High Holiday Programming, Mid-Week Meditation, and Days of Service
High Holiday Programming, Mid-Week Meditation, and Days of Service
 News and Programs 09.02.21
Welcoming Day of Service
Welcoming Day of Service on 9/11/21
Saturday, September 11, 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer Emory is hosting its annual large-scale day of service, Emory’s Welcoming Day of Service, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. This event is a chance for all current Emory students to come together to volunteer around Atlanta, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, followed by a short on-site reflection session. We are excited to be able to do this in-person again and hope to see all your happy faces. Find more information and register here. Come to meet one another and the community and build solidarity.
Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Service Day on 9/11/21
Saturday, September 11, organized by Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Join us for a day of service and community. Projects include:
  • Peavine Trail Cleanup, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Meet at Glenn Church School Building (1660 N. Decatur Road).:  Clear out trash and invasive species from Peavine trail next to Emory’s campus. 
  • Singing and Fellowship at Clairmont Place, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Meet at the entrance to Clairmont Place (1800 Clairmont Lake): Bring joy by singing and interacting with older adult residents outside at Clairmont Place. 
  • Care Package Packing at Glenn, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Glenn Church School Building (1660 N. Decatur Road). : Pack care packages for Intown Collaborative Ministries to distribute to persons experiencing homelessness and learn more about helping people in our everyday encounters. 
  • Drop off diapers for infants at Los Vecinos and incontinence briefs for older adults at Branan Towers, flexible: Collection boxes will be on the front steps of Glenn Sanctuary from 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 11 until 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 12.

    More information about each event will be provided via email to registered participants.

    Sign up here.
Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Jordan, Emory Jewish Chaplain
Each year, as Rosh Hashanah nears and we approach the gates of a new year, we imagine a world that is different from the world that we have known. The promise of a new year starting is the promise of renewal, of growth and change. And yet, this year, we are painfully aware of the ways in which things have not fully changed. We are still in masks, we still remain distant from people and places that are important to us and the world is still grappling with the devastation of an ongoing pandemic. 
Beyond COVID, we have also experienced the persistence of antisemetism and the unyielding nature of racial injustice. When the new year arrives and we are feeling a bit stuck, it is comforting to be reminded that we are not the first generation to celebrate holidays amidst challenge. Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, a great Chasidic master, used to tell a story in relation to the High Holy Days. He taught:
A man lost his way in the deep of the forest. For days he wandered, only growing more and more lost with time. At long last, he heard the sound of someone’s footsteps coming toward him. When the person approached, he asked, “My friend, can you show me the way out of this forest?” The man smiled and said, “Brother, I too have lost my way. I do not know the way out, but I can tell you not to take the path that I have been on. Come, let us search out a new path together.”
It feels like we have all been stumbling through unknown territory; the path has been winding and the terrain tricky. If it feels like you have been navigating this time alone, my prayer is that our Emory community can be a place to connect. This last year and a half has been evidence of just how deeply we depend on each other. We arrive in the year 5782 not as individuals, but as an entire Jewish community. May it be a year in which, together, we seek out a new path towards a world that is more whole, more just and more connected.
Shanah tovah u’metukah - Wishing you much sweetness in the year to come, 
Rabbi Jordan

