Weekly News and Programs 11.21.19
Service of Thanksgiving: Voices of Hope Choir
Tuesday, November 26, 11:05 a.m., Cannon Chapel 
The Candler community invites you to a Service of Thanksgiving featuring music by the Voices of Hope Choir from Lee Arrendale State Prison, directed by Arrendale chaplain and Candler alumna The Rev. Susan Bishop. This is always a very special service, and we hope to see you there. Join the Facebook event here. Sponsored by the Candler School of Theology.
Hanging of the Greens
Tuesday, December 3, 11:05 a.m., Cannon Chapel 
Join the Candler community for a service of readings, Advent carols, and prayers for the waiting world during the Hanging of the Greens. Held at the start of Advent, Hanging of the Greens is a traditional ceremony of decorating Cannon Chapel for the Advent and Christmas season. Join the Facebook event here. Sponsored by the Candler School of Theology.
Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, members of the Emory community gathered for the Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony in Glenn Memorial Church School's Little Chapel--a day to remember those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. 
Several individuals offered remarks at the ceremony, including University Chaplain Greg McGonigle and Megan Pendleton, Assistant Director in the Office of LGBT Life. Pendleton shared: 
"Today we have gathered to celebrate life, to bask in the power of our community, to hold the light up to ourselves and ask how else can we stand in for our siblings. We’ve come together to take stock of where we are and to create the future we all deserve. 
While we celebrate successes and acknowledge the obstacles that are already here and are surely yet to come, I implore you to challenge us, to push us, and to encourage us in building a stronger community for and with our trans students, staff, faculty, and alumni. We all have work to do, and I am grateful for the Emory community with whom I work alongside."
Read the full remarks here.
OSRL Team Retreat
Fall 2019 Cannon Chapel and OSRL Leadership Retreat
The Cannon Chapel and Office of Spiritual and Religious Life leadership gathered together this month for a retreat to review and reflect on our mission, vision, values, and goals as we foster multifaith spiritual life at Emory.
As Dean McGonigle and our team develop a new strategic plan for multifaith spiritual life at Emory, we look forward to continuing conversations with the Emory community to identify shared goals for the new year and beyond. Meet our leadership here
Pictured above (from left to right): Lakishia Hines, Executive Administrative Assistant; Sandra Francis, Journeys Program Assistant Program Coordinator; Sara McKlin, Cannon Chapel Site Operations Coordinator; Zachary Cole, Chief of Staff, The Rev. Gregory McGonigle, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life; The Rev. Kevin Crawford, Assistant Chaplain; Dr. Wanda Hayes, Senior Director, Emory Human Resources Learning and Organizational Development; Dr. Isam Vaid, Muslim Religious Life Advisor; Maury Allums, Diretor of Music and Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir; The Rev. Lisa Garvin, Associate Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life.
OSRL Student Staff Spotlight
Richmond Hodo
Class Year: Third Year Undergraduate
Major/Minor: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Interests/Extracurricular Activities: Playing chess, soccer, Project Shine, and volunteering
What do you like best about working at the OSRL? OSRL is a big family that allows me and many other students to grow their spiritual identities. I like the fact that I’m able to contribute and my ideas matter in shaping the religious community at Emory. The staff members are awesome and very supportive not only with my spiritual journey but also my academic life. I love it here and hope to continue working here during my time at Emory!
About the OSRL Student Staff Program
The Student Staff Program provides the opportunity to learn about the multifaith work of the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and to assist our chaplains and staff in fulfilling essential functions that support our programs and services. Responsibilities include hospitality and communications, data and record management, web and publications work, and special event staffing and support. To learn more about the program, and meet more of the student staff, please click here.

