Interfaith Strategic Plan Listening Session, Homecoming, Rothschild Lecture
Interfaith Strategic Plan Listening Session, Homecoming, Rothschild Lecture
News and Programs 10.21.21
Interfaith Strategic Plan
Emory Interfaith Strategic Plan:
Make Your Voice Heard
Emory University is working with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to conduct an interfaith strategic planning process that will result in a multi-year multifaith spiritual life strategic plan for Emory. As part of this process, we want to understand how the Emory community currently experiences religious, spiritual, and philosophical life in our context and to explore ideas for the future. 
Interested students, faculty, and staff can participate in two ways:
  1. Survey - Complete a brief, five-question survey. The results are anonymous and confidential and will be used for internal planning purposes only. Complete the survey at

  2. Listening Session - Join us for an open listening session on Tuesday, October 26 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom to share your thoughts in conversation. Register at
For questions, please contact
VOIS Reunion
VOIS Reunion Event: "Praise at the Pavilion"
Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Campus Life Pavilion (716 Peavine Creek Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322)
Join alumni and friends of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir for a lively and fun reunion, with Choir Director Maury Allums. There will be delicious food, a great DJ, photos, spirit, friends, and community. All are welcome. RSVP here. For more information contact
Register Here
Homecoming 2021
Homecoming and Family Weekend
October 22-24, 2021
Join Emory University Spiritual and Religious Life in a variety of programs during Homecoming and Family Weekend. 
  • Jumu'ah Prayer, Friday, October 22, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Friday, October 22, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
  • Shabbat at Chabad (1526 North Decatur Road, Atlanta GA 30307), Friday, October 22, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. Services, 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • Shabbat at Hillel (735 Gatewood Road NE, Atlanta GA 30322), Friday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. Brunch
  • Buddhist Meditation and Dharma Practice, Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel 106
  • Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Reunion, Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m., Campus Life Pavillion (716 Peavine Creek Road NE, Atlanta GA 30322)
  • Catholic Mass, Sunday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., 1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA  30307
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship and Lunch, Sunday, October 24, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. Lunch, Cannon Chapel 
For more program information, and to RSVP, visit the schedule of programs here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Tolton Ramal Pace, MPH
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Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, October 24, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. lunch (outside), Cannon Chapel
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.
Homecoming Sunday Preacher: Tolton Ramal Pace 00C 02PH
Text: Matthew 14:22-33
Title: "Beyond The B.O.A.T.”
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson at
Annual Rothschild Lecture
The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Thirteenth Annual Rothschild Lecture
Thursday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) at Emory University will feature lawyer, writer, and journalist Dahlia Lithwick as the speaker for this year’s Rothschild Lecture, titled “The Demand for Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Jewish Tradition.” The program will explore the life and jurisprudence of Justice Ginsburg through a Jewish lens, including how her religious upbringing and immigrant background shaped her constitutional worldview and philosophy of what America could and should be. 
Particular focus will be given to Ginsburg’s pathbreaking advocacy for gender equality, a topic especially relevant today as women’s reproductive rights have re-emerged as a contentious legal issue on the Supreme Court’s docket.
Co-sponsored by Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
This free online lecture will take place via Zoom, and registration is required. Register here
HSA Navaratri Garba
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Hindu Students Association Navaratri Puja and Garba
Friday, October 15, 2021
Last week students celebrated the last night of Navaratri, a 9-night/10-day celebration of the Divine Feminine. Navaratri celebrates maany manifestations of the Goddess and of intrinsic feminine power. For some, it marks the start of the harvest, and as such Mother Earth is venerated.
For others, each night of Navaratri is representative of one of the nine incarnations of the Goddess Durga, who is celebrated for her fearlessness and victory over negativity. Based on region, some celebrate with an elaborate worship of Durga while others celebrate through fasting and participating in Garba dance. The circular formation of the Garba dance, which is typically performed around a clay pot with a lit oil lamp inside, represents the centrality of the divine feminine, or life force. 
We were happy to celebrate with a puja, a free dinner, a SaRaas Performance, Bollywood Music, and more. For more events with HSA, join us for Aarthi on Fridays (details below) or visit our instagram here
Riyaaz Qawwali Concert 2021
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Riyaaz Qawwali Concert at Cannon Chapel
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Emory University Spiritual and Religious Life was honored and excited to welcome the music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali last Saturday evening. Riyaaz performed the gripping musical style called Qawwali as they spread the power of South Asian devotional music from Islam and a diversity of religions. The concert underscored the mystical convergences among languages and cultures and held out a vision for deep interfaith respect and appreciation. Thank you to all who attended. 
