Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 6, 2023

1. Now open at Pitts Theological Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, "This Sacred Art: The Emergence of the Printed Book in Fifteenth-Ce...  The exhibition explores how printed books were made, decorated, and bound, their content, the book trade, and the enduring influence of incunabula (books printed before 1501). Visit the gallery during the library's open hours to see this exciting new exhibition!


2. Remember the Chaplain's Lecture, Oxford College of Emory University, Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity professor, host of the podcast "Everything Happens," and author of, Everything Happens: And Other Lies I've Loved,  Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford College Student Center. Free, open to the public. Register at


  1. Lunchtime Recital with Jonathan Pilkington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12:15 p.m. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308. Tenor Pilkington, instructor of voice at Emory University, offers a free lunchtime recital of art songs and arias, featuring the music of Browne, Hahn, Handel, Rorem, and Strauss.


  1. American Friends Service Committee is accepting applications for a hands-on learning program, Emerging Leaders for Liberation. Applicants must be 18-22 years old as of April 1, 2023, and have a relationship to an AFSC program, a Quaker college, organization, or a Quaker meeting. The first cohort will begin meeting in April 2023. The application will close on March 12. Interested in learning more? Join an information session on February 8, at 8 p.m. ET to learn how you or a young adult you refer can apply.
  2. Requiem: Mozart & Howells, Cathedral Choir & Schola with orchestra, Dale Adelmann, conductor, Friday, Feb. 10, Mozart’s timeless masterpiece is paired with the sublimely beautiful, a cappellaRequiem by Herbert Howells. In the gracious acoustic of the Cathedral of St. Philip nave, this is sure to be 75 minutes of bliss. Advance & Patron tickets and more information at and the Cathedral Book Store 404-237-7582. Cathedral of St. Philip.


  1. Exhale | Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary | Paul Timothy Rober..., Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Come to a trusted place for safe conversation.


7 An Evening in Vienna, Friday, February 10, 8:00 p.m. Under the direction of Maestro Michael Palmer, the Georgia State Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, Edith Kraft will take us back to Imperial Vienna for a magical night of beautiful music by Mozart and Tchaikovsky' Romeo and Juliet. Concerts@First. Free admission. First Presbyterian Church. Parking in Lanier Lot at 1337 Peachtree Street. RSVP


  1. If your congregation has a health ministry or a clergy position devoted to pastoral care you will be interested in the free Black Health Matters Winter Health Summit & Expoto be held at the Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland Street NE in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 11.   The program will also be available On Demand. Preregistration is required.  Space is limited to attend in person, so click hereto register today.


  1. Alexandra Chappell will offer her final degree recital towards the Master of Music at Georgia State University at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. This free program will include the music of Bach, Boulanger, Carissimi, Laitman, and Scarlatti, including a cantata with chamber orchestra led by Director of Music Dr. Kirk Rich.


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he Rev. Dr. Randy Harris, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, is the featured preacher Feb. 12 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and by podcast. His sermon “Fully Human” draws the portion of the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus’s comments seem to make portions of the Torah even more demanding. “Let’s be honest. We really wish he had said something different,” Harris says. “But that’s not what he does. Jesus sets a high bar here for sake of life together.”  Hear Day 1 in Atlanta on WSB 750 AM and 95.5 Sundays at 7:05 a.m. Visit for an archive of sermons and many other resources.  


  1. Organist Sarah Johnson will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, Feb. 12, 3:15 p.m. playing works of Bach, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Percy Whitlock, and John Knowles Paine. She is minister of music at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Rochester, NY, a graduate of Vassar and Boston University, and currently a DMA candidate at Eastman School of Music, studying under David Higgs. Following the recital, the Cathedral offers Choral Evensong for the Eve of the Feast of Absalom Jones at 4:00. Concertgoers are welcome in person or via livestream on the Cathedral’s website (


  1. You are invited to join people of faith throughout our state at a ❤ "Have a heart" ❤valentines for legislators writing party. Each valentine will provide information on how our legislators can help us create a Georgia where all children thrive.  Do you want to help express how much we love, value, and cherish all children in Georgia and their families? Join a party Sunday, Feb. 12 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, following Mass. Contact Danielle Gray ( Or Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Joy Borra (




Join the Club RCA Volunteer Team! Respite Care Atlanta  seeks volunteers for its program that affords adults living with mild-to-moderate dementia meaningful activities, fellowship, and good food.  Volunteers share their ideas and talents while helping provide a safe and stimulating environment. Monthly Info Sessions at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church (the program location) give prospective volunteers a closer look at the program and the volunteer roles and a chance to ask questions. Session meetings are at 10-11 a.m. The next session is Monday, Feb. 13. Contact Jane Brann at to reserve a spot.


