Faith in the Vaccine, Mahashivratri Temple Visit, Emory's Living Mandala
Faith in the Vaccine, Mahashivratri Temple Visit, Emory's Living Mandala
`News and Programs 02.10.22
Emory OSRL in the News: Faith in the Vaccine Clinics
Emory OSRL's Faith in the Vaccine Program recently helped coordinate multiple COVID-19 vaccine clinics, at the International Community School Medlock Park in Decatur on January 26 and at Indian Creek Elementary in Clarkston on February 5. 
In addition to working with the schools, Emory OSRL partnered with New American Pathways, CORE, GSU Prevention Research Centers, International Rescue Committee, Clarkston Community Health Center, DeKalb County, and DeKalb Board of Health. covered the January 26 clinic, which resulted in 160 vaccines being administered.
Read more about this successful event here. Learn more about Emory FIVP here
Hindu Temple Visit on Mahashivratri
Visit: Monday, February 28
Registration Deadline: February 18
In light of the upcoming observance of Mahashivratri, Emory's Hindu Chaplaincy is planning a visit to the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to witness the Rudra Abhishekam puja on the evening of February 28.
Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival 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.
If you are interested in participating in this visit, please fill out the interest form below by February 18. For more information, please contact Hindu Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya at
If interested, please fill out this form by February 18.
Register Here
Emory's Living Mandala: Infusing Sacred Art into Eco-Awareness
Thursday, February 17, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
and Zoom
In this talk Geshe Lobsang, Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion and Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-based Ethics, will address the history of Emory’s Living Mandala Garden and the significance of the Buddhist mandala as a creative way of contemplating on our deep connections with the world around us. All are welcome. 
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Islamic Awareness Month
Emory MSA Presents: Islamic Awareness Month
Asalamu aleykum everyone, this is the calendar of events for this month. We have a lot of amazing events coming up, and we know it can become dizzying to keep track of them all, so please refer back to this whenever you need a reminder of what’s going on. Plan accordingly so you don’t miss out on these great opportunities. Learn more here
International Community Friday Lunch
International Community Friday Lunch Resumes
Friday, February 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
International Community Friday Lunch is back for the spring semester. If you're looking to connect with other International Students and Scholars, join us for the International Community student lunches.
February 11 Host: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Registration is required by the Tuesday before the lunch, do so online. Sponsored by Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services. 
Black History Month
Emory Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement Presents: Black History Month 
Join Emory Office of RACE for these exciting Black History Month events coming your way soon. Registration for the upcoming events here. 
Midweek Musical Meditation
Midweek Musical Meditation
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, Director of Music, and the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe and connect with others in our community.
Visit OSRL Mid-Week Music 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. Learn more about the program here. 
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, February 9, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation for Black History Month, February 9, 2022
25th Annual Tenenbaum Lecture on
25th Annual Tenenbaum Lecture: "Judaism and Climate Change: Environmental Ethics and Social Activism"
Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Ackerman Hall and Online
The 25th annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture in Judaic Studies will explore how, along with other world religions, Judaism has recognized the challenges posed by climate change and has inspired its own forms of religious environmentalism.  This free public lecture can be viewed in-person at Emory University's Ackerman Hall, located in the Carlos Museum on campus (571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30322), or via Zoom. 
Sponsored by the Tam Institutte for Jewish Studies and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Read more about the event here. Registration is required for both online and in-person participation, and can be done here
Beloved Community Spring 2022
Beloved Community Christian Worship
Sunday, February 13, 11:00 a.m. service, Cannon Chapel, 12:00 p.m. Lunch
Text: Luke 10:25-37
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year. Worship is ecumenical and planned especially for the campus setting, providing a variety of worship experiences for the Emory community. Preachers include Emory chaplains and affiliates, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad. For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
February 13 Preacher: Liz Martin, Chaplaincy Resident, Emory OSRL
Upcoming Programs
mass schedule
University Catholic Center Spring 2022 Mass Schedule
The University Catholic Center presents the updated Mass Schedule for the Spring Semester. For more information, visit the Catholic Center site here
Renew at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center
Thursday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., Georgia Tech Catholic Center, 172 4th Street North West, Atlanta, GA 30313
On Thursday, the Catholic Student Union is going to Renew, a night of adoration, music, and praise at the Georgia Tech Catholic Center. We will be getting dinner together at Cox hall at 6:00 p.m. and carpool to Renew at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to carpool, contact Sean Woo
guided meditation
EBC Guided Meditation
Thursday, February 10, 6:00 -7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Room 106,
Starting this week, EBC will be hosting a weekly social to build community amongst our members. Feel free to come to Cannon Chapel anytime between 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.—right before our weekly meditation meetings—to hang out and get to know your peers.
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome back Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain, Venerable Priya Sraman. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist Ministry, a Master of Buddhist Studies degree from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalong-kornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. Venerable Priya is originally from Chattogram, Bangladesh, and currently lives in Atlanta.
Read more about Venerable Priya here.  
Emory Buddhist Life Spring Retreat for Students
Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Emory Buddhist Chaplaincy has planned an over-night Buddhist retreat for students at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center which is about two hours’ drive from Emory Atlanta Campus. It will take place on March 11-12 (Friday afternoon – Saturday afternoon). If you are interested in attending the retreat, please apply here. Space is limited. 
For questions, please contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Emory Hillel: Torah Queeries
Friday, February 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Hillel Center Patio
Join Hillel's Keshet Council to see how Torah is queer. Everyone is welcome. This month is a special Purim edition where we will be learning about Esther's coming-out story. Taught by the wonderful Taylor Baruchel.
Bagels will be served with gluten-free and vegan options. 
Emory HSA Aarti
Friday, February 11, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join the Hindu Students Association for 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, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya
More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found here
Emory Hillel Shabbat Dinner
Friday, February 11, 7:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center 
We welcome anyone to join us for Shabbat Dinner this Friday, February 11. Please note that social distancing and masking guidelines will be observed throughout the duration of Shabbat Dinner. We will have a special performance by Emory's Jewish A Cappella group, ChaiTunes, after dinner so make sure to bring your friends and support them.

