Riyaaz Qawwali Concert, Interfaith Dialogue, and Indigenous People's Day
Riyaaz Qawwali Concert, Interfaith Dialogue, and Indigenous People's Day
News and Programs 10.1.21
Riyaaz Qawwali Concert 2021
Riyaaz Qawwali Concert at Cannon Chapel
Saturday, October 16, 6:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel (Please RSVP)
Join Emory University Spiritual and Religious Life as we welcome the music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali. Riyaaz performs the gripping musical style called Qawwali as they spread the power of South Asian devotional music from Islam and a diversity of religions.
For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
RSVP for Concert Here
Venerable Priya Sraman, Buddhist Chaplain Shweta Chaitanya, Hindu Chaplain
Interfaith Dialogue: Buddhist and Hindu
Thursday, October 7, 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.
Emory OSRL Indigenous People's Day Event 2021
Emory OSRL Indigenous People’s Day Event 2021
Indigenous Storytelling: Language, Culture, and Nature with Dr. Maung Nyeu
Monday, October 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Zoom Webinar
Dr. Maung Nyeu is a Buddhist member of the Marma Indigenous Peoples, one of the several Indigenous Communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. He is the founder and executive director of Our Golden Hour, an organization committed to extending educational opportunities for children in marginalized communities and underserved areas.
In this conversation with Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya Sraman, Dr. Maung will share the stories of Indigenous Peoples of Chittagong Hill Tracts, and the intersection between their language, culture, natural environment, and spirituality. Dr. Maung has been engaged in efforts to preserve and pass on these Indigenous languages and culture to the next generation.
RSVP here. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.  
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Emory Land Acknowledgement Approved; Indigenous Language Path Working Group to Form
Monday, September 27
The Emory Board of Trustees has approved an official Land Acknowledgment for Emory University. It was composed by a group of Emory leaders, historians, and experts from across the university, building upon years of work undertaken by faculty, staff, and students to recognize the legacy of Native and Indigenous dispossession on the lands of Emory’s campuses.
President Fenves also announced the formation of a working group to advance plans for the development of a Language Path on the Emory campuses to honor the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and highlight the Muscogee language and culture. The chairs of the working group will be Malinda Maynor Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor of American History in Emory College; and Gregory McGonigle, Dean of Religious Life and University Chaplain.
Emory will continue to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day moving forward. And the university will work to develop and offer academic and community programming to deepen our knowledge of the lives and legacies of Native and Indigenous peoples.  
Read the full statement from President Fenves along with the Land Acknowledgement here
Interfaith Youth Core OSRL Emory
Emory Students, Faculty and Staff: Share Your Thoughts on Spiritual Life at Emory
Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021
Emory University is working with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to facilitate an interfaith strategic planning process that will result in a multi-year spiritual life strategic plan. As part of this process, we want to understand how the Emory community currently engages religious, spiritual, and philosophical life and to explore ideas for the future.
To ensure our comprehensiveness, we would like to invite you to share your experiences of religious, spiritual, and philosophical life at Emory by answering a five-question survey. The results will be used for internal planning purposes only. All responses are anonymous and will remain confidential. Learn more about the interfaith strategic planning process here.  
For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.  
Complete the Survey Here
Mid-Week Music Meditation, September 29
Mid-Week Musical Meditation, September 29, 2021
Mid-Week Musical Meditation Online
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
This short midweek musical meditation online is an opportunity to lift up prayers and meditations for the needs of the world and our own lives. Open to all Emory students, faculty, and staff of all faiths. Led by Maury Allums, Director of Music in the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others. For more information, please contact OSRL Music Director Maury Allums at mallums.emory.edu
To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook
International Community Friday Lunch
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, October 1, 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 1 Lunch Sponsors: Emory Christian Chaplaincy, InterVarsity, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and AMIS
These lunches are limited, so be sure to register by the Tuesday before the community lunch you will attend. RSVP Required each week here
Beloved Community
Liz Martin, OSRL Chaplaincy Resident
Liz Martin
OSRL Chaplaincy Resident
Beloved Community Sunday Worship and Lunch
