Emory King Week, WISE Student Coordinator, Faith in the Vaccine
Emory King Week, WISE Student Coordinator, Faith in the Vaccine
News and Programs 1.06.21
King Week
Emory King Week Online
January 13-20, 2022
Emory University King Week is a series of programs offered in January by various Emory units to honor the life and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Programs include educational lectures, spiritual services, community service projects, celebrations, and exhibits.
View the King Week schedule below. This year's events have been moved online in keeping with Emory's COVID-19 operating status. 
For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
King Week Schedule
King Week 2022 Events 
MLK Sunday 2022
Sunday, January 16, 11:00 a.m., Zoom Only: https://bit.ly/MLKSunday2022 
As a part of Emory King Week, there will be a special Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service on MLK Sunday, with Dr. Walter Fluker speaking. His sermon title is "Run to the Mountain: A Call to Dreamers at the Crossing(s) in a Post-King Era", and we invite you to join via Zoom or in person.
Dr. Walter Fluker is the Dean’s Professor for Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership at the Emory University Candler School of Theology. He previously served as Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology.
Special music provided by Maury Allums, OSRL Music Director. 
Register for the Zoom webinar here. For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
King Week Keynote
Fighting for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: A Conversation with Founding Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale
Tuesday, January 18, 4:00 p.m., Online
Bobby Seale is an African-American political activist and co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party. Born in Texas in 1936, Bobby Seale is one of a generation of young African-American radicals who broke away from the usually nonviolent Civil Rights Movement to preach a doctrine of militant black empowerment. In 1962, Seale met Huey Newton at a rally and the pair quickly became friends. By 1966, Seale and Newton were ready to organize their beliefs, and they formed the Black Panthers, later renamed the Black Panther Party.
In the 1970s, as the Black Panthers faded from public view, Seale took on a quieter role, working toward improving social services in black neighborhoods and other causes. In 2002, Seale moved back to Oakland to work with young political activists to spark social change. Register to attend this important keynote here.  
King Week Dialogue: “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Online
Participants will watch Dr. Martin Luther King’s “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint” speech and then engage in discussions about their individual aspirations and goals for social justice. Open to all members of the Emory Community. Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue. Co-sponsored by Emory Conversation Project, All Black Emory, Nu Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Register here.
Panel Discussion: "Ali's Comeback: The Untold Story"
Tuesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m., Online
In 1970, Emory Law graduate Robert Kassel was involved in assisting a group of Atlantans working to help Muhammad Ali recover his career three years after he was stripped of his boxing title, convicted of draft evasion, threatened with imprisonment, and banned from fighting in all 50 states. Join Emory University School of Law and Dream Factory LLC for a panel discussion about the unlikely group of people wh helped The Greatest of All Time return to the boxing ring. Panelists include:
  • Dr. Khalilah Ali, wife of Muhammad Ali
  • Councilman Michael Julian Bond
  • Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, president and CEO, firstClass, Inc.
  • Art Jones, director, Ali's Comeback
  • Emory alumus Robert Kassel 62C 63L
  • The Honorable Sam Massell, former Atlanta mayor
  • The Honorable Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor and Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Moderated by Prof. Robert Parrish, Emory Law interim CDO
Registrants will receive a link to the movie for viewing prior to the program. Sponsored by Emory School of Law. For more information, please email Susan Clark.
Oxford College King Week Celebration
Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
The speaker, The Rev. Kim Jackson, is an alumna of Candler School of Theology, vicar at Church of the Common Ground, a Georgia state representative for the 41st district, and was named one of Emory’s 40 under 40 outstanding alumni. Also featured will be remarks from Oxford’s current Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar, Hannah Bodus and Oxford Dean Douglas A. Hicks. Special music will be offered by Mr. Maury Allums, Director of Music for Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Free and no registration required. Join via zoom here.
MLK Community Service Awards Ceremony
Breaking Down Injustice: Our Voices and Our Vote
Thursday, January 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Online
For over 20 years, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School have honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards Program. This year’s awards celebration is centered on MLK Jr.’s quote- “ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 
Join with speaker Andra Gillespie, PhD. Sponsored by Sarah Blake (SPH), Lynne Segall (GBS), Sheryl Heron (SOM), Stella Clarke-Dubose (SON). For any questions, contact Sheryl Heron and Cassandra Evans. Register here.
