Weekly News and Programs 4.22.20
International Virtual Coffee Hour
International Virtual Coffee Hour
International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life invite you to International Virtual Coffee Hour. Starting April 24, join over zoom to chat with international students and scholars every Friday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.
The purpose of this event is to connect our global community wherever we may be in the world. Please note that some may be observing the Ramadan fast.
To learn more, please click here.
Ramadan: April 23-May 23, 2020 
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which observing Muslims fast from all food and drink from dawn to sunset for a lunar month. Fasting is regarded as an essential spiritual practice for body, mind, and soul that is highly valued across Muslim communities. The observance of fasting during the month of Ramadan is noted in the Qur'an and has come to represent the values of reflection, unity, celebration, and personal as well as communal growth. This year, the sacred month of Ramadan is expected to be observed from sundown April 23-May 23, 2020 (These days could potentially shift one day based on the sighting of the moon).
For more information regarding academic accommodations, suhoor and iftar boxes for students on campus, and other Ramadan resources, please click here
Cox Hall tower
Muslim Call to Prayer from Cox Hall
During the month of Ramadan, the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) will be played from the Cox Hall carillon on Fridays after the 1:45 p.m. chimes. It has been a tradition for several decades at Emory during the Muslim sacred month of Ramadan to play the call to prayer on Fridays, which is the Muslim day for communal midday prayer (Jumu'ah). The call to prayer is a general statement of Islamic belief and a summons to communal prayer. Traditionally, it is recited from mosque minarets five times per day to call Muslims to obligatory prayers. Although Cannon Chapel remains closed for communal gatherings due to COVID-19, we are continuing this longstanding tradition in honor of all those gathering for midday prayers at home. Emory University wishes all those celebrating a meaningful and sacred Ramadan.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) 2020
Yom HaShoah memorializes the six million Jews and other persecuted communities who died as victims of the Nazis during World War II and emphasizes respect for human dignity. On Monday, April 20, 2020, Emory Hillel welcomed Ala Gamulka to share her Holocaust story. To view the video recording, please click here
Online Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Please join us for our final worship of the academic year where we’ll honor our graduating students. We’ll gather this Sunday at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
We will welcome back Terence Harper on the trumpet and graduating student, Dom Refuerzo, for special music. Anna Swygert, graduating student from Candler School of Theology and OSRL Resident, will offer the reflection this week.
If you're a graduating student, don't forget to complete this form so that we can honor you at our service on April 26. 
We hope to see you on Sunday.
Beloved Community Preacher on Sunday, April 26: Anna Swygert
Anna is a third-year MDiv student from Lakeland, FL who loves college football and cooking. "I chose OSRL for my residency so I could be immersed in a multi-faith environment and help students cultivate a sense of identity and celebrate diversity. I am looking forward to working with Emory students as they try to balance their spiritual and personal beliefs amidst the demands of higher education, and I am thankful for the opportunity to engage with such an incredible community."
Join the Emory Beloved Community (Protestant Sunday Worship) Planning Team
During the academic year, Beloved Community Worship takes place on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Cannon Chapel, followed by a fellowship lunch in Brooks Commons. As we look forward to next academic year, we are seeking to gather a student planning team who will help to shape the content of our weekly services.
Opportunities for leadership and participation include hospitality, liturgy/prayers, preaching/teaching, music and arts, technology, and outreach. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to be involved. There will be opportunities to learn more about worship arts.
With questions or to express interest, please contact OSRL Assistant Chaplain Kevin Crawford at Kevin.crawford@emory.edu.
Easter Sunday Service
Beloved Community had a beautiful service on Easter Sunday. We were honored to have our sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology. If you missed it, you can watch the service in its entirety below. The sermon begins at the 13:40 mark. View the service here
Emory Buddhist Club Virtual Meditation
Emory Buddhist Club Virtual Meditation
Thursdays through term, 6:00 p.m. EDT, via Zoom
All are welcome to try out mindfulness and meditation practice with Emory Buddhist Club (EBC) on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. No experience is needed. Come relax and focus, and explore the workings of our minds. 
Emory Buddhist Club is a student-led initiative, and everyone is invited to participate. To join via zoom, please go to https://emory.zoom.us/j/515025945. For more information, please contact emorybuddhistclub@gmail.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/emorybuddhistclub/
This year’s recipients of the Robert B. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards are (clockwise from left) Rebecca Philipsborn, Sara McKlin, Elena Jordanov, Bree Ettinger, Claire Dakhlia and Tjuan Dogan.
