Guided Meditation, Black History Month, and Islamic Awareness Month
Guided Meditation, Black History Month, and Islamic Awareness Month
 News and Programs 2.4.21

Guided Meditation with Venerable Priya Sraman, Emory University Buddhist Chaplain
Priya Sraman, Buddhist Chaplain
The Venerable Priya Sraman
Buddhist Chaplain, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
TONIGHT Thursday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. EST
To join by Zoom, please click here
This week, the Emory Buddhist Club guided meditation and discussion will be led by The Venerable Priya Sraman, Emory University's new Buddhist Chaplain. We welcome Venerable Priya, who is a Bangladeshi Theravada Buddhist monk. Venerable Priya earned degrees in Buddhist studies in Thailand, at the University of Hong Kong, and at Harvard. Most recently, he was the Buddhist Chaplain at Tufts, where he served students, faculty, and staff through weekly meditation and dharma study, pastoral care, ritual leadership, planning speakers and retreats, and participating in interfaith programs. He has also been active in the Harvard initiatives on Buddhism and race.
Tonight, he will be leading a meditation and discussion. The discussion topic is "Karaniyametta Sutta," the Discourse on Loving-Kindness/Friendliness. To access the Zoom meeting, please click here. All are welcome. 
Black History Month
Emory University OSRL Black History Month Lecture 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
3:30 p.m. EST, Register via Zoom here
“Following the Path of a Transformed Nonconformist”: Lecture and Conversation
The Rev. Adam Russell Taylor 98C
President of Sojourners 
Author, Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation

The Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Black History Month Lecture 2021 welcomes The Reverend Adam Russell Taylor 98C, the new president of Sojourners, and a former faith and advocacy leader at the World Bank and World Vision. Taylor is a graduate of Emory University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. He is the author of "Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation." Learn more at, and for more information, please contact
Register Here
Mid-Week Music and Reflection
Mid-Week Musical Reflection - 2.3.21
Each week during the Spring 2021 semester, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) offers a virtual mid-week musical reflection space on Wednesdays from 12:00-12:15 p.m. This week, OSRL Music Director Maury Allums offered a reflection in the spirit of Black History Month. See the recording above or here. Sign up to receive updates on our weekly musical reflection series here
Additional Black History Month 2021 Programming
Black History Month
Programs during Emory’s 2021 observance of Black History Month will feature (clockwise from top left) Anthony Jack; Jessica Stewart; Taos Wynn; Kevin L. Gilliam and Iesha Galloway-Gilliam; Valerie Babb; and more.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join the Emory community as we celebrate those whose life work paved the way for equity, inclusion, and social justice. Let us honor their legacy and determine our responsibility “to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.” A number of events happening across Emory can be found below:
  • 2021 Pellom McDaniels Sports History Lecture Series: Bigger than Sports
    Thursday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Race Beyond Borders: “Understanding Race as a Global Concept: Power, Access, and Policy”
    Friday, February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Film Screening and Discussion: "Athlete. Scholar. Activist: Chapters in the Life of Dr. Pellom McDaniels"
    Sunday, February 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Online. Register here.
  • How ATL is Striving to Become an Economically Just and Inclusive Community
    Thursday, February 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Dr. Anthony Jack: "The Privileged Poor"
    Thursday, February 11, 5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Race-Ethnicity and the Applicant-Employer Interface
    Monday, February 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • How Small Businesses Drive Economic Opportunity in Metro ATL
    Wednesday, February 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Healing from our 'Two Traumas' the 17th Annual Hamilton E. Holmes Memorial Lecture
    Wednesday, February 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET, Zoom. Access the Zoom meeting.
  • Emory Community Conversation presents The Black Box
    Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Online. Register here.
  • Discussion with artist Kevin Beasley: “Race, Social Justice and Contemporary African American Art”
    Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
  • Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Black Men in White Coats"
    Sunday, February 21 – Tuesday, February 23, Film Screening. Register here.
    Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, Zoom, Panel Discussion. Register here.
  • Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
    Monday, February 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, Zoom. Register here.
Find additional programming here
Office for RACE and Black Student Union: Black History Month
Thursday, February 4-Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) and the Emory Black Student Union (EBSU) invite you to their Black History Month events! Additionally, if you attend three or more events, you will be entered into our prize raffle. Follow RACE and EBSU on Instagram for Black History Month content all February.
Islamic Awareness Month: February 2021
Islamic Awareness Month, Muslim Call to Prayer from Cox Hall
Fridays in February, 1:45 p.m. EST
You may start to notice the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) recited from the Cox Hall carillon chimes in the month of February, which is Islamic Awareness Month at Emory.
It has been a tradition for several decades at Emory during Islamic Awareness Month and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to play the call to prayer on Fridays, which is the Muslim day for communal midday prayer (Jumu'ah).
The call to prayer is a general statement of Islamic belief and a summons to communal prayer. Traditionally, it is recited from mosque minarets five times per day to call Muslims to obligatory prayers. On Friday afternoons at Emory, it is followed immediately by communal prayer, a sermon, and a time for fellowship in Cannon Chapel.
Special Note: In-person indoor gatherings are suspended through February 8 per university policy. Please check the Emory Forward website for updates.
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Emory Beloved Community is a nondenominational Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year in Cannon Chapel or online.

