Church Action e Newsletter Week of January 23, 2023


  1. The latest exhibition at Pitts Theological Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, opens this week. “The Emergence of the Printed Book in Fifteenth-Century Europe” explores how printed books were made, decorated, and bound, their content, the book trade, and the enduring influence of incunabula (books printed before 1501) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visit the gallery during the library's open hours to see this new exhibition.
  2. Looking for a different worship idea? How about a few thousand? The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship introduces, a project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, and, that helps you find resources for whatever you’re doing — preparing a sermon or planning worship, teaching a class or studying— and find inspiration that spans a range of Christian church traditions. Learn more >>
  3. Remember “Changing the Conversation Surrounding Mental Health: Georgia Update,” at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main Street, Alpharetta, Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. Register Now
  4. Aquinas Day, the annual celebration of the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, provides the opportunity for younger theologians to be introduced to the Aquinas Center at Candler and to expand the future of theological thinking, Thursday, Jan. 26, a worship service at 11 a.m., and an afternoon lecture from 12:00-1:30. Both will be led by Dr. Craig A. Ford, Jr., a moral theologian, St. Norbert College and are both in-person and virtual. Lunch will be provided for those who attend in-person, but registration is required. Register - Aquinas Day Lecture
  5. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens invites members of the faith community to attend a technical workshop of the Faith-based Development Initiative. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 - 7:30 p.m., at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW, Atlanta 30311. This workshop will feature discussions on how to select a development consultant, how to identify a strategic partner, and how to access a new pre-development grant program for faith-based organizations. Register here. If you are interested in one-on-one technical assistance, email
  6. Pianist Dr. Min Kwon brings an incredible concert entitled "America/Beautiful" to Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive, Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 pm. After immigrating to the US and receiving degrees from the Julliard School of Music, Dr. Kwon commissioned 75 living composers to compose one variation on the tune, “America the Beautiful" ( My Country ’tis of Thee). She will give the audience an opportunity to help select which of the 75 to play. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at
  7. Dr. Raj Nadella,Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, is the featured preacher Jan. 29 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Nadella’s sermon, “When Comfort Alone Won’t Cut It,” is based on the Beatitudes found in the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. “The Beatitudes offer a promise of liberation to those at the margins of our society,” he says. “They also invite everyone with privilege and power to make the promised liberation a reality.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 78 years and features outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 05.5 and 750 AM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m. To hear this sermon and many more and for more information, check
  8. Organist Joseph Russell will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:15 p.m., playing works by John Weaver, Frank Bridge, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, and Maurice Duruflé . Russell is associate organist and choir director at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church & School in Houston and is a graduate of Rice University and Curtis Institute of Music. Following the recital, the Cathedral offers Choral Evensong at 4:00. Concert goers are welcome in person or to enjoy via livestream on the Cathedral’s website ( The livestreamed recordings will be available on the Cathedral website and the Cathedral’s Facebook pages.
  9. Mental Health Day at the Capitol is Tuesday, January 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Anyone whose life is impacted by mental health concerns is welcome including people in recovery, families, political leaders, service providers, community support organizations, faith leaders, law enforcement, first responders, and anyone else who wants to support behavioral health in their communities. 206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta 30303. Learn More & Register
  10. GA CEAL (Community Engagement Alliance Against Covid19 Disparities), a project of Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southside Medical Center, and DeKalb Board of Health announces open registration for the second iteration of its Lay Health Minister Training. The training equips multi-faith leaders, clergy and lay, across Georgia to establish new or enhance existing congregational health ministries. Training begins Tuesday, Jan. 31, and continues each Tuesday until March 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m. The deadline for registration is Jan. 30, 2023. The course is offered to participants at no cost and participants will receive a certificate upon completion. To register your congregation teams, follow link: (this link).  For more information, contact Jessica Kennicker ( or Barbara Baylor (
  11. February 2023 at Candler School of Theology at Emory University is Heritage Month: "Blackness Unfiltered." You are invited to join the Candler community, Black Student Caucus, and Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement for events during Heritage Month. Check out Candler’s events calendar for a full listing.
  12. Georgia Public Broadcasting presents a screening and discussion of Love in the Time of Fentanyl Film Screening and Discussion Tickets,...
  13. Corrected information for the February 3-5 Ignatian Retreat with guest Director Fr Greg Chisholm, SJ:  Come As You Are, Ignatius House,6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs. Come as you are and encounter God who welcomes us all. In his book, “What Is Ignatian Spirituality?,” Jesuit David Fleming writes, “God is an active God…Our response to God occurs now. We are not to be inhibited by our own weaknesses and failure. We are not to ponder our unworthiness. God is working in our lives now and we are to respond now.…The Gospels show us Jesus entering into people’s lives and inviting them to follow him—right from where they are, from boats and fishnets and from tax booths. He does not demand first that they run to the synagogue. ” Ignatian spirituality invites us into a life-giving relationship with God and our neighbors through prayer and contemplation. The retreat includes group presentations and plenty of personal quiet time for reflection and rest. Cost $350 
  14. The Society of Saint Anna the Prophet will hold The Holy Eucharist and Vow Ceremony service at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, retired Suffragan Bishop of N. C. will preach. Two members will take life vows and four first-year provisionals will be presented. The mission of SSAP is Godly aging, and ministry with the young and old, particularly with those not able to participate in a parish church. Members are residents of Georgia and several other states. Inspired by Anna, the only elder woman mentioned in the New Testament, Members are lay and ordained, single, married, partnered and widowed, retired or still employed. They live in their own homes. Life-changing vows are to simplicity, creativity, and balance. For more see, or email  The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is at 2089 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30307.
  15. The Craddock Center announces that Songs & Stories returns on February 4, at 3:00 p.m. The Center is especially excited and honored that John McCutcheon will be returning as the performer for this event. It will be at the Center, 186 Fred Craddock Drive, Cherry Log 30522. As always, admission is free, and donations are appreciated. The money raised will go towards the purchase of new books for the little ones served at the center. The Craddock Center offers Songs & Stories in honor of Helen Lewis. This annual performance includes musicians and storytellers who share the best of Appalachia’s unique culture and traditions.
  16. Tu B’Shvat Tree Planting, February 5, 1-4 p.m., Wade Walker Park, 5605 Rockbridge Rd SW, Stone Mountain 30088. Join in planting 73 trees, sustain our urban forest, and celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish "New Year of Trees." Trees Atlanta has supported these annual plantings for more than two decades. Sign Up Planting tasks include digging holes with shovels/mattocks, untangling roots with your hands, mulching, watering, and cleaning up your area. Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required.
  17. Tickets are now available for Central Presbyterian’s Callie Day Concert Tickets, Sun, Feb 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Couples’ Weekend Retreat at Ignatius House,  6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.  – Feb. 12, 12 p.m. Directed by Sarah Otto and Andy Otto. Saint Ignatius has wisdom for couples that will help them grow closer to God and one another. This retreat presents Ignatius’ wisdom and tools to enrich the life of couples, whether dating or married. Retreatants will be given exercises and suggestions for personal prayer and for reflections together as a couple. Cost $595 per couple. 

