Weekly News and Programs 2.6.20
Off the Record: Dr. Tracy McGill
Off the Record with Dr. Tracy McGill
Thursday, February 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m., SAAC 312
Join us for dinner and conversation with Dr. Tracy McGill as we explore the connection between faith and vocation. Dr. Tracy McGill is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Chemistry and has been at Emory since 2003. During that time, she has received several major teaching awards, including The Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching and The Crystal Apple. She is a leader in curricular and pedagogical reform in STEM education. She practices Christianity as a Roman Catholic and is curious and eager to learn about other faith traditions and spiritualities. Over the years she has tried to discern God’s plan for her professional and personal life through prayer and community. Though her career is a gift, her greatest vocation is to family as a wife and mother.
For more information, please contact Assistant Chaplain The Rev. Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu. Join the Facebook event here.
Sponsored by Emory Residence Life and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Emory Votes Dinner Dialogue: Spirituality, Religion, and Civic Engagement
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Rita Anne Rollins Building Room 102, Dinner provided (RSVP required)
All are welcome to join in a multi-religious dinner dialogue for this election season. Some questions to discuss might be: What does it mean to vote? Why does voting matter? How can international students engage civically in the U.S.? And is it okay to vote for who you believe in, or are you supposed to vote with one party or another? Join us for a roundtable community conversation on what motivates us to engage civically.
Join the Facebook event here and be sure to RSVP at the link below
For questions, please email Assistant Chaplain The Reverend Kevin Crawford at Kevin.Crawford@emory.edu. Sponsored by the Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue, the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 
RSVP for Emory Votes Dinner Dialogue Here
Emory MSA
Islamic Awareness Month
February 2020
Emory Muslim Students Association invites you to celebrate Islamic Awareness Month with us at our events throughout February. We will be focusing on unity with in our Emory Muslim community, our campus community, the greater Atlanta community, and the interreligious community on campus. It is our hope that you come, enjoy, and learn more at our events. Thank you. 
Upcoming events:
Interfaith Coalition Series: Spring Into Faith
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Math and Science Center Lobby
InterMSA Stone Mountain Hike
Saturday, February 22, Time TBD
MSA Karaoke and Game Night
Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Raoul Lobby
For more information, please go to the Emory MSA Facebook page here or contact MSA President Hayat Geresu at hayat.geresu@emory.edu
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
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. This week we welcome long time EBC member and yoga-teacher, Claire, who will give instructions on proper seated posture during meditation. After this, Marianne and Sara (who work on EBC exec) will lead Lamrim meditation, which is Tibetan for "the stages of the path to enlightenment." This involves prayer recitations, breath meditation, analysis of a topic, and a dedication of merit.
Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Snacks and tea social follows in the basement room 106. We welcome anyone, regardless of meditation experience or point of view. For more information, please click here.
International Student Coffee Hour Lunch
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.
BBQ Shabbat
Emory Hillel BBQ Shabbat
riday, February 7, 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. Come relax and join us for some delicious food fresh off the barbie. Join us for services, dinner, or both. Can't wait to see you there. For more information, please click here.
February First Friday Dinner
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel, Brooks Commons
The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship invites you to our monthly gathering for good food, great fellowship, and brief message to encourage you in your faith or help you explore how to start a relationship with God.
Shabbat at Chabad - Mediterranean Edition 
Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Chabad at Emory
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., Chabad at Emory
The vote is in: there is truly nothing like Shabbat at Chabad. A perfect blend of gourmet food, spirited singing, schmoozing, and inspired ideas. This week, we are providing an exclusive dinner with Tal Baum, owner of four acclaimed Atlanta restaurants: Aziza, Falafel Nation, Bellina, and Rina. Taste exquisite middle eastern cuisine prepared by Tal and hear about her journey. Also featuring extraordinary Israeli grillmaster Shay Lavi. This event is limited to first 120 RSVPs; you won't want to miss it. Get your tickets here, and follow the Facebook event here.
  • Services - 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner - 7:00 p.m.
  • Shabbat Morning Service - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Lunch - 1:00 p.m.
Pot a Plant for TuB'Shvat
Sunday, February 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m., ESC N210
Pot a Plant for TuB'Shvat. Join Emory Hillel in celebrating by potting a plant and enjoying delicious smoothies and food. Stay updated by joining the Facebook event here. We can't wait to see you. 
Holy Club Lunch Meeting (United Methodist Chaplaincy)
Tuesdays, Noon, Dobbs Common Table
If you are searching for meaningful connections with people to check in, breathe easy, and explore how it is with your soul join us for lunch on Tuesdays at noon in the Dobbs Common Table. Throwing back to Methodism’s founder John Wesley’s days at Oxford, the first Methodist student org, “The Holy Club”, began in 1729. Join us at lunch for warm food, warm hearts, good friendship, and a chance to explore life’s many directions and the longings of our souls as we journey life together. We will meet at the entrance to the DCT. To express interest, and receive more information, please contact Assistant Chaplain The Reverend Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu.
Interfaith Coalition Dinner Series
Interfaith Coalition Dinner Series
February 2020
The Interfaith Coalition Dinner Series (ICDS) is a series of four dinners, each organized and planned by a different faith community on Emory's campus. Students who attend two or more dinners will qualify to receive a participation gift.
RSVP to the dinner(s) of your choice using this form.
  • Spring into Faith - Sponsored by Muslim Students Association
    Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m., Math and Science Center Lobby

