News and Programs 4.1.21
Hindu Spring Festivals
Religious Holiday Learning Series: Hindu Spring Festivals
Friday, April 9, 12:00-12:30 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
Join Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Senior Lecturer Brajesh Samarth, and Graduate Division of Religion student Aalekhya Malladi, as we discuss a few Hindu festivals that are celebrated at the start of spring. While there are numerous spring festivities that take place around this time, our discussion will feature the festivals of Ugadi, Gudhi Padwa, and Holi.
The series will highlight the ways in which they are observed by members of our own Emory community. We look forward to sharing our stories around the traditions, rituals, foods, and customs that are celebrated in honor of these festivals. Please register here.
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Anti-Asian Violence Resource Guide
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in collaboration with Campus Life, International Student and Scholar Services, and Advancement and Alumni Engagement, has curated a list of resources that will foster education, self-awareness, relationships, engagements, and communication throughout the Emory community. These resources will contribute to creating a sense of belonging and community spaces that encourage courageous dialogues for all.
Linh Lee, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Linh Le, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
A  Prayer in the Wake of Anti-Asian Racism
By Linh Le and Melanie Foust, Candler School of Theology students

Linh: Gathered in pain and tears, we offer our prayers to God, who is rich in love and slow to anger.
Melanie: For the Emory Community, the Asian Community, and those who suffer discrimination and violence, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Linh: For the 8 victims of the mass shooting in Atlanta, for their families, and their neighborhoods, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Melanie: For the condemnation of the violence perpetrated in the name of Christianity, and condemnation of the narrative that seeks to treat the shooter of the Atlanta massacre as an anomaly when, in fact, churches, denominations, and political idolatries have normalized the dangerous ideologies that motivated the shooter, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Linh: For the Asians in the U.S. who have been scapegoated and blamed for the coronavirus at federal, state, and local levels, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Melanie: For the empowerment of all ages, all genders, all races, and all religions to stand up against racism, sexism, violence, and injustice, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Linh: For reconciliation and solidarity among all ages, all races, all genders, and all religions, we pray to the Lord:  All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Melanie: God our Creator, guardian of our homes and source of all blessings, you delight in the happiness of your people. Hear the prayers that Emory community offers for the 8 victims, the Asian community, and all your people. Fulfill our needs and guide our actions toward justice and reconciliation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  All: Amen.
Holy Week 2021
Emory Beloved Community Holy Week 2021 
  • 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 (same link for each service and you only need to register once). For more information, please email
Sign up for Holy Week Services Here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship: Good Friday
Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, Zoom Registration
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace
Scripture: John 19:38-42
Sermon: Were You There
Lyn Pace was appointed Emory University's Oxford College chaplain in July 2009 and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Prior to serving at Oxford College, he was the associate chaplain, director of service learning, and director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Wofford College from 2003-09. In 2002-03, he served as a minister in the British Methodist Church on the Isle of Wight in England. He is a graduate of Wofford College and of Emory University's Candler School of Theology (MDiv and DMin).
Beloved Community Protestant Worship: Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Zoom
Preacher: Dr. Walter Earl Fluker
Scripture: Job 14:7-9 and Romans 8:14-25 (NIV)
Sermon: A New Earth Rising
Walter Earl Fluker is Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership at Boston University and Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  He was born in Vaiden, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended public schools. He served in the U.S. Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1971-1973. He received his BA in philosophy and biblical studies from Trinity College in 1977, and an MDiv degree in 1980 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Fluker completed his PhD degree in social ethics at Boston University in 1988. He retired from the Boston University School of Theology in June 2020.
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, "Between What Matters and What Seems to Matter"
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Dean Emerita of Religious Life, Emory University and General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist Church 
Emory University Beloved Community Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021
"Between What Matters and What Seems to Matter"
Religious Life Holiday Learning Series - Passover
Religious Holiday Learning Series Video: Passover
On Wednesday, March 24, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and the Graduate Student Government Association hosted a lunch and learn session on the Jewish holiday of Passover. Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Emory Jewish Chaplain, moderated a discussion with Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics, Dr. Nancy Newman, Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center, and Rebecca Noymer, President of Jewish Emory Graduate Students. If you missed the event, the video recording can be viewed above. View other events in the religious holiday series here. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Government Association and OSRL.
Yom HaShoah Remembrance Stones
Thursday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern, Emory Hillel
Thursday 4/8 is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will be honoring victims of the Holocaust by lighting Yahrzeit candles and planting remembrance stones on the Emory Hillel front lawn. Come anytime between 10-4 to pay your respects. Bagels and schmear will be served from 11-1 for those who come. Please register here

Ramadan 2021: Sign up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Emory Dining are pleased to provide suhoor and iftar meals for students currently living on Clairmont Campus or Main Campus and observing Ramadan (April 12-May 12, 2021).
