Church Action eNewsletter Week of Jan. 19, 2015

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of January 19, 2015


1. Robert M. Franklin, Candler’s newly minted James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, will present "From Here to There: Dr. King's Vision, Our Current Reality and the Way Forward" on Wed. Jan. 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in room 252 of the Rita Anne Rollins Building at Emory. This is his first public lecture as Laney Professor. Register here.

2. Bi-monthly meeting of Georgia Latinas Against Domestic Violence, Friday, Jan. 23, 12 noon, YWCA of NW Georgia, 48 Henderson Street SW, Marietta 30064. Find out all about the upcoming Nestras Voces conference, Moving Forward: Uniting Latino Communities to Fight Gender Based Violence. 

3. United Way Project Overcoat is this week, through Jan. 24. Provide new and gently used coats and blankets to men, women, and children in the need by donating items at Kroger.

4. Saturday evening, January 24, 7:30 pm, the Jung Society of Atlanta presents “The Hero With a Thousand Faces: A Storytelling Program with Music,” by John Gentile, Ph.D., Professor at Kennesaw State University, playwright, and storyteller, with music by  Henry Scott, KSU faculty member, director, choreographer, and musician. Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s work, this program features hero tales from the world’s great folk and literary traditions.  Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd. NW, 30327.  Public- $20, students - $10, JSA members – free. More info at

5. Winter Concert of the DeKalb Choral Guild, Et in Terra Pax: Peace in a World of Conflict singing with the group will be Ars Cantabile of the Avondale Children's Chorus. This concert highlights DCG’s signing of the Charter for Compassion. Saturday, January 24, 8 p.m., Avondale Estates First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Rd, Avondale Estates 30002, Tickets are $5.00.  Buy Tickets Tickets are $5, ages 12 and under are free this concert.

6. The Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, is the featured speaker Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at “No Time to Lose,” his sermon for Jan. 25, is based on the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry in Mark. He says, “Eternity walks side by side with time. This is what Jesus tells us at the start of his ministry. You don’t have to wait until you die to experience a whole different kind of life.”

7. Justice and Response: Lessons Learned from the Holocaust, a powerful and unforgettable event featuring Benjamin Ferencz and Donald Ferencz.  Benjamin Ferencz was born in Romania, immigrated to the USA in the 1920s, and after graduating from Harvard Law School, returned to Europe as a Liberator where he witnessed first hand the atrocities of the Holocaust. He is the only living Chief Prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials. He was instrumental in the formation of the International Criminal Court and is a world renowned Human Rights Lawyer. Donald Ferencz was born in Nuremberg, Germany where his father had served as Chief Prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials. He is a lawyer, an educator and a proponent of the rule of law. Together with his father, he created the Planethood Foundation that advocates for replacing the law of force with the force of law. He is a lawyer for Global Justice. The event also includes an exhibit. Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg's Legacy, created and circulated by the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida. This event is being held in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day , Sunday, January 25, Exhibit & Opening Reception 6:30 p.m.; Justice and Response Program 7:00-8:30 p.m. followed by a Dessert Reception. Atlanta Jewish Academy Auditorium, 5200 Northland Drive, Atlanta  30342. No charge for the program, but please R.s.v.p. at(855)665-4234 or email  

8. Remember the Cobb Faith Partnership Holiday Fellowship, Wednesday, January 28, 11:45 – 1, Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Begin this year with Rhea Posey and the Joseph’s Network, connect the faith community for first response and be prepared for emergencies of cold and disaster. Light

9. Women’s Health and Empowerment Conference, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 West View Drive, Atlanta, Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. - 4 pm., workshops, health screenings, fashion, Affordable Health Care, and more.  Registration starts at 8. Register online at

10. YEA (Youth Ensemble of Atlanta) will hold auditions Saturday, January 31, beginning at 9 a.m.    Youth ages 8-22 who are interested in the performing arts are invited to audition. Young men are especially encouraged. Scholarships are available. Applicants should (1) prepare a monologue (1-2 minutes); (2) prepare an unaccompanied vocal selection and (3) be prepared to move and/or dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. To schedule an audition time slot, call (404) 652-0515.  Please speak slowly and leave (1) your name, (2) the name & age of your child and (3) a call back phone number.  YEA is located at 9 Gammon Avenue, 5 minutes south of Turner Field.  Visit for directions and additional information.

