, do so online. Sponsored by Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services. 
Black History Month
Emory Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement Presents: Black History Month 
Join Emory Office of RACE for these exciting Black History Month events coming your way soon. Registration for the upcoming events here. 
mId-week music meditation
Midweek Musical Meditation for Black History Month
Wednesday, February 9, 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. On February 9, Maury will present a special Black History Month edition. 
To register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections, visit You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page. Last 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, February 2, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation, February 2, 2022
MLK Jr. Day Lecture
Anti-Antiracism: Fighting Backlash, Building Justice
Tuesday, February 22, 5:00 p.m., Tull Auditorium in Gambrell Hal, 1301 Clifton Road and Live-streamed
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Emory University School of Law will host on Tuesday, February 22, 5:00 p.m., a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture, titled “Anti-Antiracism: Fighting Backlash, Building Justice,” by Darren Hutchinson, Professor of Law and inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice. This lecture will be given in person in Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, and will also be live-streamed. Register here.  
Beloved Community Spring 2022
Beloved Community Christian Worship
Sunday, February 6,  11:00 a.m. service, Zoom Only: 
Text: Isaiah 6:1-8
Title: God's Mission Today
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. For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
February 6 Preacher: Roland Fernandes, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief
Roland Fernandes became the General Secretary (chief executive) of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) on September 1, 2020, having filled key leadership roles in the organizations since 1995. He was both chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Global Ministries/UMCOR from 2003 and has several times served as interim general secretary. As general secretary, he oversees programs, projects and partners in 120 countries, including 350 missionaries in 70 countries. UMCOR is the church’s relief and development organization.
Judaism for Beginners Study Group
Weekly, Spring 2022
This spring, Emory's Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig will be hosting a weekly class on Judaism for Beginners. The class is open to any and all, regardless of spiritual background or previous knowledge of Judaism, and will explore major themes and concepts of Judaism relevant to our lives. 
If you have any questions, email If you're interested, fill out this form
Volunteers Needed Feb 5: Faith in the Vaccine -- Spring 2022 Children's Clinics
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)
  • February 23 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and up register here. Ages 5-11 register here.
Indian Creek Elementary (ICE)
  • February 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • March 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and up register here. Ages 5-11 Register here
Please register for the clinics at the specific links above. 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.
Upcoming Programs
Emory Buddhist Spring Retreat for Students
Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Emory Buddhist Chaplaincy has planned an over-night Buddhist retreat for students at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center which is about two hours’ drive from Emory Atlanta Campus. It will take place on March 11-12 (Friday afternoon – Saturday afternoon). If you are interested in attending the retreat, please apply here. Space is limited. 
For questions, please contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Emory HSA: GBM and Aarti
Friday, February 4, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
To end your first week of in-person classes on a high note, join us this Friday for our weekly GBM and aarti. As always, samosas and sweets will be provided. Hope to see you there. For more information, follow the HSA Instagram
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday Dinner
Friday, February 4, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
Please join the Intervarsity's Graduate Christian Fellowship for their First Friday Dinner. Faculty member, Dr. Andrea Gillespie will be the guest speaker for the night. The conversation will be on what a Chritian vision for social justice looks like in our world. Feel free to bring guest to the conversation.

