Eid al-Fitr, Baccalaureate, Midweek Meditation
Eid al-Fitr, Baccalaureate, Midweek Meditation
News and Programs 05.2.22
Eid Mubarak
Eid Mubarak: A Reflection by Dr. Isam Vaid, Muslim Religious Life Scholar
Emory Eid 2022 Celebration: Monday, May 2, 6:00 p.m., Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel
Eid al-Fitr is a very special occurrence on the Islamic calendar that is marked with much joy, revelry, and thanksgiving. The day begins with Muslims gathering for congregational prayer after sunrise, with elevated spirits from the many spiritual accomplishments during the blessed month of Ramadan that has just concluded. As part of this day, each Muslim is hopeful that The Creator, The Most High, will look favorably upon them and accept all of their fasting and prayers and good deeds. During the festivities of Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims wear their very best clothes, enjoy delicious food, visit with family and friends, exchange gifts, and celebration the air. May the joys of Eid Al-Fitr be with you and your families. Wishing you blessings throughout the year. Eid Mubarak!
Please join Emory MSA on Monday, May 2 at 6 pm in Cannon Chapel for an Eid Celebration. Bring your enthusiasm and your appetite. Dress in your best clothes for a chance to be featured on “Eid Drip,” a spinoff of “Jummah Drip,” our last Drip post of the semester. Co-sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Emory MSA, and the Pakistani Students Association.  
To learn more, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid
Ramadan Iftars Emory Ramadan
Emory Ramadan 2022: Thank You
As the month of Ramadan concludes, Emory OSRL would like to thank all of our co-sponsors who helped make our celebrations so vibrant this year. During this month, Emory’s Muslim community observed with daily fasting from dawn to sunset and nightly iftar communal prayers and dinner. On the Atlanta campus, each weeknight, prayer and a communal dinner was offered at Cannon Chapel. 
Those who generously contributed financially to host an iftar this year included: Emory University Office of the President; Emory Healthcare (Personal donation of the Lewin Family); Executive Vice President of Business and Administration; Advancement and Alumni Engagement; Emory Campus Life; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Candler School of Theology; Goizueta Business School; Laney Graduate School; Rollins School of Public Health; Woodruff School of Nursing; Emory Campus Dining; Muslim Students Association; Graduate Muslim Students Council; Emory Muslim Alumni Association; Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life; Hindu Students Association; and Emory Buddhist Club. 
Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, as well as the hard work of the Muslim student community, Emory was able to host these iftar dinners. Thank you. 
For more information please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
Multifaith Baccalaureate
Seniors Register Today: Baccalaureate Ceremony - Class of 2022
Friday, May 6, 2022, 4:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Baccalaureate is a multicultural and multifaith time of reflection and celebration on the Friday afternoon before Commencement. This includes:
  • Graduating seniors share music and reflections with one another
  • President Fenves, Deans, and chaplains offer their best wishes to the graduating class 
  • Seniors receive a special class gift
  • Refreshments with the President following
Seniors: All graduating seniors attend in regalia. Please register here
Family and Friends: Due to space constraints, unfortunately we cannot accommodate family and friends in the chapel. Please register for the livestream here: https://bit.ly/EmoryBacc22Livestream.
Seniors Register Here
Emory Participates in Holocaust Day of Remembrance at GA Capitol
On Friday, April 29, a delegation from Emory University, led by President Greg Fenves, participated in the “Day of Remembrance” event at the Georgia Capitol. President Fenves shared his father’s story of survival during the Holocaust with civic leaders, survivors, Emory students and representatives, and members of the Jewish community. Emory OSRL also hosted a Yom HaShoah observance on campus on Thursday, April 28 at noon in Cannon Chapel. 
Emory Buddha Day
Emory Buddha Day Celebration 2022: Thank You
On Thursday, April 21, the Emory Buddhist Club and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life sponsored the annual Emory Buddha Day celebration. Those who attended commemorated the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha. There were traditional Buddhist chants, Dharma reflections, and a communal meal with both Emory and Atlanta community members.
For future opportunities to be involved with the Buddhist community, visit Emory Buddhist Club on Instagram or contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Emory Buddhist Club Clothing Drive: Thank You
Emory Buddhist Club collaborated with Emory Recreation and Wellness to organize a “Clothing Swap Event” this semester on April 14-15.
