Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 25, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of April 25, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

 

We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to ecarter@rccatl.org.

1. AIB Network programs can now be found on streaming services ROKU and FireTV. "We are … expanding opportunities to watch our exceptional programming anytime and anywhere," said Audrey Daniels, AIB Network President. AIB's first offerings include cooking, exercise, language instructional series, and documentaries on Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African American mayor, and the Trail of Tears. New programs will be added each month. AIB has long had a global presence on the internet, live streaming from its website at aibtv.com and its YouTube channel with 440,000 subscribers. AIB programming can also be found 24/7 on its website, www.aibtv.com and its social media sites. Established in 1969 as Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, AIB Network develops and distributes original content. Its values-driven programming educates the mind, strengthens the body, and inspires the spirit.

2. Interfaith Weekly Midday Contemplation at noon, April 27. The guest speaker this week is the Rev. Angela Harrington Rice. Here is the link to join in.

3. Georgia interfaith Voting Rights Roundtable will recap the legislative session and detail upcoming plans, Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m. Register for the virtual meeting HERE.

4. Dr. Michael Chan, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., is the preacher May 1 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast.  “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in the Atlanta area on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information, see Day1.org

5. Decatur Short Docs Film Festival 2022,  May 1, 2, and 3, 7 p.m. each night,  with Georgia Center for the Book at First Baptist Church, Decatur,  showcases short documentaries about people and places in our community and the South, films with the heart, art and soul of this diverse region. Click on the above link for more information.

6. Screening of "The Human Element" at Morningside Presbyterian Church. Released in 2018, this documentary follows environmental photographer James Balog as he captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. Bring a blanket, a couple of friends, and watch the film on the lawn of Morningside Presbyterian Church, May 4, 7 p.m. 1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta 30306. Green Team Summit 2022 (everyaction.com)

7. Reminder of Grass Roots Justice Awards, 6 – 9 p.m., Thursday, May 5, the Trolley Barn in Inman Park, 963 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. Funds raised during the evening will provide critical financial support for the mission. To purchase tickets, visit Grass Roots Justice Awards page.

8. The Green Team Summit (GTS) with events on  May 4, 7, 10, and 14 is an opportunity for people of faith across the state to learn about ways you and your faith community can engage in the work of environmental justice and sustainability. Registration and information.

9. A. Renée Jacobs, M.Div, Faith-Based Partnerships Prevention & Innovation Project Coordinator, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), plans to help faith communities across Georgia be better prepared to engage their communities around mental health promotion, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention. She asks our help in ascertaining the interest among faith leaders in training in the Community Resiliency Model, an evidence-informed model which helps people expand their inner sources of wellbeing.   Find out about this program and registration if ou are interested in this opportunity, a program starts May 5, at   Community Resiliency Model training

10. Deadline for applying for New American Pathways’ 2022-2023 “Civic Pathways” leadership development program is May 6. This eight-month program, co-hosted by the UGA Fanning Institute for Leadership, is designed for emerging refugee and immigrant leaders interested in public service and engaging in advocacy, community organizing, and voter engagement as channels of empowerment for themselves and their community. The cohort will meet from Sept. 2022-April 2023. Graduates will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program. Apply at bit.ly/CivicPathways2022 .  For more information, contact Ashley Coleman HERE

11. It’s Church Women United Friendship Day! Church Women United in Atlanta presents “It’s Up to You in 2022, May 6, 7 p.m., with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Toni Belin Ingram, Presiding Elder, AME Church, Augusta District. Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/

12. Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center will host Interfaith Atlanta's annual Tea-Off planning event for the 2022 Interfaith Fall Festival Saturday, May 7, 3 – 5 p.m.  Members of the Atlanta interfaith community are encouraged to register to be part of the Steering Committee. Afterward, join a representative from Ignatius House for a tour of the grounds. Parking and ADA accommodations are available.SIGN UP HERE . If you have questions contact admin@interfaithatlanta.org.

13. Are you interested in helping out at Respite Care Atlanta, a volunteer-staffed a day program offering meaningful activities and companionship for people with dementia? There will be a volunteer information session, next Monday, May 13, 10 -11 a.m., at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Email jbrann@spdl.org if you would like to find out more.

14. Midtown Assistance Center, a ministry of eleven congregations, businesses, foundations, individuals, government entities, and volunteer, provides emergency assistance to the working poor of midtown and downtown Atlanta to prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis. Find out about the  8th Annual Midtown Race For MAC 5K Run/Walk - Atlanta, GA 2022 | AC... coming up in Piedmont Park May 14.

15. Disrupting Demand (Sex Buying) Through Strategic Intervention, Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., hosted by Through God's Grace Ministry. For Men Only: This meeting is part of our Engaging Men in the Fight Against Human Trafficking Work Group series. Lead for the discussion is Joe Madison, executive director for Demand Disruption, a buyer-informed organization that fights the demand for trafficking. Click here to register. This is a free online event.

16. 3rd Annual Multi-Faith and Community Leaders' Workshop Serving Families Facing Dementia is coming up on Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Due West United Methodist Church. Although this event is intended for leaders interested in serving families living with dementia, care partners and families are also welcome. For questions email dementiaministry@duewest.org. Learn More. Register Here Speakers include Bishop Kenneth Carder, Kathy Berry, and Daphne Johnston.

17. Statistics reveal a youth mental health crisis. This year’s Skyland Trail Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture is “Addressing the Teen Mental Health Crisis.” Registration is free and open to the public. Tuesday, May 17, 7-9 p.m., McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta 30305. Register To Attend

18. Interfaith Program: The Poetics of Mystical Union, Sunday, May 22, Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs 30328. What do the mystics of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism have in common? Explore their passionate love for the Divine and their poetry in an evening seminar led by Br. Minlab Dallh, a Dominican friar. ​A light dinner will be offered at 5.30 p.m., with friendship and conversation across the dinner table, followed by the evening program at 6.30. The cost to Ignatius House to present this  event is $50, which is a suggested contribution. Contributions of any amount are welcome and will support the “Fr. Niel Jarreau, SJ Fund” to provide spiritual programming for those in hardship. Advance registration is required for planning purposes. Click here to reserve your place www.ignatiushouse.org

Reminders:  
Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke's offers a virtual workshop on resiliency Tuesday, April 26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Call or email Lauren Ellis, lellis@taccatstlukes.com or (404)-876-6266 ext. 2007 for more information.
 
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, "The Acts of the Apostles," online & in-person, April 27-May 18, Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. In-person sessions meet at Dunwoody UMC. $49 course fee. Register.
 
Online, April 27-June 1, Wednesdays, Ignatian Foundations offers a deeper understanding of Ignatian worldview,. bit.ly/IgnationFoundationsOnline
 
“Exploring Howard Thurman through Written and Spoken Word”  the Rev. Dr. Shively Smith, Boston University School of Theology, a four-week course, Weds at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. For more contact  cholmes@firstpresatl.org. 7:00–8:15 p.m. in the Wirth Room and on Zoom, April 28–May 19.

Souls to the Polls, Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, The Temple, Al-Farook Masjid of Atlanta, the Islamic Speakers Bureau, and Ebenezer Baptist Church will present a panel discussing how people of faith can empower voters during the 2022 election. Join us for Souls to the Polls - a virtual panel on voting rights |...
 
Visit our website for a clergy toolbox for mental health ministry, and more . . . 


Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

  

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