Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 30, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of  May 30, 2016


World Refugee Day is June 20, churches are celebrating on Refugee Sunday June 26. Today, for the first time since World War II, there are more than 50 million refugees in the world. Lutheran resources; Episcopal Resources; Ecumenical resources; Presbyterian Church USA;  World Relief; World Vision.

1. The work of Reclaim It Atlanta on Fulton Industrial has come to an end. The facility housing it has been purchased; they must be out by June 24. $100,000 of inventory, unclaimed freight, furniture, and fixtures must be liquidated.  Remodelers, artists, those needing furniture will find most things are marked at 50% off. Bulk purchases will be discounted. Fill a 10 foot trailer for $1000. Other deals will be considered. 900 Wendell Court, Suite A, Atlanta 30336, (404)274-2406

2. The Rev. Emily C. Heath, pastor of the Congregational Church UCC in Exeter, N.H., is the featured preacher June 5 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Heath, a graduate of Emory University and Columbia Theological Seminary, bases her sermon “Resurrection Phobia” on the account of Jesus’ raising of the widow’s son from the dead in Luke 7:11-17. Find out where you can hear her on Sunday morning or read or hear the sermon now at

3. Next Sunday evening, June 5, at 7 p.m., the Jung Society of Atlanta in partnership with Mosaic Voices presents a rare East coast appearance of Michael Meade, renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology, who has an unusual ability to tap into ancestral sources of wisdom and connect them to the stories we are living today. Note the day is Sunday and the venue is the Lupton Auditorium at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, N.E. The price for everyone is $15 and more information and tickets are available at  and at .

4. Theology on Tap:  A New Way to Believe, June 9, 16, 22, and 29, 7-8:30 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center. Not sure what you believe?  Wondering if and how you fit into traditional religious organizations?  Restless for an authentic faith and life?  You are not alone.  Join Kimberly Broerman, Spiritual Director of Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration to explore a different theological question each gathering. Cost for this series is $100.  Learn more here or contact Kimberly at (404)275-3328 or

5. A team of neighborhood leaders from Atlanta and Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties have been working with Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and NeighborWorks America on strategies for strengthening neighborhoods slow to recover from the housing crisis. Attend Neighbors Together: Creating Neighborhood Opportunity, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, June 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Topics include Fostering more inclusive communities, Building positive neighborhood images that attract new residents and desired business, Improving neighborhood safety. The event is free and each participant will receive lunch, T-Shirt, and all event materials. Questions? Contact Susan Adams at Register here.

6. Come sing at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, host of the Choral Guild of Atlanta Summer Sing, Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m., 1978 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody 30338. This annual event will feature the music of special guest for the morning, composer Curtis Bryant.

7. 2016 Peachtree Pops at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m., in the sanctuary, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta. The 8th Annual American Pops Concert features Peachtree musicians and special guests from around the city with something for everyone -- choirs, soloists, handbells, organ and orchestra, patriotic favorites, Broadway classics, and plenty of audience participation, including a musical salute to our men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and ice cream on the lawn afterwards.  Free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken. Nursery is available for children 5 and under.

8. Aug 15-17, 2016 and January 23-25, 2017 are the dates for the Second Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy, part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia. The Colloquy designed for mid-career clergy who seek to participate in a professional formative conversation or to reflect on their vocational experience and assess their ability to meet the leadership needs of their organization. Event is by application only; applications are accepted through June 15. For more information and the link to the application, visit

9. Don’t miss Tex Sample,  world renowned storyteller, author, pastor, and servant, at Sandy Springs Christian Church, June 17-18. SSCC, 301 Johnson Ferry Road, NW, Sandy Springs, has a long tradition of bringing nationally sought-after preachers and speakers to our area in this fantastic lecture series. Register at or by calling (404) 256-2582.

10. The Blueprint for Change Faith and Community Alliance will host meetings to discuss the impact of child welfare reform. Come find out how you can help protect vulnerable children in your community. There will be five meetings in the area:

Clayton Co., Wednesday, June 22, 10-11:30 a.m., 877 Battlecreek Rd., Jonesboro

Cobb, Thursday, June 23, 9-10:30 a.m., 325 Fairground St., Marietta

Gwinnett, Friday, June 24, 9-10:30 a.m., 75 Langley Dr., Lawrenceville

DeKalb, Wednesday, July 13, 9-10:30 a.m., 178 Sams St., Decatur

Fulton, Thursday, July 14, 9-10:30 a.m., 1249 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, Atlanta


11. June 23 is AoP Day, the day to celebrate the founding of the Academy of Preachers. Six celebrations will be held; one is in Atlanta. Events include a presentation by a young preacher, report on AoP programs including plans for the first International Festival, and appeal for membership and donations. June 23, 12 noon, Morehouse College, King Chapel, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, lunch with Joseph and Bianca Howard hosting and special guest Dean Lawrence Carter. Atlanta, Georgia (register here)

12. Living the Caregiver Journey conference, Peachtree Corners Christian Church, 6060 Spalding Drive, Norcross 30092, is June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Lunch is included.  The conference will provide caregivers and families of caregivers information on a variety of topics from health directives to spiritual strength during this part of their journey.  The conference is only $10 and registration information can be found at     Or  find the Registration Form

13. Atlanta Interfaith Leaders Fellowship invites you to The Baha’i Tradition – An Overview: History, Principles and World Impact, Sunday, June 26,  2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Baha’i Unity Center, 2370 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur 30035. There is no charge for this event. All are welcome. A mixture of speaker presentations and informal question and answer will guide us through the stories of the tradition. Unlike many of the world’s religious traditions, the Baha’i have no country which currently serves as home. The tradition has prospered as a minority tradition in most parts of the world. Among the take-aways may be ideas on how to assure survival of our respective traditions and communities when they find themselves minorities.  

14. The Neshma and Atlantic Institute Interfaith Iftar is coming up on June 26, 7 p.m. Keynote speakers will be Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Maria Cressler, and Zehra Ozturk, representing the three Abrahamic faiths, speaking on the topic of Hospitality: Welcoming The Stranger.  The conversation will be hosted by Kemal Korucu, director of interfaith affairs at the institute. All are invited to this free event; registration is requested; seating is limited.  Reserve your place here.  

15. Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology will host its inaugural Spirituality and Mental Health Conference, on the theme of “Trauma and Spirituality,” on Friday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Facilitated by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes and Teresa B. Pasquale Mateus, the workshop will enable mental health professionals, clergy, and community activists to understand how trauma can impact or be impacted by spiritual beliefs and practices, to integrate spirituality into trauma treatment, and to minimize their risk of vicarious traumatization when working with traumatized populations. Registration includes lunch and 6 hours of continuing education credit. Learn more and register here.

Check out our website at and remember we will be happy to put your announcements of special musical events, educational opportunities, volunteer needs, etc. in the newsletter. Just send announcements in the body of your email,  no attachments please; be sure to include all contact information and pertinent links.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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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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