Weekly Gatherings, Personal Prayer Space, and OSRL Wall Calendar
Weekly Gatherings, Personal Prayer Space, and OSRL Wall Calendar
 News and Programs 9.3.20
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 and at the button below.
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 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 religiouslife@emory.edu.
View Weekly Gatherings Here
Personal Prayer Spaces on Campus - Fall 2020
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 religiouslife@emory.edu
View Personal Prayer Spaces Here
Sign Up to Receive OSRL Wall Calendar 2020-21
Deadline Extended: Sign up by Friday, September 4, 2020
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is pleased to share our 2020-2021 spiritual life calendar. The calendar contains religious holiday information, contact information for our staff and affiliates, and highlights of some of our signature programs, many of which will be virtual this year. We want you to know, you are precious to us in the Emory community, and we want to support you however we can. To request a calendar, please click the link here. We wish you blessings and an exciting start to the new academic year! Staff, faculty, students, and alumni are welcome to request a calendar. 
Sign Up to Receive a Calendar Here
Farewell Reception for The Rev. Lisa Garvin
Farewell Reception for The Rev. Lisa Garvin
Tuesday, September 29, 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
The Rev. Lisa Garvin will be leaving Emory September 30 to become chaplain and minister to the university at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. All are invited to a zoom reception to honor Lisa for her many contributions to the Emory community. Register for the reception here
Leave a Special Farewell Message for Lisa: If you would like to leave a special note for Lisa, that will be compiled with other farewell messages, please click here and submit by Monday, September 14
RPSO Student Leader Meeting with President Fenves
Undergraduate Religious and Philosophical Student Leaders Welcome President Gregory L. Fenves 
On Monday, August 24, 2020, University Chaplain and Dean of Religious Life, The Rev. Greg McGonigle, and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life hosted a zoom dinner meeting for Emory undergraduate religious and spiritual student leaders to meet personally with President Fenves.
This was a chance for President Fenves to introduce himself and hear from students about their experiences as spiritual leaders at Emory.
Graduate Interfaith Council
Graduate Interfaith Council
First Meeting: Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
The Graduate Interfaith Council is a community of Emory graduate students united in the project of integrating spiritual and religious inquiry with the demands of contemporary life to help guide the ways we interpret and act in the world. Join with a diverse group of religious and non-religious graduates every (dates and time) for encouragement, support, and opportunities to converse with other cultures. 
Aspects of the meetings include group conversations around various themes, the sharing of spiritual practices with one another, and working to discover how different traditions can uniquely contribute to issues facing communities and cultures. For more information, please reach out to Jason Cabitac's email at jason.exar.cabitac@emory.edu
Beloved Community Protestant Worship - Fall 2020
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Via Zoom – Register here:
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. For more information, or to get involved, please contact Assistant Chaplain The Rev. Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu. Join us here.
You can also view last weeks service below and here.
Join Us For Beloved Community Here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship August 30, 2020
Beloved Community Protestant Worship Recording - 8.30.20
Compassion Meditation Group
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Eastern, via Zoom
The Compassion Meditation Group includes undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff, as well as friends in the local community.
Join us each Wednesday for meditation for daily living, that uses focus on breathing, relaxation,self-and-other compassion practices, and a range of mindfulness meditation practices.  All are welcome; new and experienced meditators, and no commitment is required.

The format: Brief introductions, then a 30-minute guided practice, often led by Dr. Bobbi Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University, as well as other trained teachers. After the practice, there is sharing and questions, which draw from diverse traditions.

For more information, and to receive login information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.

To learn more about Bobbi Patterson and her work, please go to her Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice website.
International Coffee Hour - Fall 2020
Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Eastern, via Zoom
Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern, via Zoom
Looking to connect with other students and scholars from around the world? Need a coffee/tea break with other people? Want to learn about campus and community resources?
The OSRL and ISSS invite you to join us for International Coffee Hour! This 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. Each week a different campus office or community organization will host, and there will also be time to break out into smaller groups to chat and meet new people.