  1. Save the date for “Contemplative Prayer and the Joyful Season of Lent: An Afternoon for Reflection and Soul-Nurture with Carl McColman,” February 19, 4:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Monastic writers describe Lent as a “joyful” season—but we tend to equate it with penance, giving up chocolate, and no “Alleluias” in church. Can we find joy in this austere time? This event is free, registration is open at
  2. Save the date for GIPL’s annual Green Team Summit at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs on Sunday, February 26, from 2-8 p.m. Summit and celebration of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light’s 20th anniversary. Join to remember the work done, prepare for the work before us, and set the vision for the next 20 years of faithful climate action! Green Teams, faith leaders, and environmental activists from across the state are invited to gather with us for a time of fellowship and shared learning. Info and reply here. .
  3. Salvation Army of Gwinnett County "Doing The Most Good" Luncheon is Tuesday, March 7, at The Crowne Plaza, 6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross. ClickHERE for more info.. . telling you early because it sells out!
  4. Northwest Christian Church in Acworth will host a "Tactics & Firearms Handling”class for armed protectors Saturday, March 11, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. This course is for anyone who currently carries a firearm or is interested in learning more about how to handle a firearm in and around a crowd. This is a "dry practice" non-live fire class held inside the church and all skill levels welcome. This is for congregation members, law enforcement, family and beginners. Click on the video link for more information about the class. Tactics & Firearms Handling Video To register see Online Registration
  5. Dr. King speaks of becoming a World House. If we are to be a World House we are to know every religion and every human as a part of the human family. These famous words still ring true today as antisemitism is on the rise. Listen as Episcopal Bishop Rob Wright and Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple, the oldest Jewish worshiping community in Atlanta, discuss the history of Jews and Christians walking alongside one another in Atlanta, antisemitism and disinformation, and where we go from here. Listen in to the full conversation. Listen Here.
  6. Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus”is a video and digital curriculum from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship that calls us back to the central focus of our Christian faith—the Risen and Living Jesus! This new Lenten editionoffers an opportunity to take time to reorient yourself and your church to Jesus’ life and work. Through videos, Scripture readings, study, discussion, journaling and the fun group activities, you’ll be encouraged to examine Jesus’ mission and our calling to carry it out in fresh ways. During the Lenten season, you will explore spiritual disciplines and faith practices that call you to deepen and expand your commitment to be Christ in the world. Learn more and access this resource at

