Weekly News and Programs 2.13.20
Emory Votes Dinner Dialogue
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
Off the Record with Dr. Kimberly Arriola
Faith and the Health of Society: Vocation in Wellbeing and Marginalized Populations
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12-1 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 8th Floor, The Greenberg Room 8020
Join us for lunch and conversation with Dr. Kimberly Arriola as we explore the connection between faith and vocation. Dr. Arriola is a professor of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She has committed her work to the improvement of health in marginalized populations and communities of color and lived out this commitment through her research with HIV/AIDS among correctional populations, organ and tissue donation among African Americans, and breast cancer education and treatment support for underserved women in Atlanta.

For more information, please contact Assistant Chaplain The Rev. Kevin Crawford at kevin.crawford@emory.edu.
RSVP for Off The Record Dinner 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
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.
Guided Meditation and Discussion
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Emory Buddhist Club welcomes Michael Elliston Roshi from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center this Thursday. He, along with MyoSho Nancy Blanton and Keisei Andrew Dietz, will be leading a Zen Buddhism 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. 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.
Love in Hinduism GBM
Friday, February 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join us this Friday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion on love in Hinduism. Join the Facebook event here

Self-Love Shabbat
Self-Love Shabbat
Friday, February 14, Services at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30pm, 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. This week, we are celebrating self-love on Valentine's Day. Join us for services, dinner, or both. Can't wait to see you there. To join the Facebook event, please click here.  
Holy Club Lunch Meeting (United Methodist Chaplaincy)
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m., 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.
Trash Treasure Hunt and Art Making
Wednesday, February 19, Trash treasure hunt at 3:00 p.m., Art making at 8:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
The Good Vibe Tribe and Partner Hack-A-Thon invite you to clean up this campus and make art out of it. We will meet in the Cannon Chapel Lobby at 3:00 p.m. to hand out trash bags, then collect trash around campus until 3:30 p.m. Later that evening from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., we will use the trash we collected earlier to make art. The winning piece will be put on display somewhere on campus. We can't wait to see you there. To learn more, please contact Caroline Wilkinson here
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 the partner organizations listed above. 
Akbar's Court
Friday, February 21, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Join the Hindu Students Association for Akbar's Court, an inter-religious discussion between students, academic scholars, and professors on topics regarding religion, culture, and more. Dinner will be provided afterwards. To join the Facebook event, please click here.
Fellowship and Adoration Night
Friday, February 21, 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. To join the Facebook event, please click here
UKirk Atlanta February Worship
Sunday, February 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Emory Presbyterian Church
UKirk Atlanta is excited to start a monthly evening worship service for all students and college age persons in the Atlanta area. We will gather for worship together, with song, prayer, scripture, a sermon/lesson and celebrate at table with communion. This month, Ministry Intern Mary Kate McAlister will be preaching on "Sabbath Rest." We hope you can come and please bring friends. Join the Facebook event here.
Ash Wednesday Services
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service: Liturgy of the Word with the Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Join the Rev. Dr. Nichole Phillips, the Rev. Kevin Crawford, and Keegan Grace 21T in a service for Ash Wednesday, as we gather to enter into the fullness of the season of Lent and adorn the condition of a repentant heart. All are invited to join in this time of prayer, singing, reflection, and the imposition of ashes. You are also welcome to receive ashes in Cannon Chapel 316 after the service concludes. For more information, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. Sponsored by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Join the Facebook event here.
Additional Ash Wednesday services include:
University Catholic Center Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule:
  • 7:30 a.m.- Mass at Cannon Chapel
  • 12:00 p.m.- Mass at Glenn Memorial Church UMC
  • 7:30 p.m.- Mass at Cannon Chapel
Partner Programs
CAPS Spring Workshop Series
Frederick Douglass Day
Friday, February 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m., McDonough Plaza
Join us on Friday, February 14 to celebrate the life and legacy of freedom fighter and abolitionist Frederick Douglass with a public reading of one of his speeches. Brought to you by the Stewart A. Rose Library, Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement, and Civic and Community Engagement.
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.
Native American and Indigenous Film Screenings
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m., White Hall 110
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., White Hall 111
Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m., White Hall 110
The Anthropology Department, Campus Life, and the Office for RACE are collaborating to host Native American and Indigenous film screenings this month. On February 19, we are showing The Medecine Game, which shares the journey of two brothers vying to play lacrosee for the national powerhouse Syracuse University. On February 26, we are showing Whale Rider, which explores the connection a young Maori girl named Pai has to the ocean. On March 4, we are showing Smoke Signals, a comedic look at reservation life and all of its intricacies.
All events are free and open to the public. We hope you join us for some good movies this semester. 
Opportunities and Resources
GNTV Media Ministry Summer Internship
Application deadline: March 1, 2020
GNTV Media Ministry is in need of Summer Interns to work in our media ministry. GNTV Media Ministry is a United Methodist related, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) audio-visual production ministry that is looking for summer interns for 2020. GNTV prefers that applicants should have background in one or more of the following: audio production, sound reinforcement, video image magnification, video capture, video editing, or presentation graphics.
These positions include a significant amount of travel. GNTV provide support for approximately 30 events during a typical summer, at venue across the United States. Responsibilities include loading and unloading equipment prior to and following events, set up and running equipment at events, supporting our partners programs, and various post-production duties for video and audio distribution.
For more information, please click here.
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.
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.
Maha Shivaratri
Friday, Feburary 21, 2020
Tradition: Hinduism
A feast dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. The night before the feast fasting is observed, texts are recited, songs are sung, and stories told in honor of this God whose cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.
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