Ganesh Chaturthi Puja, Yom Kippur, and Student Worker Opportunities
Ganesh Chaturthi Puja, Yom Kippur, and Student Worker Opportunities
 News and Programs 09.09.21
Ganesh Chaturthi
Friday Aarti with Hindu Students Association
Friday, September 10, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Join the Hindu Students Association this Friday at 5:00 p.m. for Aarti. This week, we will be celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with a discussion and Puja offering. 
All are welcome to attend. 
Aarti is a form of worship in which a lamp, typically an oil lamp, is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. The various icons towards which the Aarti is performed hold unique significance across different Hindu traditions, although the atmosphere of joy and upliftment is common to all. Whether performed alone in one’s home or in a communal setting like a temple, Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and/or religious principles.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya at
More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found here
International Community Friday Lunch
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, September 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Underpass (Outside in shade)
International Community Friday Lunch (formerly International Coffee Hour) is a long-standing collaboration between the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). We seek to extend a warm welcome and build a community for international students and scholars over a free lunch, conversation, and resource sharing.
Lunch Host 9/10: Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
These lunches are limited, so be sure to register by the Tuesday before the community lunch you will attend. RSVP Required here.  
OSRL Now Hiring
Undergraduate Student Job Opportunities: Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life 
Application Deadline: Friday, September 17
Emory University Cannon Chapel and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) are seeking Student Workers for the upcoming academic semester. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, Program Coordinator, and the Executive Administrative Assistant, the Student Worker team supports the department’s mission through hospitality and communications support, data and record management, web and publications work, and special event staffing. Training and mentoring will be provided through staff meetings and ongoing coaching to build knowledge and skills.
The Student Worker program provides the opportunity to learn about the multifaith work of the department and to assist our professional staff in fulfilling essential functions that support our programs and services. Contact Katie Rappold, Program Coordinator, with any questions here
To apply, search for the following job titles on Handshake here or at the button below (Please note FWS position for federal work study qualified students):
  • Student Worker, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
  • FWS Student Worker, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Apply Here
Welcoming Day of Service
Welcoming Day of Service on 9/11/21
Saturday, September 11, 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer Emory is hosting its annual large-scale day of service, Emory’s Welcoming Day of Service, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. This event is a chance for all current Emory students to come together to volunteer around Atlanta, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, followed by a short on-site reflection session. We are excited to be able to do this in-person again and hope to see all your happy faces. Find more information and register here. Come to meet one another and the community and build solidarity.
Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Service Day on 9/11/21
Saturday, September 11, organized by Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Join us for a day of service and community. Projects include:
  • Peavine Trail Cleanup, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Meet at Glenn Church School Building (1660 N. Decatur Road):  Clear out trash and invasive species from Peavine trail next to Emory’s campus. 
  • Singing and Fellowship at Clairmont Place, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Meet at the entrance to Clairmont Place (1800 Clairmont Lake): Bring joy by singing and interacting with older adult residents outside at Clairmont Place. 
  • Care Package Packing at Glenn, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Glenn Church School Building (1660 N. Decatur Road). : Pack care packages for Intown Collaborative Ministries to distribute to persons experiencing homelessness and learn more about helping people in our everyday encounters. 
  • Drop off diapers for infants at Los Vecinos and incontinence briefs for older adults at Branan Towers, flexible: Collection boxes will be on the front steps of Glenn Sanctuary from 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 11 until 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 12.

    More information about each event will be provided via email to registered participants. Sign up here.
Yom Kippur with Hillel
Marcus Hillel Center, 735 Gatewood Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322
Yom Kippur Pre-Fast Meal: Wednesday, September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
Join us for a pre-fast meal before Kol Nidre services. The menu will include Matzah Ball soup, brisket, stuffed mushrooms for vegetarians, potato kugel, and hearts of palm avocado salad
Kol Nidre Evening Service: Wednesday, September 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Join us for Kol Nidre Services
  • Reform services: Marcus Hillel Cente
  • Conservative services: Cannon Chapel
Yom Kippur Services: Thursday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Reform services, led by Rabbi Micah Lapidus: Marcus Hillel Center
  • Traditional services, led by Allen Lipson: Cannon Chapel
Break-Fast: Thursday, September 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
  • Pickup your Break-Fast meal 2 GO. We will be serving bagels, lox, toppings, kugel, and more. 
