Ramadan, EDOG, OSRL Spring Open House
Ramadan, EDOG, OSRL Spring Open House
News and Programs 03.24.22
Emory Ramadan 2022
April 2-May 1, 2022
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which observing Muslims fast from all food and drink from dawn to sunset for a lunar month. Fasting is regarded as an essential spiritual practice for body, mind, and soul that is valued across Muslim communities.
The observance of fasting during the month of Ramadan is noted in the Qur'an and has come to represent the values of reflection, unity, celebration, and personal as well as communal growth. This year, the sacred month of Ramadan is expected to be observed from sundown April 2 through May 1, 2022. (These days could potentially shift one day based on the sighting of the moon.)
Emory Iftar Prayers and Dinners
The Muslim month of Ramadan will span April 2-May 1, 2022. During this time, Emory’s Muslim community will be observing with daily fasting from dawn through the sunlight hours and nightly iftar communal prayers and dinner. On Atlanta campus, weeknight prayer and dinner will occur at Cannon Chapel with gathering at about 7:45 p.m., followed by prayer and dinner. Saturday and Sunday prayers and dinner will occur at the Emory Student Center. Weeknight iftars are hosted by OSRL, MSA, GMSC, Emory Muslim Alumni, and several Emory Schools, divisions, and units. 
The Muslim community does not need to register, but guests should register by emailing religiouslife@emory.edu.
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Emory HSA and ICA Holi Celebrations
On March 18-19, the Indian Cultural Association and the Hindu Students Association each observed the festival of Holi. From Holi themed discussions to festive color-throwing, the celebrations were a time for community and fun. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate together.
ICA Presents: Bazaars of India
Thursday, March 24, 7-10 p.m., McDonough Field
Emory Indian Cultural Association presents “Holi: Bazaars of India” Come out for food, live performances, and tons of your favorite clubs tabling. The after party will be at Believe Music Hall. Tickets are $5 each, accepted via venmo and card, with ticketing locations being announced on via ICA instagram story ten minutes before each time. Visit Emory ICA instagram for more information. Tickets are no longer available. 
SALSA and SASA Holi Celebration
Sunday, April 3, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Patterson Greens
The final celebration will be hosted by graduate students in the South Asian Law Student Association and the South Asian Student Association. You are invited to smear your friends and classmates with colors, enjoy scrumptious indian snacks and drinks, performances, and lots of guaranteed fun. Get your tickets for $10/each, bring your friends and family along, and celebrate this colorful festival. For questions and ticketing information, contact Binjal or Arun.
Spring Open House
Emory OSRL Spring Open House
Thursday, March 31, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Alumni Memorial University Center Room 125
All Emory students, faculty, staff, and affiliates are invited to come celebrate our newly renovated spaces in AMUC 125, including a lounge, prayer room, and staff offices. You are also encouraged to join us as we support OSRL’s communities and programs through the Emory Day of Giving March 30-31.
There will be refreshments provided, and the first 75 people to attend will also receive a personal spring plant in a pot. For more information, contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
Emory Day of Giving
Support Emory OSRL During Emory Day of Giving
Wednesday, March 30-Thursday, March 31
Emory Day of Giving is a time where students, parents, and alums join in to support everything exceptional at Emory, from life-changing scholarships to outstanding experiences, and more. During these 36 hours, you are encouraged to give in whichever capacity you are able. Small gifts are not only welcomed but encouraged, and make a significant difference in the ability to support spiritual life on Emory's campus. The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life will have eight funds to donate to, including each chaplaincy, Inter-Religious Council, Journeys of Reconciliation, VOIS Endowment, and the Center for Religious Life. We thank you in advance for your generosity towards ensuring future opportunities for engaging in spiritual exploration. Donate here or the link below. 
Contribute Early Here
OSRL Midweek Music Meditation
Midweek Musical Meditation 
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., 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 University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe and connect with others in our community.
Visit OSRL Midweek Music to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page
Midweek Musical Meditation, March 23, 2022
Midweek Musical Meditation, March 23, 2022
International Community Friday Lunch
Friday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
International Community Friday Lunch is back for the spring semester. If you're looking to connect with other International Students and Scholars, please join us. 
March 25 Host: Muslim Chaplaincy and MSA
Registration is required by the Tuesday before the lunch, do so online. Sponsored by Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services. 