OSRL is hiring for the Spring 2020 semester. To inquire about open positions, please email religiouslife@emory.edu.
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
Guided Meditation and Talk: Bhante Deepankara
Thursday, November 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Emory Buddhist Club invites you to guided meditation every Thursday at 6 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. Each week we host a different teacher who will lead us in meditation and a talk, followed by a Q&A and a tea and snack social.
This week, Emory Buddhist Club welcomes Bhante Deepankara from the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, a Theravada Buddhist temple and meditation center. He will be leading a meditation and reflection. Anyone is welcome to join. Snacks and tea social follows in the basement room 106.
The EBC 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.
International Student Thanksgiving Dinner
International Student Thanksgiving Dinner (Event at Capacity)
Thursday, November 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel
Come enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Office of Undergraduate Education, and International Student and Scholar Services. This will be an opportunity to meet other international students at Emory, enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and relax. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited, so sign up early. Please let us know you are coming. RSVP here and join the Facebook event here.
Emory Hindu Students Association Meditation GBM
Friday, November 22, 5 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Emory HSA will be having a Meditation GBM this Friday. Join HSA to learn about compassion meditation. The GBM will be followed as always by aarti and samosas. Join the Facebook event here.
Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner
Friday, November 22, 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.
Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir
Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Annual Fall Concert: Voices That Heal
Saturday, November 23, 4-6 p.m., Cannon Chapel
The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir is excited to share an interactive, passion-filled musical experience for spiritual and physical healing and rejuvenation. At the end of the concert, we will continue in the spirit of community and fellowship by sharing a dinner with all of our attendees.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and InterVarsity at Emory.
For more information, please contact Director of Music and Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Maury Allums at mallums@emory.edu.
All are welcome. No tickets required.
Beloved Community: Christian Worship at Emory
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Beloved Community gathers on Sunday mornings in Cannon Chapel during the academic year. It is ecumenical and planned especially for the campus, providing a variety of worship experiences. Preachers include Emory chaplains, Emory faculty, and distinguished guests from the U.S. and abroad.

Dean Greg McGonigle
Preaching Sunday, November 24, 2019: The Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, will be our preacher. The Voices of Inner Strength Choir, led by our music director, Mr. Maury Allums, will offer their gifts of music. And, we’ll continue to receive an offering for AID Atlanta, an agency that has provided HIV/AIDS-related services, care, and education since 1982.      

Partner Programs

CultureSHOCK 2019
Friday, November 22, 6:30-10 p.m., White Hall 208
Join College Council for our annual CultureSHOCK! This year's theme is “Creativity, Culture, and Community,” with a specific emphasis on the various intersections Emory students express in their cultural and personal art forms.
We will have spoken word, song, and dance performances from both student organizations and talented individuals. Members of the Emory community are encouraged to take in the beauty of the student art exhibit and enjoy the variety of global cuisine and exhilarating activities. Please experience CultureSHOCK with us. Join the Facebook event here.
Opportunities and Resources
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship 2020 Leadership Opportunities
Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship is a grad student community experiencing God’s grace through Jesus and inviting people from all programs and cultures at Emory to join us in following Him. To pursue this vision effectively, we need students contributing their gifts and passions. We are looking for people in GCF that would like to serve on a student leadership team for 2020. This team would work together to discern God's leading for GCF and guide our community and events accordingly.
Here are some ways you could lead: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Small Group Leader, Event Coordinator, and Connections Coordinator. A full description of each position is available here.
Are you interested in contributing in one of these ways in the coming year? Do you have another idea you'd like to work on? If so, look for the application after Thanksgiving and return it to Glenn by December 15. If you have any questions as you go, please contact Glenn Goldsmith at ggoldsm@emory.edu.
Catholic Student Union 2020 Leadership Application
Deadline: Sunday, December 8 by 5 p.m.
The Catholic Student Union (CSU) is open to all students on campus regardless of race, color, or creed. It exists to promote the Christian community in all aspects at Emory and to provide service to the surrounding community. If you are a student interested in supporting the work of the Catholic community at Emory during the 2020 calendar year, apply for an Executive Board or Committee Head position. To be considered a candidate, students must complete this application no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Learn more about the University Catholic Center at Emory here. We can't wait to see your application.
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.
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
Sunday, November 24
Tradition: Sikhism
This day commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered not only for his defense of the Sikh faith, but also of Hinduism and of religious liberty.
Day of the Covenant
Monday, November 25
Tradition: Baha'i
Celebrates the anniversary of the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the son of Baha'u'llah, as the Center of the Covenant. Work is not suspended on this day.
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha
Wednesday, 11.27.2019
Tradition: Baha'i
Commemorates 'Abdu'l-Baha's death.
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