Help Shape Spiritual Life at Emory
Help Shape Spiritual Life at Emory
 News and Programs 2.18.21
Emory News Center: Emory Community Invited to Shape Spiritual Life
Opportunities for spiritual growth have been part of the Emory experience since the Methodist Church founded Emory College in 1836, and today students and other stakeholders are invited to help shape an inclusive way forward for religious, spiritual and interfaith life. Emory is among the first U.S. research universities to undertake such a comprehensive interfaith strategic plan. 
“We want to listen to and engage with a broad diversity of voices about where we are in our spiritual life at Emory — where we excel, what’s challenging, where the gaps are, and what will help meet people’s needs and interests at this time,” says the Rev. Greg McGonigle, dean of religious life and university chaplain. “Our resulting plan will help add life and vibrancy to our community, and reduce biases and prejudice. Like every institution, Emory has both strengths and opportunities in our religious life.”
Read the full article and learn more about the Emory University Spiritual and Religious Life strategic planning process here
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Tomorrow: OSRL Black History Month Lecture 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021, 3:30 p.m. EST, Register via Zoom here.
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.
Learn more by clicking here and for more information, please email here.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Candler School of Theology Black Church Studies Program, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement, and Glenn Memorial Church.
Register Here
Hindu Students Association Bi-Weekly Aarti
Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya
Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya 
Hindu Chaplain, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join us this Friday for a virtual meditation and Aarti facilitated by Emory Hindu Chaplain Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and the Emory HSA. The Aarti will be followed by a group discussion. All are welcome to attend on Zoom by clicking here.
Aarti is a form of worship in which a lamp, typically an oil lamp, is circled around a symbol, image, or deity while singing prayers of veneration. The various icons towards which the Aarti is performed hold unique significance across different Hindu traditions, although the atmosphere of joy and upliftment is common to all. Whether performed alone in one’s home or in a communal setting like a temple, Aarti is a ritual by which Hindus connect devotionally to their spiritual and religious principles.
For more information, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya here. More about the Emory HSA and their activities can be found here.
Join Aarti Here
Fall 2021: OSRL Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program Interest Form
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) is planning an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students. This program will provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in the Atlanta area. It will also welcome students to Emory and ease the transition to college for new students. Undergraduate returning students will serve as peer mentors. Depending on public health guidelines, the program will take place this August, whether in person or online, prior to the start of classes.
If you are a current undergraduate interested participating in the visioning process or potentially serving as a peer mentor, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zachary Cole at

The Book Smugglers Family Lecture Series
Monday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory’s Annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series in Judaic Studies will explore “The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Spiritual Resistance,” with guest scholar David E. Fishman of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
In Vilna, the city Jews called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania,” a group of ghetto inmates risked their lives to rescue thousands of rare books, documents, and works of art from the Nazis. In an operation that lasted eighteen months, they smuggled the materials past guards and buried them in bunkers. Those members of the group who survived the War returned to Vilna after the city’s liberation and dug up the materials. They eventually smuggled the books across Europe until they reached the United States and Israel. What did they rescue, and why did they do it?
To register, please click here.
This lecture is hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. Co-sponsored by the Emory University Departments of Religion, German Studies, Russian and East Asian Languages and Culture, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, History, the Hightower Fund, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Center for Ethics, and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Music Meditation - 2.17.21
Mid-Week Musical Meditation with Maury Allums - 2.17.21
Mid-Week Musical Meditation
Wednesdays during term, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook Live
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community. Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. For more information contact
Click Here to Register
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 limited to under 10 people at a time and require advanced registration. For more information, please check the Emory Forward website. For more information on Friday prayers, please contact Dr. Isam Vaid, Muslim Religious Life Scholar. 
Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Space
Carlos Musuem Programs in February
While Emory University and the Carlos Museum remain closed to the general public, these Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Space Zoom programs are open to all.
