Weekly News and Programs 4.15.20
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 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
Ramadan on Clairmont Campus
Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Emory Dining are pleased to provide to-go iftar and suhoor meals for students currently living on Clairmont Campus and observing Ramadan. Iftar and Suhoor (for the following morning) meals can be picked up in the SAAC after 8:00 p.m. each evening. To reserve your meals please complete this form by Tuesday, April 21, 2020. For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu
Click Here to Request To-Go Iftar and Suhoor Meals
Virtual Beloved Community
The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, Oxford College Chaplain
Online Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. Eastern via Zoom
Dear Beloved Community,
We only have two Sundays left this semester, and we hope you’ll join us. We’ll gather via Zoom again this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.. We’re in the season of Easter and glad to welcome back Mr. Terence Harper on the trumpet. I’ll be offering the reflection this week.
In our final service on April 26, we’ll honor our graduating students who are part of Beloved Community. Two of those students will offer our spoken and musical reflections – Anna Swygert and Dom Refuerzo.
We’ll also talk about leadership transitions that will take place for the community. Also, if you're a graduating student, don't forget to complete this form so that we can honor you at our final service on April 26. 
We hope to see you on Sunday! 
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.
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.
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
Good Vibe Tribe Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join us for joyful community and reflection at one of the last GVT meetings of the year. As the school year draws to a close, we hope you will join us to discuss what it means to end well. Click here to access the zoom call. 
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
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/
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. We've set up a few recurring events that you can join in on from your computer or phone: https://emory.zoom.us/j/434321715 
  • Rosary Night - Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Game Night - Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bible Study - Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, please click here
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. 
Hindu Students Association 2020-21 Executive Board Application
Deadline: April 19 at midnight
The Hindu Students Association (HSA) at Emory University seeks to provide a means for university students to come together and learn about the Hindu religion, culture, and philosophy. We promote Hinduism through various events held throughout the year which provide an open and friendly environment for people of all backgrounds to learn about the religion.
We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and creative individuals who wish to spread awareness about Hinduism through the Emory Community.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to the HSA Executive Board. We are looking forward to reading your applications. To apply, please click here.
Muslim Student Association Exec Applications
If you are interested in running for an executive position(president, VP, chief of staff, treasurer, secretary or PR chairs) on MSA's 2020-2021 board, you are required to attend an information session. Email emoryu.msa@emory.edu if you can't make it to any of them and would still like to run for a position. There will be three sessions this week and elections will be held Sunday:
  • Session 1: Tuesday, April 14, 4:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
  • Session 2: Wednesday, April 15, 8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
  • Session 3: Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
  • Election: Sunday, April 19, 12 p.m. EST, Zoom
To recieve zoom information, please go to the MSA Facebook page
"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.
Partner Programs
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.
Zoom Artist Talk with Manjari Sharma
Zoom Artist Talk with Manjari Sharma
Thursday, April 16, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., via Zoom
Make yourself a cup of chai using Manjari Sharma's family recipe and join the Carlos Museum for a live Zoom talk by the artist whose large scale photographs of Hindu deities are featured in the exhibition Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine.
The multi-year project to re-create a temple-like experience of nine Hindu deities photographically required the cross-continental organization of a large team of models and craftspeople. Sharma will discuss the genesis and execution of the project and will be joined from India by Payal Bhattacharya, the woman who portrayed one of the most challenging characters in the series, Maa Kali.
Find Sharma's family chai recipe and the Zoom link for the talk here
Emory Virtual Community Hub
The wise heart seeks knowledge, and in times of crisis, it seeks connection and meaning. Regardless of where we are studying remotely, we are one Emory, connected by our desire to learn and engage with ideas and each other.
The Emory Virtual Community Hub pulls together all of the virtual ways we can connect through intellectual engagement, spiritual practice, play and relaxation, or health and wellness. Use this site to connect with old friends and make new ones and to take care of yourself and each other. 
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.
Convos in Quarantince
Convos in Quarantine
Monday-Thursday, starting April 13 and ending April 30
Struggling due to the impact of COVID-19? Join us for our peer-led discussions via Zoom on either academics and concern about the future or homelife and feelings of loneliness. Attendance is limited to twelve Emory students. You may attend one or all sessions or anything in between. The goal is to provide support as you need it.
Questions? Contact Dr. Romero Huffstead at romero.huffstead@emory.edu or Dr. Amelia Hoyle at amelia.lynn.hoyle@emory.edu. For more details and Zoom information, please click here.
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
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.
Every Tuesday in April at 3:00 p.m. CST:
  • April 21: "Changing the World: One Person at a Time" with Basheer Jones
  • April 28: "Changing the Face of Fashion" with Mariah Idrissi
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.
Called to Act and Adapt: Faith-Based Climate Adaptation Town Hall Webinar
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern
Marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, multi-faith leaders will gather to discuss ways for cities and communities around the world to implement effective and efficient ways for populations, in particular those that are most vulnerable, to adapt to a changing climate. The National Adaptation Forum is hosting this discussion-based webinar that will answer pressing questions about faith and climate change, and offer concrete actions that attendees take to help address climate impacts individually and in their faith communities.
To register and learn more about this webinar, please click here
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.
Emory Spotlight: CNN Op-Ed by Emily Liu
Emily Liu is an associate director of employer relations at Emory University's Goizueta Business School based in Atlanta. A native of Rochester, New York, she is a lawyer and an Executive Board member of the Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group (ADMAG). She has written an article for CNN titled "Covid-19 has inflamed racism against Asian-Americans.
Here's how to fight back that highlights the added pressures of being Asian or Asian-American during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to view the article. 
'Prayer Is Not Enough.' The Dalai Lama on Why We Need to Fight Coronavirus With Compassion
"Sometimes friends ask me to help with some problem in the world, using some “magical powers.” I always tell them that the Dalai Lama has no magical powers. If I did, I would not feel pain in my legs or a sore throat. We are all the same as human beings, and we experience the same fears, the same hopes, the same uncertainties."
To read the full TIME article, please click here

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.
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