University Catholic Center: Card Writing and Movie Night
Friday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. University Catholic Center
Help spread some joy to hospitalized kids by joining us in making them cards while also enjoying a movie night. Learn more here.  
Open Interfaith Conversation Led by Emory's Buddhist and Hindu Chaplains
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join us in a casual interfaith conversation faciliated by our Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Rakhit Sraman, discussing various concepts and practices. All are welcome. To indicate interest in participation or for more information, fill out this form. 
If you have any questions, please contact Priya Sraman or Shweta Chaitanya. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Shlokas and Snacks
Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Hindu Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya and fellow students for a laid-back discussion on shlokas, poems, readings, questions, and ideas associated with Hindu traditions. You're encouraged to bring your own shlokas and poems to discuss. 
For any questions or more information, contact Shweta Chaitanya. 
Book Launch: You Truly Assumed
Wednesday, February 16, 4:00 p.m., Online
You are invited to attend the launch of Emory undergraduate Laila Sabreen’s debut novel, You Truly Assumed on Wednesday February 16th at 4:00 EST via zoom. You Truly Assumed is a work of YA fiction that chronicles the stories of three Black Muslim teenage girls as they navigate islamophobia and grow as activists together through their blog.
Laila will be in conversation with Margari Hill, the Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative ( Please consider attending to learn from Laila and Margari’s conversation about Black Muslim women’s experiences, literature, and representation in YA fiction. 
Register here
University Catholic Center: Fellowship and Adoration Night
Thursday, February 17, 6:00 p.m., The University Catholic Center, 1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led Bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives through the practice of adoring the Eucharist.
InterVarsity: Karaoke Night
Thursday, February 17, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., FamFam Private Room Karaoke Club, 
364 Nelson Street South West first floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
You are invited to attend Karaoke Night with InterVarsity.
Please also text (678-879-3544) or email ( Julian that you have RSVP'd.
Off Campus Programs
Queens University of Charlotte: TheoEd Charlotte
Sunday, Feb
ruary 27, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, 
2319 Wellesley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207
The Candler Foundry in partnership with First Presbyterian Church Charlotte will be hosting TheoEd Charlotte 2022 at Queens University. 
Purchase your ticket here. 
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Weekly Church Action Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta welcomes churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, and others to join us for fellowship, to network, and to explore ideas and issues of importance to the community. We work together to promote the common good, magnify the work and witness of the church, and help establish the kingdom of God throughout our region, nation, and all of creation. View their website here and see a few highlighted items from their most recent newsletter below:  
Breathe Again: Healthy Air Is Health Care
Thursday, February 17 - Saturday, February 19, 12:00 p.m.
Registration is open for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light’s “Breathe Again.” On Thursday, February 17, learn skills to lead your community to act on air pollution, climate justice, and public health. Friday, February 18 is a Day of Action- an opportunity to participate in collective action. Learn more here
Equitable Dinners and FCRC present Stories from the Soil
Sunday, February 27, 6:00 p.m., Online
Are you looking for a place to connect with others who want to make a positive difference? Equitable Dinners Atlanta is a free monthly series using the arts and courageous conversation to inspire Anti-Racism action in the world in collaboration with the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition. Stories from the Soil, sharing the lives of documented victims of racial terror in Fulton County between 1889-1936. Find out more and register here.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta and Multifatih Initiative to End Mass Incarceration
Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m., Online
 Archdiocese of Atlanta in partnership with Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration will be hosting a virtual Expungement Training Workshop open to anyone interested in hosting a record restriction event in their parish or community. The Reverend John Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple, who have both offered these events in their communities to great success will speak. Cierra Bickerstaff, Chief of Staff for the Fulton County Solicitor General, will give an overview of how record restriction works and best practices for hosting an event. 
Partner Programs
Race and Difference: Colloquium Series
Monday, February 14, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our next guest is Dr. Niambi Carter from Howard University. Her talk is entitled Finding Freedom: “Back to Africa” Movements and Black Emigration.
ISSS: Let's Talk About Race in the US
Thursday, February 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Zoom
Join ISSS and Dr. Chris Suh for an engaging Zoom conversation called "Let's Talk about Race in the US. Learn why this is such an important issue in the US, how racism impacts international students and scholars, and get your questions answered.