There were boxes at different locations such as Woodruff Library, Canon Chapel, the WoodPEC, the SAAC, Rollins School of Public Health, and others to collect re-usable clothes from the Emory community.
After about two weeks, on April 14 and 15, clothes from all the boxes were collected at the McDonough Plaza where student, faculty, and staff could take whatever they wanted from there for free and could swap them with their extra clothes. About 200 people participated in this Clothing Swap event. 
At the end of the event more than 500 pieces of clothes remained. On Friday April 23, all remaining clothes were donated to Emory Decatur Hospital’s “Charity Closet” for use of the patients in need. All of those at Emory Buddhist Club and Emory Recreation and Wellness are grateful to everyone who participated in and contributed to this meaningful exchange.
Cannon Chapel Living Mandala Refreshed and Replanted
Emory OSRL, Emory Buddhist Club, and our interfaith partners have been replanting the Cannon Chapel mandala garden over the past two weeks. Please stop by to admire its beauty and use it as a great place to study and meditate.
For more information, please contact psrama@emory.edu
Last Midweek Musical Meditation of the Semester
On April 27, Emory OSRL posted our last midweek musical meditation of the Spring 2022 semester. Please view below and check back in Fall 2022 for Midweek Musical Meditation.
Visit OSRL Midweek Music to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Midweek Musical Meditation, April 27, 2022
Last Midweek Musical Meditation, April 27, 2022
Emory OSRL Team Updates
OSRL Welcomes Kamilah Jones as Contextual Education Student for 2022-23
Hello, my name is Kamilah Aminah Jones, and I’m an MDiv Candidate at the Candler School of Theology (T24). I’m a first generation Jamaican American woman born and raised in San Francisco, California. My maternal family immigrated from the beautiful island of Jamaica, and my paternal family migrated from the vibrant city of New Orleans. I’ve always embraced the richness of my cultural heritage and family history, which has significantly contributed to my ongoing faith journey. Faith, music, education, and service are some of our cherished family values.
I’ve been honored to serve within the mental health field as a psychotherapist and provide case management, crisis intervention, and supportive services as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work. I’ve enjoyed research, teaching, advocacy, and providing clinical services. I have a great passion for promoting safety and well-being, advocating against interpersonal violence, and empowering others to their greatest potential.
My divine purpose is grounded in love, unity, and peace. I’m a lifelong learner with endless curiosity as a truth seeker. I love and embrace the gift of diversity. I love the outdoors and spending time in nature (i.e., mountains, beaches, parks); I love all visual, performing, and expressive art forms. And I enjoy baking and cooking for family and friends.
I feel tremendously blessed to have the opportunity to be a chaplain intern through the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life for the 2022-2023 academic year, and I look forward to meeting you and walking together on a sacred journey.
Katie Rappold
Program Coordinator Katie Rappold Departs for VA Tech
Emory OSRL shares the bittersweet news that our program coordinator Katie Rappold left Emory April 29 to move home to Virginia and assume a new role in student philanthropy at Virginia Tech. We will miss Katie’s presence in the AMUC and all of her work with our student workers, communications, outreach, and events. We wish Katie well in her new role. 

Upcoming Programs
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center: Graduation Weekend Sunday Mass
Sunday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. - Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Congratulations, Class of 2022! Join us in celebrating your accomplishments on the Sunday before Commencement. There will be no 6:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, May 8. As summer approaches, for more information please visit emorycatholic.org
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday
Friday, May 6, 6:00 p.m., 1226 Forrest Blvd, Decatur, GA 30030

Join graduate students in celebrating the end of the semester and sending off those graduating. Feel free to bring guests. RSVP here
Graduate Christian Fellowhip: Summer Book Study 
Interested in a book study with Graduate Christian Fellowship this summer? Review this list of possible texts. 
Interested? Please email Glen Goldsmith
Off Campus Programs
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:  
Souls to the Polls
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., Temple Kol Emeth
The changes to Georgia’s election laws will be explained.  This discussion will clarify the importance of the involvement of churches, temples, mosques, and all faith communities in getting out the vote for the midterms in 2022. Moderator is Ann Cramer and panelists include Helen Butler is the executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda,  Sara Tindall Ghazal, an attorney and member of the Georgia State Election Board, and Edward Lindsey, attorney and member of the Georgia State Election Board.
