Emory Interfaith Center

 

Emory University is currently undertaking an exciting project to develop an Emory Interfaith Center.

This project has been contemplated for many years in order to create a place of worship, prayer, meditation, and retreat on campus for Emory's diverse spiritual communities that will also be a space to foster interfaith engagement, education, dialogue, service, and social justice work. It will be a home away from home for Emory's diverse spiritual communities, as well as a gateway between the campus and the Atlanta community and world beyond.

The Center is slated to encompass a large and flexible sacred space, community and meeting rooms for welcome, hospitality, gathering, studying, and retreat, as well as nearby offices for Emory's multifaith chaplaincy staff and student spiritual leaders. In addition, the grounds will offer spaces for contemplation and enjoying the beauty of creation. The Center will communicate through the arts and its design a broad, inclusive welcome of the rich spiritual diversity that composes the Emory community.

In the fall of 2020, the project is currently in a pre-design planning and proposal phase with the hope that, if approved by the Board of Trustees, it can enter into a design phase in January 2021. After a five or six month design phase, ideally a construction phase would begin in July 2021, with a goal to complete and dedicate the new Center in the spring of 2022.

A stakeholder engagement process involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors is currently underway to provide input to shape the project concept. When completed, we hope we will be able to dedicate the Center with earth that was blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama at Emory for this purpose.

Project Goals

  1. Provide the campus with a multifaith retreat and spiritual program facility that will be available for worship, prayer, meditation, music, gatherings, receptions, conferences, and wellness activities
  2. Establish a Center on campus to advance wisdom, knowledge, compassion, and service to humanity through interfaith engagement, education, dialogue, service, social action, and leadership development
  3. Create a gateway for campus and community engagement around religious and philosophical diversity, service, and social justice

 

Media

A recent student editorial that expresses some of the needs for a new Interfaith Center was in The Emory Wheel.

 

Giving

Philanthropic contributions to this project are currently being sought toward its design and construction goal of approximately $4.4 million.

Gifts toward this project may be made through the OSRL Donate page here, or by contacting Dean Greg McGonigle or Assistant Vice President for Advancement Anya Reid at anya.reid@emory.edu. We are grateful to all our supporters who have been giving generously toward this project.