Neila: Thursday, September 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Join us for our evening Neila service on Yom Kippur at the Marcus Hillel Center. Break-fast 2 go will also be served after if you RSVP'd for food.
RSVP for events on the Hillel Hive
Yom Kippur with Chabad
Let your Yom Kippur be more than a hungry day at Shul. In addition to the traditional services, the prayers are interwoven with soulful melodies and deeper insight and explanation into the meaning of the day. No prior/prayer experience is necessary. All events take place at Chabad at Emory (1526 N Decatur Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30307). 
Evening- Kol Nidrei: Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., Chabad at Emory 
Yom Kippur Day: Thursday, September 16, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Services: 10:30 a.m.
  • Yizkor Service: 1:00 p.m.
  • Mincha-Neilah: 5:30 p.m.
  • Fast ends at 8:19 p.m.
Break-Fast: Thursday, September 16, 8:25 p.m.
  • $10 Suggested donation. 
For more information, visit Chabad here.
Religious Holiday Observance Accommodation
mid-week music meditation
Mid-Week Musical Meditation Online
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00 - 12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
This short midweek musical meditation online is an opportunity to lift up prayers and meditations for the needs of the world and our own lives. Open to all Emory students, faculty, and staff of all faiths. Led by Maury Allums, Director of Music in the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook
Mid-Week Music Meditation, September 8
Mid-Week Music Meditation, September 8
Beloved Community Schedule
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service
Sunday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. lunch (outside), Cannon Chapel
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern 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, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad.
Preacher: Rev. George Hamm, RUF campus minister, will be providing the sermon entitled "Friendship", using the text from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
Beloved Community September 1
Beloved Community Service, September 1, 2021
Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson
Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson
Chaplain Maddie Office Hours
Thursday, September 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Kaldi’s at the Student Center 
Hang out with Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson! Have questions about Christian life on campus? Wrestling with questions about your faith? Want to meet someone new? All of these are reasons to drop by. Chaplain Maddie wants to get to know you and for you to know her, so stop by for as short or long as you’re able. She hopes to see you then.
Upcoming Programs
Emory Buddhist Club
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel or Zoom
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome back Sensei Michael Elliston Roshi from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. He is the spiritual leader of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, as well as a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA). Sensei will be leading a meditation and group discussion this Thursday. 
This semester, the weekly EBC meetings will be accessible for you in-person and via Zoom. Our regular teachers will lead in-person or online based on their preference. All are welcome to join at Cannon Chapel each week (with a mask), but those wishing to Zoom in can use this link.  
DBS at Bread Coffeehouse
Thursday, September 9, 7:30 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Come by Bread at 7:30 p.m. for a great time, featuring: chicken alfredo (with a vegan option available) and dirt cake for dinner, music by Zach Butler, and stories by Mandy. After DBS hang around at Bread to play Smash Bros. Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
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. For more information, visit the Catholic Center here. 
Bread Watches Women's Soccer
Saturday, September 11, 12:00 p.m.
Come cheer on our Emory's Women Soccer team at 12:00 p.m. Meet at Bread (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307) or message a staff member for more details. Learn more here
Catholic Center Small Group Sign Ups
Sign up by September 11
Joining a small group is an easy way to connect with like-minded students who have a desire for community and prayer. Whether you'd like to lead or participate, small groups are designed to provide a place of welcome and belonging for students at Emory University and Agnes Scott College. Sign up here.  
Catholic Center Liturgical Ministry Training
Sunday, September 12, 2:00- 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
If you worship with our community and are looking to become more involved, you should consider becoming a liturgical minister. We are actively seeking volunteers interested in serving during Sunday Mass as an altar server, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, or lector. Individuals who complete training will be commissioned to serve for three years. Trainings will take place at:
2:00 p.m. - Lectors
3:10 p.m. - Theology and Spirituality of Ministry by Fr. John Boll (required for all)
4:00 p.m. - Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
5:00 p.m. - Altar Servers
If you plan to attend, sign up here.
GCF Buddy Program
Sign up by September 10
Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship in a buddy program for graduate students to foster friendships and community.
