Exploring Spiritual Life at Emory: A Chat with the Chaplaincy
Exploring Spiritual Life at Emory: A Chat with the Chaplaincy
 News and Programs 3.4.21
A Chat with the Chaplains | OSRL
Exploring Spiritual Life at Emory: A Chat with the Chaplaincy
Friday, March 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) will present a “Chat with the Chaplaincy” session in which you can meet and talk with Emory's multifaith chaplaincy staff  – Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist.
Are you curious about how to stay calm balancing coursework and life during the COVID19 pandemic, or are you interested in how spiritual life connects with current events? Bring your questions or just come and learn more.
All are welcome. You can submit questions beforehand or during the event.
Click Here to Register
Fall 2021 Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program
Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program August 2021:
Apply to be a Peer Mentor!
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and student leaders are planning an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students for mid-August 2021. This program will 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 mentors from diverse religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds. 
Depending on public health guidelines, the program will take place in person or online, prior to the start of classes. Peer mentors would return to campus early and lead incoming students through the program. To view a full Peer Mentor position description, please click here.
What to Expect in the Program:
  • Explore Atlanta and the Emory campus through visits to vibrant religious and philosophical communities and service and social justice organizations
  • Grow your religious and philosophical literacy skills by experiencing different spiritual practices and meeting leaders from different backgrounds
  • Build leadership skills through workshops and small-group discussion
  • Connect with incoming students and peer mentors and build long-lasting friendships
  • Enjoy fun social activities
If you are a current undergraduate interested participating in the planning process or applying to be a peer mentor, please fill out this form by clicking here. Learn more about the program here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zachary Cole.  
Express Interest Here
Emory Report: Rev. Dr. Barber headlines as Emory co-sponsors virtual conference on chaplains’ ‘soul work’
March 8-9, 2021
Emory will co-sponsor a two-day national conference of university chaplains March 8-9, with the Rev. Dr. William Barber II leading the lineup of speakers. Emory students, faculty and staff can participate in the “Imagining the Possibilities” conference with chaplains from diverse religious and spiritual viewpoints to engage pressing topics on their campuses such as racial justice and LGBTQ inclusion.
“Healing, reconciliation and social change is spiritual work,” says the Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, Emory’s dean of religious life and university chaplain. “The work of racial healing and racial justice requires more than just an intellectual shift, it is soul work.” 
To read the full Emory Report article, please click here.
Read More and 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.
Sign Up for Suhoor and Iftar Meals Here
Passover 2021
Emory Hillel and Chabad at Emory are providing Passover Seder meals for Emory students. Stay tuned for next week's enews for more information or be in touch with Emory Hillel and Chabad at Emory
For questions, please contact Emory Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Jordan Braunig
Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 | Emory University Commencement
Save the Date and Call for Contributions: Online Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021
Ceremony Release: Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EST, Link TBD
Each year, we look forward to celebrating graduating seniors and sending them into the world with blessings in the Multifaith Baccalaureate Ceremony. Again this year this will be a video tribute, but last year's was a cherised production that brought together Emory deans, chaplains, affiliates, faculty, staff, and seniors to create a video celebration and keepsake.
Opportunity to Get Involved: If you are a graduating senior who would like to help plan the 2021 Multifaith Baccalaureate for the Class of 2021 or contribute original music, poetry, readings, dance, art or spiritual blessings and reflections, please contact Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig at jordan.braunig@emory.edu. You can also submit ideas here
Check the OSRL website soon for a full schedule of Emory Commencement events. 

Happy Women’s History Month
Join the Center for Women throughout March and follow us to keep updated on various events and celebrations happening on campus (virtual unless otherwise noted). For more information #womenshistorymonth #emorywhm #emorycwe.
Women’s History Month Information
March 1-7, EST, Virtual
Every Monday for the month of March, we’ll be posting WHM related events happening on campus. Look out for this post every week. All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.  
For more information, please click here.
Beloved Community Protestant Worship | OSRL
Emory Beloved Community is a progressive ecumenical Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year online.