Rev. Angie Johnson
The Rev. Angela Johnson, Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, February 7, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here
Preacher: Pastor Angela Johnson, Central United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA
Scripture: Luke 14:12-14
Pastor Angie identifies as a healer--facilitating healing and personal discovery through dialogue, reflection, and community building. She is a provisional elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the appointed associate pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. 
She has served as a prison chaplain intern, a college chaplaincy intern at Emory University, and a chaplain resident at Wesley Woods Behavioral Health/Psychiatric Hospital at Emory University Hospital. In addition, she is an animator/facilitator for Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots organization committed to creating unique spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations.
She loves to preach in Chuck Taylors and statement T-shirts, has several tattoos, and loves Hip Hop and all reality TV. Because of this, and her insistence of speaking truth to power, she is also known as the “Holy Ratchet Pastor.” As the Holy Ratchet Pastor, she embraces being perfectly imperfect while living in authenticity and creates space for others to do the same.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Melody Falter, beloved Community, Sunday, January 31, 2021
Beloved Community Protestant Worship - 1.31.21: Intervarsity Affiliate Melody Falter reflected on January 6th and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "The False God of Nationalism"
Candler Contextual Education II Internships 2021-2022: Emory OSRL
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) welcomes applications for our CST Contextual Education II internship program for 2021-2022. OSRL is the multifaith office that supports all religious and philosophical life at Emory University for all students, faculty, and staff on Atlanta campus. We support religious and philosophical communities, educate about spirituality and ethics in society and the world, provide pastoral care and opportunities to engage in service and social justice work, and support interfaith engagement. We offer a number of signature programs (e.g., Inter-religious Council, Beloved Community Protestant Worship) and also encourage students to bring their own backgrounds and interests to our work. More information is available at Apply here. For questions, please contact Dean Greg McGonigle at
Imagining the Possibilities
Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education Inaugural Conference: Imagine the Possibilities
March 8-9, 2021, Virtual
This virtual conference marks the consolidation of two long-time professional associations, ACURA and NACUC into ACSLHE (pronounced “axle"). As the significance of spiritual life on university and college campuses expands, so should our role as professionals and as a national organization. Join us as we imagine the possibilities. Register and learn more here
Cosponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
Mid-Week Musical Reflections
Mid-Week Musical Reflections
Wednesdays during term starting February 3, 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, 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 them live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Click Here to Register
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays starting January 29, 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.
Candler Chapel Worship Services Schedule Spring 2021
Candler Chapel Worship Services Schedule, Spring 2021, Online
Tuesday, January 26-Tuesday, April 29, Online
View the live stream services on the day on Facebook, Instagram or Candler live stream. The services will also be available on Vimeo after the live stream. To view the schedule and for more information click here and email Dean Williams here.
Upcoming Programs
Bread Coffeehouse and Eagle Food Co-Op
Bread offers a free food pantry for students at Emory who are in need. Fill out your order using the form below and schedule your pick-up. We are taking every precaution to maintain the safety of our staff as well as those we are serving during this time. Complete the Eagle Food Co-op Order Form here
If you have any questions or would like to donate any items to the food co-op, please email

