Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 15, 2021

Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 15, 2021

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

  1. “Sing Me Home” Choral Guild of Atlanta concert tonight at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 and available online or at the door, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.

 

  1. Wellsprings Contemplative Prayer Circle meets virtually the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. and live the second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Atlanta Friends Meeting House, Decatur. If you'd like to be on the mailing list to receive reminders and mo...email Kimberly. Learn more here.

 

  1. At the Table on AIB Network: Project Understanding of American Jewish Committee - Atlanta is expanding to embrace Gen X Jews and African Americans in a new initiative. Co-chairs Shean Atkins and Pamela Rosenthal explain how the project promotes civic engagement and friendships.  Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser and Parminder Singh are also "At the Table" to explore how faith communities in metro Atlanta have been in coalition with each other over the years as they plan for an upcoming Festival of Faith.  Show airs on Channel 295 (Comcast) and Channel 6 (AT&T U-verse) as well as aibtv.com/aibeverywhere/ Tues. at 9 p.m., Wed. at 1:30 p.m., Fri. at 12:30 p.m., Sat. at 9 p.m. and Sun. at 1:30 p.m., and on www.facebook.com/watchaibtv

 

  1.  November is Diabetes Awareness Month, Georgia Diabetes Coalition says, “Early detection of diabetes is proven to prevent life‑altering complications. That’s why we are happy to provide the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to everyone.”

 

  1. This is inauguration week at Interdenominational Theological Center. Matthew Wesley Williams is being installed as 11th president of the institution with 3 events, Nov. 17-19. R.s.v.p. today to OIA@ITC.edu. ITC Presidential Installation - November 17-19. Virtual attendance is welcome on the Facebook page.

 

 

  1. Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition invites you to a virtual town hall conversation on the rippling effects of racism with Zuri Davis, a criminal justice reform activist and former journalist. “Opening Wide Our Hearts: A Conversation on Racism,” Thurs., Nov. 18, 1:00 p.m. Register Here

 

  1. Coffee at the Capitol: November 18 | Faith in Public Life (actionki... Right now, Georgia's legislature is meeting in a special session to draw electoral maps and take up other issues. Come visit with state Rep Dr. Jasmine Clark and learn more at the next Faith in Public Life Virtual Coffee at the Capitol at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18. There will be time to ask questions and learn more about what will be on the table now and in 2022's legislative session. Clark serves as the representative to House District 108, covering the Lilburn and Mountain Park areas of Gwinnett County.

 

  1. Teresa Morgan, Professor of Graeco-Roman History at the University of Oxford and fellow and tutor in Ancient History at Oriel College, Oxford and McDonald Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Candler, will present a Dean’s Lecture Thursday, Nov. 18 from 4–6 p.m., Room 360, Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. The title is “Entrusted by God: Towards an Ethic of Christian Entrustedness.” In person, with livestreaming to a Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Read more

 

  1. Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration Here's the link to the celebration hosted by Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta. Do not miss this memorable night of diverse faiths coming together to Rebuild Hope Together! Thursday, November 18, beginning at 6:45 p.m. https://bit.lyETCvirtual

 

  1. Atlanta Institute invites us to the Annual Early Thanksgiving with live Turkish music, distinguished speakers, and warm conversation, Nov. 19, 5 p.m. R.s.v.p. by Nov. 17 to ga@theatlanticinstitute.org. The institute is in Alpharetta, 591 N Main Street.

 

  1. The annual Harvest Home Concert is Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s musical celebration of Thanksgiving, a quintessentially American holiday. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. More information at https://www.redeemer.org/ministry/harvest-home-concert-2/

 

  1. The Rev. Colleen Cook, pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ga., is the preacher Nov. 21 on “Day 1.” “What is Truth?” is based on Pilate’s questioning of Jesus found in John 18. Jesus replies to the question about his kingship with a statement that he was born into the world to testify to the truth. “We forget that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image,” she says. “The truth-teller’s work is to unforget our beauty, to remember our loveliness.” “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas and available through podcast apps. Hear it in this area on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information and many resources see http://day1.org

 

  1. A graduate of the University of Hartford, Juilliard, Yale, and the University of Durham, Iain Quinn has performed in venues all over America and Britain and has garnered critical acclaim as editor of books and editions of works by composers of all musical periods. He serves as Associate Professor of Organ at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Quinn will be in concert Sunday, Nov. 21, 3:15 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip, in person and livestreamed. Recitals and Choral Evensong services are livestreamed at cathedralATL.org.