Iftar and suhoor (for the following morning) meals can be picked up at a time that will be announced by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Please complete the form below by Thursday, April 1, 2021 to request meals. Meal pick up location will be by area of residence: Main Campus at DCT,  Clairmont Campus at SAAC. 
To sign up, please click here. For questions or support, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid by clicking here or the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life by clicking here.
Spring Religious Observances Dining Offerings
As we rapidly approach spring religious observances, below is an overview of offerings from campus dining, both on campus and for students in ECCH:
Passover (begins sundown, Friday, March 26; ends at sundown Friday, April 2)
Kosher for Passover meals will be provided in the DCT for students enrolled in a Kosher meal plan. Matzah will also be provided at the DCT, Cox, and SAAC for the many students not on a Kosher meal plan but who choose not to eat bread during the week. There will be visible signage to inform students of these offerings. Both Kosher for Passover meals and/or matzah will be offered to observing students in ECCH during the weeklong observance. 
Ramadan (begins the evening of April 12; continues through May 12)
Observing students will be able to pick up both breakfast (suhur) and dinner (iftar) boxed meals at times appropriate for observance. Specialized menus will include the most requested and traditional menu items for both dinner and breakfast to be picked up each evening. There will be visible signage to inform students of these offerings. Plans have also been made to deliver evening and breakfast meals simultaneously to students in ECCH observing Ramadan. For students who may still be in ECCH at the end of Ramadan on May 12, we will provide a customary festive dinner meal to commemorate Eid al-Fitr.
Western Easter (Sunday, April 14)
Fun, festive sweet treats will be offered both in the DCT as well as in meals delivered to students in ECCH.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding dining offerings:
Dave Furhman, Senior Director, Campus Life
Mid-Week Music - 3.31.21
Midweek Musical Meditation -- Wednesday, March 31, 2021
This week, we make space to breathe in spring.
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.
Visit 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
Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration
Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program August 2021:
Apply to be a Peer Mentor
Application Deadline Extended: Friday, April 9, 2021
Emory University OSRL and student leaders are planning an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students for mid-August 2021. This program will welcome new students and provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in Atlanta. It will also welcome new students to Emory and ease their transition to college.
Returning students are invited to help plan the program and volunteer to be peer mentors. We seek Peer Mentors from diverse religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds. Peer Mentors would return to campus early and lead incoming students through the program. Learn more about the program and Peer Mentor position at the video above or at our website here
For questions, please contact Zachary Cole.  
Apply Here
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
Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:30-5:00 p.m. ET, Virtual
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 You can also submit ideas here
Upcoming Programs
University Catholic Center
Celebrate Holy Week with the University Catholic Center
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here. For our virtual masses, click here to watch the live stream on our YouTube channel.
  • Holy Thursday — Mass of the Lord's Supper
    Thursday, April 1, 4:00 p.m., YouTube
    Join us for the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion and the institution of the priesthood prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Good Friday — The Passion of Jesus:  A Reflection on the Cross
    Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m., YouTube
    On this day, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. We unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.
  • Holy Saturday — While the World Waits in Silence: A Reflection on the Tomb
    Saturday, April 3, 12:00 p.m., YouTube
    Holy Saturday is a day of waiting and yearning. As Christ's body lay silently in the tomb, we anxiously await his resurrection by reflecting on the tomb through the lens of salvation history
  • Easter Sunday — The Resurrection of the Lord
    Sunday, April 4
    Virtual Mass at 9:00 a.m., In-Person Outdoor Mass at 11:00 a.m.
    Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead, is the most important feast of the year, and we're excited to celebrate with you. Watch the service on YouTube at 9:00 a.m., or join us in person at the University Catholic Center at 1753 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta. Click here to reserve your spot for in-person outdoor mass, weather permitting.
Glenn Memorial Church
Holy Week and Easter Services with Glenn Memorial Church
Ongoing through April 4, Online and In-Person
As we prepare for the events to come in Holy Week, we at Glenn Memorial Church invite you to prepare your hearts and join us for our virtual and in-person services. For our virtual services, click here to find streaming options. For our in-person services, masks & social distancing required. Bring your own chair. Childcare available on the playground. Sign-ups required.
  • Maundy Thursday
    Thursday, April 1
    Outdoor and Virtual Worship at 7:00 p.m.
