Weekly News and Programs 1.24.20
Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Staff
Cannon Chapel and Office of Spiritual and Religious Life Staff 
From left to right: The Reverend Lisa Garvin, Associate Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life; Zachary Cole, Chief of Staff; Lakishia Hines, Executive Administrative Assistant; The Reverend Greg McGonigle, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life; Maury Allums, Director of Music and Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir; The Reverend Kevin Crawford, Assistant Chaplain; The Venerable Upali Sraman, Buddhist Religious Life Scholar; Dr. Isam Vaid, Muslim Religious Life Scholar; Sara McKlin, Cannon Chapel Site Operations Coordinator.
Greetings from the Dean – Spring Semester 2020
Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, The Reverend Gregory McGonigle
The Reverend Gregory W. McGonigle University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait
Dear Friends,
New Year’s greetings from all of us in Cannon Chapel and OSRL. We hope that everyone had an opportunity to spend time connecting with family and friends over the winter break, and that you have returned refreshed and energized for the start of the new semester and year. Many of us begin the new year with reflection and a recommitment to the practices and communities that give us grounding, inspiration, and hope for positive change in ourselves and our world. We hope the communities and programs connected with University Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory can provide those opportunities for you, and we are always eager to help connect you with any resources that will help to be a source of integration for your mind, body, and spirit.
I am grateful the new calendar year begins by honoring the life and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, and with opportunities to re-engage with the many social justice issues on which Dr. King and his colleagues led. World, national, and local news provide countless reminders of the many issues and needs our world is facing, and tragically of the violence that continues to mar efforts for justice and peace. In past months, we have been confronted again with the scourge of antisemitic, Islamophobic, and other hate crimes. All such acts are attacks on our values of the dignity of every person and care and compassion for one another. In 1964, Dr. King, the interfaith leader, held out for us a vision of interdependence in which each of us is connected to and invested in the good of all. I hope and pray that in the year ahead, we will all find ways to embody and enhance that vision of mutuality and interconnection through our spiritual practices, service, and social activism.
Read the Full Message Here
Beloved Community Worship: King Week with Rev. Kim Jackson
Beloved Community Worship Service with The Rev. Kim Jackson
Sunday, January 26, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Join us for our annual King Week Service this week at 11:00 a.m. in Cannon Chapel. We welcome as our preacher, The Rev. Kim Jackson 09T, Interim Vicar of Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta, Georgia. The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir will provide special music, and we will continue to receive an offering for Hunger Has No Religion
A free, catered, and hot lunch will immediately follow worship in Brooks Commons. For more information about our preachers for the spring semester, please see the attached document.
Please see the full list of Emory King Week programming at: www.emory.edu/MLK.
Join the Facebook Event Here
International Coffee Hour
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel, Brooks Commons
Hosted by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services, International Student Coffee Hour takes place every Friday during the academic year from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel's Brooks Commons.
Each week a different campus resource office hosts the "coffee hour" by providing a free lunch for international students, and students can meet one another, learn about resources, and network.
For more information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
Spring Religious Holidays 
The Spring 2020 semester contains a number of religious holidays, which many Emory students, staff, and faculty will be observing in different ways. Below are some helpful dates to be aware of if you are scheduling coursework, meetings, etc.:
  • Wednesday, February 26 is Ash Wednesday for Western Christians, who may practice fasting and attend special liturgies that day, as they may throughout the season of Lent which follows through Holy Week.
  • Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11 is Holy Week for Western Christians, who may partake of additional liturgies during that week.  
  • Sundown Wednesday, April 8 through sundown Saturday, April 11 and sundown Tuesday, April 14 through sundown Thursday, April 16 is Passover. Observing Jews may choose to refrain from usual daily activities, the use of electricity. If they have assignments or exams during these days, they may seek to reschedule them.
  • Friday, April 10 is Good Friday for Western Christians, who may practice fasting and attend special liturgies.
  • Sunday, April 12 is Western Christian Easter.
  • Sunday, April 19 is Orthodox Christian Easter
With questions or for additional support, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
This year the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be observed from April 23 to May 23. During Ramadan, observing Muslims fast from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) encourages the Emory community to be aware of students, faculty, staff, and other community members who will be observing Ramandan. This year, Ramandan will overlap with the last days of classes, with final exams, and commencement day.
Students are asked to notify their faculty members if they will need academic accommodations for religious observance, and faculty are asked to develop reasonable accommodations for students to observe. If support is needed, students and faculty may contact their academic deans or the OSRL. In addition, the Emory community will be celebrating Ramadan by hosting Iftar Prayers and Dinners each night from April 23 until commencement. More information will be available soon on a Ramadan page on the OSRL website.
With any questions, please contact Emory University Muslim Religious Life Scholar Dr. Isam Vaid at isam.vaid@emory.edu.
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
Guided Meditation
Guided Mediation and Discussion
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel
Join us for an informal meditation and discussion on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.
The Emory Buddhist Club is a student-led effort. Our primary mission is to provide a free, weekly, on-campus 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. For more information, please click here.