Sunday, October 3, 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 isecumenical and planned especially for the campus setting, providing a variety of worship experiences for the Emory Community. Preachers include Emory chaplains and affailiates, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad. 
October 3 Preacher: Liz Martin, OSRL Chaplaincy Resident
Topic: "St. Francis and His Friends: All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir" 
Text: Psalm 148, Matthew 11: 25-30
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson.
Upcoming Programs
Hillel Torah Queries
Friday, October 1, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center Patio (735 Gatewood Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322)
Come join Hillel's Keshet Council every first friday of the month to see how Torah is queer. Everyone is welcome. Bagels will be served along with gluten-free and vegan options.
Emory HSA Aarti GBM
Friday, October 1, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Join the Hindu Students Association this Friday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. for aarti and Bhagavad Gita discussion. There will be free samosas and sweets as always. Keep up to date on HSA events here
Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday Dinner
Friday, October 1, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 
Join for dinner and to listen to speaker Karen Guzman discuss Walking with God in Uncertain times. Connect with other graduate students, and feel free to bring a guest. RSVP here
University Catholic Center Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led bible study focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives through the practice of adoring the Eucharist. For more information, visit here
Graduate Christian Fellowship and International InterVarsity Fellowship Apple Picking
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 a.m., B.J. Reece Orchards (9131 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536)
Join Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship and the International InterVarsity Fellowship for hiking and apple picking. 
Some rides will be provided by meeting at the Michael Street Parking Deck (parking near Rollins School of Public Health) to carpool. 
More information can be found here.
RSVP here and type in “GCF” for the Where are you from question on the form. If you would like more information on fees and costs as well as transportation, contact Arthur Ong.
Muslim Student Association Stone Mountain Hike
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., "Walk up Trail" Parking Lot
Join nine other Muslim Student Associations from the area for a hike at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, October 2nd, from 2-5pm. Free food will be provided.
RSVP here.
Meet at the “Walk-up Trail Parking Lot.” Instructions and cost can be found on the second image here. 
Bread Coffeehouse Fresh-Party Bob Ross Painting
Saturday, October 2, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse (1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Calling all first-years: Join us at the house this Saturday from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. for a fun, crafty break from studying. Follow along with a Bob Ross painting tutorial and showcasing your artistic talents. Painting supplies will be provided, so all you have to do is show up.
For more information about bread coffeehouse, click here.
Glenn Memorial Pride Prayer Service
Sunday, October 3, 5:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Join Glenn Memorial UMC as they celebrate Pride Month and give thanks for the broad and beautiful diversity of people in this community as you join together to worship in prayer, word, and song on October 3rd at 5pm in the Glenn Sanctuary. The music, liturgy, and preaching will represent the many varied and important LGBTQIA+ voices from the current day and those who have gone before.
The offering taken that day will also go to the Reconciling Ministries Network to continue the important work of advocating for full and equal rights for all persons in the Kingdom of God. We hope you’ll join us for an uplifting and important time of worship.
To learn more about Glenn UMC, click here
To learn about Reconciling Ministries Network, click here
University Catholic Center Weekly Rosary in the Marian Garden
Monday, October 4, 1:00 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307)
Do you have a desire to pray the rosary more often? Members of our community will be praying the rosary together in our Marian garden on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. and we invite you to join us. Learn about the Catholic Center here.
Graduate Catholic Student Union Theology on Draft
Thurdsay, October 7, 7:00 p.m., Marlay House (426 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)
The Graduate Catholic Student Union will be gathering over food and drinks at the Marlay House  to engage in fellowship and discuss Catholic theology. If you're a graduate student or young adult professional, we invite you to join us. Learn more about the student union here
University Catholic Center RENEW
Thurdsay, October 7, 7:00 p.m., Georgia Tech Catholic Center (172 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)
We've been invited by students at Georgia Tech to join them on Thursday, October 7th for Renew, a night of adoration, music, and praise. The carpool departs at 7 PM. If you'd like to carpool, contact Sean Woo.
Faith and Blue Community Health Event 
Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, House of Hope Atlanta (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, Georgia 30034)