    Join us for an outdoor service of Holy Communion that marks the beginning of the great Easter Celebration. Individually wrapped communion wafers and juice will be available. Click here to reserve your spot. Virtual worship will be available on Facebook and YouTube.
  • Good Friday
    Friday, April 2, 7:00 p.m., Facebook Live
    In this service of light and dark, word and music, we read of Christ’s suffering and death from John’s gospel— a candle is extinguished after each reading. The darkness slowly grows as the service concludes in silence, meditating on the passion of Christ. This service will be the first time we livestream from the Sanctuary with our new cameras. We hope you'll tune in to see how we've improved our space during this past year of social distancing.
  • Easter Sunday
    Sunday, April 4
    Sunrise Service at 7:15 a.m., Festival Worship at 9:30 a.m., Virtual Worship at 11:00 a.m.
    Click here to reserve your spot for the sunrise service, and click here to reserve your spot for festival worship.
Holy Week with UKirk Atlanta
April 1-2, Zoom
Join  Kirk Atlanta and Grace House (ELCA/TEC) campus ministry for two meaningful services this Holy Week. We center our commitment to the deconstruction of white supremacy, the eradication of poverty, and justice fulfilled through grace & mercy in our liturgy, worship & discussions.
Email here to receive the Zoom links.
  • Maundy Thursday Service
    Thursday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., Zoom
  • Good Friday Station of the Cross
    Friday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., Zoom

Join Us for Online Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursday, April 1, 6:00 p.m., Join the Zoom meeting here
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 Week with the Hindu Student Association
April 1-2, Zoom
The Hindu Student Association, also known as HSA Emory, welcomes everyone to two of their weekly events. To learn more or sign up for emails from HSA Emory, email Sandhya at Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
We hope that you will join us at our events. Have a great week.
  • GITA Book Club
    Thursday, April 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
    HSA Emory's fourth bi-weekly book club meeting on the Bhagavad Gita will meet again tonight. Meetings are not cumulative and do not require any prior knowledge or experience. We will start at 7:00 p.m. to be sensitive toward testing this week. All are welcome. To join us click here.
  • Holi GBM and Aarti
    Friday, April 2, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Zoom
    Join us this Friday for Aarti facilitated by the Emory HSA and Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. Aarti will be followed by a group discussion led by the HSA discussion chairs. This week we will be discussing the festival of Holi. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the Zoom link.

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 religious principles.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. 
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Game Night with Emory ACF
Thursday, April 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
It wouldn't be April Fool's day without some fun and games. Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) invites you for a game night to unwind, relax, and rest. We hope to see you there.
To join, enter the Zoom meeting ID: 688 621 103.
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 Venerable Priya at
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday
Friday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. Eastern, The Quad
Our next First Friday event falls on Good Friday. We will be gathering on campus at the quad. Please join us for worship and reflection time; food will be provided.
If you have questions, email us at If you have any trouble locating this area on campus, please contact Glenn at 404-488-6413.
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Bible Study
Friday, April 2, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Zoom
Wind down from the week with a faith-based conversation and study on lessons in spiritual growth. Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) president, Kathryn, will be leading out a discussion on cultivating spiritual growth on a secular campus. All are welcome, invite a friend/
Join us by entering the meeting ID on Zoom: 688 621 103. We hope to see you there.
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Bible Game Day
Saturday, April 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zoom
Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) invites you to test and improve your Biblical knowledge by competing in a series of individual and team-based games. Join us by entering the meeting ID on Zoom: 688 621 103. We hope to see you there.
Virtual Fun Run/Walk Challenge
April 4-May 1
Join the competition. Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) will be hosting a series of four challenges via the Nike Run Club app:
  • Challenge 1: April 4-10
  • Challenge 2: April 11-17
  • Challenge 3: April 18-24
  • Challenge 4: April 25-May 1
Participants will have a week to walk or run 10 miles at their own pace. At the end of each week, the leaderboards will reset, and a new challenge begins.
To sign up, please complete this contact form. You can find the links to the registration instructions and racer's group chat at the beginning of the contact form.
Dalit Human Rights: Interconnected Narratives of Activism and Spirituality
Wednesday, April 7, 11:00 a.m. ET, RSVP Required
Though “untouchability” has been illegal in India since 1950, the stigma and atrocities faced by communities formerly assigned that label have persisted. The most brutal effects of this are experienced by women who are often the target of sexual assault, violence, and even murder. 