Schmooze N Schmear
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. EST
RSVP deadline: Thursdays 11:00 a.m. EST
Join Emory Hillel on Thursdays for a socially distant time of schmoozing, eating bagels, and drinking coffee. We love our weekly catch-ups. You are welcome to stay to study and hang, or just grab your food before class.
To register click here. To follow us on Instagram, click here.
Book of Romans - Online Bible Study with the Pastors. 
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. EST via Zoom
Join with the Glenn pastors as we move through the letter at our own pace, taking a look at the flow of Paul’s thought and themes as he lays out for us the Good News of Christ and how God’s grace our lives and our life together.
Weekly “attendance” not required – join us anytime your schedule allows and join with one or more Glenn pastors for discussion and reflection on the Scriptures.
To participate in the Glenn study via Zoom on computer or phone, contact Communications Director, Jessica Bradford for the information by clicking here.
Sponsored By Glenn Memorial Church.
Game Night
Thursday, February 4, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
Join us for some online fun. We will be playing a variety of games using Backyard. Sponsored by Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship. 
Zoom ID 688 621 103.
Spring 2021 Small Group
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
The topic is The New Testament in The Gospel of John. Click here to email Siv with any questions or concerns.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship. Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.
Glenn Memorial Church Young Adult Fellowship
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
The young adults group will continue to meet on Thursdays for eTwains on Zoom. Join us at 8:00 p.m. for a virtual drink and at-home chicken nachos.
Contact Rev. Brent Huckaby by clicking here for the Zoom invitation.
Sponsored by Glenn Memorial Church.
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here
  • Catholic Student Union 2021 Leadership Application
    Help us lead our community closer to Christ. Are you a student interested in supporting the work of the Catholic community at Emory University during 2021? Apply for an Executive Board or Committee Head position here.

  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., 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 by clicking here.

  • Hot Takes Happy Hour
    Wednesdays, 6:00- 7:00 p.m., Zoom
    Welcome to Hot Takes Happy Hour, a time to unpack and decompress difficult and potentially controversial topics in a faith-centered atmosphere. To join, please click here.

  • SEEK21 RETREAT at Emory
    Thursday, February 4-Sunday, February 7
Come see, hear and encounter the SEEK21 Retreat. It is a one-of-a-kind event where thousands gather as small groups to ask big questions about joy, peace, hope, and salvation. 
Set aside the distractions and enter a space alongside thousands of others who are seeking a new encounter with the Lord, a new chance to pursue holiness, a new moment for our Church. Come away knowing Jesus Christ and have the confidence and tools to share and live the Gospel in your day-to-day life. Sign up at the University Center here.
First Friday Virtual Dinner
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship for our first Friday night dinner of Spring 2021 semester, where you can connect with new and returning graduate students at Emory. For questions email us here.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship.
Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. 

Bible Study
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
Are we in control of our own fate?  Are there unavoidable consequences for our actions? What roles do justice and mercy play in our sinful nature?
Join us as we discuss what the Bible has to say about one of the greatest questions in philosophy, Do we truly have free will? Our President, Kathryn will be leading the discussion. 
Join with Zoom ID 688 621 103.
Sponsored by Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship. 
Black Campus Ministries Student Conference 2021
Friday, February 5 – Saturday, February 6
This is a unique time in history: we are in the midst of a national racial reckoning, a season of political unrest, economic uncertainty, and a global pandemic that is disproportionally impacting our communities. For college students, these weights add to the academic load you already carry. It can seem like too much to handle. Black college students are asking questions like, "Where is God in the midst of our suffering? Will things ever change? What is my role in the fight? Is God real…is He good?"
Join your peers and friends in InterVarsity's national Black Campus Ministries Student Conference, Still Here, this February 5-6. Registration is only $15, and open now. So whether you're part of our Collegiate Black Christians chapter, Emory Christian Fellowship chapter, or just a Black student at Emory, all are welcome. Click here to learn more and register. 
Women Worldwide
Sunday, February 7-Sunday, 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 Emory. 
The Chaplain’s Lecture Series at Oxford College
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
The Oxford College of Emory University will host social advocate, author, and speaker, Mr. Taos Wynn, as part of the college’s Black History Month events.
Mr. Wynn will talk about his advocacy work around human rights issues, including his work with the Perfect Love Foundation. This is open to all students, staff, and faculty in the Emory community as well as the general public.
This event is sponsored by the Pierce Program in Religion and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Please contact The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace with questions by clicking here.
To join, please click here.