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Beloved Community Christian Worship
Sunday, March 27, 
11:00 a.m. Service, Cannon Chapel, 12:00 p.m. Lunch, Brooks Commons
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. For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Christian Chaplain Maddie Henderson.
March 27 Preacher: Chaplain Alex Miller-Knaack
Text: Isaiah 7:10-14, Hebrews 10:4-10
Upcoming Programs
JLIC Torah and Takeout
Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center 
Join JLIC's Bi-Weekly Torah and Takeout, with dinner and a discussion each session. This week, the event features Dr. Ira Bedzow, Director of MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics and Leadership and Professor of Ethics, Philosophy, and Jewish Law at Emory. 
To RSVP, contact Rachel Atwood at 843-619-1510. For more information on JLIC, click here
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, March 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary or via Zoom
EBC will be hosting weekly socials to build community amongst our members. Feel free to come to Cannon Chapel 30 minutes before the weekly meditation meetings to hang out, get to know your peers, and enjoy some tasty snacks.
This week, EBC is pleased to welcome Emory’s Buddhist Chaplain, Venerable Priya Sraman. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist Ministry, a Master of Buddhist Studies degree from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalong-kornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. Venerable Priya is originally from Chattogram, Bangladesh, and currently lives in Atlanta.
If you have any questions, contact Emory OSRL Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya.
Emory Hillel
Emory Hillel Upcoming Programs
March 21-27, Various Locations
Check out all the events happening with Hillel this week as we celebrate Purim together. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Hillel Hive
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University Catholic Center Upcoming Programs
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
Bring a friend and enjoy pizza, conversation about the Gospel, and how it applies to our lives today. In addition, there will be an opportunity to pray and adore Christ in the Eucharist. 
Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 25, 5:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
Join in prayer and reflection on the Passion of Christ in the newly installed outdoor Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth. All are invited
Meatless Lenten Dinner
Friday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
All students are invited to join us on the first Friday of Lent for dinner at the University Catholic Center, hosted by the Graduate Catholic Student Association. Join friends new and old for refreshments, fellowship, and prayer. 
Oakland Cemetery Volunteer Clean-Up Opportunity
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m., The Comet Pub and Lanes (Sign Up Here)
Join the Emory Catholic Student Union for bowling, food, and fun at The Comet. Sign up so that plans can be arranged accordingly. 
Swara Emory Raga Fest
Friday, April 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m., White Hall 208
Swara aims to bring the rich tradition of the South Asian classical musical art form to the Emory community. Join for Raga Fest, a celebration of indian classical music and dance.
For more information contact Swara.emory@gmail.com or visit their page on the Hub.
The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and The Laney Graduate School at Emory University: The Brickman-Levin Symposium
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m., Online
The Brickman-Levin Symposium & the Brickman-Levin Fellowship, which support PhD-level work in Jewish Studies, honor Dr. Perry Brickman and the late Arthur Levin, community leaders who played a crucial role in bringing the story of discrimination at Emory’s Dental School to light.
The program will highlight current Laney Graduate School students whose work is in the area of Jewish Studies:

-Matthew Brittingham
-Keenan Davis
-Anastasiia Strakhova

Consider making a gift to the Brickman-Levin Fund here.
Emory Buddhist Club: Buddha Day Celebration (Vesak / Vaisakha Puja)
Friday, April 8, 10:30 a.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Join Emory Buddhist Club for the first in-person Buddha Day celebration since 2019. EBS is excited to welcome back all our teachers to reconvene together on such an important day. Although the traditional date is after the semester is over, the event will proceed as normal and commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death.
On this very special day, several monks and nuns who have led EBC meetings over the semester will deliver talks about this occasion, followed by student reflections, and a vegetarian meal to conclude. For questions, contact Venerable Priya Sraman.
Candler School of Theology: "The Unfinished Search for Common Ground: A Conference on the Life and Work of Howard Thurman"
April 8-9, 2022, In-person or Online
This two-day conference is designed to introduce attendees to Howard Thurman's work and provide an opportunity for scholars, social activists, and religious leaders to consider ways in which Thurman's understanding of community can address diversity and inclusion. Speakers will include Walter Earl Fluker, Barbara Brown Taylor, Peter Eisenstadt, and Luther E. Smith, Jr.
For more information and to register, click here.  