Linh Le, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Linh Le
OSRL Chaplaincy Intern
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, March 7, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: Linh Le
Scripture: Esther 1:10-12 and 4:12-16
Sermon: Women's Heritage
Linh Le is from Vietnam and a student of Candler School of Theology. Linh has a lot of experience and passion for working with international students, refugees, people experiencing homelessness, and people experiencing incarceration.
Linh enjoys exploring food cultures, taking pictures, and travelling.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here. In addition, if you missed our service last week, the video recording can be viewed below.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Beloved Community Protest Worship, Sunday, February 28, 2021, Briyant Hines, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Video Recording - 2.28.21
Briyant Hines, OSRL Chaplain Intern
Holy Week 2021
Emory Beloved Community Holy Week 2021 
  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Zoom 
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. (EDT), Zoom
All are welcome. Register for services here
For more information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Resources for Support and Change Regarding Discrimination against Asian and Asian American People
Members of the Asian and Asian American community continue to be targeted by racist attacks associated with misinformation surrounding Coronavirus. Last May 2020, EAA introduced a webinar series that celebrates, informs, and addresses these damaging attacks, and offers suggestions for how to cope with and heal from these harmful actions and words.
These include:
  • A Moderated Discussion on the Racist Attacks Against Asian Americans during the COVID Era: how can targeted individuals cope, process, and heal?
  • EmoryAAPI Alumni in Conversation: Owning Our Own Narratives and Building Solidarity
View the recordings here
Emory Mental Health Support for Asian American Students:
Weekly Community and Reflection | OSRL
Weekly Community and Reflection with Venerable Priya
Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Venerable Priya, Emory Buddhist Chaplain, and other participants for a time of community and reflection together.
The purpose of this time is to connect and relax with each other as we share our reflections on our favorite poems, texts, and experiences that are meaningful, whether spiritually or not. There will be pre-selected topics/texts for reflection. We also encourage you to bring a poem or text that is meaningful to you, but that is not required.
All students are welcome. To register, please click here. For more information, please contact priya.rakkhit.sraman@emory.edu.
Click Here to Register
Music Meditation - 3.3.21
Midweek Musical Meditation Video Recording - 3.3.21
Midweek Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook Live
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community.
Visit http://bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information contact mallums@emory.edu.
Click Here to Register
Upcoming Programs
Join the Holistic Hub Executive Board
Holistic Hub is a student organization dedicated to spreading compassion and wellness on and off campus through a variety of means, be that movement, music, meditation, on our own or in campus with other organizations. We aim to serve as a community for being and a space for doing. In addition to our in-person events, we host a vast online community with our over 400 person GroupMe and our thousand-person Instagram. 
We are currently recruiting for several high-level executive board positions, including treasurer and vice president, and are looking for people passionate about wellness, who live the question of what it means to be human, and who want to coordinate wellness related activities and/or manage the financial side.
Developmentally, these positions provide a unique opportunity to manage an established organization and adapt to changing times. If you are interested, please email here.
Schmooze N Schmear
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST, Emory Hillel Patio
Join us on the back patio of Hillel every Thursday for some bagels, coffee, snacks, and great company. Notice that we are now meeting at a new time. Bring your work, or just hang out. To register, click here. Hosted by Emory Hillel.

Guided Meditation and Discussion
TONIGHT: Thursday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., Register for Zoom meeting here
This week, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes back Geshe Ngawang Phende from the Drepung Loseling Monastery this Thursday. Geshe Phende joined Drepung Loseling Monastery (DLM) in South India in 1982 and completed his monastic education there. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and then proceeded to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center. He is now a resident teacher at DLM.
On Thursday, Geshe Phende will lead a Buddhist meditation and reflection. In his discussion, Geshe-la will explain how to cultivate a calm and peaceful mind. In introducing this topic, he writes "All happiness and suffering have their basis in the mind. Therefore, if we learn how to cultivate our minds effectively, we learn how to cultivate peace and happiness in our lives. In this talk, we will look at techniques for cultivating calm, happy and peaceful minds."
MSA Game Night
MSA Game Night Social
Thursday, March 4, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Asalamu aleykum everybody. Please join the Muslim Student Association (MSA) for an awesome social event in which we play games with KSU, GSU, GA Tech, and Agness Scott MSAs. For login information, please contact Emory MSA.