This program will use an interest form to match 2-3 students according to their interests/commitment level, etc.There will be a kickoff event to break the ice with buddies and/or have another event mid semester or the following semester to foster buddy connections. Sign up by September 10 here
McDonald Lecture: “Imitation of Christ: The Disputed Understanding of Christian Discipleship”
Wednesday, September 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Rita Anne Rollins Building Room 252
With Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson, this year’s Alonzo L. McDonald Chair in the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture. This event will take place in person in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building, from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EDT. The lecture will be available to watch as a recording afterwards on Candler’s Vimeo site. Register here.
Welcome Back Dinner
Thursday, September 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., ESC Ballroom
Aslamu aleykum. Join MSA for their largest semester event- the Welcome Back Dinner. The theme this year is zakat/sadaqah and for that reason there will be a silent auction with all proceeds of the auction going to help Afghani refugees in Georgia.
If you would like to donate an item to the auction as well, then please bring them to Jummah Prayer at Canon Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. The last day to donate will be September 10. Items will be featured on our story to give you a better idea of what items you will find at the auction. Come enjoy great food, henna, a photo-booth and Arabic calligraphy while we all come together and raise money for an amazing cause. Learn more about MSA Events here.  
Catholic Center Welcome Back Hike at Stone Mountain
Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Departing from First Year Quad and SAAC
Join fellow Catholic students for a chill hike at Stone Mountain. Meet up on the First Year Quad or outside the SAAC on Clairmont campus at 9:00 AM to carpool to downtown Stone Mountain for free entrance to the park. If you have a car and you're willing to drive (and be reimbursed for gas), contact Michael Zauche at
InterVarsity International Fellowship
International InterVarsity Fellowship
Join InterVarsity's International Fellowship in ongoing events such as tea talks, bible studies, outdoor hiking and games, and book reading. Register for events here
Bread Coffeehouse Small Groups and Baristas
Small Groups (smoops) are back. If you are interested and haven't already, fill out the small group sign up form to get to know new people and start to build up community again. Stay on the lookout for a text from staff with smoop details after you sign up. 
If you want to spend your afternoons hanging out at Bread and meeting new people, learn a new skill, or wow your friends with your latte (or other coffee or tea drink of your preference) making skills, become a Bread Coffehouse barista. Check the box on the small group sign up form or reach out to Trey to let us know and we'll be sure to get you all set up. We'll teach you everything you need to do and pair you with a friend.
Sign up for small groups and barista opportunities here
Off Campus Programs
“Turning towards each other,” 20th Anniversary 9-11 Interfaith Service 
Saturday, September 11, 11:00 a.m., Live In-Person & on Facebook. Ebster Pavilion outdoors at Trinity and Electric Ave. or Ebster Recreation Center inside if weather is inclement.
First Responders will be recognized.  Indra Thomas, soprano, is scheduled to perform. This open interfaith service is hosted by representatives from a variety of faith traditions and the City of Decatur. Decatur Covid Protocols will be followed:  masks are required; social distancing is encouraged.  Hand sanitizers and masks will be available.  For more info contact Pastor James Brewer-Calvert, First Christian Church of Decatur, (404)378-3621 or
Official Dedication of Lynching Remembrance Markers
Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m., Virtual
Join the DeKalb Remembrance Project in dedicating remembrance markers that honor those known and unknown men and women that died violently from lynching in DeKalb County. We remember Reuben Hudson, Jr., Porter F Turner, and three to five unnamed Black men. RSVP at
Project Understanding: Black/Jewish Coalition
Project Understanding, a signature achievement of AJC’s Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition, ensures that relationships between Black and/or Jewish thought leaders continue with Atlanta’s next generation. This year’s Project Understanding will have two tracks:  Project Understanding for Emerging Leaders (ages 25-39) and Project Understanding Gen X (ages 40-55).  Apply Here. Project Understanding is open to those who identify as Black and/or Jewish and live in Metro Atlanta. The application due date is Sunday, October 17. Questions? Contact Julie Katz at
Partner Programs
Welcome Back BBQ Flyer
Emory Pride Welcome Back BBQ
Saturday, September 11, 2:00-6:00 p.m., Main Quad
Come kick off the semester with Emory Pride at their annual Welcome Back BBQ this Saturday, September 11th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Stop by to make new friends, greet old ones, & enjoy some (free) food and music. Learn more about LGBT Community opportunities here