Upcoming Programs for Students
Emory Buddhist Club - Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
Hi everyone, welcome back to a brand new school year. To start off the Fall '20 semester, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu), founder and teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Center this Thursday. He will be leading a Chan Buddhism meditation, as well as giving a talk and facilitating discussion within the club meeting. This meeting is one of a 3-part series titled "Three Dimensions of Chan Buddhism: The View, The Principle, The Path" led by Guo Gu. Please see the flyer attached for details, and join us on 8/27, 9/3, and 9/10.
This semester, EBC will continue to host weekly meditation sessions through Zoom. To participate in our meetings, simply click the link included above, or paste https://emory.zoom.us/j/515025945 in your URL bar. Anyone is welcome to join.
The EBC is a student-led effort. Our primary mission is to provide a free, weekly opportunity for anyone with any interest in Buddhism or meditation to meet, practice, and learn with qualified Buddhist teachers from the Atlanta area. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. We welcome anyone, regardless of meditation experience or point of view.
MSA Annual Welcome Back Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
We have plenty of fun games planned for everyone, so feel free to login and join us. Learn more here. Sponsored by Emory Muslim Students Association. 

Emory Hillel Shabbat
Fridays, via Facebook Live
Hillel at Emory is providing Live Dvar Torah, Shabbat, and food pickup every Friday. We are thrilled to announce that many of our amazing Hillel staff will provide Shabbat to-go packages for students this semester. Students can sign up to receive SHABBAT2GO and celebrate with a Kosher meal in their dorm rooms or apartments after virtual Shabbat services. To learn more please click here.
Emory Chabad - Shabbat To Go
A Taste of Shabbat - Made with Love
RSVP by Thursday 8:00 p.m., Ready for Pickup Friday at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please email Info@chabademory.org.
A Rosh Hashanah Reflection: Welcome in the New Year Virtually,
Tuesday, September 15, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Eastern, Zoom
JEGS invites the Emory community to participate in reflection and discussion, while enjoying apples and honey over Zoom. Sponsored by Jewish Emory Graduate Students. 
Emory Hindu Students Association
Learn more about the Hindu Students Association at Emory on Facebook. Updates on the first GBM and the Freshman Representative Application will be coming soon. 
Emory University Catholic Center 
Weekend Mass
Switching from pre-recorded to live-streamed Mass
Beginning Saturday, August 29, 4:00 p.m., via YouTube Live
The University Catholic Center will be making the switch from pre-recording Mass to live streaming Mass on Saturdays at 4:00 PM on our YouTube channel for the foreseeable future. A recording of the live stream will be made available to view immediately afterward for anyone who wishes to participate at another time. Please bear with us as we make this switch.
In-Person Outdoor Mass
Beginning Sunday, August 30, 11:00 a.m., University Catholic Center
In-person outdoor mass starts this week. To ensure the safety of our community, we ask that you carefully read the precautions at this link ahead of time. Please sign up if you intend on attending Mass with us in-person at the same link. This will help us accurately plan for and communicate the number of people who will be present. Seating is limited, and we will prioritize seating for those who sign up if necessary.
For more information on University Catholic Center programs, please click here
In Person Outdoor Mass
UKirk Atlanta Weekly Events
Regular weekly programming starts next week. Prayer, Lunch Fellowship, and Program night each week until thanksgiving.
Be sure to follow us for links and details for events. For more information, please contact sarah@ukirkatlanta.com
Emory InterVarsity Small Groups
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the semester
One unique characteristic of Emory InterVarsity is that we are an interdenominational Christian group. Because people come from all different backgrounds, whether that’s from different churches or if they’re just checking out Christianity for the first time, our Small Groups are full of opportunities to learn something from Scripture that we might’ve not seen before. We have three main SGs this semester, each representing one of our three chapters of IV:
“Encountering Jesus” -- ECF Mondays, 8:00 p.m., EDT 
“Flourishing Communities” -- BASIC Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m, EDT
“Losing Face, Finding Grace: 12 Bible Studies for Asian Americans” -- ACF Fridays, 9:00 p.m., EDT
Each SG has its own topic and general vibe, but you are welcome to join any of the small group times regardless of your ethnic background. Hope to see you there. Additionally, we have biweekly inter-chapter gatherings on Thursdays, 8:00 p.m., EDT starting on August 27. Called “IV3D.” This is where all three chapters come together for worship, fellowship, and teaching from guest speakers. Topics include things like peace, prayer, Scripture, community, motivation, mental health, Kingdom/culture, and more.