Spotlight: OSRL's Sara McKlin Is Recipient of Robert B. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Award
Since 2007, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives has recognized sustainability champions of Emory University and Emory Healthcare by celebrating their inspiring and committed work with the Robert S. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards and Outstanding Sustainability Representative Award. These awards are given to students, faculty and staff who employ research, academics, engagement and leadership to foster sustainability in the Emory enterprise and broader community by motivating their colleagues and community partners to do the same. This year’s recipients of the Robert B. Hascall Sustainability Innovator Awards are (clockwise from left) Rebecca Philipsborn, Sara McKlin, Elena Jordanov, Bree Ettinger, Claire Dakhlia and Tjuan Dogan. To view the full article, please click here.
Opportunities for Serving and Supporting Others
At Emory and beyond, there are opportunities to serve and engage with our communities right now. To view a few resources and opportunities for community engagement during this time, please refer to our website here.
OSRL Online Resources During COVID-19
During this time of COVID19, University Spiritual and Religious Life is committed to continuing to adapt and advance our mission of supporting spiritual and ethical life and building meaningful community and connection at Emory and beyond. 
We’ve created a webpage for OSRL Online Resources during COVID-19. 
View OSRL Online Resources During COVID-19 Here
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
Virtual Drop-In Hours with a Chaplain
Virtual Drop-In Hours with a Chaplain
Starting April 6, Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT, via Zoom
Living in an unprecedented time means not only bearing a gravity of what is going on all around us, but also carrying the weight of how our lives are deeply and immediately affected. This is not something that should be shouldered alone. So, if you are finding yourself lonely, seeking connection, or just wanting a place to put some frustration, celebrate life, or anything in between OSRL is hosting times to chat with a chaplain.
For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. Zoom link: https://emory.zoom.us/j/351576331.
Children's Books with the Chaplain
Wednesdays, Noon EDT, via Zoom
The Rev. Lyn Pace of the Oxford College of Emory University invites you to a weekly reading of children's books every Wednesday through the term. We will share books appropriate for all ages. Each session will be recorded and shared later so that you and yours can watch anytime.
Bring your lunch and join us on Zoom at zoom.us/j/329702137 on Wednesdays at noon. 
For questons, please contact The Rev. Dr Lyn Pace

Wilderness Wanderings: Faith and Ministry during COVID-19
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT, via Zoom
Join the Candler School of Theology for a 3-part webinar dialogue between Candler faculty and alumni on living out faith and practicing ministry in the time of COVID-19. This series will draw connections to the wilderness wanderings of ancient Isreal and explore the questions, challenges, and possibilities facing the church. We will be discussing the following topics:
  • April 22: Walking Through Grief
  • April 29: Facing the Fear of Scarcity"
  • May 6: Longing for the Way Things Used to Be
Register to attend here.
MEOR Maimonides for Families Series
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m. (EDT) and Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Maimonides for Families are biweekly classes lasting around four weeks. In this program, you and your families will get a taste of the classes students enjoy in Maimonides and on Meor Israel trips. Topics will include: the importance of Holocaust testimony and working as a doctor through coronavirus. To learn more about the series, and to sign up, please click here
LGBTQ in Israel
LGBTQ in Israel with Elior Amar
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 p.m. (EDT), via Zoom
Join Elior, Israel Fellow at Santa Cruz Hillel, as he discusses LGBTQ life in Israel, its developments, accomplishments, and present-day obstacles, through the lens of his own story, his music, and his reflections. This event will be held on Zoom. For more information, please click here
Guided Meditation and Q&A Session
Saturday, April 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m., via Zoom
By popular request: Emory Buddhist Club is announcing our first trial of an open guided meditation followed by ask me anything on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. Question and answer and community discussion. This trial session will be our first attempt - if it proves successful, we plan on repeating it on a regular basis.
Live from Kim Cang Monastery, Lithonia GA
with Venerable Dong Hue, Buddhist nun who has trained in several Vietnamese Buddhist traditions as well in Vipassana meditation and at the Insight Meditation Society.
All welcome, from beginners to advanced meditators. See the Facebook event here and join us on Zoom at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8607660417.
For a list of more online local meditation groups, go to http://georgiameditation.org/online.html.
Join Virtual Buddhist Meditation Here
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center - Remote Fellowship Opportunities
While we may have been physically scattered across the country due to the coronavirus, it doesn't prevent us from being able to pray and grow in faith together.
