Weekly News and Programs 11.6.19
Buddhist Club
Guided Zen Meditation and Reflection:
 Led by Venerable Chang-Zhai
Thursday, November 7, 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. Great for newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators alike. 
This week, we welcome Venerable Chang-Zhai, a Buddhist nun who entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in Taiwan in 2008, studying the Chan Practice program. In 2010, she received full ordination, and two years later, she returned to the U.S. Since then, she has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York.
Join the Facebook Event Here

Off the Record with Dr. Alexis Dunn: Faith and Nursing Vocation in At-Risk, Minoritized Communities for Healthy Pregnancies
Thursday, November 7, 12-1 p.m., Room 107, School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Road (few spots left)
Join us for lunch and conversation with Dr. Alexis Dunn as we explore the connection between faith and vocation. Dr. Dunn is a certified nurse midwife whose commitments are to the wellbeing of women and families of Georgia. She researches bio-behavioral models of prevention and management of adverse pregnancy outcomes among low income and minority populations. For more information, please contact Assistant Chaplain theRev. Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu. RSVP for lunch here
Off the Record with Dr. George Yancy: Faith and Vocation in Critical Race Philosophy 
Thursday, November 7, 6-7 p.m., SAAC 312, Clairmont Campus (This event is at capacity)
Join us for dinner with Professor George Yancy for a conversation about “where one’s passions meet a need in the world.” Dr. Yancy is well known for his work in the philosophy department and for his incredible thoughtfulness picked up in a recent New York Times article titled, “Dear God, Are You There?” on racism in America. It will be a unique opportunity to hear from him in the context of philosophy, theology, and commitments to justice in the world in which we currently live. For more information, please contact Assistant Chaplain the Rev. Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu. Join the Facebook event here, and RSVP on Orgsync here.
OSRL Student Staff Spotlight
Dom Refuerzo
Class Year: Fourth Year Undergraduate
Major/Minor: Music Composition BA, Mathematics BA
Interests/Extracurricular Activities: chaiTunes a cappella, Emory Conversation Project, Music honors recital
What do you like best about working at the OSRL? The people in the office are wholesome and welcoming! I feel very appreciated and supported here. My coworkers always ask about my performances because they know that I am involved in music and musical theatre. They also give me guidance when I am in troubling times. The OSRL is one of my favorite communities 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.

The OSRL is hiring for the Spring 2020 semester. To inquire about open positions, please email religiouslife@emory.edu.
Looking Back at HSA Diwali 2019
The Emory Hindu Students Association hosted a Diwali Mela this past Sunday, November 3, 2019.  You can see more photos from HSA Diwali 2019 here.
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
Quaero ("I Seek") Theology Discussion Group
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
Sponsored by the University Catholic Center, Emory Quaero invites you for the third of four 60-75 minute discussion sessions about specific topics related to faith. This week's topic is "Faith and Reason in the Modern World." Some optional readings are available before the discussions each week. They can be accessed here
Fallanthropy MSA
Last FALLanthropy Week Event: City Hope Clarkston Block Party (Off Campus Volunteering)
Friday, November 8, 4:15-7:30 p.m., pick up at AMUC circle
Emory's Muslim Community is joining to celebrate and support philanthropic causes across the world as well as volunteering with local partners to make tangible impact on our own communities. For the last event of FALLanthropy week, we are partnering with the City Hope Community to host a block party for the Clarkston community. The City Hope Community seeks to facilitate the security and stability of our refugee community through community mobilization. The block party will be hosted within one of the apartment complexes and will include carnival games, food, and activities that foster the strength of Clarkston’s community. Register for the event here, and join the Facebook event here to get updates. Sponsored by the Emory Muslim Students Association. 
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, November 8, 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.
Shabbat Services and Dinner
Friday, November 8, 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. Join the Facebook event here.
Beloved Community: Christian Worship at Emory
Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Beloved Community gathers each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Cannon Chapel 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.