  • Conversation and Cooking
    Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
    Conversation and Cooking with Anissa Helou, author of Feast: Food of the Islamic World
    Required registration: click here.
  • AntiquiTEA: "The Splitting of the Moon"
    Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
    AntiquiTea, the Splitting of the Moon with Drs. Scott Kugle and Roxani Margariti of Emory’s Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Lecture: "Discovering Islamic Geometric Design"
    Thursday, February 25, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
    Discovering Islamic Geometric Design by Eric Broug, artist, author, and founder of London’s School of Islamic Geometric Design
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Adult Workshop: "Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design"
    Saturday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zoom 
    Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design with Eric Broug.
    Required registration: click here.
  • Wondrous Worlds Adult Workshop: "Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design"
    Sunday, February 28, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Zoom 
    Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design with Eric Broug.
    Required registration click here.
Wondrous Worlds is organized by The Newark Museum of Art.
Beloved Community Protestant Worship | OSRL
Emory Beloved Community is a progressive ecumenical Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year online.

The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith
The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Affiliate
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here.
Preacher: The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith, InterVarsity Affiliate
Scripture: Pslam 25:1-10 and Mark 1:9-15
Noncanonical Reading: "Wilderness," by Andrew King
Sermon: Waiting in the Wilderness
The Rev. Glenn Goldsmith is an ordained Presbyterian pastor in the PC(USA) and has been a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Emory for over 15 years. 
His current work focuses on weekly programming, leadership development, and spiritual formation for graduate and professional school students and faculty. 
He is passionate about helping students and faculty love God, love their neighbors, and promote justice and compassion in and through their professional lives. He lives near Decatur with his wife and three teenage sons and enjoys long walks, good food and books, and plenty of time with his family.
All are welcome to join us for Beloved Community here.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Liz Martin, Chaplain Intern, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Beloved Community Sunday, February 14, 2021
Beloved Community Protestant Worship - 2.14.21 - Valentine's Day
Liz Martin, Chaplain Intern, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Very Good Light
Emory Student and IRC Member on Sikhism in America: ‘To be a Sikh in America, you have to completely own it.’
Emory Inter-Religious Council member Sahaj Anand contributed an article and video about Sikh experience in America.
"Sikh values are American values. The turban represents equality for all. I grew up like any other American child. I played sports, went to the movies with my friends, had a girlfriend. After finishing up my first semester at Emory, I truly feel that my generation will be the ones to get this country back on track."
View the video above and read the full article here
Religious Holiday Lunch and Learn: Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter | OSRL
Religious Holiday Lunch and Learn: Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter
Video Recording
On Tuesday, February 16, the Graduate Student Government Association and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life cohosted another installment of our Religious Holiday Lunch and Learn Series. Joining us were Dean Khalia Williams (Assistant Dean for Worship and Music; Assistant Professor in the Practice of Worship; and Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program, Candler School of Theology), The Reverend Greg McGonigle (Dean of Religious Life), and two members of the Catholic Graduate Student Association for a discussion on these holidays and the Lenten season.
If you missed the event, you can view the recording above.
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Services
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Video Recording
On Wednesday, February 17, Emory Beloved Community hosted an Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service of the Word to mark the beginning of the Lenten season with prayer, scripture, and a reflection by The Rev. Dr. Lisa Heilig 95T, Executive Director of Toco Hills Community Alliance. Music meditation provided by Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music. Hosted by Emory Beloved Community. Offering to Benefit: Toco Hills Community Alliance
Please view the recording above. 

Lenten Faith Resources: University Catholic Center
During this time of Lent, the University Catholic Center has compiled a long list of resources to help grow in faith. For newsletter resources information, please click here.
Upcoming Programs
Lecture: "The Nation and the Expansion of Islam" with Iman Nurridin
Thursday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Emory Muslim Student Association (MSA) will be having an educational event about the Nation of Islam and how it sparked the expansion of Islam in the Black Community. Imam Nurridin will elaborate on an important part of history for some African American Muslims.
