Office of Religious Life

Office of Religious Life at Emory University

Mission

Religious Life at Emory University provides varied and rich opportunities to enhance religious and spiritual life through prayer, worship, service, education, engagement and outreach in the following ways: (1) strengthens group identity and inter-religious engagement, (2) promotes understanding of religious practices and traditions, (3) encourages multi-religious service and outreach to humanity, (4) provides support to students, faculty and staff, (5) deepens critique of conflict and misunderstanding and builds bridges of understanding,  and (6) challenges the community to engage in spiritual and religious dimensions of life at Emory.

Description

Religious Life at Emory University provides varied and rich opportunities to enhance religious and spiritual life through prayer, worship, service, education, engagement and outreach.

Unique Opportunities in Ministry

The Office of Religious Life is cross-cultural, as the population reflects the university community and engages people of many religious traditions and racial and ethnic backgrounds. The University community is a constantly changing ministry context; an increasingly diverse community of students, faculty and staff that embodies multiple identities (religious, ethnic, national/international, gender/gender identity, etc.) The University is a complex institution. Ministry in the University involves engaging myriad faith communities regionally, nationally and around the world, overseeing 30 campus ministries and five Religious Life Scholars and administering a number of programs.

Site NameOffice of Religious Life at Emory University
DenominationEcumenical and Inter-Religious
Location TypeCampus Ministry
Worship Attendance30-125
Worship Times

Sunday: 11 am

Stipend?No
Distance from CandlerSame campus
Accessible to persons with disabilities?Yes
Acessible via public transportation?Yes
Can women be ordained?N/A
What role do women play in leadership?Women hold leadership roles in all areas and aspects

Weekly Schedule

  • Sunday:
    • University Worship: 11 am
  • Monday:
    • Campus Ministers Meeting
    • Inter-Religious Council
    • Worship Planning
  • Tuesday
    • Conversations in Common Grounds
    • Chapel Tea
  • Thursday
    • Cafe Unity

Outreach
Students have the opportunity to work with programs within the Office of Religious Life (Journeys of Reconciliation) and in the University Community (Volunteer Emory, other campus organizations) to engage and lead others in service to the community and the world.

Meeting the Five Areas of Ministry

Administration: Students have the opportunity to plan, coordinate and implements programs, trips and worship. In addition, students learn to work with students, faculty and staff, empowering them to engage in ministry themselves. Opportunities for observing administration and reflecting on administration as theology is a component of this program.

Liturgy (Worship and Preaching): Students participate in worship planning and work with a team of clergy and students to prepare for and lead weekly University Worship services. Some opportunities to assist with Memorial services as well as other university-wide services is part of the experience.

Mission and Outreach: Students have the opportunity to work with programs within the Office of Religious Life (Journeys of Reconciliation) and in the University Community (Volunteer Emory, other campus organizations) to engage and lead others in service to the community and the world.

Pastoral Calling and Congregational Care: Students have the opportunity to interact with and develop pastoral relationships with students, campus ministers, and other members of the campus community. The diverse ministry experiences provided in the campus context allow Con Ed students opportunities to discern their own pastoral calling.

Teaching: Students have the opportunity to teach, informally, as they interact with student groups through Religious Life programming. In addition, students will learn from the diverse students with which they will have the opportunity to work.

Contact
Office of Reigious Life at Emory University
Lisa Garvin
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.6226

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