  • Weekly Mass - Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Game Night - Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Hot Takes Happy Hour - Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Bible Study - Fridays at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
For more information, please click here
Emory Hillel Open House
Sunday, April 26, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Emory Hillel and BBYO are hosting an Emory Hillel Open House for anyone to talk to current students about their college experience and Jewish life at Emory. Registration is required at this link. We hope to see you there.

UKirk Atlanta Zoom Lunch
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT, via Zoom
The mission of UKirk Atlanta is to energize, coordinate, and develop relationship-based ministries on Atlanta area college campuses and to build connections between college students and PC(USA) congregations. In light of COVID-19, we invite you to have lunch with us every Tuesday. Pop by and chat with friends. Join us at https://zoom.us/j/264871422. We hope to see you there.
Emory Adventist Christian Fellowship (Emory ACF) 
Emory ACF is glad to help support the Emory community with the following activities:
  • Prayer Line
    Would you like for someone to pray with or for you or someone else? Then please call our prayer line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 770-695-7773.
  • Weekly Virtual Bible Study
    Emory ACF Zoom Bible study 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT, Friday evenings through the end of the term

    Everyone is welcome to join in for weekly fellowship, encouragement from the Word, and prayer. Join at: https://emory.zoom.us/j/688621103
    Meeting ID: 688 621 103
    One tap mobile
    +14703812552,,688621103# US (Atlanta)
    +14702509358,,688621103# US (Atlanta)

    Please feel free to reach out with other needs or questions to Diana Marsh, Emory ACF President or Margo Bagley, Emory ACF Faculty Advisor. 
"This Quarantined Life Podcast" 
Sponsored by Bread Coffeehouse
In the midst of everything that is changing and uncertain right now, we want you to know that your Bread family is still here for you. Each week, two of our staff members will get together to do what we love to do: share stories.

Stories of what’s going on in our lives right now, stories from the Bible, and stories from our pasts. We believe this is especially important when we’re separated, because we believe that stories bring us together.
New episodes will be available each Monday, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Find the podcast here.
Monthly Meditation Monday – Oxford College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life 
Loving Kindness Meditation with Dr. Patti Owen-Smith
Loving Kindness Meditation with Dr. Patti Owens-Smith, Professor of Psychology
This video is part of the Monthly Meditation Monday series sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oxford College of Emory University. Today's meditation is led by Dr. Patti Owen-Smith, Professor of Psychology at Oxford College. This loving kindness meditation is about 7-8 minutes in length. We recorded it for you to use anytime and as often as you wish. We hope it brings strength and beauty to you, especially during the time of a pandemic. To learn more, please contact The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace
Partner Programs
Emory Health Resources
Emory University is providing the community with recorded resources to support your holistic health. You can find them on the COVID-19 support website here and a Youtube playlist dedicated to spiritual health here. The practice (or reflection) offered is informed by Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) and its insights. Emory Spiritual Health and Emory University's CBCT program are in collaboration around the development and offering of Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health (CCSH). For more information about CBCT and CCSH, please visit compassion.emory.edu.
Arts at Emory Digital Newsletter
We at Arts at Emory sure miss bringing the arts to you, so we've put together a few stories, events, and projects you can enjoy from the safety of your home. Please take care of yourself, and enjoy the very first Arts at Emory Digital Newsletter. To view the newletter and/or submit a story or resource, please click here.
Compassion Practice and Fellowship Sessions
Daily, 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST
In an effort to facilitate connection and foster resilience during this time, the CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) program is offering a daily compassion practice and fellowship. Developed by Prof. Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, at Emory’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, CBCT® is a system of contemplative exercises designed to strengthen and sustain compassion.  This online community meditation is offered twice a day (9:00am and 7:00pm EST) and includes 45 minutes of guided meditation and discussion led by a certified CBCT® instructor. This is free and open to everyone. For details on how to join, please see CBCT’s COVID-19 Response.
Not Your Mama's Feminist Conference
Not Your Mama's Feminist Conference
Saturday, April 25, 12:00-2:00 p.m., via Zoom
Everyone knows that the best conversations at the conference happen in the hallways. Not Your Mama's Feminist Conference! is dedicated to cultivating these conversations, and this year we're
going digital.
Join The Center for Women at Emory's Praxis Leadership Board for an afternoon of feminist discussions selected by you. You build it. You lead it. We host it.
To register and vote for discussion topics, go to tinyurl.com/uncon2020.
