Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 17, 2020

Visit the community calendar for previously announced upcoming events and opportunities. It is full! 

1. A reminder of “Living Fully as God’s Beloved – Celebrating Henri Nouwen,” February 21-23, at Ignatius House. For more information and to register, click here

2.”Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ Impact in Communities of Color,” Feb. 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. Documentary “In Our Right Mind” and panel discussion with the producer and a team of physicians. Register online at

3. Reminder of “Peace in the Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective” with Jonathan Kuttab, Sponsored by Joining Hands for Justice, Palestine/Israel. Saturday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Columbia Theological Seminary, R.s.v.p. to or (770)722-5682

4. Tova Sido, author, speaker, and mom, is the preacher Feb. 23 on Day1. “To be a follower of Jesus Christ is not always easy,” she says. “Jesus is not Santa Claus. Just because we believe in him and are good doesn’t mean we get everything we want.” Day1 has been broadcast every week for 75 years. Hear it on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday or find it at

5. Faith and Politics Potluck Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center, Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, guided by Kimberly Broerman, Spiritual Director, Deep Waters Center. Come to the table: Come share your story about how your faith shapes your politics; Come practice speaking with conviction while listening with reverence; Come wrestle with the critical questions facing our nation. Come discern how your beliefs and values are challenging you to engage in the coming elections. Cost is $10 plus a dish to share. To R.s.v.p. contact or (404) 275-3328. Space is limited. Sign up by Friday.

6. Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society Annual Concert of Remembrance: A Tribute to the Lynching Victims of Georgia featuring original compositions by African American women, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd, Atlanta 30314. R.s.v.p. by Friday, Feb. 21, to

7. If you are interested in finding out about upcoming training from the International Human Trafficking Institute email

8. The daily devotional series for Lent from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Journey to the Cross, returns to d365 on Ash Wednesday, February 26 through Sunday, April 19. This series features scripture, prayer, and meditative thoughts accompanied by the gentle piano arrangements. 

9. Pitts Theology Library invites you to an evening with Prof. Thomas Kidd of Baylor University, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Please let them know if you are coming R.s.v.p. here. Kidd is at the forefront of conversations about evangelicalism in America. He will be discuss his new book “Who is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis.” This is a great opportunity to think alongside him about this important topic, one that is explored in the current exhibition Thy Kingdom Come: American Evangelicalism from George Whitefield to Contemporary Politics. There will also be opportunities for conversation with the exhibition curators and a book signing with Prof. Kidd. Pitts Theology Library (Room 360), Emory University, 1531 Dickey Dr. Atlanta 30322. For information about parking and directions, visit

10. Correction for the day of the “The Power of Prayer in the Testimony” Prayer Breakfast at Ben Hill United Methodist Church. It is Saturday, Feb. 29. For more, contact Gail Stafford at Register here

11. Supportive Housing Networking Event, Thursday, March 5, 6-8 p.m., Realm Condominium, 3324 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30326. Get to know people and have conversations that can lead to good partnerships and friendship. This is an informal, drop-in event. To register click here.

12. Interfaith Peace Symposium, a women’s event, Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Baitul Ata, 1800 Willow Trail Parkway, Norcross 30093. Speakers from different faiths will highlight interpretation of "Peace" from their particular faith practices.More . . .

13. Lake Oconee Community Church Lenten Soup Suppers, March 4 and 25, and April 1. Participants share in bringing supper. March 11, Janice Hume - Professor, Department Head at Grady School of Journalism, UGA - What "Obituaries tell us about Life and Culture; " March 25 - Becky Matheny, "Living Life to the End, Lessons from Funerals and Life Events;" April 1 – “Truth or Lie?” Sing up with

14. Mountain Top Lectures in conjunction with the University of North Georgia announces the Mountain Top Lectures Spring Lecture, Hoag Auditorium – University of North Georgia. Saturday - March 14, Registration is now open. Click here to register Dr. Robin Meyers will be the speaker. His latest book is Saving God from Religion: A Minister's Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age. Lecture topics include "Spiritual Defiance,” "Quantum Physics and the Future of God" and "Saving God from Religion.”

15. Registration is open Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm. Session 1 (ages 11 – 13): June 15 – 20. Session 2 (ages 13 – 15): June 22 – 27. Do you know a young person who wants to change the world or make a difference in their community? As always, campers will learn about human rights, meet inspiring peacemakers, help others through meaningful service projects, and explore issues that matter to them and to the world. They will also meet new friends and have a ton of fun! Tuition is on a sliding scale; no camper is turned away for financial reasons. Registration deadline is April 1. Register here.

16. Louisville Institute’s Collaborative Inquiry Team program supports teams typically of four to eight pastors and professors who propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Teams must have a balance of pastoral and academic researchers who will spend from 18 to 36 months exploring together a living question currently confronting church and society. Application deadline is April 1.

17. The Cathedral Book Store presents Ilia Delio, “Christifying the Universe,” Friday, April 17. The central core of Christianity is the incarnation, the Word made flesh. Ilia Delio, a Franciscan Sister and theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology, will explore Teilhard’s notion of christification in an unfolding universe, what this means in terms of nature, the environment, the human person and the future fullness of life. Friday, April 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Cathedral of St. Philip,2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, 30305. Click here for tickets. $35 general admission; $20 student tickets; $12 extra for boxed lunch

18. Camp SOS is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Registration is open for the ninth year of this camp for family members ages 6 to 96 at Twin Lakes in Winder, May 1-3. Find out more at

19. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 session of SUMMA Theological Debate Camp at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, July 21-29. There's no better place to enjoy the great outdoors, make new friends, and explore life's biggest questions! SUMMA welcomes campers from all backgrounds and faith traditions. Camp is open to high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2020. All you need to know is here

20. Hear authors of “Passionate for Justice” Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe on the life and times of Ida B. Wells on the CBF Blog.

21. Life Shine Ministries in Morrow is in need of some volunteers. Find out more about this ministry and how you can help at

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Prayer for the people of Beirut

Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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