Nominations are due by January 7, 2022. Nominees can be an Emory-affiliated OR Atlanta-based individual or group, nominations can be completed here
Apply to Be WISE Pre-Orientation Student Coordinator
Apply by Monday, January 24
Help select and lead the Peer Mentor team that serves as guides during the Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE) Pre-Orientation Program. This program is designed to ease the transition to college, while providing an opportunity to explore Atlanta, build religious and philosophical literacy and interfaith leadership skills, and connect with new friends. 
The Student Coordinator will help recruit and select peer mentors, provide integral student input on the planning process, and be a strong leader for peer mentors and first-years alike.
A more robust job description can be found on the application here
For questions, email Program Coordinator Katie Rappold
Faith in the Vaccine Continues -- Spring 2022
This spring, Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine (FIVP) leaders are organizing pediatric vaccine clinics for elementary students and educational webinars for their parents in Dekalb County. We’re partnering with Refugee Women’s Network and the International Rescue Committee/CORE. View a list of clinic times and locations below:
International Community School (ICS)
  • January 26 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
  • February 23 Vaccine Event 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Indian Creek Elementary (ICE)
  • January 19 Webinar for Child Vaccine Awareness
  • February 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
  • March 5 Vaccine Event 8:30-12:30 p.m.
Additional information on registering for the clinics is coming soon and you can sign up to volunteer here. For questions, please contact Linh Le. To read more about Emory FIVP, please click here. Sponsored by Emory OSRL with Interfaith Youth Core.
Upcoming Programs
Guided meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, January 13, 6:00 p.m., Zoom Only through January 2022
We will kick off the semester with online only meditation, all are welcome. Join here.
Next week, meditation will be led by The Venerable Priya Sraman, Emory's Buddhist Chaplain. Venerable Priya comes from Bangladesh, was ordained and trained as a monastic in Sri Lanka, and studied in Thailand and Hong Kong, prior to coming to the US and earning a degree from Harvard Divinity School. Learn more about Venerable Priya here
Jumu'ah Prayers
Fridays starting January 7, Cannon Chapel
Jumu'ah Prayers will begin again this Friday, January 7 at Cannon Chapel and will be limited to 25 people due to updated Emory COVID policy. To sign up, and for questions, please email Emory OSRL Muslim Religious Life Scholar Isam Vaid
Emory Hillel Greek Shabbat
Friday, January 7, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center
With fraternity and sorority recruitment in full swing, join us for a pre-semester Shabbat dinner. Whether you are rushing or not, this is a great opportunity to catch up with your friends and get yourself ready for the virtual start of the semester. All in person attendees are expected to follow social distancing as well as RSVP by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., which can be done here.
Emory Catholic Center Mass
Sundays in January 2, 11:00 a.m., University Catholic Center
Join the University Catholic Center for Mass on the lawn through the end of January, weather permitting. For more information and to sign up for updates, visit their website here.  
Bread Coffeehouse: Free Walk Up Espresso Bar and Baked Goods
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. starting January 10, 1227 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30307
Fuel your return to classes with free espresso and baked goods, provided by Bread Coffeehouse. For more information, please contact Alicia Marshall.
RUF at Emory Spring 2022
Interested in RUF events this Spring? Check out their Linktree or follow @ruf_emory on Instagram.
  • Our small groups will start in a few weeks and more info is to come.
  • Join us for a Night of Prayer at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12 online. If we have a big group we will divide into smaller groups. No previous prayer experience required and you can just come and listen. Zoom Link. Meeting ID 938 6600 2343 Passcode: pray
  • Join a Four By Four: Four people will meet once a week for four weeks. This is a space where you can get to know a few people better in a casual way. Sign up by January 14. These will start the week of the January 17.
For questions, please contact Laura Straka.
Emory Hindu Students Association Friday Aarti Online
Friday, January 14, 21, and 28, 5:00 p.m., Online
Join the Hindu Students Association for Virtual Aarti, a form of worship in which a lamp is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and/or religious principles. 
For more information, and for the zoom link, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found here.
Emory Hindu Students Association Shlokas and Snacks
Tuesday, January 18 and January 25, 7:00 p.m., Online
Join us for a laid-back discussion where we will share shlokas (verses), poems, readings, questions and ideas associated with Hindu traditions. Feel free to bring your own shlokas and poems to discuss. Join online here
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya.