Jewish High Holiday Programming

High Holidays with Hillel

Beginning September 6
Join Hillel in recognizing the Jewish New Year by participating in a series of events, including dinners, services, and lunches, found here. All High Holiday services will also be live-streamed to Hillel's YouTube channel. 
Rosh Hashanah with Chabad
Join Chabad in recognizing the Jewish New Year by participating in a series of events, including: 
  • Services and Dinner: Monday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
    • Services begin at 7:15 p.m. with a festive meal following at 8:00 p.m.
  • Shacharit First Day: Tuesday, September 7, 10:30 a.m.
    • Services begin 10:30 a.m., with a festive meal at 1:30 p.m. and Tashlich at 3:00 p.m.
  • Rosh Hashanah Dinner Second Night: Tuesday, September 7, 8:00 p.m.
    • Services at 8:00 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m.
  • Shacharit Second Day: Wednesday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.
    • Services begin 10:30 a.m., with Shofar at 12:30 p.m. and a festive meal at 1:30 p.m. 
For more information, please click here.
Rosh Hashanah with MEOR
Join MEOR in recognizing Rosh Hashanah in the following events:
  • Monday, September 6, 8:20 p.m., 1582 Nantahalla Court, 30329
  • Tuesday, September 7, 8:45 p.m., 1582 Nantahalla Court, 30329
  • Tuesday, September 7, 1:30 p.m., 1582 Nantahalla Court, 30329
  • Wednesday, September 8, 1:30 p.m., 1582 Nantahalla Court, 30329
Interactive Services:
  • Tuesday, September 7, 10:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., AMUC 235
  • Wednesday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1855 Lavista Road, 30329
Meals have limited spots so please sign up soon. To RSVP, please email fleshel@gmail.com.
mid-week music meditation
Mid-Week Musical Meditation Online
Every Wednesday in Term beginning September 8, 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. 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
Every Friday in Term beginning September 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel
International Community Friday Lunch (formerly International Coffee Hour) 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.
Lunch Host 9/10: The Emory OSRL team
These lunches are limited, so be sure to register by the Tuesday before the community lunch you will attend. RSVP Required here (COVID updates will be provided). 
VOIS Flyer
First Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Rehearsal of the Year
Friday, September 3, 6:00 p.m., White Hall 101
The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir, Emory's longstanding and dynamic gospel choir, welcomes all who desire to praise God with song and serve as taught in God's word. They sing at Beloved Community Worship the fourth Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. in Cannon Chapel, offer one campus concert each semester, and sing at university events such as Baccalaureate and other occasions. In addition, VOIS has offered an annual service learning trip in the continental U.S. or abroad during Spring Break and sings at churches around Atlanta and performs acts of service locally.
The choir welcomes enthusiastic singers who want to explore or join in its ministry of music. Rehearsals take place weekly during the academic year on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. in White Hall 101, and will begin on September 3. For more information, please contact Mr. Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, at mallums@emory.edu.
Beloved Community Schedule
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Service
Sunday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. service, 12:00 p.m. lunch (outside), Cannon Chapel
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern 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, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad.
Preacher: Linh Le, OSRL Chaplaincy Resident
For questions, to get involved, and/or to join the Beloved Community elist, please contact Chaplain Maddie Henderson at madelyn.mary.henderson@emory.edu.
Upcoming Programs
Emory Buddhist Club
Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
Thursday, September 2, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel or Zoom
Join us for a guided Buddhist meditation this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Meditation Leader This Week: Emory's Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya will lead this week. He will lead a guided meditation and reflection on the topic of community.
This semester, the weekly EBC meetings will be accessible for you in-person AND via Zoom. Our regular teachers will lead in-person or online based on their preference. All are welcome to join at Cannon Chapel each week (with a mask), but those wishing to Zoom in can use this link
South Asia at Around the World
Thursday, September 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Cox Hall Bridge 
Asalamu aleykum everybody, come on down to Cox Bridge this Thursday from 5-7 pm to enjoy a taste of South Asian culture. MSA will have FREE ice cream, various cultural South Asian garments for you to try on, a photo booth, and henna available for a small donation to an Afghanistan Fundraiser through Islamic Relief. Hindu Students Association will also be present. Learn more about these organizations here
First GCF In-Person Bible Study of the Semester
Thursday, September 2, 6:00 p.m., Brooks Commons
Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting on September 2 as they study Foundations for Flourishing in Grad School. More information here
In-Via Christian Journal Informational Meeting
Thursday, September 2, 5:00- 6:00 p.m., Cox Computing Center Classroom A (2nd floor above the dining hall)
During this meeting, current members will introduce themselves and the work they do; talk about the Augustine Collective (AC) and the Veritas Forum (the nonprofit/network our journal belongs to); and share a little about the annual AC Conference that takes place in Boston every winter. Applications are due on Monday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m. 
Applications for joining the board and staff are now open, and you can access the form, along with a list of open positions and descriptions at bit.ly/join-emoryinvia
Bread Coffeehouse First DBS of the Semester
Thursday, September 2, 7:30 p.m., 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Join Bread Coffeehouse for a free home-cooked meal, a live band, and our staff sharing stories from our lives and the Bible. Learn more about Bread Coffeehouse here
Hindu Students Association First Aarti and General Body Meeting
Friday, September 3, 5:00 p.m., Room 106, Cannon Chapel 
All are welcome. Sponsored by the Hindu Student Association
Catholic Welcome Dinner
Friday, September 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30307) 
Welcome back to campus. Join the Catholic Student Union  before Fellowship & Adoration Night for a free dinner cooked by Fr. John. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Catholic Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, September 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m., University Catholic Center (1753 North Decatur Road, 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. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship First Friday Dinner
Friday, September 3, 7:00 p.m., Brooks Commons
Welcome new graduate students and welcome back returning graduate students. Join Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship for our first one of the fall semester. This will be an opportunity to connect with fellow graduate students at Emory. RSVP Here
Friday Night Live! at Chabad
Friday, September 3, 7:30 p.m., Chabad at Emory
Join Chabad for Friday Night Live! celebrations each week, with services at 7:30 p.m. and dinner at 8:00 p.m. More information here. 
Catholic Volunteering at the St. Francis Table Soup Kitchen
Saturday, September 4, 6:45 -11:00 a.m., Departing from the Freshman Quad and the SAAC on Clairmont Campus
Put your faith into action and join us in feeding nearly 500 people. Meet the Catholic Student Union on the Freshman Quad or at the SAAC on Clairmont campus by 6:45 a.m. to carpool. Sign up in advance with Michael Zauche at mzauche@emory.edu - limited to 10 people. If you have a car and you're willing to drive (and be reimbursed for gas), please let us know. Check www.emorycatholic.org for more info.
Shabbat Morning at Chabad
Saturday, September 4, 11:00 a.m., Chabad at Emory
Join Chabad at Emory for meaningful and enjoyable services following by a full deli Kiddush with the best Cholent in-town. Chabad now has Minyan every Shabbat when Emory is in Session. Chasidic Meditation will be at 10:30 a.m., with services following at 11:00 a.m. and lunch at 1:00 p.m. More information found here. 
RUF Labor Day Tubing Event: Float and Fellowship
Monday, September 6, 9:00 a.m., Depart from AMUC Circle
Come float down the Chestatee River in North Georgia with us. Rides leave from the AMUC circle at 9 a.m. Expect to return to campus around 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5 with lunch provided. Fill out this form to RSVP by Friday, September 3. Sponsored by Reformed University Fellowship
Labor Day Fun with Bread Coffeehouse
Monday, September 6, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Depart from 1227 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307
Come explore Ponce City Market and the Beltline with Bread Coffeehouse. Hang out seeing some of the Atlanta sights from 1-4 p.m. on Labor Day. Meet at Bread at 1:00 p.m. if you want a ride, it's sure to be a fun chance to get off campus and explore the city with friends. Find more information about Bread Coffeehouse here
First GCF Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, September 7, 8:00-9:00 p.m., on Zoom
Join Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship every other Tuesday beginning on September 7 to discuss the book of Psalms. More information here
First Collegiate Black Christians Meeting
September 8, 7:30 p.m., Emory Student Center Room N302
Join other students of color in exploring faith and growth by attending the first Collegiate Black Christians meeting.
Grad Student Wine and Cheese Night
September 8, 7:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
Come hang out, relax, and enjoy a selection of wine and cheese with fellow Catholic graduate students from across multiple disciplines. Find out more information about the Catholic Center here
GCF Buddy Program
Sign up by September 10
Join the Graduate Christian Fellowship in a buddy program for graduate students to foster friendships and community.