Glenn Memorial Church Weekly Programs
All of us at Glenn invite you to join our weekly virtual programs in worship. We would love to see you on Zoom. Please contact those below for the login credentials and more information.
Online Bible Study with the Pastors
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., via Zoom
Join with the Glenn pastors to be a part of the North Georgia United Methodists 2020 study of the Gospel of Luke, followed by the Book of Acts. Catch up with the weekly readings, download the reading schedule, and be sure to subscribe to receive weekly reading prompts and reflections here.  To participate in the Glenn study via Zoom on computer or phone, contact Communications Director, Jessica Bradford at jbradford@glennumc.org for the information. Weekly “attendance” not required – join us anytime your shelter-at-home schedule allows.
Young Adults eTwain's
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m., via Zoom
The young adults will continue to meet on Thursdays for eTwains on Zoom. Joins us at 8:00 p.m. for a virtual drink and at-home chicken nachos. Contact Rev. Brent Huckaby at bhuckaby@glennumc.org for the info or check the Young Adult GroupMe.
RUF Emory Large Group 
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. EST., Zoom
Stephen will be preaching through the Psalms. The sermon series is entitled, Reorient: Engaging Emotions in the Psalms. For more information, please contact Stephen Maginas.
For a list of RUF small groups, please click here
Bread Coffeehouse Weekly Gatherings
Bread Coffeehouse is a place unlike any other on campus…a place where good coffee flows freely, delicious treats are served daily, where residents and staff know your name, where you will be treated with love no matter what you believe, a place that never pushes Jesus on you but a place where the staff believes in serving Jesus by serving you and loving you. Learn more here. Weekly programming here.  
International InterVarsity Fellowship: Virtual Community
The International InterVarsity Fellowship (IIF) is hosting weekly events in the fall to foster virtual community with real-life friends. Join us for any or all of the following. For more information, please email us at intl.intervarsity.iif@gmail.com.
Virtual Game & Bible Study
Fridays. 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Book Reading Online
Sundays, 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Online Tea-talk (Free!)
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Tea Talk with International InterVarsity Fellowship
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., via Zoom
Prepare your favorite cup of tea and snack to join our virtual Tea Talks on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. You and your international friends are welcome and always invited. Our zoom link is https://emory.zoom.us/j/4426635614.
For more information, please email LoAnn Nguyen at loan.nguyen@intervarsity.org.
Sponsored by International InterVarsity Fellowship. 
Weekly Worship at Grace House (ELCA Lutheran Episcopal)
Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., Zoom, Email Andrew@greacepeople.org for link and more information.  
Our worship this year will engage in recognizing racism and white supremacy in our faith communities and world while discussing how we can dismantle those systems.
Blueprint Unleashed - Emory Missional Community
Thursdays, 7:15 pm (EDT), https://meet.google.com/tyf-rwhb-jvh 
Our mission is to display a healthy example of what it means to be a gospel-centered believer, a responsible sibling, a generous steward, and an indigenous disciple-maker, as outlined here: https://www.blueprintchurch.org/our-dna. Join us each week and engage in worship with other Christian college students from several Atlanta-area universities. Contact: Taylor Dover, Andrew Dugan, or Justin Brew for more information. 
Bible Study/Discussion - Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship
Fridays, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Zoom
Wind down from the week through faith-centered conversation and bible study. All are welcome. Contact Danielle Campbell Lloyd at dlcamp3@emory.edu for details.  
High Holidays 2020 with Hillel
High Holidays with Hillel
September 2020, via Zoom
Hillels of Georgia invites you to celebrate the High Holidays with us. Services will be streamed via Zoom and will include a virtual prayer book for following along at home. We will be holding Reform and Conservative services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To register, simply visit this link and click on the service(s) you would like to attend.
Off Campus Programs
Join The Center for Civil and Human Rights for a discussion with Robert P. Jones about his new book “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” September 4 at noon.