Off Campus Programs
Why Voting is Sacred: An Interfaith Response to Protecting our Democracy
Thursday, January 13, 11:00 a.m., Online
Over the last decade our nation has witnessed the rapid reemergence of voter suppression. This extreme and immoral political and legal strategy intentionally targets our most vulnerable citizens and threatens our fragile democracy. Please join IFYC on January 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. for an engaging and informative virtual public conversation as we hear from a diverse array of national faith leaders, public intellectuals, activists, and organizers on why our nation must adopt an inclusive, nonpartisan interfaith approach to restoring and protecting our democracy. Rev. Tyrone McGowan from IFYC will moderate the panel that includes Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Rev. Vanessa Gomez Brake, and Imam Mohamed Magid. Register here.
Interfaith Atlanta Programs
Interfaith Atlanta, formerly known as Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), has a mission to promote understanding, respect, prayer, interaction and unity among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region, and to advance the influence of voices of the faith communities for the common good.
Weekly Midday Respite Interfaith Contemplation 
Wednesday, January 12, 12:00 p.m., 
Interfaith Atlanta offers a weekly 30-minute virtual midday respite focused on peace, compassion and kindness at noon on Wednesdays. Use passcode 060135 to join here.
Dekalb NAACP's 20th Annual Marching to the Sounds of Justice MLK, Jr. Parade
Thursday, January 17, 12:00 p.m.
The Dekalb County Branch 5192 of the NAACP is proud to bring back its Marching to the Sounds of Justice - Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 17th. The parade will begin at Green Pastures Christian Church. Line up at 10:00 a.m., start at 12 noon and ends at MLK High School. Any schools, organization, or clubs that want to march for justice--Sign up here
Ignatius House Tours
Now through May 2022
The Ignatius House Turn-in Tours are offered twice a month through May 2022 for those interested in finding out more about Ignatius House, how we serve the community and how we can support interfaith organizations. Look for a special Interfaith Unity Turn In Tour Day...coming Spring 2022.
Church Action Enewsletter
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Church Action Enewsletter
Faith and Fortitude
Sunday, January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Online
In Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Am Yisrael Chai presents a powerful and unforgettable event, “Faith and Fortiutude,” with keynote speaker Holocaust survivor Ella Blumenthal - joining from Cape-Town, South Africa. Information and registration at Faith and Fortitude 2022.
Travel For Good, Interfaith Community Anniversary Kick-Off Event
Monday, February 7
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Interfaith Community Initiatives and there will be opportunities throughout the year to celebrate, travel, and connect. Watch for “Travel for Good,” the kick-off event, February 7, a virtual world interfaith harmony celebration. More information to come.
Atlanta Jewish Life Festival
Sunday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Georgia Aquarium
The Atlanta Jewish Life Festival is Atlanta's largest single day festival promoting and celebrating Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and culture while connecting the community to local synagogues, nonprofits and social action groups with the hope to further strengthen the bonds and understanding of Jewish beliefs, traditions and family. Find more information and purchase tickets here
Opportunities and Resources
Emory Hillel Spring Leadership Team Applications
Due Monday, January 31
Applications are open for Hillel's Spring 2022 Leadership Team. Hillel is looking for student leaders who want to shape the Jewish community at Emory through fun, engaging, and dynamic programming. 
Submit your application here
Ripple Interfaith Conference with Elon University
Thursday through Saturday, February 18-20, 2021, Online
The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University invites you to register for our annual Ripple Interfaith Conference this coming February 18-20 2022. Due to the continued pandemic, we are offering an online conference. This is a great opportunity to introduce your campuses to interfaith work. There are also opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to present a breakout session based on our theme below. For more information about our speakers and the conference, you can visit rippleconference.org.
Registration is now open and tickets are at early-bird prices until January 31. You can also register via a group rate if your campus registers six or more participants. Please let me know if you’d like a poster to distribute to your campus. If you have any questions, email apelyhes@elon.edu.
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 http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. 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 religiouslife@emory.edu
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 religiouslife@emory.edu
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.  
Thu., Jan. 6, 2022
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Signifying the end of the 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany celebrates the visit of the Three Kings to the infant Jesus as the occasion of the manifestation of the Christ to the gentiles. The day is especially important in Latino/a cultures and in Orthodox churches.
Thu., Jan. 6, 2022
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
Commemorates the baptism of Jesus and the manifestation of the Trinity. The day is especially important in Latino/a cultures and in Orthodox churches. The Armenian Orthodox Church celebrates the nativity and theophany together.
Fri., Jan. 7, 2022
Tradition: Christianity (Orthodox)
Celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus. 
Tu B'Shevat
Sun., Jan. 16, 2022
Tradition: Judaism
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 religiouslife@emory.edu. 
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