DBS - Sponsored by Bread Coffeehouse
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse, 1227 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, Ga 30307
Come by Bread every Thursday for a free homemade Vegetarian-friendly dinner (D), a local live band (B) and a Storyteller about Jesus (S). There's always a fun activity afterwards too. Come for any or all parts of the night. For more information, please click here
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, January 24, 5:30 p.m., University Catholic Center 
The Fellowship and Adoration Night is a student-led small group focused on growing in faith and experiencing Christ's presence in our lives. We meet at the University Catholic Center every Friday at 5:30 p.m. during the school year. While our primary attendance is composed of students, everyone is welcome. For more information, please click here
Emory Hillel Shabbat
riday, January 24, services at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m., Emory Hillel
Every Friday evening during the semester, Emory Hillel has several student-led prayer services. Each service has energetic leaders that make the services enjoyable and welcoming. Dinners take place after services and are open to the entire Emory community, as well as free to all students. There will be great food, great friends, and great conversations. We can't wait to see you there. For more information, please click here
Shabbat at Chabad 
Friday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., Chabad at Emory, 1526 N. Decatur Road NE
Saturday, January 25, 11:00 a.m., Chabad at Emory, 1526 N. Decatur Road NE
The vote is in, there is truly nothing like it. Join fellow Emoryites and experience Shabbat at Chabad. A perfect blend of gourmet food, spirited singing, schmoozing, and inspired ideas. Not to be missed.
  • Services - 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner - 7:00 p.m.
  • Shabbat Morning Service - 11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch - 1:00 p.m.
For more information, please click here
Liturgical Ministry Training - Sponsored by the University Catholic Center 
Sunday, January 26, 3-5:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel 
If you worship with the University Catholic Center and are looking to become more involved, you should consider becoming a liturgical minister. We are always actively seeking volunteers interested in helping out during Sunday Mass as an altar server, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, or lector. 
Training Schedule:
  • 3-4 p.m. - Lectors
  • 4-5 p.m. - Extraordinary Ministers
  • 5-5:30 p.m. - Altar Servers
For more information, please Michael Zauche here.  
Christian Medical and Dental Association Speaker
Tuesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., Emory Medical School (room TBD)
Join the Christian Medical and Dental Association for lunch and discussion with Dr. John Patrick, president and professor of the History of Science, Medicine and Faith at Augustine College. He will address the intersection of medicine, faith and culture.
Zikr Meditation
Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., Cannon Chapel Room 106
Merciful meditation is zikr, a practice from the Islamic tradition to purify the heart, clear the mind, and focus the conscience on expanding mercy in the world. It is a process of chanting the most beautiful names of God as found in the Quran, a process open to people of any faith (to Muslims of all persuasions and to non-Muslims as well). It takes no prior experience, is not segregated by gender, and welcomes people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. All one has to do is take off one's shoes.
For more information, contact Professor Scott Kugle, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at skugle@emory.edu
Game Night - University Catholic Center
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center 
Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us on Tuesdays throughout the semester. Card games, board games, video games - you name it, we'll play it. For more information, please click here
Aquinas Day with Dr. Andrew Prevot
Thursday, January 30, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel
This year, Dr Andrew Prevot will preach at Cannon Chapel and then give a luncheon lecture, "Who Do You Say That I Am?" (Mark 8:29) Questions of Identity in Theology and Politics." Aquinas Day is an annual event held near the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas which provides the opportunity for young theologians to be introduced to the Emory and greater Atlanta community, expanding our vision into the future of theological thinking.
  • Worship Service in Cannon Chapel: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon Lecture in Candler Rm. 360: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
To register for the luncheon lecture please click here. For Facebook event, please click here.
Emory Methodist Ministries
Interested in Methodist Ministry at Emory? Learn more about ways to get connected to the community through service work, fellowship over meals, student leader retreats, and worship. To learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Methodist Ministry opportunities, click the buttons below.
Undergraduate Students - Emory Methodist Ministry Opportunities
Graduate Students - Emory Methodist Ministry Opportunities
Undergraduate United Methodist Student Leadership Retreat
February 7-9, 2020
Depart February 7 at 5:30 p.m. and return February 9 at Noon
Camp Grace, 2559 Walkers Chapel Road, Roberta, GA 31078
Deadline to register is February 3, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. (Expenses will be covered by OSRL)
Bring: Bedding for single bed; toiletries and other personal items; warm, outdoor clothing.
We would like to invite Emory students to the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education Student Leadership Retreat. This time is designed to connect student leaders together for learning, sharing ideas, and worship. As we begin a new semester, we want to take this time to invite students who are passionate about their faith to join in the reformation of our people called Methodist on this campus. We continue our support in developing leaders and visionaries who have found their homes in the grace of Jesus and in the open doors, open hearts, and open minds of the United Methodist Church. Assistant Chaplain Kevin Crawford will accompany students on this retreat, and Emory will cover the retreat registration costs.