Hillel Passover 2022
Register by April 11
Passover is coming and Emory Hillel is excited to be offering meals over Passover at no cost to students, thanks to the generous support of the Emory community. Please RSVP for the meals you would like to attend, including Seders (DIY options available) and meals during the week.
All food served at Hillel is Kosher for Passover under the supervision of Rabbi Ilan Schwartz, Executive Director of Emory Hillel.
Please RSVP here by Monday, April 11 to ensure Hillel has enough food. For questions, E-mail ilan@emoryhillel.org.
Beloved Community Holy Week 2022
Palm Sunday: April 10, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Good Friday: April 15, 12:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Easter Sunday: April 17, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in Cannon Chapel for three major services to celebrate Holy Week. Palm Sunday welcomes Scott Mitchell, Macon Pride Founder, while Good Friday we are joined by Dr. Nichole Phillips, Associate Professor in the Candler School of Theology. Finally on Easter Sunday we are joined by the Oxford College Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace. 
For more information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu or click here
Off Campus Programs
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Weekly Church Action Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta welcomes churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, and others to join us for fellowship, to network, and to explore ideas and issues of importance to the community. We work together to promote the common good, magnify the work and witness of the church, and help establish the kingdom of God throughout our region, nation, and all of creation. View their website here and see a few highlighted items from their most recent newsletter below:  
Islamic Speakers Bureau Annual Gala
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m., RSVP here.
Come attend the community-wide gathering of leaders in every part of our society, from business to civil rights, from education to the arts coming together to celebrate the ISB's efforts to battle bigotry through education and engagement. This year's Gala will recognize role models who use their influence to make our world a better place. 
Interfaith Community Initiatives Annual Friendship Luncheon
Wednesday, March 30, 11:00 a.m., All Saints Episcopal Church
Find more information at www.interfaithci.org. Purchase tickets here.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta's Unity Seder
Thursday, March 31
, 7:30 p.m., Register Here
After two years of COVID "exile," The Temple is thrilled to once again be hosting American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta's Unity Seder. Come be a part of this beautiful, diverse community of people interested in building unity. Using music, interfaith leadership, and traditional Jewish rituals, the Passover seder rituals tell the stories of oppression, freedom, and responsibility. Email Rachel Shiffman at shiffmanr@ajc.org with any questions.
Partner Programs
The Center for Women at Emory: Women's HIstory Month: March 2022
The OSRL is happy to promote the Women's History Month calendar for this year at Emory.
Find out more about the ways in which students can engage with the Center For Women this month here.
Race and Difference: Colloquium Series
Monday, March 28, 12:00 p.m., Zoom
Our next guest, Dr. David Oh from WRamapo College of New Jersey, will discuss "Whitewashing the Movies."
All events are free, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link. Please register here
Plastathon Campus Competition
Thursday, April 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Emory Point 
Join The Hatchery, Plastic Free Emory, and the Emory Office of Sustainability for Plastathon, a campus-wide Hackathon focused on waste streams across Emory’s campuses.
During the event, students will be able to create a working prototype, get advice directly from Emory Faculty and Staff Mentors, and pitch their work to the Emory community.
To register for this event, click here.
Opportunities and Resources
CAPS: Spring 2022 Virtual Groups
This includes our Stress Clinic Classes and our classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts & Feelings (5 sessions). For more information or to sign up, students can go to https://thehub.emory.edu/organization/caps.
Inaugural Office of Sustainability Postgraduate Fellowships
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until Sunday, April 18; apply today. 
Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) is launching our inaugural post-graduate Fellows program. In May 2022, we are hiring for a Climate Solutions Fellow and a Sustainability & Social Justice Programs Fellow. Recent graduates from undergraduate and graduate level programs are eligible to apply, May 2022 graduates as well. Learn more about our team here and about the Fellow positions here.
Faculty and Staff Resources
Midweek Musical Meditation
Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook live
Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Alums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook. 
Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Pastoral Care 
All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings Open to All Faculty and Staff
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
  • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
  • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
  • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
  • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
  • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
  • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
Other gatherings are listed here.
Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
For questions, 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
Great Lent
Mon., Mar. 7 – Sat., Apr. 23, 2022
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
Fri., Apr. 1 – Sun., May 1, 2022
Tradition: Islam
The Holy Month of Ramadan is the month of fasting during which Muslims who are physically able do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. The evening meal is celebrated with family.
Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
404-727-6226    religiouslife@emory.edu
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