25. What a gift to the community the Atlanta Master Chorale is! On March 10 and 11, 8 p.m., they will present Bach’s Magnificat and a varied selection of other Magnificat settings from the Renaissance to the present day. The Magnificat is an ancient liturgical text that is both a hymn of praise and a prayer for justice. It has fascinated composers for centuries, and there are hundreds of great choral settings of the text.  Ticket information is at CONCERTS | atlantamasterchorale

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Youth Summit, Thursday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., online.  Registration


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit, Thursday, Jan. 12, General Session, 12.00 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 General Session: 10.00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration


Sounds of Freedom: Celebrating the Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. Come to a concert hosted by the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews and featuring vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist Marshall Keys, and the All Saints’ Jazz Ensemble, led by the Rev. Dr. Andrew K. Barnett. The 7:30 concert is free, no reservations required, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308.


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Awards and Afterglow, Sat, Jan 14 at 7:30-11:59 p.m., 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are on sale at Registration


Bryan Stevenson is keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service, and Dr. Bernice King will deliver the Call to Commemoration, in-person at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta. Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m., doors open at 8:00.


Join the Emory community, Jan. 15-22, for its annual series of programs honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. A full listing of events can be found here

Southeastern Synod ELCA invites you to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, on Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. for the Bishop's Commemorative MLK Worship Service.   This will also be livestreamed via the synod website as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages.


Find out about the Day of Service, Jan. 16, at Events - The King Center


Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Directed by Lauren Morton, MA   In the Gospel of Luke, we meet the women who shared what they witnessed at Jesus' tomb.  They were not believed, and their words were called "nonsense."  This morning we will walk with some of the women during the Civil Rights Movement, who saw the vision and reflect on their experiences of embodying what it means to be a prophetic witness.  What is needed now to realize Dr. King’s dream?Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Believe Them – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center  $65

MLK Weekend Tree Planting, Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody 30338, Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Help plant 100 new trees near the multi-use to help sustain our urban forest. These trees will provide cleaner air, cool shade, and all around improved habitat for humans and wildlife living in our community. Planting tasks include digging holes with shovels/mattocks, untangling roots with your hands, mulching, watering, and cleaning up your area. Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required. Register Here

MLK Day Concert from Concerts@ First, "From Trials to Triumph," Jan. 16, 3:00 p.m. Free Admission Andrew Brady, bassoon. Featuring works by BIPOC composers Mark Lomax, Jeffrey Scott & Stefan L. Smith, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St NE 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.

Oxford College of Emory University presents A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 7:30pm. Location: Old Church, 1011 Wesley St., Oxford, GA 30054. This free event will include music from Oxford College groups as well as an Interdenominational Community Choir from Newton County. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marla Frederick, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, College Chaplain, at with questions. 

Out of Hand Theater, along with community partners the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, are continuing the popular dinner series with Equitable Dinners Atlanta: A Day of Racial Healing Tuesday, Jan.17, from 6-9 p.m., both in person and online. The National Day of Racial Healing offers space to reflect while preparing for another year in pursuit of equity. This  event will be launched by an original short play and facilitated conversation will take place in small groups around Atlanta's racial history and how it affects communities today. Equitable Dinners hopes to face our past, reclaim our present, and transform our future through courageous conversations and theater.


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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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