Weekly News and Programs 12.4.19
Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir
Scenes from Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fall Concert 2019
The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir held their annual Fall Concert on Saturday, November 23 in Cannon Chapel. They shared an interactive, passion-filled musical experience for spiritual and physical healing and rejuvenation, and continued the spirit of community and fellowship afterward by sharing a dinner with all of the attendees.
To see more photos of the event, please click here.
Photography credit: C. Brown Photography
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Candler-OSRL Chaplain Intern Spotlight
Christy Eubank
Hello! My name is Christy Eubank, and I am from the small town of Bugtussle, KY (yes, it is a real place). I had a great undergraduate experience at the University of Louisville. In the summers, you can catch me on the lake. I love laying around on the boat and water skiing. My favorite hobby during the semester is hanging out with my sweet dog, Ginger. She loves exploring new parks in the area. If you ask to see pictures of her, I will probably overwhelm you with them. I am excited for all of the fun that this year is going to bring. I cannot wait to meet you and hear your story! 
Contextual Education Program
Cannon Chapel and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life offers year-long Contextual Education internships for second-year Candler School of Theology students who are interested in college and university chaplaincy. Mentored by one of the chaplains on staff, Cannon Chapel and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life hosts 2-3 interns who have the opportunity to learn and serve through to the various multifaith programs and services of the office. For more information, please click here
Late Night Breakfast Study Break
Late Night Breakfast Study Break
Thursday, December 12, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.,
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is sponsoring a Late Night Breakfast Study Break with pancakes with the Multifaith Campus Ministers of many spiritual organizations on campus. Join us at the Fellowship Hall of Glenn Memorial UMC on Thursday, December 12 from 10 p.m. until midnight for free food prepared by Emory University's campus ministers, free t-shirts, and music. Join the Facebook event here.
Join the Facebook Event Here
Upcoming Spiritual Life Programs
Guided Meditation and Talk: Essential Methods of Chan Buddhism
Thursday, December 5, 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 in the basement room 106.
This week we welcome Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu), founder and teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Center this Thursday. He will be leading a Chan Buddhism meditation and reflection, speaking on the two main approaches to awakening - mozhao and huatou. Aside from leading retreats across the world, Guo Gu has also authored Essence of Chan and Passing through the Gateless Barrier.
Catholic Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, December 6, 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 during the school year. While our primary attendance is composed of students, all are welcome. Join the Facebook event here.  
University Catholic Center Fall Study Retreat
December 6-8, University Catholic Center
The weekend is designed to aid you in your studies by providing a secluded, stress-free environment in which you can complete all your schoolwork with ease, as well as opportunities for fellowship, free meals, and prayer. We hope you can join us, beginning with Fellowship and Adoration on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the University Catholic Center. For more information, please join the Facebook event here
Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner
Friday, December 6, 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.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
December 6, 8 p.m., December 7, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
Join the Emory Choirs in welcoming the Christmas season with one of Emory’s longest standing annual traditions. Established in 1935, this candlelit service continues with choral music and scripture readings by special guests from the Emory community. Eric Nelson conducts.
To purchase tickets for any of the services, please click here or call the Schwartz Center Box Office at 770.727.5050. Learn more about the Emory choirs here.
Ticket prices: Full // $20, Discounted // $15, Student // $5 
University Catholic Center Christmas Party
Saturday, December 7, 6:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
Join us for our yearly community Christmas party on Saturday, December 7 at the University Catholic Center. Enjoy carols performed by members of our Sunday morning music ministry, get your picture taken with Santa, and fill your belly with a delicious home-cooked meal. We'll be providing the main dish - please bring a side dish to share with your friends. Join the Facebook event here
Emory MSA Finals Destress Event
Saturday, December 7, 3-7 p.m., Candler Library 121-124
Finals are coming up, and we know how stressful finals season can be for you all. Come out and destress with your favorite MSA Board this Saturday from 3-7 pm. The Ummah that studies together prospers together.
There will be quiet study rooms as well as rooms for snacks, and destressing. Bring your friends so you can all study and destress in the different environments provided. Everyone is welcome. Join the Facebook event here.  
Beloved Community: Christian Worship at Emory
Sunday, December 8, 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.
Preaching Sunday, December 8, 2019: Dr. Gary Hauk, University Historian at Emory University
We look forward to seeing you for our final worship service of the semester this Sunday, which is the second Sunday in the liturgical season of Advent. We will be lighting the Advent candles and singing Advent hymns.
Our featured preacher is Dr. Gary Hauk, University Historian at Emory who will be retiring on January 1. This Sunday will be our final offering for AID Atlanta, an agency that has provided HIV/AIDS-related services, care, and education since 1982.      
Join us for Christian worship that affirms hospitality, inclusion and justice at 11 a.m. this Sunday in Cannon Chapel. A free, catered, and hot lunch, held in Brooks Commons, immediately follows the worship service. Everyone is welcome.
Zikr Meditation
Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., Cannon Chapel Room 106 (Please note: Zikr meditration has concluded for the Fall 2019 semester, but will begin again next semester)
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. During the school year, we meet on Tuesdays evenings in Cannon Chapel Room 106. For more information, contact Professor Scott Kugle, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, at skugle@emory.edu
Partner Programs
Quilt on the Quad
Quilt on the Quad
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., ESC Multipurpose Rooms
Quilt on the Quad is an event dedicated to increasing awareness for HIV and AIDS, started by students in December 2004. Join Emory University and many of its organizations in displaying remembrance quilts. For more information, contact emoryquiltonthequad@emory.edu
Opportunities and Resources
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.
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.
Christian Medical and Dental Associations Emory Chapter
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.  CMDA has over 19,000 members nationwide and thousands more in CMDA International.  What began as an association of doctors and dentists has grown to include other healthcare professions as well - PAs, NPs, PTs, OTs, pharmacists, etc.  We lead medical mission trips to Central America and serve refugees in Clarkston, GA.  CMDA is for everyone interested in medicine and Christianity. If you are an undergraduate student, and are interested in possibly being connected to an Emory undergraduate chapter of CMDA, please contact rguin@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
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.
Bodhi Day
Sunday, December 8
Tradition: Buddhism
In the northern tradition, this is the anniversary of the Buddha's Enlightenment, ca. 596 BCE. In the southern tradition, the Buddha's Enlightenment is celebrated during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday, December 8
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
A feast day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was born without sin.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thursday, December 12
Tradition: Christianity-Roman Catholic
Saturday, December 21
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
Winter Solstice, celebrating the longest night and the blessings of darkness as well as the rebirth of the sun god.
December 22-30
Tradition: Judaism
The Feast of Lights (Feast of Dedication) is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Temple following the Jews' victory over occupying forces in 165 BCE, which re-established for a time their religious and political freedom.
Wednesday, December 25
Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
Celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.
Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ
Wednesday, December 25
Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
Celebrates the anniversary of the birth (nativity) of Jesus. December 25 is the date of this observance for Roman Catholic, Protestant, and many Orthodox Christian churches.
Death of Prophet Zarathustra
Thursday, December 26
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
The anniversary of the death of the founder of the Zoroastrian faith.
December 26-January 1
Tradition: Pan-Africanism 
A week-long annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas to honor African heritage in African-American culture.
Ghambar Maidyarem
December 31-January 4
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
Celebrates the creation of animals. Zoroastrians are encouraged to remember their practice of the equitable sharing of food during this observance.
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