To RSVP for this event, click here.
Emory Hillel Shabbat Dinner
Friday, February 4, 7:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Eat in or take your meal to go. RSVP required here
University Catholic Center: Card Writing and Movie Night
Friday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. University Catholic Center
Help spread some joy to hospitalized kids by joining us in making them cards while also enjoying aa movie night. Learn more here.  
Book Launch: You Truly Assumed
Wednesday, February 16, 4:00 p.m., Online
You are invited to attend the launch of Emory undergraduate Laila Sabreen’s debut novel, You Truly Assumed on Wednesday February 16th at 4:00 EST via zoom. You Truly Assumed is a work of YA fiction that chronicles the stories of three Black Muslim teenage girls as they navigate islamophobia and grow as activists together through their blog.
Laila will be in conversation with Margari Hill, the Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative ( Please consider attending to learn from Laila and Margari’s conversation about Black Muslim women’s experiences, literature, and representation in YA fiction. 
Register here
MSA Qur'an Study Group
Tuesdays beginning February 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Candler Library Room 122
Join MSA for Qur'anic discussions, tajweed lessons, memorization prep, and overall engagement of the Qur'an. This program hopes to create an inclusive and welcoming environment to explore the Qur'an and increase imaan inshAllah. 
Learn more information by joining the GroupMe here
Shlokas and Snacks
Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Hindu Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya and fellow students for a laid-back discussion on shlokas, poems, readings, questions, and ideas associated with Hindu traditions. You're encouraged to bring your own shlokas and poems to discuss. 
For any questions or more information, contact Shweta Chaitanya. 
Kessler Reformation Conversations 2022
Online Registration
Named after the world-renowned Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection held at Pitts Theology Library, these online, 30-45 minute conversations offer opportunities for the general public to learn about the events in Europe in the 16th century and to consider what they may tell us about the issues facing our communities. Conversations in a given academic semester focus on a single contemporary theme and trace it back to the Reformers. These conversations are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Below is registration for the Fall 2021 conversations, as well as archived versions of the Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 conversations.
Upcoming Conversations:
Dr. Elsie Anne McKee, "Surprise and Diversity: A Woman's Place in Reform Yesterday and Today," Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, "Women Leaders of the Reformation: Profiles, Contexts, and Texts," Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Off Campus Programs
Interfaith Atlanta 
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 recently below. 
Celebrating 20 Years of ISB and the 100 Influential Georgia Muslims Gala
Saturday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
The Islamic Speakers Bureau annual gala is a community-wide gathering of remarkable leaders in every part of our society, from business to civil rights, from education to the arts. We come together to celebrate the ISB’s efforts to battle bigotry through education and engagement. This year’s Gala will recognize role models who use their influence to make our world a better place. Find out more information about sponsorships and purchase tickets at
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:                                        
"Without Regard to Sex, Race, and Color: A Black History Concert"
Sunday, February 6, 6:00 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
The world premiere of "Without Regard to Sex, Race, and Color: A Black History Concert” is a great opportunity to share the hopes and aspirations for our world through the richness of African American composers. All proceeds go to support the Trey Clegg Singers. Tickets are available here.
Breathe Again: Healthy Air is Health Care                                                                                  Thursday, February 17 - Saturday, February 19, 12:00 p.m.                                                   Registration is open for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light’s “Breathe Again.” On Thursday, February 17, learn skills to lead your community to act on air pollution, climate justice, and public health. Friday, February 18 is a Day of Action- an opportunity to participate in collective action. Learn more here
Equitable Dinners and FCRC present Stories from the Soil
Sunday, February, 27, 6:00 p.m., Online
Are you looking for a place connect to with others who want to make a positive difference? Equitable Dinners Atlanta is a free monthly series using the arts and courageous conversation to inspire Anti-Racism action in the world in collaboration with the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition. Stories from the Soil, sharing the lives of documented victims of racial terror in Fulton County between 1889-1936. Find out more and register here.
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 3:00 p.m., Online
Join ICI in harmony in celebrating interfaith in travel, cuisine, and art. The theme will be "The Diaspora- A Force for Positive Change". Register here
Answering the Call: Black Faith Communities and the HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Monday, February 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m., Online
As we celebrate National Black HIV and AIDS Day and Black History Month this February, join IFYC for this important conversation. This conversation with Dr. Ulysses Burley III, Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, and Khadijah Abdullah, moderated by the Rev. Fred Davie, will amplify the voices of Black thought-leaders, activists, and organizers engaged in on-the-ground efforts to destigmatize HIV and eradicate the virus. Sponsored by Interfaith Youth Core. 
Partner Programs
JWJI Race and Difference Series
Thursday, February 10, 6:00 p.m., Online
The James Weldon Johnson Institute is pleased to present this spring installment of the JWJI Public Dialogues in Race and Difference Series. Our panelist talk is entitled Black-Asian Solidarity.
This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

Opportunities and Resources
Servant Leadership Summer Internship Program
Application due February 28, 2022
Make a difference this summer. The Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Internship Program is a funded summer internship program that provides students with a supervised opportunity to work with Atlanta-area nonprofits in a wide variety of fields. This internship program is designed to enrich the student's life and integrate the practical, intellectual, and spiritual components of work while deepening understandings of responsibility, service, and vocation.

The Servant Leadership Summer Program includes an orientation, weekly class sessions, projects, and 270 hours of work at your placement site. Students receive a stipend of between $2,000 and $4,000. Application Deadline is Mon., February 28, 2022 by 4:00 p.m. For more information about this internship program and to apply, visit us our website.
Jewish Student Voter Engagement (JSVE) Campus Fellowship Program
The Jewish Electorate Institute (JEI) is recruiting college students for the Jewish Student Voter
Engagement Fellowship, which will start in January 2022 and will go through November 2022. Fellows will work both virtually and in-person on their own campuses and will participate in a multi-institutional learning community with fellows from other campuses. JEI is an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to deepening the public’s understanding of Jewish American participation in our democracy. The JSVE Campus Fellowship is focused on establishing sustainable structures for voter education, registration, and mobilization efforts within the student community.
Our fellows will be tasked with engaging students in voter education and registration efforts in advance of the midterm elections, as well as encouraging participation in civic engagement opportunities on campus. Learn more hereTo apply: Please send a resume to and note “JSVE Fellowship” in the subject line.
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
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancami)
Sat., Feb. 5, 2022
Tradition: Hinduism
One of many Hindu festivals to honor the advent of spring, this day is celebrated particularly in North India, where it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning; however, it also retains connection with the goddess Lakshmi.
Nirvana Day (for some, February 8)
Tue., Feb. 15, 2022
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern Buddhist tradition, it commemorates the parinirvana of the Buddha. In cultures of Southeast Asia, the buddha's parinirvana is remembered during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Mi'raj al-Nabiy)
Sun., Feb. 27, 2022
Tradition: Islam
Commemorates the ascension (al-Mi'raj) of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to heaven following his night journey (al Isra') from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent to heaven and return the same night. Begins at sundown.
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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