Celebrating the Black Church Tradition of Sankofa
Thursday, February 18-Thursday, April 15  
Candler’s Black Church Studies program prepares men and women to provide learned, prophetic and compassionate leadership in Black and multiracial churches; and educates the entire Candler community about the origins, development and contemporary diversity of the Black church tradition.
The program also explores religious traditions among peoples of African descent across Africa and the diaspora. The program seeks to integrate Black church studies into foundational courses at Candler and to expand and deepen Black church studies courses. The program also seeks to respond to the need for literature in Black religion, in particular the need for primary field research on Black congregational life. Find each event on the Candler event calendar 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:
  • New American Pathways Volunteer Orientation
    February 4, February 20, March 4, or March 20, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Zoom
    New American Pathways helps refugees and Georgia thrive. Signing up for Volunteer Orientation is the first step to become a volunteer. To sign up, please click here.
  • The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Day 1 Broadcast
    Sunday, February 7, 7:05 a.m. EST
    The Rev. Gaines-Cirelli is senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and is the featured preacher. She says, “Everyone is searching for what Jesus embodied for those in today’s story: someone or something that brings hope and healing and gives meaning to human life.” You can hear Day 1 on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information and resources click here.
  • The Movement for Restorative Justice 
    Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. EST
    The Movement for Restorative Justice invites us to "Healing Justice," Invite your friends; all are welcome. It's free, but you need to register in advance. Watch the film and join in a Zoom discussion on each of the three sessions. The event is about 1.5 hours. This film has been shown in an area UMC congregation, a Baptist church, two Catholic parishes, and a town hall meeting in DeKalb County. To register click here. - Weekly Newsletter
The newsletter shares information regarding special events, Buddhist books, mediation classes, scholarships, movies, and many more. Below are highlights from this week.
  • A Conversation with Ajahn Jayasāro: How Can the Buddha's Teachings Inform Contemporary Education?
    Monday, February 8, 10:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Come hear Ajahn Jayasāro’s insights and reflections on Buddhist education and its relevance for the modern world in an interview format.  Born in England, Ajahn Jayasāro is now one of the most respected monks in Thailand and a spiritual advisor to several K-12 schools. Email us for the Zoom link.
  • The BIPOC Zoom Meditation Group                                                                                      The Second and Fourth Mondays Each Month, 7:00 p.m. EST
    For question email Brenda Collins here. To access the Zoom meeting, click here (meeting ID 821-3377-8570).
Religion, Race, and Slavery in the Americas Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 9, 4:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
What to the Slave is Religion?: Women, Race, and Reproduction in the Definition of a Category.
Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Vanderbilt University.  She is a historian of African-American religion and her teaching and research examine the religiosity of enslaved people in the South, religion in the African Atlantic, and women’s religious histories.   
She received her B.A. in English from Spelman College, and Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Emory University.
Zoom Registration required; please click here.

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:
  • A Talk with Dolores Huerta 
    Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m., CST
    An iconic labor and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta has dedicated her life's work to advocating for workers, immigrants, and marginalized communities in America. Join us on for a conversation led by Dr. Antonio Flores, President and CEO of HACU, about how her interfaith alliances shaped her work. Click here to register.
  • Race, Religion and Restorative Healing in American Healthcare
    Tuesday, February 16, 12:00 p.m., CST
    Racial inequities exist in American healthcare, with devastating effects on Black and brown communities. Interfaith leadership has a role to play. Join field leaders for a conversation that will explore the relationship between worldview, race, and health. Click here to register.
  • Using Critical Interfaith Praxis to Transform Space and Place on Campus
    Thursday, February 25, 1:00 p.m., CST
    The field of Interfaith Cooperation has at many times privileged the experiences and ideologies of dominant religious, secular, and spiritual perspectives. Join field leaders as we reimagine the field of interfaith cooperation in and outside the classroom. Click here to register.