Jones in conversation with the Rev. Robert Franklin examines the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation.
You may purchase the book from Amazon here. Here is the Zoom link for the gathering. To receive a bookplate signed by Jones, e-mail a copy of your proof of purchase of “White Too Long” and your mailing address to sspublicity@simonandschuster.com with the subject line “WHITE TOO LONG Bookplate.” Only available within the U.S. This program is the first of a series brought to you by An Interfaith Response to White Supremacy.
Against All Hate: The Intersection of Racism and Antisemitism
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
As the pilot of the consulte’s all new Against All Hate web series, panelists and participants will engage in an online discussion about racism, antisemitism, intersectionality, and current challenges of Black and Jewish communities.
Registration is required to participate. For information about the speakers and to register, visit http://bit.ly/isr-atl-aah1
Partner Programs
AJC Decatur Book Festival
AJC Decatur Book Festival
September 4-October 4, 2020
Launched in 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) presented by Emory University brings nationally and internationally known authors, children’s and young adult writers and illustrators, and tens of thousands of readers together for a weekend of fun and discovery.
This year, the global Coronavirus pandemic has prompted the Festival staff and board to depart from tradition. “In the interest of public health, we have determined that holding a large-scale physical festival this Labor Day weekend is not feasible,” said Joy Pope, the festival’s Interim Executive Director. “Instead, we are planning a virtual festival that will celebrate the DBF’s 15th anniversary in a way that is unique to our community. We want to bring content, candor, and civic engagement into our lives in meaningful ways.”
The festival will present 15 virtual events that will represent the best of what the DBF does: ignite conversations inspired by diverse books and authors that engage our hearts and minds. To learn more, visit the festival website at decaturbookfestival.com and on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III
Flash Here and There Like Falling Stars:" The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III
Wednesday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. EST
On September 9 at 2:00 pm, we will have the opportunity to view a remembrance film screening honoring our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Pellom McDaniels III. The film Flash Here and There Like Falling Stars explores the life work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, whose capacious vision, integrity, activism, generosity, and fierce intellect touched thousands of lives. Dr. McDaniels, who passed away suddenly in April 2020, served as the curator of African American collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University, where he also earned his master’s and PhD. Learn more and register here
Cherokee Art: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
The Cherokee have a rich artistic heritage, stretching back centuries.  These traditions were carried on the Trail of Tears, these traditions continued in Indian Territory. In a lecture titled “Cherokee Art: Past, Present, and Future,” Jace Weaver, Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia, will examine the enduring legacy of Cherokee art, focusing especially on masks and basketry. Use the ZOOM link here to access the program or watch on Facebook Live. This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Grace Welch Blanton Lecture Fund.
Race & Difference Colloquium Series
We have another great semester of speakers. Our first event kicks off on Monday, September 14 with Dr. Christopher Bonner from the University of Maryland speaking on the topic, Against the Law: Forms of African American Politics. Our events are free but please RSVP for this and all event dates here. We will send the Zoom link a few days before the event talk. We look forward to seeing you again and bringing you insightful, informative lectures. 
Opportunities and Resources
Emory Counseling and Psychological Services
Skills Clinic and Coping with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings Virtual Group
Feeling stressed? Navigating life during uncertain times? Check out these two opportunities. For more information on registering, please visit orgsync via bit.ly/emorycaps. Sponsored by Emory Counseling and Psychological Services. 

Muslim Student National Convention
September 12-13
The MSA National Convention is coming. Our first day will be focused on navigating student life, and our second day will be focused on officer development. Please sign up at msanational.org/convention.
Health is Everything™ Podcast
Join Michelle Lampl and members of Emory University's groundbreaking Center for the Study of Human Health as they discuss how our health impacts every facet of our lives. From world-renowned scholars covering timely topics to student leaders exploring the cause and effect of health on society at large. Health truly is everything. To learn more, click here.
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.
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Tuesday, 9.8.2020
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
Ghambar Paitishem
Saturday, 9.12 – Wednesday, 9.16.2020
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of plants, the sowing of the winter crop and the return of herds from pasture
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, 9.18 – Sunday, 9.20.2020
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. 
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