Apply for the Emory International Council (EIC)
Apply by Sunday, September 12 
ISSS is excited to accept applications for the Emory International Council (EIC). The EIC will provide suggestions and input on ISSS programs and offer new ideas about the types of support and services that will help international students have a fulfilling and successful Emory experience. International students from all schools are encouraged to apply by September 12th here
Apply for Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP) (for domestic and international students)
Apply by Sunday, September 12
Do you want to develop both your leadership and intercultural communication skills and earn a certificate? ISSS is launching the Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP) this academic year. Read more about the program here and contact Amber Cordell if you have any questions. Domestic and international students from all schools are encouraged to apply by September 12 here
JWJI Fall Colloquium Series
Begins Monday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. on Zoom
The James Weldon Johnson Institute 2021 Fall Colloquium lunch series kicks off on Monday, September 13 at noon via Zoom. Professor Donna Ford from Ohio State University will speak on the topic, Beyond Culture Blindness: Theories and Models to Become Antiracist, Culturally Competent, and Equity-oriented.
This event is free but please RSVP for this and all colloquium event dates here.
First-Gen BBQ
First-Generation Welcome Back BBQ
Friday, September 17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Main Quad
All first-generation faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join Emory 1915 Scholars, Belonging and Community Justice, and Undergraduate Affairs on the Main Quad on Friday for food, lawn games, and community. Learn more here
Symposium Invitation
In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism, and the Journey Towards Restorative Justice Symposium
September 29 - October 1, 2021. Hybrid format on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses, with in-person and virtual sessions, as well as physical and digital exhibits. 
The symposium is open to the public at no charge. Many universities are examining their histories and discovering their connections to slave labor and Indigenous dispossession. This symposium will highlight the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions will include creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. 
Click here to read an article about the symposium. 
Register Here
Opportunities and Resources
Love in Action Donations for Afghanistan Refugees
Bread Coffeehouse is partnering with Atlanta Christian Church and New American Pathways, a non-profit organization that works with refugees here in the state of Georgia. They are currently focused on supporting refugees from Afghanistan, and we want to lend a hand to our neighbors in need by donating items that help with basic daily needs.
For the next few weeks, we'll be collecting these items at Bread (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307):
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Washcloths and Towels
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Feminine products
  • Stuffed animals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Can openers
  • Small and large knives
  • Other utensils
Emergency Checklist
Weekly Gatherings
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 are 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.
Paryusana Festival
Fri., Sep. 3 – Fri., Sep. 10, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
Considered the holiest period of the year, these eight days are marked for Jains by fasting, meditation, prayer and public readings of the life story of Lord Mahavira. Observed especially by the followers of the Shvetambara sect, Paryusana concludes on Samvatsari, the most solemn occasion of self-scrutiny and forgiveness. On this day, Jains ask for forgiveness from their relatives and friends for any offense they may have committed by deed, word or thought.
Ganesh Chaturthi
Thu., Sep. 9, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
A celebration of Ganesh’s birthday, one of the major Hindu deities. Ganesh, who has the head of an elephant, is the God of Success and is invoked at the beginning of all new undertakings.
Das Laxana Festival
Sat., Sep. 11 – Mon., Sep. 20, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
(the Paryusana Festival of Jain Digumbar Sect): A 10-day festival that is considered to be a holy convocation. During these days, Jains impose some restraints on their daily activities by fasting, meditation and prayer. The last day of Paryusana is the most solemn occasion of forgiveness and the examination of one's own thoughts and feelings. On this day, Jains ask for forgiveness from their relatives and friends for any offense they may have committed by deed, word or thought.
Yom Kippur
Wed., Sep. 15 – Thu., Sep. 16, 2021
Tradition: Judaism
(Or Day of Atonement.) The conclusion of the Ten Days of Awe, Yom Kippur is the holiest and most solemn of all days in the Jewish year. It is characterized by repentance, fasting, and forgiveness. Begins at sundown.

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