  1. Urban Health Initiative orientation and member recognition gathering, Valentine’s Eve, Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Come find out about this innovative initiative and if you’ve a rolling suitcase to share with unhoused people, bring that! R.s.v.p. at


  1. Premier of Forrest's "Lux Aeterna: Dawn From on High" Morningside Presbyterian Church, Monday, February 13; 7:30 p.m., Composer Dan Forrest along with 100 women's voices from Morningside Presbyterian, University of S.C. School of Music, Mercer University School of Music and Vox Anima Women's Chamber Choir-London present this Atlanta premier Click for tickets.


  1. Registration is now open for the tenth annual New Americans Celebration at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, February 14.  This is an annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants, and allied communities. The event is hosted by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies.  Register here.


  1. Dr. Hadia Mubarak, assistant professor of religion at Queens University, Charlotte, will speak at Candler School of Theology about her new book, Rebellious Wives, Neglectful Husbands: Controversies in Modern Qur'anic Commentaries, Feb. 16 from 5:00-6:15 p.m. Mubarak’s book explores significant shifts in Qur'anic commentaries on the subject of women against the backdrop of broader historical, intellectual, and political developments in twentieth-century North Africa. This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions contact Register at


  1. Concerts@First, Friday, February 17, 12:00 p.m., Bach's Lunch: "The Fifth Dimension." First Presbyterian Church. Free Parking in Lanier lot, 1337 Peachtree St. Violist James Dunham and cellist Norman Fisher perform Mozart's Viola Quintet and Glazunov's Cello Quintet with Vega Quartet. Co-presented with Emory Chamber Music Society. RSVP


  1. Seeing the Unseen: A bishop and gun safety activist offers a way forward from opposing viewpoints. Spirituality Conference with the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Saturday Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sliding Scale pricing is available, and lunch is included. Beckwith is the co-founder of Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence, a national ecumenical group of diverse religious leaders.


  1. Registration is open 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, register at


  1. Join Georgia Parent Support Network for the 19th Annual "Unmasking Children's Mental Illness" Mardi Gras Ball. 'Let the Good Times Roll' as they crown the Queen and King of children's mental health. Dance the night away, enjoy thrilling games and delicious food, network with friends, and bid generously in live and silent auctions. Tuesday, February 21, 6- 9 p.m., Delta Flight Museum 1060 Delta Blvd Hapeville, GA 30354  Register here.


  1. Lenten Whole40, A Small Group Experiment in Changing Our Spiritual Diet, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 23-April 6, 2023 (7 sessions) via Zoom. We have awareness of what is nutritious to eat and what is “junk food.” This Lent, explore your spiritual diet - what we ingest and why, how it feels and how it nourishes our deepest human hungers, or leaves us starving for more. Space is limited; Sign up by Friday, Feb. 17. Sign up here.


  1. Lenten Retreat, 3 nights, Feb. 24 6:00 p.m. – Feb. 26 12:00 p.m., Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs. Retreats at Ignatius House introduce participants to important principles of Ignatian prayer and engage them in meditations based on key aspects of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The retreats combine elements of both guided prayer experiences and individual one-on-one spiritual conversations with a spiritual director. To register visit


  1. The Sound of the Genuine - Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, GA Saturday, Feb. 25. The Sound of the Genuine: Becoming More Alive in the Spirit’s Presence. River Guerguerian, a world-renowned percussionist from Asheville, will lead a series of guided meditations as we reflect on the power of sound, integrating both themes offered through the reflections of Howard Thurman, mystic, pastor, and civil rights leader as well as well as poetry and other reflections highlighting the call to listen and discern as a community. Also invited are other friends, including Lerita Coleman Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, Bobbi Patterson and Rebecca Parker. See more


  1. Bethel United Methodist Church presents a free community concert featuring Claflin University Concert Choir, Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. Telephone at the church is (770) 474-2570.


  1. The Drum Major for Justice Certificate in Public Theology from Johnson C. Smith Seminary equips pastors, lay people, activists, and others to find their voice in collaboration and organized action with others.  The 5-month certificate program explores the common roots of racial oppression and resistance movements in order to mobilize churches and communities to pursue racial justice and societal transformation. Rev. Dr. Amantha Barbee is the Senior Facilitator for the Drum Major for Justice Cohort. She is Senior Pastor at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. Learn More!


  1. Georgia’s Interfaith Community invites you to pray for legislators and the legislative session. During the hour-long prayer vigil, Blessings for Beloved Community, religious leaders and legislators will pray that the well-being of Georgia's children be on the hearts of elected officials as they consider laws and policies this year. This event occurs the day before bills must be passed and 'crossed over' to the other house of the legislature, “Crossover Day.” Prayers and reflections will be offered from many faiths. Registerand join on line. Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and will be streamed Facebook and Youtube

  2. Useful for groups or personal reflection, this downloadable and printable nine-page PDF includes three Lenten-themed articles for study and conversation. From the editors ofThe Living Church. Suffering and Faithfulness: Free Discussion Guide for Lent


  1. Save the date for the 2023 Atlanta Unity Seder, Wednesday evening, March 29, The Temple

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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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