Bhagavad Gita Book Club and Discussion
Thursday, March 4, 8:30 p.m., Zoom
Please join the Hindu Student Association (HSA) for our second book club meeting discussing the Bhagavad Gita led by our freshmen representatives. There is no prior experience or reading required, and we look forward to seeing you there. Join by following this link or by entering the meeting ID: 918-1161-1559.
Hindu Students Association Weekly Aarti
Friday, March 5, 5:00 p.m., Zoom 
Join the Hindu Students Association (HSA) this Friday at 5:00 p.m. for a virtual meditation and Aarti facilitated the Emory HSA and Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. We are excited to announce that the Aarti will be offered weekly. This week, Aarti will be followed by a group discussion led by the HSA discussion chairs. 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. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found on their Facebook page.
First Friday Virtual Dinner
Friday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
Join the Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) to connect with graduate students and faculty at Emory. The topic for this dinner will be "Maintaining Spiritual and Mental Well-Being During The Pandemic."
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here. If you have question, email us by clicking here
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here. Find more Lenten Faith resources here
  • Lenten Rosary
    Mondays in Lent, 6:45 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Add a little prayer to your Lenten journey by joining us on Mondays to pray the rosary. To register, please click here
  • Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
    Mondays in Lent, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 4-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. Our topic for the series is “How Catholics Read the Bible”. Optional readings can be found by clicking here. To register, please click here.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us. Jackbox and other video games, card games and board games, and trivia. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
  • Catholic Chat
    Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Do you have questions about the Church? Are you puzzled by Church teachings? Do you want to think aloud, and with others, in a comfortable informal setting that encourages participation and exchange? Join us for open-minded, in-depth conversations about Catholicism. To register, please click here.
  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led Bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives. Join us on the University Catholic Center back deck or on Zoom every during the school year. While our primary attendance is composed of students, everyone is welcome. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
Yonah Mountain Hike
Saturday, March 6, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Join Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) for a socially distanced, Emory social compact abiding hike at Yonah mountain. Transportation is not provided, but please text Joseph to let him know that you’re planning on coming. Learn more here

21-Day Compassion Challenge
Saturday, March 6, 10:30 a.m., EST
Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, with the support of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, will kick off a 21-Day Compassion Challenge.
The Challenge begins March 6 at 10:30am ET with a live celebration by clicking here. The day’s events include live, guided meditations in multiple languages, panel discussions, entertainment, and inspirational messages from The Dalai Lama, actor Richard Gere, and others.
Discover the power of compassion. Accept the challenge. To see the schedule for this special day of compassion, click here. To learn more about the 21-Day Compassion Challenge, see the FAQs here. To register click here.
Havdallah by the Fire
Saturday, March 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Emory Hillel
Come to Emory Hillel for a campfire, Havdallah, and snacks. The Havdallah will be live-streamed for remote students. Click here to register. Hosted by Eli and Hannah. Sponsored by Emory Hillel. 

IIF Family/ISM in Georgia | InterVarsity IIF
The vision of the International InterVarsity Fellowship (IIF) is to build a fellowship experiencing God’s love and to create a community for international students, visiting scholars, and exchange students from all backgrounds to come, belong, build lifelong friendships, trust, pray, study God’s word, and seek who Jesus is as well as experience the beauty of diverse friendships around the world. Keep up-to-date by joining our Facebook group. We also invite you to any and all of our regular events:
  • Tuesday Tea-Talk
    Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom
    Tea-talk gives international students the opportunity to practice their English speaking and communication skills with English-speaking volunteers through conversations and to learn and exchange about the beauty of cultures. Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • Wednesday Tea-Talk
    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom   
    Join our Zoom room by clicking here.
  • In-Person Program
    First and third Saturdays of the month
    IIF organizes hiking or outside games with social distance and Covid safety rules such as wear masks, six feet, temperature check etc. Limits for only 7-8 people per event. To inquire and register, please email us at intl.intervarsity.iif@gmail.com.
Women Worldwide
February 7-March 7
Women Worldwide is a 5-week women's program hosted by MEOR at Emory. Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., we will host various women from different countries. The first 15 minutes are discussions lead by Michal Levy, followed by a talk from a special guest speaker.