Faith Leaders and the DeKalb County Police Department are building a healthier DeKalb County community – Mentally, Physically, Financially, and Spiritually. Several community stakeholders are partnering with us to make sure this is an excellent community initiative and building a stronger community. Emory Healthcare will provide physicians to answer questions about healthcare services and blood pressure screenings. There will also be educational information about COVID, the vaccine, and variants. 
This event is a part of the Emory OSRL Faith in the Vaccine program, and more information can be found on Emory OPEN as well as Faith and Blue's website here
UKIRK Atlanta Fall Retreat
Friday, October 15-Sunday October 17, Lake Lanier 
Join UKIRK Atlanta for a relaxing weekend with new friends up at Lake Lanier. For more information and to register, visit here
Off Campus Programs
Festival of Sacred Song
All Saints' Festival of Sacred Song
Sunday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church (634 West Peachtree Street, NW, Altanta, GA 30308)
Enjoy hymns and spiritual songs with Theodicy Jazz Collective and the All Saints' Adult Choir, accompanied by Dr. Kirk M. Rich. Share the joy of communal song, drawing on global sacred music with a focus on Jazz. The service will take place with a reflection offered by the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, with a dinner from NaanStop following for $12 a person. 
To learn more about the event, visit allsaintsatlanta.org/sacred-song.
Farmworkers and Food Justice
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., Online
Too many of the workers who harvest our food can't afford to eat the fresh fruits and vegetables they pick. Find out how farmworkers and their allies are organizing to promote food justice. Presented by the Catholic Labor Network and the National Farm Worker Ministry. Click here to register.
AJC Project Understanding: Black/Jewish Coalition
Application due Sunday, October 17
Project Understanding, a signature achievement of AJC's Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition, ensures that relationships between Black and/or Jewish thought leaders continue with Atlanta's next generation. This year's Project Understanding will have two tracks: Project Understanding for Emerging Leaders (ages 25-39) and Project Understanding Gen X (ages 40-55), and both tracks are open to those who identify as Black and/or Jewish and live in Metro Atlanta. Apply Here. If you have any questions, contact Julie Katz
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.  
Partner Programs
LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month
October 1 - October 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 tinyurl.com/LGBTQHistory21
JWJI Fall Colloquium Series
Monday, October 4, 12:00 p.m. on Zoom 
The James Weldon Johnson Institute 2021 Fall Colloquium lunch series continues Monday with Dr. Margaret Chin from Hunter College. Her talk is entitled STUCK: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder and the Role of Race. 
The event is free but please RSVP for this and all colloquium event dates here
Social Justice Pedagogies
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