The Green Team Summit
May 4,7,10, and 14
The Green Team Summit is an opportunity for people of faith across the state to learn about ways you and your faith community can engage in the work of environmental justice and sustainability. Registration and information can be found here
Interfaith Atlanta's Annual Tea-Off Planning Event
Saturday, May 7, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
Help plan for the 2022 Interfaith Fall Festival. Members of the Atlanta interfaith community are encouraged to register to be part of the Steering Committee. Afterward, join a representative from Ignatius House for a tour of the grounds. Parking and ADA accommodations are available. Sign up here. If you have questions contact admin@interfaithatlanta.org.
Ignatian Foundations Online Enrichment Program
April 27-June 1
Ignatian Foundations offers a deeper understanding of the Ignatian worldview by studying Ignatius’ life, the Spiritual Exercises, and Jesuit history. Sessions will be led by the pastoral staff of Ignatius House and St. Thomas More, addressing the Ignatian themes of prayer, discernment, and freedom. Join us online for this six-week series, each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm, April 27- June 1. The cost is $60. Click here for register.                                                                                                          
young adults
Young Adults Explore Buddhism
June 9-15
Young Adults Explore Buddhism. Join with young adults aged 18-29 to explore what makes life meaningful. No meditation experience necessary; just an open and curious mind/heart. The course includes: daily teachings and Dharma discussions with Ven. Thubten Chodron, Meditation Instruction and practice with Ven. Sangye Khadro, Compassion discussion with Dr. Russell Kolts (TBC), and Discussion with participants and Abbey monastics.
Join in person or online
Opportunities and Resources
women's history month with cwe
New Georgia Project: Poll Chaplaincy Training
Calling all faith leaders and faithful community members. We would love it if you could grace us with your gifts this election year for the nonpartisan election in May and/or the election in November. We will provide the training if you can provide your presence. We offer multiple training sessions to choose from. 
For anyone interested in participating in this year’s poll chaplaincy program, in May or in November, we are asking that this form be filled out to receive further information and a training invitation.
women's history month with cwe
Emory Career Center: "On the Road to Happiness"
On the Road to Happiness, is 6 episode podcast mini-series where our Student Host Gabriella Lewis, investigates the age-old question: what’s more important money or happiness
This 6 episode podcast mini-series will help anyone that is looking to find the balance between career and personal happiness in this ever-changing landscape of jobs and internships.
Stream the first 3 episodes here.
ODEI Many Voices Tell our Story: A Celebration of Inclusion and Belonging
May 16-May 20
Join ODEI May 16-20 in celebrating the broad range of identities and experiences that make up the diverse School of Medicine community.
The SOM's inaugural Diversity Week will include lectures, breakout sessions, poster presentations and social activities, including a block party. We will also showcase the incredible work being done on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion by our remarkable students, trainees, faculty and staff. And be sure to check out the art gallery in the James B. Williams Medical Education building, where artwork produced by members of our SOM community will be on display all week long.
Events are available for both in-person and virtual audiences. Selected highlights of the week:
  • Monday: Presentations by Carol Henderson, PhD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, and Advisor to the President, and Carolyn Meltzer, MD, Dean and John and May Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • Tuesday: Health Equity Day featuring David R. Williams, PhD, chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Wednesday: A Conversation on Intersectionality and Allyship featuring Jason Schneider, MD, FACP, Chloe Jordan, and Sonya Haw, MD
  • Thursday: The Stories We Don't Tell about Asian Americans featuring Phi Nguyen; and Neurodivergent Voices: Lived Experience and Insights for the Health Care Community presented by Matthew Joel Segall, PhD, Paige Hewitt 21NBB, and Kitteren ‘Kit' Jester
  • Friday: Anti-Antiracism presented by Darren Hutchinson, Professor of Law and John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, Emory School of Law
Don't miss a chance to also connect with colleagues at the Friday Block Party. View the complete lineup of events and register for as many sessions as you like. 

Get more details at med.emory.edu/diversityweek
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 http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook. 
Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Pastoral Care 
All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings During Term Open to Faculty and Staff
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
  • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
  • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
  • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
  • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
Other gatherings are listed here.
Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
For questions, please email religiouslife@emory.edu.
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here
Eid al-Fitr ('Id al-Fitr)
Sun., May 1 – Wed., May 4, 2022
Tradition: Islam
Also known as the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. One of the two main Islamic festivals (the other is Eid al-Adha), this day celebrates the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. It comes on the first day of the next lunar month, Shawal.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
404-727-6226    religiouslife@emory.edu
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