Applications close after we have 25 applications, so apply fast. Click here to apply. Sponsored by MEOR at Emory.
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

Learn more about Buddhism in Atlanta with AtlantaBuddhism.org. See a few upcoming events and announcements below:
  • Covid Vaccination? Talk on Vaccines 
    Sunday, March 7, 10:30 p.m. EST, YouTube Live or Zoom
    Covid vaccination discussion by the most senior American monastics from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas with Dharma Master Heng Chih (nun), Live on Sunday, March 7. You can watch the discussion live on the CTTB Live YouTube channel, or you can email us for the Zoom link at info@georgiameditation.org.

  • Dharma Realm Buddhist University Graduate Applications
    Applications accepted on a rolling basis
    Applications for admission to our graduate programs in the fall are open. Dharma Realm Buddhist University's Master of Arts program in Buddhist Classics provides an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism through close reading and careful analysis of its primary sources: sūtras/suttas, abhidharma and śāstras, and śīla texts. To learn more and/or apply, visit the DRBU website.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta - Weekly Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches Weekly Church Action eNewsletter contains events, volunteer opportunities, and resources of interest to the faith community. We welcome submissions from the community. Past issues are here. Below are a few highlights from this week's edition:
  • Hunger Walk Run 2021Fighting Hunger: Many Paths, One Goal
    Sunday, March 7
    While we won’t be together in person, we can be together in spirit to end hunger in greater Atlanta and north Georgia. Every registration will help provide 100 meals to the 1 in 7 Georgians struggling with hunger. To register to walk or run click here.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday Manna Food Outreach
    Second and fourth Mondays of the month, March-April, 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET
    Ebenezer Baptist Church responds to food insecurities as their Outreach Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative provide free groceries on the following dates while supplies last: March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26. For more information contact Rev. Bronson Elliott Woods email by clicking here.
  • Grace in the Wilderness
    Wednesdays, March 10 and 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET, Online
    This online course led by Fr. Mark Michael explores the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving at a time of profound change in the church and wider society. Course participants are invited to engage in guided practice during the weeks between class sessions.  Clergy are invited to bring members of their congregation for a congregational Lenten study. To learn more and register, click here.
  • Georgia Interfaith Power & Light offers classes and workshops created by seasoned experts and theologians that will enhance your knowledge and practice of environmental stewardship. Find out more and Request a GIPL Class or Workshop by clicking here.
Interfaith Youth Core Webinars
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world.
Partnering with higher education institutions and corporations, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century. See below for their upcoming webinars:
The Faith Factor in Covid-19 Vaccination
Wednesday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. CST, Zoom
Faith-based organizations and religious communities play a crucial role in stopping the spread of Covid-19. Join a religiously diverse panel to discuss the role faith communities can play in vaccine efforts as trusted spaces of access and information sharing.
To register click here.
Immigrant Faith Communities as Anti-Racist Allies
Thursday, March 11, 12:00 P.M., CST, Zoom
Systemic racism and white supremacy have long deployed "divide and conquer" tactics, pitting racial and ethnic communities against one another. Yet, anti-racist work is growing from and within immigrant faith communities. Join field leaders on for this conversation.
To register click here.
Stranger/Sister: Hate Can’t Stop A Sisterhood - Film Launch and Call to Action Town Hall
Wednesday, March 10, 7:00-8:15 p.m. ET, Zoom
Join Odyssey Impact’s launch of the Stranger/Sister campaign in partnership with the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom for a Town Hall on March 10, 7:00-8:15 p.m. ET.
The Live Town Hall will explore the questions of how can we move beyond distrust and divisions towards understanding and solidarity? How do we really work to eliminate hate in our communities? Learn from experts on how to get involved with the campaign and the calls to action to stop hate.
To learn about the panelists and register, please click here.
Interfaith Atlanta Townhall and Celebration
Sunday, March 14, 4:00 p.m. EST
Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is becoming Interfaith Atlanta (IA). Join us as we celebrate ongoing and upcoming interfaith work in Greater Atlanta and the first-ever presentation of the Jan Swanson Outstanding Interfaith Achievement Award. Let's reflect on where we've been and where we want to be.
To register, click here.