11. Local Atlanta faith leaders will be featured at the Black Family Expo on February7. Find out more Georgia International Convention Center.

12. Baha’is of Dunwoody World Religion Day Celebration February 7. World Religion Day is observed each year by Baha'is in the United States and increasingly around the globe. It  involves interfaith discussions, conferences, and other events that foster understanding and communication among the followers of all religions. The Dunwoody event will include music, storytelling, and other artistic presentations from various faith traditions and cultures in a celebration of the spiritual wealth of the world's religious heritage. Northlake Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084 on February 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.

13. The community is invited to the 37th Annual AMIS Day Celebration! Sunday, February 8, Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Dr, NE. Atlanta 30306; 5:30 p.m. popcorn, making valentines for friends, and social time; 6 p.m. Middle Eastern dinner with program featuring international students. Suggested Donation:  $14 per person, $8 international students, and children 10 and under.  R.s.v.p. by email to by Friday, January 30.  Pay in advance via PayPal (please add $1 to cover processing costs) and let them know you are coming by emailing  here. Or you can send a check to AMIS, 3434 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1202. Directions

14. “Vatican II, The Synod, and the Church's Pastoral Ministry” with John O’Malley, S.J., Georgetown University, Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., The Center for Ethics Common (Room 102) Aquinas Center, Emory university. The Second Vatican Council updated the Church's pastoral approach which means it is impossible to understand Pope Francis, the Synod on the Family, and the current tasks of the Church's ministry without understanding the Council. Father O'Malley will review how Vatican II gave the Church's pastoral ministry a "new" orientation and what that orientation means for Catholics today.  Admission is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets. Directions.

15. The Revolution of Love Concert, a benefit for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m., Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, #102, Atlanta 30309 Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.. GCADV is a 501(c)3 and 100% of your purchase price is tax deductible!

16. The Rev. Martha Sterne, an Atlanta author and priest, will lead a program Saturday, Feb. 21, for Mary & Martha's Place titled "Real, Local & Organic: 21st-Century Spirituality." The day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $65 and includes lunch. Registration begins Jan. 15 at

17. Winter Gala with the William Baker Festival Singers, the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, the DeKalb Choral guild, the Gwinnett Young singers, Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Rd., Atlanta 30317, and Sunday, Feb. 22, Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30308. Tickets at the door or online at

18. Roswell UMC’s Acting UP is excited to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OklahomaFriday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. With an onstage cast of more than 30 and a live 20-piece orchestra, this popular musical is not to missed. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for reserved seating. Information (770)261-1709 or  Roswell UMC is at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in the heart of Historic Roswell. Information (770)993-6218.

19. Zion Baptist Church Evangelistic Outreach Ministry offers an outreach training workshop “Being Equipped for Outreach Service” on Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.Historic  Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta GA 30060. Call for information (770)427-8749.

20. Francine Reed with the Jez Graham Trio will present a benefit concert for Imagine No Malaria, a program of The United Methodist Church. The North Georgia Conference is sponsoring the event at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, March 3, 7:30 p.m.  All proceeds go to end death and suffering through Imagine No Malaria. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at and at the door. Free CD of Francine's music to the first 100 persons in attendance. Reed was recently inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She has sung with Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Miles Davis, and Etta James. Hear her at

21. Hunger Walk/Run. On Sunday, March 15, more than 15,000 people will come together at Turner Field to get outdoors, get moving, and have fun, all for a good cause -- to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief in our community. Want to be one of them? Register for Hunger Walk/Run 2015 today! Last year, the event raised more than $800,000 to help the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other local charities feed hungry neighbors in our community.

22. Open Door Community, 910 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta 30306, needs volunteers to help staff the Foot Care Clinic on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-9:15. Other needs are backpacks and Smart Wool (or equivalent) socks. (404)874-9652.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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