Register through the Hub or Corq app.

Zoom details will be emailed to registrants. Sponsored by Emory ISSS.

ISSS: Make Your Own Sand Art
Friday, February 25, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Underpass of Cannon Chapel 
ISSS invites international students, scholars, and family members to de-stress and enjoy culture chats while making your own beautiful sand art.
Supplies and snacks are provided. Space is limited so register on the Hub/Corq app by February 23. 
Opportunities and Resources
Twin Memorials Project
Twin Memorials Project Engagement Sessions
Join the Emory Community to learn more about the complex history of Emory's founding and participate in conceptualizing a design for the memorials:

  • February 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Candler School of Theology, Rita Anne Rollins Building
    1531 Dickey Drive, Theology Room 360, Atlanta
Open to the Emory Atlanta Campus Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional School Community. For more information, please visit the information page here
Emory In Via: A Journal of Christian Thought
Wednesday, 9:10 p.m., Cox Computing Center Classroom A
Do you like asking hard questions? Do you want to foster conversations about Christian faith on Emory’s campus? Join Emory In Via.
Meaning “the way” in Latin, In Via is a journal of Christian thought at Emory University. Through the publication of creative and intellectual expressions inspired by the Gospel, we hope to contribute a clear, relevant, and compassionate Christian worldview to campus conversations.
The club name comes from John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We are currently looking for staff writers, but please reach out and still apply if you are interested in other aspects of the publication process (editing, design, social media, outreach, finance). Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.  
Jewish Student Voter Engagement (JSVE) Campus Fellowship Program
The Jewish Electorate Institute (JEI) is recruiting college students for the Jewish Student Voter
Engagement Fellowship, which will start in January 2022 and will go through November 2022. Fellows will work both virtually and in-person on their own campuses and will participate in a multi-institutional learning community with fellows from other campuses. JEI is an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to deepening the public’s understanding of Jewish American participation in our democracy. 

The JSVE Campus Fellowship is focused on establishing sustainable structures for voter education, registration, and mobilization efforts within the student community.
Our fellows will be tasked with engaging students in voter education and registration efforts in advance of the midterm elections, as well as encouraging participation in civic engagement opportunities on campus.

Learn more hereTo apply: Please send a resume to and note “JSVE Fellowship” in the subject line.
Faculty and Staff Resources
Midweek Musical Meditation
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook live
Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Alums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook. 
Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email
Pastoral Care 
All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings Open to All Faculty and Staff
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
  • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
  • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
  • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
  • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
Other gatherings are listed here.
Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here
Nirvana Day (for some, February 8)
Tue., Feb. 15, 2022
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern Buddhist tradition, it commemorates the parinirvana of the Buddha. In cultures of Southeast Asia, the buddha's parinirvana is remembered during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Mi'raj al-Nabiy)
Sun., Feb. 27, 2022
Tradition: Islam
Commemorates the ascension (al-Mi'raj) of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to heaven following his night journey (al Isra') from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascent to heaven and return the same night. Begins at sundown.
Maha Shivaratri
Mon., Feb. 28, 2022
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.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact 
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