UMC GBHEM: Rick Steves in "Travel as a Spiritual Act" 
Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 p.m., CT
In an exclusive conversation open to clergy and the public, renowned travel expert and author Rick Steves will join the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM for a live discussion on “Travel as a Spiritual Act.” Led by GBHEM Executive Director, Rev. Tamara K Gieselman.
To register, please click here
Partner Programs
Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative Presents: "Indigenous Suffragists, the 19th Amendment and the Politics of Self-Determination"
Thursday, March 4, 5:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
At the turn of the twentieth century Native American cultures, governments, and traditions were under sustained attack by federal policies that sought to destroy them. Policymakers drew a contrast between "modern Americans" and "primitive Indian," ideas that were reinforced by the many images of Indians that proliferated in art, literature, and myriad other aspects of US culture.
This presentation explores how three Native American suffrage activists--Marie Bottineau Baldwin (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Laura Cornelius Kellog (Wisconsin Oneida), and Gertrude Bonnin also known as Zitkala-Ša (Yankton Dakota)--strategically used their writings and public appearances to change public opinion about Native communities and advocate for political rights and self-determination.
To register, please click the link here
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place
Programs in March
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place explores the long history, vast geographic expanse, and remarkable diversity of works of art in the Islamic world. Organized by and drawn from the collections of The Newark Museum of Art, Wondrous Worlds features more than 100 works in nearly all media, including carpets, costumes, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, metalworks, prints, paintings, and photographs.
The exhibition has been made possible through generous support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA, and with special assistance from Dr. Abbas Barzegar.
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "The Water Heritage of Mughal Gardens and Landscapes in Kashmir" by Jim Wescoat, Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus at MIT
    Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Zoom registration required
  • Wondrous Worlds Conversation: Coffee and Islam with Abdul-Rehman Malik of Yale University and Dr. Abbas Barzegar, LGS10 of the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and owner of Ebrik Coffeeroom and Roastery
    Sunday, March 7, 2:00 p.m., Zoom, registration required.
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life" with author Melody Moezzi, 06L, 06PH
    Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Zoom registration required
  • AntiquiTEA: Qur'anic Boards with Amanda Hellman, Carlos Museum curator of African Art
    Tuesday, March 16, 4:00 p.m., Zoom, registration required
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "Early Indian Textile Trade to West Asia and its Indonesian Afterlife" by John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Sunday, March 21, 2:00 p.m., Zoom, registration required
  • In This Moment: "Lovers in a Dangerous Time: Narratives and Paintings of Layla and Majnun" with Dr. Farouk Mitha of the University of Victoria, Canada and the Institute of Ismaili Studies
    Friday, March 26, 12:00 p.m., Zoom registration required
Black Girl Healing Retreat                   Friday, March 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
You are invited to join a kitchen table event and a space for self-care, self-love, and intergenerational healing.  There will be self-care giveaways to attendees.
To register click here.
First Fridays at 4: Emory Faculty on Race with Dr. Tayari Jones
Friday, March 5, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
The James Weldon Johnson Institute and Emory College present a new series, "First Fridays at 4." In this series, Emory professors will share their latest research on topics related to race, difference and equity.
Our first speaker is English and creative writing professor Dr. Tayari Jones, who will discuss the topic, Dispossession: The Price of Progress.
Please register for the Zoom link by clicking here.
Art Meets Activism Event: John Lewis, C.T. Vivian and The Baptism                                  Sunday, March 7, 3:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) and Arts at Emory invite you to join us for this screening and panel discussion which also commemorates “Bloody Sunday.”
Our panelists include Dr. Francine Allen-Adams (Morehouse College/JWJI Fellow); Dr. Vicki Crawford (Morehouse College); Doris Derby (photographer, poet, and Civil Rights Movement participant); Dr. Andra Gillespie (JWJI Director) and Carl Rux (poet of The Baptism-tribute to John Lewis and C.T. Vivian).
This event is free, but please click here to register on Eventbrite.

Founding Sins, Presidential Violence
Monday, March 8, 12:00 p.m. ET, Zoom
The Race & Difference Colloquium Series features local and national speakers presenting academic research on contemporary questions of race and intersecting dimensions of difference. This Monday, we welcome Dr. Angelica Bernal, Associate Professor at UMASS Amherst.