Music for the Soul
Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 p.m., Eastern
Rebecca Jade is an accomplished singer/songwriter, and has been singing as long as she can remember.  Growing up in a musical home, she has been exposed to an extensive variety of artists, genres and styles from her mother, who is also a vocalist. With such influences, it seems a natural progression that Rebecca has followed in her footsteps.
Rebecca has been described by many to have a chameleon-like quality to her voice, where she is able to deliver each song in a unique way, yet she has been blessed with a sound unlike anyone else. Many music lovers have stated that she has the ability to transfer the emotion of each song to her listeners. Click here for free registration. Sponsored by Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. 
Partner Programs
Dooley After Dark Spring '21 Events
January – May 2021, Virtual Events
Dooley After Dark has a chock-full calendar this semester. All events are free and open to Emory students. Please check the Dooley After Dark orgSync portal for more information and Zoom links to our virtual events. We hope to see you soon.

Spring 2021 Virtual Group Fitness          Monday, January 25 – Sunday, April 25, Zoom
All are invited to join Group Fitness by clicking here.
Sponsored by Emory Recreation
“The Insurrection at the Capitol: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Thursday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., ET
This is an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the events that occurred at the capital on January 6th. 
College Council, BridgeEmory, and Emory College have invited Dr. Jeffrey Lesser, Dr. Carol Anderson, and Dr. Jeffrey Staton as panelists to discuss the significance of the insurrection as well as the potential solutions for bridging the political polarization that has led American society to the current moment.
Register for the event click here .
Diversity and Inclusion Counts: How Universities Reshape Racial Inequality Behind Diversity Numbers
Monday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. EST
Our next speaker, Dr. W. Carson Byrd from the University of Louisville, will discuss his new book. All events are free but registration is required.
Please register here. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.
Merging Faith with Medicine to Survive a Pandemic
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Please join us for this important webinar where we examine the intersection of religion and the practice of medicine. If you have questions, you can send them prior to the event by clicking email here. Register early because spots will fill up fast. To register click here.
Black Women, Black Love
February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
This is an analysis of social history to examines the complex lineage of America's oppression of Black companionship. According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than seventy percent of Black women in America are unmarried. The book reveals how four centuries of laws, policies, and customs have created that crisis.
Author Dianne Stewart begins in the colonial era, when slave owners denied Blacks the right to marry, divided families, and, in many cases, raped enslaved women and girls. Later, during Reconstruction and the ensuing decades, violence split up couples again as millions embarked on the Great Migration north, where the welfare system mandated that women remain single in order to receive government support. For more information contact Daniela Medina by email here and by phone at 404-727-0070. To register click here.
Alhambra Waters: Theology, Poetry, Politics
Thursday, February 11, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
In a lecture entitled “Alhambra Waters: Theology, Poetry, Politics,” María M. Carrión, Professor of Religion and Comparative Literature at Emory University, will discuss how the provenance, flow, and relations of water in these spaces mobilize theological stances infused with poetry and sovereignty that relate to numerous other Islamic places. Click here to register.
This program is held in conjunction with Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place.    organized by The Newark Museum of Art and on view at the Carlos Museum through May 9, 2021.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Friday, February 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
ISSS invites you to February's Global Community Connections event, which is a Lunar New Year Celebration. Come learn how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, try to win a prize during the trivia game and learn how to cook traditional cuisine.
Please register by Wednesday, February 10 by clicking here.