Everyone is welcome to listen in and celebrate the history of this very influential movement. One lucky person in attendance will be selected and they will win free MSA merch. We hope to see you all there.
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Let's Talk: "Plural-Sectionality: A Discussion about Pluralism, Intersectionality, and Jewish Identity"
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. EST, Online
Plural-Sectionality: Pluralism, Intersectionality, and Jewish Identity is a community-building event aiming to foster dialogue between Jewish students of different backgrounds. With the help of student leaders from across Emory's Jewish community, we hope to have a meaningful dialogue about being Jewish in many ways, shapes, and forms. The event will involve a brief text study, breakout room discussions, and identity exercises.
This event is hosted by Emory Hillel. To RSVP by the February 18 deadline, please click here.
We hope to see you there. 
Bhagavad Gita Book Club and Discussion
Thursday, February 18, 8:30 p.m., Zoom
Please join the Hindu Student Association (HSA) for our first book club meeting discussing the Bhagavad Gita, an exciting new initiative led by our freshmen representatives. There is no prior experience or reading required, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on the picture or by entering the meeting ID: 918-1161-1559.

Guo Gu by Myosen Sprott
The Venerable Guo Gu
 Founder and Teacher, Tallahassee Chan Center
Guided Meditation with Emory Buddhist Club  
Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m. EST, To join by Zoom, please click here
This week, Emory Buddhist Club (EBC) is pleased to welcome back Guo Gu, the founder and teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Center. He will be leading a meditation and group discussion this Thursday. 
“Guo Gu” means the result of being a valley. It comes from the Chinese proverb, “To be humble as a valley.” Guo Gu was introduced to Master Guangqin, one of the most respected Chinese meditation masters and ascetics in Taiwan, at the age of four. In 1980, he moved to the United States and began studying with Master Sheng Yen. He was ordained as a monk in 1991 and became Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant and assistant. Responding to a deep desire to take Chan Buddhism beyond the walls of the monastery, Guo Gu gave up his robes and re-entered the world in 2000. He completed a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching as a professor of Buddhist studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
To learn more about Guo Gu on his website, please click here. To see last week's recording, please click here.
Worship Hour | EACF
Worship Hour
Thursday, February 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Wind down with an hour of prayer, praise, and music. Join the Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) in sharing prayer requests, stressors, testimonies, and praises.
The Zoom meeting ID is 688-621-103. All are welcome.
2021 Graduate Christian Fellowship Officers Needed
Are you interested in helping shape the Graduate Christian Fellowship in the coming year? Do you have ideas you’d like to implement? Would you like to create space for your peers to develop their faith as they grow in love for God and neighbor?
For the list of attached positions click here and feel free to ask the current leaders your questions. 
If you’d like to apply, send an email by clicking here indicating the position(s) you are interested in.
The Charity and Justice Working Group
Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m., EDT
The Charity and Just Working Group is a community of Christians who seek to follow Jesus by relying on the Spirit to practice charity and seek justice in accordance with the Bible. 
The working group aims to actively pray over the pressing needs and injustices of today; to process them in dialogue with God's Word, church history, and scholars, pastors, and practitioners in Atlanta and beyond.
The group aims to produce from the group's learnings, written and digital content in promotion of the common good; and to practice concrete acts of charity and justice in community with one another.
Beginning Spring 2021, the group may explore, amongst other issues racial justice, immigration, the breakdown of the family, and inequities in healthcare, education, and housing, all from a biblical and historically cognizant perspective.
If you are Interested in exploring these issues, and obtain additional information and please sign up here.
Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship holds to the beliefs of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Mind Full or Mindful?
February 19-21, Online
Join us for a weekend session of breath and meditation. For more information click here. For scholarship information click here. To register click here. Sponsored by Sky@Emory.