Virtual Earth Month
Virtual Earth Month
April 2020
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a day when the world takes a moment to reflect on our environmental impact and the action needed to protect human and planetary health. This year, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) will highlight some Earth Festival groups through virtual Earth Month posts. In addition to sharing about partner organizations, we will share actions for #AtHomeActivism, virtual events you can join, articles we are reading, local resilience resources, and some exciting announcements from OSI along the way.
Creating a sustainable future takes a combination of societal and institution-wide commitments to sustainable practice and everyday actions of individuals. This Earth Month, we hope you will join us. Like the OSI page on Facebook, follow @emorysustainability on Instagram and follow @EmoryGreen on Twitter to find ways to make a change this Earth Month.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 2020
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Though programs look different this year, our commitment to ending violence remains strong.
Follow us for more ways to engage: #emorysaam2020 #saam2020 #30daysofsaam #believesurvivors #supportsurvivors #survivorresiliency2020 #sexualassaultawarenessmonth #officeofrespect #emoryuniversity #tagyourteal #showusyourteal
APIDA Heritage Month
APIDA Heritage Month
April 2020
The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is an initiative to begin conversation and celebration of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) cultures, histories and identities. Here at the Office for RACE we will observe APIDA Heritage Month in April before courses are completed for the Spring 2020 semester.
We are spread around the globe right now, but technology connects us. The team will be working to deliver frequent content via social media posts, staff and faculty highlights, and student leader spotlights. If you want to see something specific or have an idea for a virtual program please contact the Office for RACE (race@emory.edu).
Additional Programs and Resources
Yoga, Henna, and Sweatshops: Cultural Appropriation of South Asian Culture
Thursday, April 23, 12:30 p.m. CST
#Naan Bread? #Chai tea? #Turmeric latte? #Henna tattoo? Mindful #Yoga? What's #cultural #appropriation and what isn't!?
In celebration of #APIDA #Heritage Month, join Book a Muslim this Thursday for a special webinar with Dr. Amer F. Ahmed.
Registration is required so jump into this link and reserve your spot.
"Yoga, Henna, and Sweatshops: Cultural Appropriation & Commodification of South Asian Culture" is a presentation and discussion you don't want to miss.
TEDx Tuesdays
Tuesdays in April, 3:00 p.m. CST, via Zoom 
Book a Muslim (BAM) is hosting a watch party and discussion every Tuesday in April. Join us to watch the TEDx Talk and then join the speaker for a LIVE discussion online. These events are free and open to all, but you must register by clicking here.
Our last TEDx Talk is happening on Tuesday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. CST. Mariah Idrissi with be discussing the topic, "Changing the Face of Fashion."
A link to the TEDx Talk and Live Zoom call will be sent to the email address you list at least 24 hours before the event. To host a similar discussion for your campus or other specific group, contact us contact@bookamuslim.com or visit our website at www.bookamuslim.com.
Quran Quest in the 21st Century
Nightly, April 23-May 22, 8:30 p.m. PST
Keep your Ramadan spirits up by joining Chaplain Adeel every night for the "Quran Quest" series.Throughout the month, we will cover every surah (passage) of the Quran with practical applications for the Muslim community in the 21st century. Each session will be approximately 10 minutes. Streaming will be live, giving you the opportunity to interact with the post and will be available in case you miss the live session.
Tune in on one of the following platforms:
Zoom ID: 547-022-9063
For more information, please see the Facebook event here.
Webinar: Interfaith Leadership Online
Thursday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Eastern via Zoom
Wondering what it looks like to be an interfaith leader online?  Now more than ever, the Internet is a contested civic space where interfaith leadership requires accessing a particular tool box of skills including social media, virtual communities and digital communications.  
Join IFYC's Paul Raushenbush with guests Simran Jeet Singh, Amanda Quraishi and Rabbi Joshua Stanton in this important conversation as we come to understand the unique demands, risks and opportunities of engaging interfaith leadership in the digital space. Please click here to register.
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.
April 19-May 1
Tradition: Baha'i
Commemorates the 12 days that Baha'u'llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan in the last days of his exile in Baghdad, during which time he proclaimed himself as the one announced by Bab. Work is suspended for the first, ninth, and twelfth days.
April 23-May 23
Tradition: Islam
The Holy Month of Ramadan is the month of fasting during which Muslims who are physically able do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. The evening meal is celebrated with family.
Thursday, April 30
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
The final fertility festival, celebrating the Earth's fecundity and anticipating the power of the sun and the Earth in summer.
Ghambar Maidyozarem
April 30-May 4
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of the sky and harvesting of the winter crop.
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