For more programs similar to Riyaaz Qawwali, visit
Beloved Community Fall Bible Study
Wednesday, October 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Join Chaplain Maddie on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in AMUC 125 for Bible study. For six weeks, we will explore the theme of meals in the Gospel of Luke, asking questions like “Who does Jesus eat with, and what does that mean for us?” and “How can a meal be a space for hospitality and humility?” For our first session on October 13, we will discuss Luke 5: 27-39. Chaplain Maddie hopes to see you there.
Contact her for more information here.  
Upcoming Programs
Interfaith Dialogue: Buddhist and Hindu
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Asian Student Center, AMUC (First Floor)
Join us in a casual interfaith conversation between Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Rakhit Sraman discussing various concepts and practices in these two traditions. All are welcome. 
If you have any question, please contact Priya Sraman or Shweta Chaitanya.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
EBC Guided Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thurdsay, October 21, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom 
Join us for a guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. This week, EBC is pleased to welcome back Sensei Michael Elliston Roshi from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. He is the spiritual leader of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, as well as a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA). Sensei will be coming in person to lead a meditation and group discussion this Thursday.
For more information, contact Venerable Priya Sraman
Catholic Center Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
Thurdsay, October 21, 7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 5-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. The topic for our the Fall 2021 series is “Catholic and the University”. Optional readings can be found here.
Bread Coffeehouse DBS
Thurdsay, October 21, 7:30 p.m., Campus Life Pavilion
This week's DBS will be featuring pad thai for dinner, apple crumble for dessert, music by Kylie Odetta, and stories by special guest Kami Reed from Globalscope. After DBS, stick around for some hot chocolate and a fire pit. Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, October 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Underpass (outside in shade).  
International Community Friday Lunch is a long-standing collaboration between the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). We seek to extend a warm welcome and build a community for international students and scholars over a free lunch, conversation, and resource sharing. 
October 22 Lunch Sponsor: Advancement and Alumni Engagement
These lunches are limited, so be sure to register by the Tuesday before the community lunch you will attend. RSVP Required each week here
Carlos Museum Buddhist Gallery Tour
Friday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., Michael C. Carlos Museum
Professor Sara McClintock will guide a tour of the Carlos Museum to view the various Buddhist exhibits in the Asian art section of the museum. Many of these pieces come from India and Tibet. For more information about the museum, visit here
Hindu Students Association Friday Aarti
Friday, October 22, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 
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 Buddhist Community Full Moon Gathering
Saturday, October 23, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel 106 or via zoom
Join our Buddhist community in celebrating the October full moon with Dharma  (Buddhist chant, Contemplation, Discussion) and refreshments on Sunday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome. For more info, contact Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Sraman.
International InterVarsity Fellowship Welcome Dinner Gathering
Saturday, October 23, 6:00 p.m., First Alliance Church of Atlanta
IIF is hosting a welcome dinner for international students and visiting scholars. There is a capacity limit of 100 students, and registration will close on Wednesday, October 20. 
Contact Arthur Ong with any questions. For more information and to register, click here
RCIA: Catholic Faith Class
Sunday, October 24, 10:30 a.m., University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Have questions about Catholicism? You're not alone. Faith should touch every corner of our lives. We know it can be intimidating to walk through those doors, but we've been expecting you. If you're interested in becoming Catholic, receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation, or wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith, consider joining us for Rite of Christian Initiation classes weekly on Sunday. Learn more here
Carlos Museum Buddhist Gallery Talk with Professor Sara McClintock
Sunday, October 24, 4:00 p.m., South Asian Gallery 
Join Sara McClintock, Associate Professor in Emory's Department of Religion, for a look at works of Buddhist art in the newly renovated South Asian gallery. Space is limited and registration is required. In accordance with Emory University's Gathering Policy, masks must be worn. 
Register here.  
Bread Coffeehouse Board Game Night
Monday, October 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Join us at Bread on Monday October 25 for a board game night. We'll be hanging out and playing some of our favorite games at the house, so bring your friends and stop by. To learn more about Bread, visit here
Hillel Fall Fest
Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center (735 Gatewood Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329)
Join the Hillel First-Year Council for their first event of this year. There will be decorating cookies, drinking hot chocolate, watching a movie, and hanging around the campfire. RSVP here. 
Mid-Week Music
Mid-Week 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 Allums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook
Emory CSCBE "Healing the Separations" Public Webinar
Thursday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., Online
The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University (otherwise known as the Emory Compassion Center) is pleased to offer a free webinar with Professor Rhonda Magee from the University of San Francisco School of Law and author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness. Professor Magee will speak on "Healing the Separations: The Critical Need for Socially-Engaged Compassion and the Science of Cultivating It".