This virtual conversation will focus on three key aspects that are essential for uplifting the voices of Dalit people themselves: spirituality, advocacy, and economics. The featured guest speaker is Jyothi Raj, a well-respected Dalit educator, spiritual leader, and activist for Adijans (“First Peoples,” also known as Dalits in political and religious contexts). Together Raj and celebrated Dalit artist Preetam Casimir lead the Bhooshakti Kendra in Tumkur, Karnataka. Raj and Casimir will be joined by Shareen Joshi, a professor in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University, who will discuss the effects of economic policy on the spirituality of Dalits in their quest for their human rights.
This event is hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and is co-sponsored by Georgetown University Dharmic Life, Georgetown University Women's Center, Princeton University’s Hindu Life Program, Yale University’s Hindu Life Program, Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, New York University's Hindu Center, and Emory University's Hindu Chaplaincy.
Mindfulness in Action
Wednesdays until May 5, 12:00 p.m. ET
The realities of the pandemic have been difficult for us all, in different ways. It is no surprise that mindful meditation has gained increasing popularity as a method of coping, but is there more to meditation than apps can give? How do we actually include meditative practices in our lives, with practical tips? Can meditative practices serve as grounding for our work ethic, sense of self, advocacy and activism, or even our deeper sense of purpose?
Join us for eight sessions led by Dr. Aparna Ramaswamy -- professional counsellor and senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University -- as we find ways to make these ideals a reality. Featuring guided meditations, small group discussions, tips and tricks and much more. 
Virtual Documentary Night
Friday, April 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern
Emory Buddhist Club is co-hosting a documentary screening of "The Dhamma Brothers." This film follows a group of men incarcerated at a maximum-security prison in rural Alabama as they engage in a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat.
We meet every 2nd Friday of the month. Attendees come from around the country and range in age from 20s to 80s. We start with 3 small group discussions and end with a whole group discussion. Watch the film on your own at this link, and then join us Friday on Zoom.
We hope to see you there. If you're interested, contact for the Zoom link.

Eagle Food Co-Op Spring Semester Donations  
Please bring your spring semester donations to Bread Coffeehouse located at 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, 30307. Email for more information.
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.
Off Campus Programs
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:
  • Hosea Helps Drive-Through Easter Blessing
    Sunday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2545 Forrest Hills Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
    There will be food boxes, fresh produce, PPE essentials, hams and chickens, MARTA cards, Easter baskets, and hot food off the grill.
  • The Last Mountain Top Lecture
    Saturday, April 10, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Online
A reminder of the last Mountain Top Lecture, free and online, then followed by interactive questions and answers. Dr. Diana Butler Bass will introduce her latest book Freeing Jesus. Click here to register and receive the link to the event.
Interfaith and Career: A Conversation with Students
Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. CST
IFYC Alum will join us for a conversation to share how interfaith knowledge has shown up in their respective careers in healthcare, public policy, education, and business. This session would be great to share with your graduating students as they prepare to enter the professional world. 
To learn more click here.
Candace Moore on Racial Equity and Interfaith Leadership
Tuesday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. CST
Join IFYC's Jenan Mohajir in conversation with Candace Moore, the City of Chicago's first-ever Chief Equity Officer, for a conversation about how Ms. Moore, now 18 months into this role, sees religious communities and the ability to engage across deep difference. 
Register here.
Partner Programs
Food Truck Saturdays - Spring Edition
Food Truck Saturdays Spring Edition
Every Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Emory Atlanta Campus
Sign-up required here
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 2021
As recent events have shown, sexual assault prevention and education are critically important. Our awesome Office of Respect staff (Michele Passonno, Jamechya Duncan, and Shana Ware), in collaboration with colleagues across campus, would like to share with you the calendar of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
For more information on all SAAM events, click the flyer above, visit the Office of Respect website, or email
Volunteer Emory Spring 2021 Weekly Service Trips
Saturdays and Sundays
Volunteer Emory invites you to join their service trips, done online asynchronously or in-person on the weekends. We work with organizations like Hands on Atlanta, Lifeline Animal Project, MindBubble Inc., and more.
Please email Genevieve Wilson for more information.
Race and Difference Colloquim Series
Monday, April 5, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our next speaker, Dr. Jennifer Nash from Duke University, will discuss, In the Room: Women of Color Birth-work in a State of Emergency.
All events are free but registration is required. Please register here. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.


Active Bystander Skills
Thursday, April 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Zoom
Interested in learning about bystander invention? Join the Office of Respect on April 8 for an interactive program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month where you will learn skills on how to help your peers and how to exercise your active bystander skills, or ABS for short. Open to Emory undergraduate and graduate communities.
Register by scanning the QR code or clicking this link.
Gender Queer Book Discussion
Thursday, April 8, 5:30 p.m., EDT
Maia Kobabe discusses the physical and emotional process of creating eir groundbreaking graphic memoir, Gender Queer. Questions and answers to follow.