For more information, please email kevin.crawford@emory.edu
Register Here
Sunday Worship at Glenn Memorial Church
The Gathering 
  • Sunday evenings, 5:00 p.m., Ward Fellowship Hall in the Church School Building at Glenn Memorial UMC
The Gathering offers casual, acoustic worship. Also, each week following worship, you’re invited to participate in a rotation of a meal, small group conversation, service opportunity, or game night. Our fifth Sunday in March will be a night of connecting with professionals in each field represented on campus as they share how faith has informed their vocation.
Traditional Worship  
  • Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m., Glenn Memorial Little Chapel in the Church School Buildin
  • Sunday mornings, 11:00 a.m., Glenn Memorial Sanctuar - Do you love to sing? Consider joining the Chancel Choir.
For more information on services, please click here
Partner Programs
Transcendent Deities of India
January 18 through May 17, 2020, Carlos Museum
The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine explores modern and contemporary interpretations of Hindu gods and goddesses by artists Raja Ravi Varma, Manjari Sharma, and Abhishek Singh.
Images of gods and goddesses are an integral part of Hindu religious practice, inspiring worshippers and artists alike. Through more than 70 prints, photographs, graphic art, paintings, and illustrations, Varma, Sharma, and Singh position Hindu gods and goddesses within viewers’ frame of reference, ensuring their seamless applicability in new eras.
For more information click here.
Prophetic Redemption
Monday, January 27, 12:00 p.m., Jones Room, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Dr. Edward Flores will be presenting findings from his new book, Jesus Saved an Ex-Con: Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration. Dr. Flores’ work instead illuminates how faith-based organizations wage campaigns to expand the rights of the formerly incarcerated through “prophetic redemption”—religious displays that expand the boundaries of democratic inclusion and socially integrate those furthest on the margins. For more information click here.
TheoEd Talks February 2020
Sunday, February 9, 4-6:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
TheoEd Talks is a faith-based speaker series that brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less. The speakers for the February 2020 TheoEd event are Hillary McBride, Bryan Massingale, Wil Gafney, and Jeff & André Shinabarger. TheoEd is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Register here
SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
February 15-16, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Room 106, Cannon Chapel
Monday, February 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Room 106, Cannon Chapel
The Campus Happiness Retreat has been offered to thousands of students at more than 40 universities across the country. Students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing practice, develop strategies for social connection, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. Taught over three consecutive sessions, the retreat introduces the SKY meditation, a scientifically validated breathing practice that significantly increases one's well-being and calmness and reduces anxiety and stress markers. Learn more here
Opportunities and Resources
Moral Fusion Student Organizing Fellowship Application
Application Deadline: February 10
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of christian nationalism. The PPC was launched with 40 days of action in Spring 2018 with an historic 6 weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action in over 35 states across the country.

The PPC engages in moral fusion organizing, building across lines of difference, including race, geography, age, religion, ability, and more. The current phase of organizing focused on shifting the national narrative and building power among poor and directly impacted communities by broadening and deepening our base, registering people for a movement that votes, and mobilizing toward a Mass Poor People's Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. We are fighting for systemic change through a Moral Agenda. Please watch this video to learn more about the campaign https://youtu.be/CawlyZD-QcA

What is the Moral Fusion Organizing Fellowship Program?
The PPC is recruiting Moral Fusion Organizing Fellows from campuses across the United States for the 2020 Spring Semester to spend 10 hours a month organizing and mobilizing their campus and community towards the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington. To learn more, and apply, please click here
Summer Staff Applications: Hinton Rural Life Center
Application deadline is February 15.
Hinton Rural Life Center -- a retreat/mission outreach agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The UMC -- is now accepting applications for summer staff for our Summer Missions Outreach ministry. The 11 weeks mission team come to serve Appalachain communities in NC. The Hinton Center equips college-age young adults to live out their faith, to build formative relationships, and to serve, leading groups in home repairs, firewood and garden ministry, and facilitating programming and activities, both on and off the worksite. For more information, please click here. 

The Emory Votes Initiative: Be Politically Engaged
A parnership of administration, faculty, staff, and student government organizations are solidified into the Emory Votes Initiative, that focused on helping the Emory community increase its civic engagement. By encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
This system is intended to improve voter education and awareness by providing timely, local registration and voting information based upon the voter’s registration address. You can register here.
Weekly Gatherings
See below for weekly religious and philosophical gatherings that take place in Cannon Chapel. All are welcome. With questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. On our website, we also feature the gatherings of Emory's many religious and philosophical student organizations. More information is available here.
Worship and Spiritual Practice
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.
Vasant Panchami (Sri Pancmi)
Wednesday, January 29
Tradition: Hunduism
A festivals to honor the advent of spring, this day is celebrated particularly in North India, where it is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning; however, it also retains connection with the goddess Lakshmi.
Thursday, January 30
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
A mid-winter festivals that honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold.
Emory OSRL Enews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life covering Atlanta-campus programs. 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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