This program will use an interest form to match 2-3 students according to their interests/commitment level, etc.There will be a kickoff event to break the ice with buddies and/or have another event mid semester or the following semester to foster buddy connections. Sign up by September 10 here
InterVarsity International Fellowship
International InterVarsity Fellowship
Join InterVarsity's International Fellowship in ongoing events such as tea talks, bible studies, outdoor hiking and games, and book reading. Register for events here
Off Campus Programs
Project Understanding: Black/Jewish Coalition
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).  Apply Here. Project Understanding is open to those who identify as Black and/or Jewish and live in Metro Atlanta. The application due date is Sunday, October 17. Questions? Contact Julie Katz at katzj@ajc.org.
Online Session with Lama Rod Owens
Exploring Grief and Ancestor Practice Online Workshop with Lama Rod Owens
Thursday, September 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Virtual
Join Lama Rod Owens for a free online public workshop, Exploring Grief and Ancestor Practice. They will be introducing the Tantric Shamanic tradition of ancestor practice through practice and discussion while exploring how ancestors can help and/or hinder our work of grieving.
Click here to reserve your spot. If you have any questions about this event, please contact assist@lamarod.com.
9/11 Town Hall
9/11 Town Hall: We Commemorate, We Commit
Wednesday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Virtual
September 11, 2021 will commemorate the 20th anniversary of a profound moment in US history, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Join Eboo Patel in conversation with civic leaders, sharing personal experiences and stories from their unique perspectives, each effected by that day and its aftermath. Register for the webinar here
Official Dedication of Lynching Remembrance Markers
Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m., Virtual
Join the DeKalb Remembrance Project in dedicating remembrance markers that honor those known and unknown men and women that died violently from lynching in DeKalb County. We remember Reuben Hudson, Jr., Porter F Turner, and three to five unnamed Black men. RSVP at naacpDekalb.org
Partner Programs
Students of Color Picnic
Queer and Trans Students of Color Picnic
Thursday, September 2, 5:00 p.m., James W. Wagner Quad
The Office of LGBT Life is happy to serve dinner, provide picnic blankets, games, and the speakers for music. Feel free to bring your own blankets, playlists, snacks, and games. More information about the office can be found here
Queer Grad Brunch
Queer Grad Brunch
Friday, September 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., AMUC 132
Join the Office of LGBT Life to meet other queer graduate and professional students, learn about the office's programs and resources, get tasty treats, and have a great time. More information about the office can be found here.  
Identity Spaces Poster
Campus Life AMUC Identity Spaces Unveiling
Wednesday, September 8, 3:30-6:00 p.m., Emory Student Center Plaza (between ESC and AMUC); Open Houses on the 1st floor of AMUC
We invite you to join Campus Life and President Fenves in celebrating the unveiling of Emory's refreshed student identity spaces in the Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC), including the new Asian Student Center. We will also preview Belonging and Community Justice's new space on the third floor of Cox Hall, scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. 