Graphic memoirist Maia Kobabe will discuss eir physical and emotional journey to create Gender Queer at a virtual event hosted by doctoral candidate Tesla Cariani, eir students at Emory University, and Charis Books and More. Read a few excerpts from Gender Queer on eir website.
Conscious Conversations: Sexual Violence Prevention & Support
Thursday, April 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Zoom
Join the University Senate Subcommittee on the
Prevention of Sexual Violence on April 15 for a virtual conversation about sexual violence prevention and support on Emory's campus. The University Senate Subcommittee on the Prevention of Sexual Violence will host a series of conversations as part of different tracks at the event focused on how students, faculty, and staff can be involved in sexual violence prevention and support on Emory's campus.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Cari Jo Clark, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, and Chair within the University Senate Campus Climate Sub-Committee. The event format will include:
  • Intro/brief moderated discussion at beginning (10-15 minutes
  • Breakout rooms with participants attending pre-selected track with facilitators (30 minutes
  • Brief moderated discussion to close event (10-15 minutes)
Register here to receive the Zoom link for the event, which will be sent closer to the date. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
Safe Space Trainings
Thursdays, April 15 and May 20, Online
The Emory Safe Space program, hosted by the Office of LGBT Life, is a 3.5 hour training designed to help all faculty, staff, and students provide support for the LGBT community at Emory. Participants who complete the training will be better equipped to help our undergraduate and graduate students achieve success.
Our next Safe Space Training date is coming up soon. If you've been wanting to become Safe Space certified, now is the perfect time. All our trainings have gone virtual and can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Click here or on the flyer to learn more and to sign up. 
Sexual Citizens Book Tour
Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory University's Department of Title IX is honored to have authors Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Dr. Shamus R. Khan (Columbia University) join us to discuss their recent book, Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus on Wednesday, April 21 via a Zoom Webinar moderated by Dr. Jessica Sales, Associate Professor at Rollins School of Public Health. Published in January 2020, the book puts forth powerful new concepts to help explain the forces in young people’s sexual lives and explores sexual assault on college campuses. Through research and interviews with students, the book discusses people's experiences, sexual relationships, and a roadmap on how to address sexual assault.
Join the conversation. Please register for this event by clicking here.
Emory Votes Initiative Newsletter
Read our newsletter to be informed of topics that impact all of us. Our March 30 issue covers the following:
  • Election legislation
  • Survey & other student opportunities
  • News & notes
  • Local government highlight
Read more by clicking here.
Opportunities and Resources
Bystander Intervention Trainings
April 2021, Zoom
Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia are not new phenomenons. It has been part of American history for a long time, and we have seen it manifested against different Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities in many ways over the years. As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. 
In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment. We would like to invite you to attend our free bystander intervention trainings. Please note you must register in advance at this link
EACF Exec Board Elections
As the semester comes to an end, we are approaching elections season for Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) exec board positions. If you are interested in serving on the exec board or have any questions about available positions, position expectations, time commitment, etc., please email EACF president Kathryn Wright as soon as possible. We want to keep EACF going, so please reach out if you believe God is calling you to do so.
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
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
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.
Great Lent
Ongoing through Friday, April 30
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
Passover (Pesach)
Ongoing through Sunday, April 4
Tradition: Judaism
Commemorates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home, starting with the Seder, a ritual meal that re-enacts that ancient deliverance and emphasizes the freedom of the Jews under the guidance of God. The first two and the last two days are holidays. Begins at sundown, March 29; ends at sundown, April 7
Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 1
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Commemorates the institution of the Lord's Supper/the Eucharist by Jesus prior to his arrest and execution. "Maundy" is derived from the Latin text of John 13:34, in which Jesus gives a mandatum novum ("new commandment"). The date observed by Protestants and Roman Catholics differs from the date observed by Orthodox Christians.
Good Friday
Friday, April 2
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, i.e., his death by crucifixion. Observed as Holy Friday by Orthodox Christians on a different date from the one observed by Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Celebrates the resurrection from death of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian year and initiates the 50-day period culminating in Pentecost. Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians often observe Easter on a different date than Orthodox Christians.
Anniversary of the Founding of the Church
Tuesday, April 6
Tradition: Latter Day Saints
Annual World General Conference of the Church held on Saturday and Sunday closest to this date each year.
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Wednesday, April 7
Tradition: Judaism
Memorializes the six million Jews who died as victims of the Nazis during World War II and emphasizes respect for human dignity. Its observance is not limited to Jews. Begins at sundown.
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