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here
  • Lenten Rosary
    Mondays in Lent, 6:45 p.m., Zoom
    Add a little prayer to your Lenten journey by joining us on Mondays to pray the rosary.
    Zoom registration click here.

  • Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians
    Mondays in Lent, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Quaero: Theology for Non-Theologians is a 4-week theology discussion group that meets for about one hour to explore major questions about the Catholic Faith in a communal setting. Our topic for the series is “How Catholics Read the Bible”.                                                                   Zoom registrataion, please click here.

  • Fellowship Adoration Night
    Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
    The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led Bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives. Join us on the University Catholic Center back deck or on Zoom every during the school year. While our primary attendance is composed of students, everyone is welcome. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
    Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us. Jackbox and other video games, card games and board games, and trivia. Join us by clicking here.

  • Hot Takes Happy Hour
    Wednesdays, 6:00- 7:00 p.m. EST, 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.
Are the Dead Really Dead? | EACF
Bible Study: Are the Dead Really Dead?
Friday, February 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) on Friday night for some study and discussion surrounding the state of the dead and what happens after we die. Two of our exec board members, Ruth and Amar will be leading out.
The Zoom meeting ID is 688-621-103. We hope to see you there.
Bible Game Day! | EACF
Bible Game Day
Saturday, February 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zoom
Test your Biblical knowledge, drawing skills, and creativity through a series of virtual games. Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (EACF) is hosting a Bible game day this Saturday. People of all ages and levels of biblical knowledge are welcome.
The Zoom meeting ID is 688-621-103. We will be co-hosting the event with GSU's Adventist Christian Fellowship, so don't miss out.
Women Worldwide
February 7-March 7
Women Worldwide is a 5-week women's program hosted by MEOR at Emory. Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., we will host various women from different countries. The first 15 minutes are discussions lead by Michal Levy, followed by a talk from a special guest speaker.
Applications close after we have 25 applications, so apply fast. Click here to apply. Sponsored by MEOR at Emory.
Black Church Studies Worship | Candler School of Theology
Black Church Studies Worship
Tuesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Join us for 30th Anniversary BCS celebrations with the first woman director and now, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown. 
There is always plenty of good room in virtual space. Watch live on Facebook, YouTube, Candler Live Stream, and Vimeo after the live stream.  For more information contact Dean Khalia Williams, Assistant Dean of Worship and Music, by clicking here.
Cognitively-Based Compassion Training Course for Emory students
February 23-April 22, Zoom. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. OR Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Drawn from the Tibetan lojong or “mind-training” tradition, cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT) was developed by Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi as a secular program suitable for people of any, or no, faith tradition. Facilitated by certified CBCT instructors, this free extracurricular course explores fundamental components of compassion and provides daily recorded meditations to help develop core skills for well-being and compassion.
This is a 9-week commitment. Please register only if you can commit to attending the majority of sessions. Fill out this form to register for ONE of the two sections of CBCT.
Offered by Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Voices of the Liturgy
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join the Aquinas Center of Theology for our annual Catholic-Orthodox Initiative Lecture as Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Sr. Mary Priniski converse on "Voices of the Liturgy: A Conversation on Ancient Traditions in Orthodox Worship."
Orthodox churches are known for the beauty of their worship. Especially powerful, in any of their languages, is the sound. Orthodox liturgies are a tapestry of song, adorned with hymns, musical prayers, melodic responses, chanted refrains, and intoned sacred readings. Susan Ashbrook Harvey is a scholar of ancient Byzantine Christianity, both Greek and Syriac. In this presentation, she explores the historical tradition of worship as a musical weaving to which all participants – clergy, choirs, and laity – contribute with sounding voice.
To register, click here.
Purim Program Celebration
Thursday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Come and get your groger on. This year, Hillels of Georgia and Ma'alot are partnering for a digital Purim program. It's part Megillah, part Purim Shpiel, and all festive fun. Come see students and staff perform this fun and festive shpiel.
To join us, click here.
