Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 16, 2023


  1. The Interfaith Speakers Network (ISN) provides a panel of local practicing faith representatives from up to 6 faith traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. All panelists are trained in ISN methodologies (including First Amendment guidelines – teach not preach).Would you like to schedule a panel group, organization, or school? Visit Request ISN panel. Interested in becoming a speaker? Contact David Schoenberg at
  2. Did you know L'Arche Atlanta and L'Arche North Carolina host a monthly Sacred Space gathering, at 12:30 p.m. EST on the third Wednesday of each month. They gather on zoom for a thirty minute reflection and sharing time, focusing on a new theme each month. The first Y'all Belong gathering of 2023 will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18Click hereto receive the zoom link and email reminders about Y'all Belong Here. Learn more
  3. Are you working on New Year’s Resolutions? Remember the workshops being offered by the Atlanta Regional Commission – two start this week. Aging Well with Y(our) long-term Pain (6-week workshop), Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.  REGISTER HERE Space is limited. And. Aging Well with Y(our) Diabetes (6-week workshop), Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. REGISTER HERE Space is limited.
  4. Roswell Counseling Center will offer a Grief Support Group, Jan. 18- Feb. 15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., with facilitation by Doyle R. Hamilton III, more about Hamilton. Contact him at (770) 344-0310 or
  5. Jesus spoke to him and so did Elvis and the result was magnificence. The Callanwolde Gallery is delighted to invite guests to attend the upcoming exhibition, “A Feeling Come Over Me,” which celebrates the life and work of the renowned artist Howard Finster. Curated by Howard’s long-time friends and gallery owners, Rick Berman and Jennie Ashcraft Berman. The exhibition features Howard's work from their private collection. This unique event will showcase Finster's impressive work in its splendor and beauty. Opening reception if January 18; exhibition Jan 18-27. Find all the information at Gallery - Callanwolde
  6. “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., in sisters Chapel at Spelman College, with the combined voices of Spelman College Glee Club, Morehouse College Glee Club, Clayton State University, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and Lyke House Catholic Center.
  7.  Hear “Day1” in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM, Sundays, at 7:05 a.m. The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, bishop of the SE Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is the featured preacher Jan. 22. “Fishing in Unusual Places, Finding Faithful Fish,” is based on Matthew 4:12-23 in which Jesus calls his first disciples from their fishing boats.  “As far as Jesus was concerned, their willingness to get up and follow was credentials enough.” Strickland says. “He would make his community out of this diverse, contentious dozen.” “Day 1” is currently distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas, and the “Day1” Weekly Program is on all podcast apps. For more information, check the
  8. You are invited to celebrate the 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Monday, Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta.  Local lay faithful and pastors of different Christian confessions are invited for a moment of fellowship, prayer, and music and to reflect together on the theme, "Do good; seek justice" (Isaiah 1:17). Light refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by the Focolare Movement and IHM Church.  For more information and to register lvisit Registration│Prayer for Christian Unity
  9. The Steeple: History and the Rural Church” launched on Georgia Public Broadcasting this week. The seven-episode series will take us to a collection of historic churches across the Southeast each week, airing every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Watch the series trailerhere. Each episode will also be available to stream on The Steeple Channel on YouTubehere the following day.
  10. Arie Motschman, organist at Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, a graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem and the University of Tennessee, will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, Jan. 22, 3:15 p.m. He will play works by Bach, Vierne, and Locklair. Following the recital, the Cathedral offers a service of Choral Evensong. All recitals and Choral Evensong services are livestreamed on the website at The livestreamed recordings will be available subsequently on the Cathedral website and the Cathedral’s Facebook pages, “The Cathedral of St. Philip” and “Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip.”
  11. “The U.S. & the Holocaust,” a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein, screening and panel discussion featuring WABE’s Lois Reitzes, January 25, 6-8- p.m., at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Road, NW. Atlanta.
  12. Changing the conversation Around Mental Health: Georgia Update, Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Alpharetta First UMC, 69 N. Main St, Alpharetta. If you are unable to attend the in-person event, view live stream via NFMHC Facebook page here. Panelists include representatives from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability, Fulton County DBHDD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and other mental health stakeholders from our community. Register Now
  13. The Faith-based Mental Health initiative and Springfield Baptist Church present “Significance of Spirituality & Emotional Wellness,” January 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 8:30 continental breakfast. Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Dr., Conyers. Find out about the speakers and register at Significance of Spirituality and Emotional Wellness Tickets, Sat, J...
  14. Carl McColman, presenter of Centering Prayer Introductory Workshops and a popular blogger, podcaster and retreat leader, dedicated to exploring the common ground between faith traditions, is featured in a mini-retreat, Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Child Hall, the Cathedral of St. Philips. Learn how prayer, imaginative meditation and silent contemplation are tools for interior transformation and deep intuitive insight. When we learn to discover God's presence in our lives through silent prayer and the imagination, we learn how to be more truly human. Visit to purchase tickets or learn more
  15. “Let’s Talk About GRIEF,” January 28, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., sponsored by Life Transitions Education Ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 306 Peyton Road SW, Atlanta 30311. If you have questions email
  16. Music at Morningside, the Nancy Frampton Rising Artist Series 2023 Season begins Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. with a fund raising event featuring the pianist Dr. Min Kwon. Kwo holds two degrees from the Julliard School of Music and is a much sought after concert pianist. She made her debut at twelve as piano soloist with the Korean Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic. The Nancy Frampton Rising Artists Series — Morningside Presbyterian...
  17. Brahms, “a German Requiem,” Sat, Jan. 28, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309. During Archdiocese of Atlanta night, join families to enjoy this signature work of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. There will be a pre-concert discussion with Michael Accurso, director of liturgy and choirmaster at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Visit more information and discounted group tickets. 
  18. Rewrite Ladies Luncheon, February 2, at The Carlyle, 1919 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta 30324, featuring Toni Collier, this women's only luncheon gives you an opportunity to unplug and be renewed while connecting with friends and getting more involved in rewriting the stories of women who were victims of sexual trauma and exploitation. Visit to become a sponsor, patron, or to purchase tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Van Eaton at CAROLINE@HOCATL.ORG.
  19. Ignatian Retreat: Rooted in Our Experience of God – Praying for Racial Unity,Ignatius House6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs, GA Directed by Fr. Greg Chisholm, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. – Feb. 5 at 12 p.m., this weekend retreat will offer an opportunity to use distinctive aspects of Ignatian spirituality to reflect on the reality and possibilities of racial unity in our communities and, more broadly, on the experience of black Christians in today’s world. All are welcome! Cost $350 
  20. Save the date for An Afternoon with Callie Day, Feb. 5, 2 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church. She will be accompanied by four metro choirs, including our Central’s Chancel Choir, and pianist Dr. Tony McNeill. Ticket information will be out this week.
  21. “The Preacher and the Poet,” with Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Feb. 6 – March 4,  a six-week, online course exploring preaching as an act of poetic and prophetic imagination. Participants will consider the poet’s art and craft as a resource, a hermeneutic, and a set of Christian practices for preaching in a postmodern world. Program Fee $190. Contact
  22. Save the date for the tenth annual New Americans Celebration, Feb. 14, at the Georgia State Capitol. Registration will open soon.
  23. IF Women's Gathering 2023, Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, tickets for the in person Dallas meeting are sold out. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church offers the opportunity to participate with a remote group. Meals, snacks, and childcare are free, so your cost is the $19 registration fee. RSVP at If you have questions contact


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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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