  • Compassion at Emory - Sponsored by Good Vibe Tribe
    Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106

  • Head Coverings: Different Traditions or One Notion? - Sponsored by Bayit and Hillel
    Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., Emory Hillel 

  • Contemporary Moral Issues and Christianity - Sponsored by Bread Coffeehouse
    Monday, March 2, 6:00 p.m., Bread Coffeehouse
RSVP for the events here.
Join the Facebook event here
Sponsored by Mariam Hassoun, Zoe Robbin, and partner communities listed above. 
Partner Programs
Belonging & Community Justice Pop Ups
Belonging and Community Justice Pop Ups: Responding to Recent Community Events
February 3-17, 5:30-7:00 p.m., ESC N309
In light of recent community events, the BCJ is holding pop up sessions for anyone and everyone on campus who needs support. We invite you to come to any of the above events at the BCJ Suite in ESC N309. Food will be provided. For questions, please contact belonging@emory.edu
CAPS Counseling Groups
Dates and times below
Receiving support from others and having healthy, authentic relationships is a central aspect of good mental and emotional health. In fact, many of the issues that students struggle with have an underlying interpersonal component that can be addressed by learning new ways of relating to oneself and others. Group therapy provides a structured space for receiving support, better understanding yourself and others, providing and receiving feedback, and practicing new ways of relating in a safe environment. Ask about joining a counseling group at CAPS by calling to schedule an initial screening at (404) 727-7450.
Interpersonal Groups
  • All Gender Undergraduate: Mondays 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • All Gender Graduate (two sections): Mondays 5:15-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Black Graduate (two sections) Tuesdays 5:00-6:15 p.m., Fridays 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Men's group: Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Women's group: Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Support Groups
  • Students of Color: Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • International Students (Drop in): Thursdays 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Sexual & Gender Diversity: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Grief & Loss: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Survivors' Group: Fridays 2:45-4:15 p.m.
CAPS Spring Workshop Series
Candler School of Theology TheoEd Talks February 2020
Sunday, February 9, 4:00-6:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
TheoEd Talks
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 and André Shinabarger. TheoEd is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Register here
The Civil Rights Work of Black Capitalists
Monday, February 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Woodruff Library, Jones Room
Join us for another installment of the Race and Difference Colloquium Series next Monday. This week, we welcome Professor Brenna Greer as she discusses the topic, The Civil Rights Work of Black Capitalists, based on her book “Represented.”
After World War II, a small cadre of black mediamakers and marketers buil successful businesses around bridging the gap between black consumers and major advertisers. Central to their enterprise was producing marketplace visuals that defined African Americans as normal, enthusiastic, and valuable members of the postwar consumer class, an essential status in the early Cold War era. These black capitalists erected an infrastructure around the consumer category of “special markets” that changed the course of marketing. Through their media products, they also popularized conceptions of blackness that advanced African Americans' national belonging and citizenship claims, which facilitated concurrent civil rights agendas.
This event is free but please RSVP here.
Guising as God
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., Ackerman Hall
In a conversation titled "Guising as God," Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger of Emory’s Department of Religion and Harshita Mruthinti Kamath of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies discuss the practice of vesham, using clothing and ornamentation to guise and disguise, across a range of Indian contexts.
Drawing on their individual fieldwork, Drs. Flueckiger and Kamath will focus on the transformative potential of vesham, including the possibility of becoming god. The conversation will conclude with the consideration of the transformative possibilities of vesham in the exhibition Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurence of the Divine including the photography of Manjari Sharma and the ornamentation of the chromolithographs of Raja Ravi Varma.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It is held in conjunction with the exhibition Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine on view at the Carlos through May 17, 2020.
Race and the Criminal Injustice System: A Black History Month Multi-Day Event
Tuesday, February 18, 4:00 p.m., White Hall 208
Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 p.m., White Hall 208
Thursday, February 20, 4:00 p.m., Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252
The Department of African American Studies and the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement invite you to a two-day screening of Ken Burns' PBS documentary, College Behind Bars, followed by a panel discussion featuring two participants from the documentary on the third day.
College Behind Bars explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs. We will be viewing the episodes 1 and 2 on Tuesday and episodes 3 and 4 on Wednesday. Dinner will be provided on both days.
The panel on Thursday will feature Dyjuan Tatro, who was in the documentary and captain of the BPI debate team that beat Harvard; Dr. Jessica Neptune, the Director of National Engagement at BPI; Professor Alyasah Sewell of Sociology; and Professor Carl Suddler of History. It is moderated by Professor Carol Anderson, Chair and Professor of African American Studies.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets needed.
Off Campus Programs
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Sunday, February 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Helene Mills Senior Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312
Get your World Interfaith Harmony Day Passport and engage in one or more of the listed activities during the week of February 1-7, 2020 and then join us for faith, food, and FUN on February 9.
Activities include: Attending a worship service of a different faith, reading a book or watching a film about interfaith or different faiths, taking a person of a different faith out for tea, or preparing an ethnic dish to share with friends. You can become an interfaith ambassador by completing the most activities and win a prize. To download your passport, click here.
Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance
Monday, February 10, gala at 5:00 p.m. and film at 7:30 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is proud to present the World Premiere of Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance, which revisits the historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation. This inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership is told by numerous luminaries of the Civil Rights era and prominent Atlantans, including Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., singer Harry Belafonte, and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman of Atlanta’s historic synagogue, The Temple.
We invite you to join us for the Opening Night screening of Shared Legacies, featuring a post-film Q&A with many of the film’s participants.
Emory students can purchase discounted tickets beginning Monday, January 27 at http://www.ajff.org or by calling the box office at 678-701-6104 using the code LEGACIES50. We are also pleased to assist with any group sales, for those wishing to arrange a large block of tickets.
With the divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, Shared Legacies is essential and timely viewing for audiences of all faiths and backgrounds. Learn more about the film here, and join the Facebook event here. We very much hope to see you on Monday, February 10 at Cobb Energy Centre for the World Premiere of Shared Legacies.
Opportunities and Resources
The Institute for Responsible Citizenship
The Institute for Responsible Citizenship
Application deadline: February 15
The primary goal of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship is to inspire and equip the nation's best and brightest African American men to use their extraordinary talents to serve others. They are currently accepting applications for their Washington Program, which provides participants high-level internships, professional development workshops, and private briefings with some of the nation’s most prominent public and private sector leaders.
The Washington Program is a two summer commitment. During the first summer, students focus on classes, internships, meetings with inspirational leaders, and bonding with the other young men in their cohort. Professional development, character development, mentorship, and graduate school preparation are priorities for the second summer, and students still work full-time at internships. Housing is provided by the Institute, and if students are not placed in a paid internship, they will receive stipends to help cover living expenses.