Avatars of Vishnu Lecture Series
Vishnu’s Divine Descents: Saving the World one Avatar at a Time
Sunday, February 14, 2:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
In the Avatars of Vishnu Lecture Series' first installment, titled “Vishnu’s Divine Descents: Saving the World one Avatar at a Time,” Cynthia Packert, Christian A. Johnson Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College, will discuss the myths, meanings, and various artistic manifestations of Vishnu’s avataras, with a focus on his multiple human guises. Examples will be drawn from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and the Rani ki Vav stepwell in Patan, Gujarat. Click here to register.
Upcoming lectures in the series will occur on Tuesday, March 9, and Sunday, April 18. Click here to learn more.
This program is sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and held in conjunction with an Emory class taught by Emory Associate Professor of Religion Dr. Ellen Gough.
Opportunities and Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Spring 2021
I’m excited to share the array of services, beyond individual therapy services, that CAPS is offering this semester. All the below and attached information is posted on our website at We’ve also posted most of this information on our OrgSync at Open to students globally, no requirement to initiate therapy:
1. CAPS Drop-In Workshops: One-time, one hour workshops on rotating topics, including:
- Improving relaxation and sleep
- Building on strengths and purpose (positive psychology)
- Avoiding burnout
- Communication skills
- Imposter syndrome
2. Anxiety Toolkit: One-time, 90 minute workshop that provides strategies to address a variety of anxiety-related concerns, such as panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and test-related anxiety.  
3. Procrastination Toolkit: One-time, 90 minute workshop that provides skills to break cycles of procrastination.
4. Mindfulness Mondays: Drop-in meditation every Monday. February 22 and March 22 are focused on Sophomores.
5. Skills Groups: This includes our Stress Clinic Classes (4 week commitment) and our classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings (5 week commitment). Note that we are offering a Stress Clinic class specifically for BIPOC students.
6. Support Groups: Including Black Graduate Student, Black Undergraduate Student, BIPOC Student, and International Student.
7. Let’s Talk: Virtual consultation service for graduate and professional students in Laney, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Theology.
8. Support for Students in Medical Isolation and Quarantine: The attached Isolation and Quarantine Support flyer includes information for students in both on and off campus medical isolation and quarantine, including support group meetings offered by CAPS.
In addition, CAPS has trained a group of students (the Eagles Support Network) to provide one-on-one peer support to students in on-campus medical isolation and quarantine. Students in on-campus medical I and Q will receive an email with information about accessing this peer support service.
Finally, CAPS is also offering therapy groups. Therapy groups require that students are clients at CAPS and reside in GA. This semester’s therapy groups include:  
- Women’s Interpersonal Process
- Men’s Interpersonal Process
- All Gender Undergrad Interpersonal Process
- All Gender Graduate Interpersonal Process
- School of Medicine M2 Support
- Surviving and Thriving (trauma survivors support)
- Grief and Loss
- Gender and Sexual Diversity
Information for therapy groups can be found here
Volunteer Emory: Staff Application Information Sessions
Volunteer Emory Staff Applications are now open.  We are looking for service-oriented leaders who are passionate about social justice to be apart of our team. Applications are ONLY open to first and second-year students. In order to apply, you MUST attend ONE info session to learn about what it means to be on staff.
Information sessions will be held virtually and Zoom links can be found within the application. We recognize that there will be time zone and other conflicts so we have pre-recorded an information session to accommodate these conflicts.
Please email Chloe Camp by clicking here to request this video, but only if you cannot attend the two live sessions. 
We cannot wait to read your applications. Use this link to access access the application.
Meet with Steer Team
Tuesday, February 9, Application Available
Discuss your plans for involvement at Emory and prepare for future organization application processes wth Steer Team.
  • Mock Interview 
  • Involvement Consultions
  • Leadership Skills Assessment
For available application form search "Steer Team" on OrgSync.
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.
Nirvana Day
Monday, February 8 or Monday, February 15
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern 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.
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancami)
Tuesday, February 16
Tradition: Hinduism
One of many festivals to honor the advent of spring, this day is celebrated particularly in North India, where it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning; however, it also retains connection with the goddess Lakshmi.
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 17
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
A special day of repentance observed by Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians to mark the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer, repentance, and self-denial preceding Easter. The name derives from the practice of marking of the faithful with ashes to signify penitence.
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