3:30 - 4:00 PM     Reception 
4:00 - 4:30 PM     Remarks, Ribbon Cutting, and Toast 
4:30 - 6:00 PM     Open Houses (Asian Student Center, Center for Women, Centro Latinx, Emory Black Student Union, LGBT Life)

We'd love to see you as we celebrate Emory's commitment to the diversity and inclusion of our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. For more information, visit the project's website
Symposium Invitation
In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism, and the Journey Towards Restorative Justice Symposium
September 29 - October 1, 2021. Hybrid format on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses, with in-person and virtual sessions, as well as physical and digital exhibits. 
The symposium is open to the public at no charge. Many universities are examining their histories and discovering their connections to slave labor and Indigenous dispossession. This symposium will highlight the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions will include creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. 

Click here to read an article about the symposium. 
Register Here
Opportunities and Resources
Love in Action Donations for Afghanistan Refugees
Bread Coffeehouse is partnering with Atlanta Christian Church and New American Pathways, a non-profit organization that works with refugees here in the state of Georgia. They are currently focused on supporting refugees from Afghanistan, and we want to lend a hand to our neighbors in need by donating items that help with basic daily needs.
For the next few weeks, we'll be collecting these items at Bread (1227 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307):
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Washcloths and Towels
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Feminine products
  • Stuffed animals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Can openers
  • Small and large knives
  • Other utensils
Parliament of World Religions Registration
 Parliament of the World's Religions Online 2021 Early Bird Registration
October 16-18, 2021, Virtually
The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Eboo Patel, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Karen Armstrong are just a few of the luminaries joining #2021PoWR.
Take advantage of the Early Bird Rate and join thousands of interfaith colleagues from around the world. Register here. 
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning
Tam Institute for Jewish Studies core and affiliated faculty are bringing their scholarship to a public audience this semester by teaching in the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning.
To register for one of these courses, follow the links below to the MJCCA's website:
Weekly Gatherings
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 are 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.

Paryusana Festival
Fri., Sep. 3 – Fri., Sep. 10, 2021
Tradition: Jainism
Considered the holiest period of the year, these eight days are marked for Jains by fasting, meditation, prayer and public readings of the life story of Lord Mahavira. Observed especially by the followers of the Shvetambara sect, Paryusana concludes on Samvatsari, the most solemn occasion of self-scrutiny and forgiveness. On this day, Jains ask for forgiveness from their relatives and friends for any offense they may have committed by deed, word or thought.
Rosh Hashanah
Mon., Sep. 6 – Wed., Sep. 8, 2021
Tradition: Judaism
The Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world, Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Ten Days of Awe (also known as the Ten Days of Repentance) that conclude on Yom Kippur. It marks the beginning of the holiest time of the year for Jews.
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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