Interested candidates must be second-year undergraduates with strong academic performance and campus involvement. Learn more about the Institue or apply for the Washington Program here.
Staff Applications: Volunteer Emory
Info session: Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 p.m., Student Center Mural Room (Oxford Campus)
Application deadline: February 21
The misson of Volunteer Emory (VE) is to collaborate with agents of change for service projects and social justice work that promote learning about self and society. We are committed to lifting up and working with Atlanta communities by facilitating service opportunities and social justice work for Emory students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It's the perfect place to launch your service efforts on campus. No matter what your interest is, you'll find your opportunity for engagement here.
If you are interested in social justice and volunteerism, attend our information session to learn about what it means to be on staff. You must attend an information session to apply. Our last one is on February 12 at the Oxford campus. Being on VE staff it a great way to get involved on campus while improving professional skills. Apply by February 21, and stay up-to-date by liking our Facebook page here. For more information, email JSTANF4@emory.edu.
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
Spring Religious Holidays: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim
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
  • 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.
More information about Jewish and Christian observances will be shared as they approach. In addition, there will be campus Ramadan Iftar Prayers and Dinners each night from April 23 until commencement.

With questions or for additional support, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
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.
Tu B'Shevat
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Tradition: Judaism
Occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
Nirvana Day (for some, February 8)
Saturday, Februray 15, 2020
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern tradition, Nirvana Day commemorates the parinirvana of the Buddha. In cultures of Southeast Asia, the buddha's parinirvana is remembered during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
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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