Preaching Sunday, November 10: The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, Chaplain of Oxford College of Emory University
Hillel Goes Bowling
Monday, November 11, 8-10 p.m., Midtown Bowl
Come bowling with Emory Hillel. Bowling and Uber Codes will be provided.
Please RSVP here if you plan on coming, and join the Facebook event here. We can't wait to see you there.
Scubi Jew
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Emory Hillel
Emory Hillel is hosting the club, Tikkun HaYam, which focuses on the relationship between Jews and the ocean and nature. We invite you to come to our first session, where we will learn about the Jewish approach to how Jews should respect nature. We will also learn about how we can be better stewards of the environment. Rabbi Russ Shulkes is excited to lead this educational session. Join the Facebook event here for updates.
Resilience and Hope Night
Wednesday, November 13, 6-9 p.m., Emory Hillel
The Good Vibe Tribe, Blue Dove Foundation, and Emory Dark Arts are collaborating to bring you a night of community, music, and contemplation. The event will include dinner, meditation, an open mic, and more. For more information, please contac Ava Shaevel at ava.shaevel@emory.edu. Register here to join the communal effervescence.
International Student Thanksgiving Dinner
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 & 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.
Partner Programs
Howard Thurman Lecture
Thursday, November 7, 4-6 p.m., Room 252, Candler School of Theology
Father Bryan Massingale, James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, will present the annual Howard Thurman Lecture on Thursday, November 7, sponsored this year by Candler’s Black Church Studies program, Catholic Studies program, and the Aquinas Center of Theology. The lecture, “The Catholic Church and the Struggle Against White Nationalism: Missing in Action?”, will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here and join the Facebook event here.
Healing the Healers: Spiritual Care and Communal Trauma, a Screeming and Panel Discussion
Friday, November 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., RARB 252, Candler School of Theology
Pitts Theology Library, Odyssey Impact, and the Dean's Office of Emory University are collaborating to bring you a special screening of Healing the Healers, a film that examines the question: What is the role of faith leaders in the wake of communal trauma? Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with special guests Emmanuel Lartey (Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care), Trace Haythorn (Exec. Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education), and Kirsten Kelly (Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker of Healing the Healers). For more information, please contact Katie Givens Kime at katie@odyssey-impact.org. Register for the event here.
Emory Cares International Day of Service
Saturday, November 9, various locations in greater Atlanta
The Emory Cares International Day of Service is a day where Emory community members near and far engage in service activities throughout greater Atlanta.  Please contact Volunteer Emory (VE) staff for more information. Learn more about VE here and direct questions to hrdowli@emory.edu.
Caring For Our Common Home: Sustainability Week
November 11-15, Candler School of Theology
Join the Emory Aquinas Center for a week of events on environmental awareness from a Catholic perspective. Inspired by Laudato Si, these events focus on the variety of ways we can care for our common home. For more information, please contact Theresa Williams at twill79@emory.edu. Register for the events here. Join the Facebook event and each day's schedule here.
Emory Veterans Day Ceremony
Monday, November 11, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Cannon Chapel
The Emory Veterans Association, in partnership with the Emory Employee Council, the Office of the President, and the Office of University Events, invites you to the 11th Annual Emory Veterans Day Ceremony. The event will be held at the Cannon Chapel. Light refreshments after the ceremony.
For more information, contact Andrew Shahan at ashahan@emory.edu.
Department of Religion: Faculty and Student Fall Social
Monday, November 11, 6-8 p.m., Room S111, Emory Student Center
Join Emory's religion department for a free dinner with faculty members. There will also be a prize giveaway for the participants. Meet outside the DCT at 6 p.m. to get swiped in. For more information, contact Candice George at candice.george@emory.edu. Join the Facebook event here
Trans Day of Remembrance: Art Show
Trans Day of Remembrance: Art Show Submissions
Deadline: Thursday, November 14
As part of the Office of LGBT Life's week of programming for Trans Awareness Week (Nov. 18-22), we will be hosting an Art Show and are now accepting submissions for art and performances of all kinds. The deadline is November 14. For questions and to submit your work, please email Emir Brown at emir.brown@emory.edu.