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
International Coffee Hour is a longstanding community-building tradition at Emory where international students and scholars can meet each other over a meal or drink, learn about resources, and network.
Coffee hour will be virtual this year, and we are excited to still offer this as a time to pause and relax as a community, connect with one another, and learn about the many resources available for internationals at Emory. Feel free to drop in with any questions, concerns, just to connect with other students, scholars, and staff.
To access the zoom meeting, click here.
Off Campus Programs
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:
  • Baptist Women in Ministry Month of Preaching
    February 2021
    In 2007, Baptist Women in Ministry invited Baptist churches to participate in Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching by having a woman preach during the month of February. This invitation became an annual event, one that has been a deeply significant source of joy and discovery for many churches as they have celebrated the giftedness of women. The annual preaching month was named for Martha Stearns Marshall, an eighteenth-century Separate Baptist woman. Read more by clicking here.
  • TheoEd Talks
    Sunday, February 21
    The Candler Foundry and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta will host a fresh round of TheoEd Talks featuring presenters Olu Brown, Neichelle Guidry, Doug Shipman, and Chanequa Walker-Barnes. The online event is free and open to the public with advanced registration encouraged. To read more, click here.
  • Grace in the Wilderness
    February 24-March 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST, Online
    This online course led by Fr. Mark Michael explores the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving at a time of profound change in the church and wider society. Course participants are invited to engage in guided practice during the weeks between class sessions.  Clergy are invited to bring members of their congregation for a congregational Lenten study. To learn more and register, click here.
Interfaith Youth Core Webinars
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world.
Partnering with higher education institutions and corporations, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century. See below for their upcoming webinars:
  • 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.
  • Immigrant Faith Communities as Anti-Racist Allies
    Thursday, March 11, 12:00 p.m., CST
    Systemic racism and white supremacy have long deployed "divide and conquer" tactics, pitting racial and ethnic communities against one another. Yet, anti-racist work is growing from and within immigrant faith communities. Join field leaders for this conversation. Click here to register.
Partner Programs
Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
Monday, February 22, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But as award-winning author and historian Erika Lee will discuss in our next colloquium, the US is also a nation of xenophobia. An irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era.
Benjamin Franklin ridiculed Germans for their “strange and foreign ways.” Americans’ anxiety over Irish Catholics turned xenophobia into a national political movement. Chinese immigrants were excluded, Japanese incarcerated, and Mexicans deported.
Today, Americans fear Muslims, Latinos, and the so-called browning of America. Drawing from her new book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, Lee forces us to confront this history and explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. To register, click here.
AntiquiTEA: "The Splitting of the Moon"
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., Zoom
Drs. Scott Kugle and Roxani Margariti of Emory’s Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies present their recent research on the foundational legend of Islam's arrival in India. The legend includes the miracle of the splitting of the moon (inshiqaq al-qamar), first alluded to in the Qur’an as a divine sign and developed as a miracle of the Prophet Muhammad in the exegetical tradition. They will discuss how the interplay between the legend and the miracle story forms the subject of a fascinating 18th-century Indian painting that draws on the Mughal painting tradition on view in the exhibition Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place. Click here to learn more and register.
Preserving Black History in the Archives: The Legacy and Future of Rose Library’s African American Collections
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. 
Celebrating Black History Month, the growth of the Rose Library’s African American collections, and the future plans for the archive.
Guest speakers:
*Dr. Valerie Babb, Emory’s Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities in African American Studies and English
*Dr. Carol Henderson, Emory’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer 
*Christell Roach, a poet and 2019 graduate of Emory University
*Crystal Edmonson (moderator), Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast editor, an Emory alumna, and an Emory Board of Trustees member
Register here for the event:  It’s open to the public at no charge.