This webinar is free and open to anyone who would like to attend but does require registration. To register, click here.
Religion and Public Health Community of Scholars Reception
Thursday, October 28, 4:30 p.m., Claudia Nane Rollins Building 8th Floor; Klamon Room, Rollins School of Public Health
Anyone in the Emory University and larger Atlanta community who is interested in knowing more about the unique religion and public health educational resources at Emory are invited to meet faculty and student scholars from other disciplines across the university to learn what is happening at this interdisciplinary intersection.  Join us to discover ways you can be involved in this exciting field.
Graduates and current students taking interdisciplinary coursework, enrolled in the dual-degree program (MDiv/MPH and MTS/MPH), and working for the Certificate in Religion and Health will discuss their interprofessional learning experiences at Emory. Join us and learn about the ways in which religion and public health can work together in research and practice.
Light refreshments will be served, and there is no RSVP required. Learn more information about the collaborative here.
Emory Buddhist Student Retreat
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, 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 November 12-13 (Friday afternoon – Saturday afternoon). If you are interested in attending the retreat, please apply by October 20 here. For any related inquiries, please contact Venerable Priya Sraman
University Catholic Center Fiat: An Intercollegiate Day Retreat
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
It's important to periodically step away from the hustle of your daily life to immerse yourself in prayer and reflection. Join us for this one-day retreat at the University Catholic Center, presented by the Catholic Student Union and led by Fr. Brian Baker. Sign up here.
Off Campus Programs
Muhammad Ali: An Interfaith Leader Before We Knew What That Was
Thursday, October 21, 1:00 p.m., Zoom Webinar
Join IFYC President, Eboo Patel, in conversation with filmmaker, David McMahon, and public intellectual, Donna Auston, to talk about Muhammad Ali and his legacy of interfaith cooperation. Coinciding with the release of a four part film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and McMahon, Muhammad Ali, this dynamic group will explore the complexity of Ali, from his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, membership in the Nation of Islam, and experience as a public figure and proud Black man in America. Now one of the most celebrated men of the last century, Muhammad Ali’s ability to connect with so many, demand more of his country, and pursue greatness has much to teach us all. View excerpts of the film here.
Register here
Africa Expo ATL
Saturday, October 30, 11:30 a.m., St. John's Lutheran Church (1410 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Altanta, GA 30307)
The Africa Expo’s two-fold agenda is to bring people together to celebrate Blackness through its origins in Africa and to showcase Black entrepreneurs and their talents with hope that the community shows up to support them. Join us for a day of culture featuring local vendors, musical artists, poetry, dance, an African puppeteer, caricature artistry, face painting, non-profits, a 360-vide experience, a kid’s tent, a panel discussion on authentic connections to Africa, a African ceremony honoring two activists in our community who have fought tirelessly for Black Lives.
It will be a community block party and all who believe Black Lives Matter are welcome. Purchase tickets here
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Festival
Interfaith Atlanta Fall Fest
Sunday, November 14, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Historic Fourth Ward Park
Announcing Interfaith Atlanta's First Annual Fall Fest. Atlanta's Historic 4th Ward Park Amphitheatre is where we will work to unite the community through engaging programs and networking opportunities. For more details or to reserve table space for your organization, visit Fall Fest's site here.  
Church Action eNewsletter: The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. Events
  • Candler School of Theology Justo and Catherine González Lectures
    October 22-23, hybrid in-person/online event
    “Latinx Contributions to Theological Education.” Llimited in-person and unlimited online attendance. Learn more and register.

  • St. Luke’s, The Temple, and Ebenezer Baptist Church confront gun violence
    Thursday, October 21, at 5:00 p.m.
    Register here.

  • American Jewish Committee’s Project Understanding Retreat
    January 22-23, Apply by November 7
    The American Jewish Committee's Project Understanding Retreat brings members of the Black and Jewish communities together to learn, talk, and develop life-long relationships. During this 24-hour retreat, participants have an unparalleled opportunity to engage in impactful conversation about the issues that matter most. The 2022 Project Understanding retreat will be January 22-23. Learn more and apply by November 7 here
  • Energy Efficiency Matching Grants from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Application
    Open now through November 15, 2021. 
    Click here to apply. If you are a previous recipient of this grant, confirm that a progress report has been submitted for your prior grant award BEFORE submitting an application. Questions? Email Hannah Shultz, Program Associate, at
Partner Programs
LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month
October 1-25
For LGBTQ+ History Month we have a whole host of programs to offer, including but not limited to, a Pride Kickoff Game on Oct. 2, ClubQUEER: Louder than Pride Silent Disco on Oct. 10, and a LGBTeas: Community Meditation on Oct.6. Make sure to add these events to your calendar.