The James Weldon Johnson Institute is pleased to have the Robert W. Woodruff Library and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript and Rare Book Library as co-sponsors of the Colloquium Series. Register here
Avatars of Vishnu Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
Sunday, 18, April 2:00 p.m., Zoom
The Hindu god Vishnu reigns supreme as a divine sovereign entrusted with maintaining the stability and prosperity of the universe. When things go awry and the universe is threatened with chaos and disorder, Vishnu sends out different animal and human forms of himself (“descents” or avataras) to creatively solve cosmic problems.
Join the Carlos Museum for a series of public talks by distinguished art historians on the topic of the Vishnu avatars. These talks are held in conjunction with an Emory course on the topic taught by Emory Associate Professor of Religion Dr. Ellen Gough. The students in the course will curate an exhibition of the museum’s Vishnu avatar paintings this spring
"Many Shades of Blue: The Animal Avatars of Vishnu" by Dr. Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Senior Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum
Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Zoom, registration is required.

"At Hari’s Feet: Embroidering a Space of One’s Own in Colonial Bengal" by Dr. Pika Ghosh, Visiting Associate Professor of Religion, Haverford College
Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m., Zoom, registration is required.
These programs are made possible by generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 
SolidariTea Spring 2021                                   Tuesday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., ET                     Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. ET
The programs include Identity and food in the Asian diaspora, Queen and Asian, Representation in media and Art and Activism.  To RSVP for crafts click here .
Zoom ID: 791 072 1774.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: Joy Harjo
Saturday, March 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Virtual
Current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate, will read her poems at an event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned musician and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She became the 23rd poet laureate of the United States in 2019. She was recently appointed by the Library of Congress to a rare third term, to begin in September 2021.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this annual spring poetry reading, normally a large in-person event, will be held online. After registering at this link, attendees will receive a viewing link prior to the event. Attendance is free.
Harjo’s visit is hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and sponsored by the Hightower Fund, with support from the Emory Libraries, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
2021 Graduation Ceremonies Regalia             March 31-May 9, 6:00 p.m.
All activities are open to undergraduate and graduate students at no cost to participate.  For questions click here.
Registration deadlines Monday, March 8 by clicking here
Sponsored by Emory Belonging and Community Justice. 
Opportunities and Resources
Scholarships for Methodist Students Attending Emory University
Application Deadline: March 19
It’s easy to apply. Eligible applicants must:
1) have been a member of a Georgia Methodist church for a year and 
2) be a full-time student at a Methodist-related college, university or seminary (like Emory University).
Please click the following link for more information about the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars scholarship. The application process is starting soon, so please begin by letting your church know and by asking them for their part of the scholarship. Learn more here
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Summer Grants
Application deadline: April 2, 12:00 p.m.
Apply for summer grants from the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS). We are proceeding optimistically that grant funds may be able to be used for travel, research, or study at some point during the summer of 2021, and we also are aware that funds may be useful in ways that are different than in previous years. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. To learn more about our grants and how to apply, visit our website or email us at mmibab@emory.edu.
Personal Prayer Spaces on Campus - Spring 2021
Communal religious practices are happening virtually or off-campus this semester. Cannon Chapel, the university chapel on the Quad, is closed for communal spiritual gatherings. However, there are small prayer spaces around campus that are available for individual prayer and meditation. To see a list of those spaces, please click here or below. 
For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Weekly Gatherings
Weekly Religious and Philosophical Gatherings
While this is a year unlike any other, there are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here
Can't find what you are looking for? Check out our Fall 2020 Orientation page with videos and contact information for many of our religious and philosophical organizations. You can also directly contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff.
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email religiouslife@emory.edu.
Upcoming Religious Holidays and Festivals
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.
Nineteen Day Fast
Ongoing through March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fast is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Mi'raj al-Nabiy)
Wednesday, March 10
Tradition: Islam
Commemorates the ascension (al-Mi'raj) of the Prophet 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.
Maha Shivaratri
Thursday, March 11
Tradition: Hinduism
A feast dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. The night before the feast fasting is observed, texts are recited, songs are sung, and stories told in honor of this God whose cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.
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