Emory & Henry College Opens Interfaith Prayer Room

by Billy Chandler

Equipped with chairs, tables, prayer rugs and religious texts, a room in the lower-level of Memorial Chapel on the Emory & Henry College campus is now available for students of all faiths to have a quiet place to pray and meditate.

The Interfaith Prayer Room was created to be an inclusive and welcoming place for the college community of diverse religions and non-religious backgrounds. The inspiration for the room was sparked after a conference hosted by the Interfaith Youth Core that E&H students and staff attended in Oklahoma City, Okla. in 2016.

“We began to think about what Interfaith should like for Emory & Henry and we came up with the idea of the Interfaith Prayer Room,” said Mary K. Briggs, college chaplain. “When we talked with the Interfaith Youth Core, they encouraged us to provide programming along with the space, so that people could understand the meaning of the room.”

The college received a $3,000 grant to furnish the Interfaith Prayer Room and provide multi-faith programming for students. The programs are designed to inform individuals about religious diversity and customs.

“As a community, we are trying to share a message of inclusivity and acceptance for all,” said Austin Falin, president of the Association for Religious Diversity student group. “It is important that not only do we say that and interact with students, but it is important that we act in such a manner and we have the resources available to improve understanding and awareness.”   

The Association for Religious Diversity meets once a week to educate others about faith. The group offers a weekly mindfulness meditation group meeting on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Prayer Room. Other worship opportunities include Get Lit on Sunday at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall, Encounter on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Cole Parlor of Memorial Chapel and Unplugged on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the sanctuary of Memorial Chapel.

“This space gives us an opportunity to teach people about different religions, so we can better understand one another,” Briggs said. “Even if we don’t have wide variety of faith traditions represented on campus, we can still talk about various religions and share ideas.”

For more information on how to reserve the Interfaith Prayer Room contact Briggs at mkbriggs@emoryhenry.edu. Students can reserve the room for use from 7 a.m. to midnight. The prayer room is located in Memorial Chapel at 30450 Armbrister Dr, Emory, Va.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg" alt="Faculty, Staff and Community Members at Emory & Henry's Ribbon Cutting at the Helen Matthew's Lewis Women's & Gend..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15496_HelenMatthewsLewis-WomensGenderCenter-RibbonCutting_3-16-24_017.rev.1710858492.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new">Emory & Henry Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for New Women’s & Gender Center Honoring Helen Matthews Lewis</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College proudly announced the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Helen Matthews Lewis Women’s & Gender Center, held on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. The event occurred at the Damer House on the Emory campus.</p><a href="/live/news/3372-emory-henry-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-for-new" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3568-375-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg" alt="Wiley Hall, Emory & Henry administration building with yellow flowers" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15919_emory-henry-college-deans-list-2024.rev.1715720135.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3568-375-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list">375 Students Recognized for Spring 2024 Dean’s List</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Congratulations to the students who were recognized for their academic achievement in the spring 2024 Dean’s List. For inclusion on the Dean’s List, the student must be enrolled full-time and receive at least a 3.6 GPA for the semester.</p><a href="/live/news/3568-375-students-recognized-for-spring-2024-deans-list" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg" alt=" Student resident advisors, current residents and administrators pose in front of the new University Apartments at Emory & Henry " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built">Emory & Henry Cuts Ribbon on Newly Built University Apartments</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After welcoming more than 1,100 students to its Emory, Va. campus, Emory & Henry held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 12, at University Apartments, its newest apartment-style living complex, adding 96 new beds to its inventory in the fall of 2023. After the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour the new living spaces.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg" alt="People on assembly stage with a presentation projected on a screen" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1824" data-max-h="1825" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional">Gov. Youngkin Approves Emory & Henry and Regional Partners to Move Forward with Southwest Virginia Lab School Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College Approved as One of Six New Lab Schools in Virginia by Governor Glenn Youngkin To Help Address the Healthcare Workforce Shortage</p><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3000" data-max-h="2318" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Thru-Hiking in the U.S. Two Options now Available for Students</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Emory & Henry Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for attempting a thru-hike or section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The College is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>