For more details, visit
Relationship Violence Awareness Month
October 14-27
Join the Office of Respect in various programs as we observe Relationship Awareness Month. 
Events include viewings of movies with a critical discussion following, as well as a panel discussion. For more program information, visit the Office of Respect wesbsite here
The Twin Pandemics: COVID-19 and Racism 
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
2020 brought the new challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the COVID crisis reminded us of ongoing, systemic problems that have pervaded our nation for generations: health disparities, the overpolicing of Black and Brown communities, and the scapegoating of Asian American communities.  These intertwined problems came to a head in 2020.  What are we going to do about them in 2021.  JWJI is convening a panel of interdisciplinary experts to shed light on these issues and to offer solutions.

As always this event is free but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please register here.
JWJI Colloquium Race and Difference Series 
Monday, October 25, 12:00 p.m., via Zoom
The next Colloquium speaker is Dr. Richard Boles. His talk is entitled "Interracial but not Integrated: Race and New England’s Colonial Churches."
All events are free but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link. Please register here
Opportunities and Resources
Sojourners Fellowship Program 
Applications Open Mid-October
The Sojourners Fellowship Program is a leadership and professional development program dedicated to ecumenical Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. Participants live in an intentional, Christian community and work alongside a departmental team at the Sojourners office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 38-year history, program alumni have made a lasting impact on the social justice movement in the church, the United States, and around the world.  The program is open to anyone 21 years or older who has work permission in the United States and a Social Security number.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Cycle will open in mid-October.  For more information and to access the application, visit this website.  Send any questions to
Hands of Hope Service Year Program
Applications Open
Want to make a difference in the lives of young children? 
Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.  House Parents in this program gain valuable experience that is relevant to their future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children. 
For a complete description click here or contact Darean Talmadge for more information. Find the application here.  
CAPS Drop-In Workshops
Fridays beginning September 24, 12:00 p.m., Online
One-time workshops on rotating topics, including building social connections, improving relaxation and sleep, anxiety toolkit, imposter syndrome, avoiding burnout, and procrastination toolkit.
For more information or to sign up, visit CAPS on The Hub here. Please note that you will need to be logged in with your Emory Credentials in order to view the event and sign up. 
CAPS Skills Groups
Varying dates and times, Online
This includes Stress Clinic Classes and classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings (5 sessions). For more information or to sign up, visit CAPS on The Hub here. Please note that you will need to be logged in with your Emory Credentials in order to view the event and sign up.
Tams Institute for Jewish Studies Graduate Student Grants
Applications due Monday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) is accepting applications for grants to Emory graduate students during the academic year of 2021-2022 (Fall and Spring semesters only), to support academic experiences that complement or advance the graduate students’ pursuit of Jewish Studies at Emory University, such as travel or research. Visit the grant website for more information here
Faculty and Staff Resources
Mid-Week 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 Allums. 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 releated 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
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
Unofficial Emory Employee Christian Prayer Call
Mondays, 8:00-8:30 a.m., via Phone
All current Emory employees are welcome to a weekly Christian prayer call facilitated by Kes Robinson and Jacynta Brewton. Support is offered by the Emory OSRL Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson.
Each week a different Volunteer Facilitator leads the prayer group in: Praise and thanksgiving, bible verse and open discussion, prayer requests, and prayer. 
For information to participate, email Jacynta Brewton.
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
Reformation Day
Sun., Oct. 31, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant
Commemorates the beginning of the Protestant Reformation of Christianity with Martin Luther's challenge to the Roman church in the sixteenth century C.E.
Sun., Oct. 31, 2021
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
The New Year and the final harvest festival, celebrating the last gifts of the Earth before winter and the return of the spirits of the dead.
All Saints Day
Mon., Nov. 1, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Christian celebration of the lives of all the saints, especially those not having a special day; Orthodox churches observe the day in mid-summer.
All Souls Day
Tue., Nov. 2, 2021
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
Catholic Christian observance in memory of all the faithful who are deceased. In some Latin cultures, this day is known as "The Day of the Dead."
Diwali (Dipavali)
Wed., Nov. 3, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
Perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals, also known as the Festival of Lights, it is dedicated to the goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in the rest of India. As with several other festivals, Diwali is associated with one of the stories about the destruction of evil by Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
Diwali/Mahavir Nirvana
Wed., Nov. 3, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
This "Festival of Lamps" celebrates the attainment of Moksa by Lord Mahavira. A burning lamp symbolizes the "light of knowledge," which dispels the darkness of delusion and ignorance.
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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