This session from Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion puts the theories and practices of Abolitionist Teaching, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Decolonizing Your Syllabus/Curriculum, and Trauma Informed Pedagogy into conversation. We will define terms, reflect on our own classroom landscapes, and begin to map out the challenges we encounter when trying to do the work. We will discuss specific response strategies and resources.
Register Here.
Creating an Environment of Courtesy and Respect
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Preventing Harassment and Discrimination 
The course from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is designed to teach skills that foster professionalism and diversity at all levels. In this training, participants learn their roles and responsibilities for building a professional workplace environment.
Register Here.
Emory’s Graduate and Professional Student Housing Initiative (Phase 1 in 2024)
Wednesday, October 6 - Thursday, October 7
Drop by and share your perspective on emerging design ideas for Emory’s new graduate and professional on-campus housing in design now.  Experiential focus groups will be held on October 6 and 7 at three locations on campus:  

Wednesday, October 6:
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health - Claudia Nance Rollins Building lobby 
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,  Rudolph Courtyard (between Candler School of Theology and White Hall) 

Thursday, October 7:
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Courtyard between the Emory Student Center and the Woodruff PE Center.
To learn more about the project, click here
International Spouse Group
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., 1753 N Decatur Road
The International Spouse Group supports the families of international students, researchers, and faculty members at Emory University. For those families who have just arrived at Emory, we offer an opportunity for the spouses of the students to get acquainted with other international familities, practice speaking English, and learn to navigate life in the United States. Our hope is to offer ongoing support for the spouses and families for the duration of their stay at Emory, developing friendships and assisting each other with family life. 
We meet every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. for an informal time of tea and discussion. Our meetings are hosted by the University Catholic Center (1753 N Decatur Road). Babies and young children are both welcome and enjoyed. For more information, contact Victoria Schwartz, Coordinator at vschwa3@emory.edu.
Feminist AF Block Party and Book Signing
Wednesday, October 13, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Asbury Traffic Circle and Cox Hall Ballroom
Join us on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 as we welcome authors Brittney Cooper, Susana Morris, and our VERY OWN director, Chanel Craft Tanner in celebration of the release of: Feminist AF: A Guide to Crushing GirlHood.

The celebration kicks off with a block party located in the Cox Hall traffic circle from 4:00 - 5:00pm. There will be fun activities, a DJ, and free swag at this exciting event opener.

The event moves to Cox Hall Ballroom from 5:00 - 6:00pm for a book talk with the authors. A book signing will immediately follow.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Pre-order information can be found here
Register Here.
LatinX Heritage Month
Latinx Heritage Month
Wednesday, September 15 - Friday, October 15
Join Centro Latinx in celebrating Latinx Heritage Month through various events ranigng from artist talks to community healing. for more information, follow along on instagram here
Flu Vaccine Information
Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic
Monday, September 27 - Friday, October 29, White Hall, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that everyone in the Emory community take steps now to get the shot and avoid contracting the flu. We must work together to keep our entire university community as healthy as possible and minimize the pandemic’s impact on students’ academic schedules and Emory experience. It is also critical to avoid confusing flu with COVID-19 symptoms and help reduce the already heavy burden on our health care systems from a significant number of COVID-related and other illnesses. 

Emory University now requires that all students, faculty, and staff receive a flu vaccination by Oct. 29, and requires the flu vaccine for Spring enrollment. 
Flu shots are FREE for all EMORY Students.

Beginning Monday, September 20, Flu shots are also available during any Student Health Services visit (except for COVID-19 related visits). The vaccines are free for all students. For more information, visit Student Health Services flu vaccine site here
Opportunities and Resources
Students in Recovery Group
Students in Recovery Group
Friday, October 1, 5:00 p.m., AMUC Suite 237                              
In the spirit of informal social support, students in recovery, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to meet each Friday at 5:00 p.m., starting on September 24. This group is supported and sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion
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 & 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.
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 religiouslife@emory.edu
Weekly Gatherings
Upcoming Religious Holidays
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here
Thu., Oct. 7 – Fri., Oct. 15, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
A nine-night (nav-rat) celebration of nine auspicious forms of Shakti/Devi (feminine divine power/the Goddess).
Ghambar Ayathrem
Tue., Oct. 12 – Sat., Oct. 16, 2021
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of plants, the sowing of the winter crop, and the return of herds from pasture.
Dusserah (Vijaya Dashami)
Sat., Oct. 16, 2021
Tradition: Hinduism
Mawlid an-Nabi
Mon., Oct. 18, 2021
Tradition: Islam
The birthday of the Prophet Muhammed. Begins at sundown.
Installation of Granth Sahib Ji as Guru
Wed., Oct. 20, 2021
Tradition: Sikhism
This day celebrates Gobind Singh Ji's passing on guruship to Scripture, henceforth known as the Guru Granth Sahib.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
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