Religious Perspectives on Organ Donation
Thursday, November 14, 6-7 p.m., Room 111, White Hall 
Donate Life at Emory is an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation/transplantation. One way we are hoping to raise awareness and facilitate meaningful conversation is by holding a panel addressing how different world religions view organ donation and transplantation.
The panel will consist of a wide range of voices from world religions who will be discussing the historical and modern implications of organ donation through their perspectives. We hope to create a meaningful discussion on the intersection of religion and bioethics that is not often explored. Learn more about the event here.
Narratives Dinner: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Thursday, November 14, 6-8 p.m., Room 210, Convocation Hall 
This event, organized independently by student leaders, seeks to bring together the Emory community to engage in dialogue on personal experiences with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. All students at Emory University are welcome and encouraged to attend. At the event, students will be given the opportunity to share their personal experiences with the conflict on campus, at home, or elsewhere via story circles. Falafel King sandwiches will be served for dinner. Contact mariam.hassoun@emory.edu or david.reubon.gidon.kulp@emory.edu for more information. RSVP here.
QTPOC Unconference
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Alumni Memorial University Center
Join the Office of LGBT Life for the first QTPOC Unconference. This will be an experience "using the wisdom in the room" to encourage dialogue, build community, and deconstruct dominant systems. This experience is open to all students who identify as as queer and trans people of color (Multiracial, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latinx, Indigenous/Native American/First Nations). 
Topics include:
  • Cancel culture 
  • Identity politics 
  • Healthy communication 
  • Code switching 
  • Representation vs. tokenization,
  • Faith practices
Direct questions to megan.pendleton@emory.edu. RSVP here.
Harvey Milk through a Jewish Lens
Monday, November 18, 7:30-9 p.m., Oxford Presentation Room (1390 Oxford Road)
Emory's annual Rothschild Lecture will explore "Harvey Milk through a Jewish Lens," with guest scholar Lillian Faderman. Harvey Milk, gay martyr and American icon, spoke often of himself as a "New York Jew." His self-chosen appellation was intended to be confrontational, but Dr. Faderman will trace the ways in which it also told the story of his upbringing, values, and deeply emotional identification.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for a reception following the lecture. Copies of Dr. Faderman’s book, Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, will be available for purchase. Learn more about the event here.
Opportunities and Resources
Atlanta Awakening 11 Retreat
Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19, Life Teen Camp Hidden Lake
Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Awakening Retreat is an overnight weekend retreat that provides you the opportunity to discover and rediscover God in your lives through community and shared experiences. The retreat consists of witness talks, small group discussion, praise and worship, reconciliation, Mass, adoration, and so much more. It is designed to help you recognize the importance of the communal life of the Church and take part in it more fully.
First time attending? Sign up here. Attended before? Sign up to staff here.
Avodah Jewish Service Corps
Priority application deadline: Thursday, January 23
At Avodah, we develop and support Jewish social justice leaders: community members who have the systemic framework, practical skills, Jewish insights, and communal networks to do justice work deeply, thoughtfully, and sustainably. Through experiential programs and powerful communal living, our Corps Members leave the service year prepared for a lifetime of engagement in movements for social and economic justice. They also join our 1,200+ alumni network, accessing activism, professional development, and Jewish opportunities across the country. If you're between the ages of 21-26 and are passionate about justice work, committed to deep learning, and excited to live in Jewish community, we're looking for you. For more information, visit our website. Apply here by our priority deadline for the best chance of matching.   
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. In future weeks, we will be featuring the gatherings of Emory's 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.
Mawlid an-Nabi
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Tradition: Islam
The birthday of the Prophet Muhammed. Begins at sundown.
Guru Nanak's Birthday
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Tradition: Sikhism
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