SOFAHOOD Experience | Office of LGBT Life
SOFAHOOD Experience
Thursday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. EST, Artist Talk and Conversation
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m. EST, Storytelling and Self-Advocacy Workshop
The Office of LGBT Life is so excited to announce that local queer artist SOFAHOOD will be joining us for TWO awesome events on Thursday, February 25. First, join us at 5:00 p.m. for an Artist Talk and Conversation with SOFAHOOD about her artistic process and what inspires her work. Then, tune in at 6:30 p.m. for a Workshop focused on storytelling and advocating for yourself as an independent artist. Students who attend the workshop will also be entered into a raffle to receive a commissioned piece from SOFAHOOD herself.
Check out @SOFAHOOD on Instagram and Twitter, and on her website, to see more of her work. Register for these events by clicking here or on the flyer above. 
Opportunities and Resources
Residential Student Staff Leaders 2021-2022 Interest Form
Form will close Monday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. ET
The Offices of Residence Life and Sorority and Fraternity Life are excited to announce the start of our 2021-2022 selection process for residential student leaders. While we would typically kick off this process with the formal opening of applications, this year we are beginning with an interest form that we invite all interested candidates to complete.
This form offers you the opportunity to indicate which positions you would be interested in applying for. Completing this form will ensure you receive the most up-to-date information about the next steps in the application and interview processes. The form closes on March 1 at 9:00 a.m. EET – complete it by clicking here
2021 Orientation Leader
Apply by Monday, February 22 
It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of our 2021 Orientation Leader application.
New Student Programs is currently seeking student leaders to serve as 2021 Orientation Leaders. OLs have the opportunity to empower the next generation of Emory students, leave a lasting impact on the Emory Community, and build everlasting bonds with classmates.
To apply, please click here.
Emory Votes Notes
The latest issue of Emory Votes Notes, the newsletter of the Emory Votes Initiative (EVI), is out now. This time, we're taking a look at election reform, redistricting, and the art of civil conversation. We also update you on our own efforts to receive constructive external feedback.
To read about all of this and more, view the latest issue of Emory Votes Notes by clicking here. You can also subscribe to see our newsletters as soon as they come out by emailing us at
Spring 2021 VIRTUAL Queer Discussion Groups
Spring 2021 Virtual Queer Discussion Groups
The Office of LGBT Life is proud to announce that our Queer Discussion Groups are back! Our seven student-led discussion groups meet once a week and offer students an opportunity to meet similarly-identified peers and discuss relevant issues in a judgment-free zone. Check out our full schedule above.
Interested in joining a group? Reach out to the group's facilitators for Zoom info.
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
Anxiety and Procrastination Toolkits | CAPS
Anxiety and Procrastination Toolkits
Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) is launching one-time 90-minute workshops to help alleviate your anxiety or procrastination. These workshops are offered several times throughout the year, and you can sign up by clicking here. For more information, email us here or here
Plan a Break.
February-April 2021
During a time of heightened stress, anxiety, and loneliness, we all need ways to support our mental, physical, and academic health. The current environments can lead to increased feelings of doubt and insecurities and having to be “on” all the time can drain energy and decrease motivation for self-care.
It's important to utilize breaks to rest and take care of yourself to enhance focus and ultimately performance. Plan in advance for the academic rest days on Wednesday, February 17, Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, April 14.
What can you do? View our guide, "How to Take a Break," by clicking here.
2021 Service Year Opportunity                           Casa de Esperanza Seeks Applicants
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. 
For more information, please contact Darean Talmadge at 713-529-0639 and website here and here.
For an  application please click here.
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.
Thursday, February 25
Tradition: Judaism
Celebrates the rescue of the Jews of ancient Persia from a plot to destroy them as related in the Book of Esther, which is read at this time. Purim is a joyous holiday, celebrated by wearing costumes, giving gifts to friends, giving to the poor, and socializing. Preceded by the Fast of Esther, Purim is a day of feasting. Begins at sundown.
Nineteen Day Fast
February 28-March 19
Tradition: Baha'i
A designated 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahá’í New Year. The fast is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the new year ahead.
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