 

  1. You are invited to Equitable Dinners Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. to talk about Anti-Racism and Truth & Reconciliation: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities. The evening opens with an original play by Marcie Rendon, followed by speaker, Laura Cummings Bulgari, Co-Director, Atlanta Indigenous People's Association. Then guests from all over the country have a chance to reflect in small groups and come up with ideas to create change where they live. Register here for this free event.

 

  1. Lutheran Community Food Ministry and the City of Atlanta Office of the Public Defender will host an outdoor Thanksgiving celebration for unsheltered neighbors, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be food and backpacks and other gifts and even mobile showers.

 

  1. Churches Beyond Borders devotions for this year to focus on gender-based violence, looking at both awareness and healing. This booklet contains 16 devotions, timed with and inspired by the annual United Nations campaign, 16 Days of Activism. The campaign runs from Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day). Use these devotions not only for Advent, but also whenever Mary’s Song calls to you and your congregations. Download 16 Devotions for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based ...

 

  1. The Georgia Supportive Housing Association (GSHA) invites you to the 2021 Supportive Housing Conference.  This year's event will be held virtually on Monday, Nov. 29.  The theme is “Emerging from the Pandemic: Stronger, Together. More Information and registration here.

 

  1. Shallowford Family Counseling Center three-part Monday morning Advent series “Turning Toward the Light of Goodness: Spiritual Practices for Advent and Beyond!” begins on Nov. 29. Series is open to all. Pay what you can – no pressure! Donations help sustain programs and fund scholarships. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/4bvbdf9v

 

  1. Georgia Justice Project and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce webinar “Getting Georgians Back to Work: Addressing the Labor Shortage Through Second Chance Hiring.” Friday, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m. Second Chance Hiring, in its broadest sense, is looking at the pool of over 4.3 million people in Georgia who have a criminal history (over 70 million nationwide) to find dedicated and available employees. Register here. This event is a continuation of discussions. For more information, see Event summary: Economic Opportunity, Racial Equity & the Crimin... Resource List for Employers.

 

  1. The Lord is Near – Advent Quiet Day, Dec. 4, 9:30 – 2:00, led by Kristen E. Vincent, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. God is closer - much closer - than we think. In fact God is right here with us. God is with us in the mundane moments of shaving or making toast, just as God is with us in the most extraordinary moments. And that should mean something. This day will focus on what it means that the Lord is near. Vincent is an award-winning author, spiritual director, retreat leader, and artisan whose passion is spiritual formation. The cost is $20; lunch is included.  Register here or contact Jeannie Mahood with questions at jmahood@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031.

 

  1. Professional Black Christian Therapist Network presents “Empowering Culturally Diverse Therapists During the Pandemic” Saturday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. via ZOOM. Click the link below to learn more and register! https://professionalblackchristiantherapistnetwork.org/2021-confere...

 

  1. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer webinar, “Resisting Occupation: A Global Struggle for Liberation (Decolonizing Theology,) Redeemer will host this webinar featuring Mitri Raheb and Miguel De La Torre in discussion of their new book, Dec. 4, at noon. Meeting Registration - Zoom

 

  1. The Archdiocese of Atlanta is partnering with the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration to offer an Expungement Training Workshop for anyone interested in hosting an expungement event in their parish or community with the Rev. John Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple, who have both offered these events in their communities to great success. Click here to learn more about their expungement events. The workshop will be Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the archdiocesan Chancery, located at 2401 Lake Park Drive SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Masks are required in the building.  Click here to register.

 

  1. Registration is open for the 2021 Jane Baird Lecture featuring author and speaker Kathy Izard, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Izard, an award-winning author and speaker, has helped bring transformation to Charlotte in homelessness, housing, and mental health. Her memoir, “The Hundred Story Home,” featured on NPR and The Today Show, inspires people to be change-makers in their own communities. Register here.

 

  1. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary has opened registration for two new cohorts. “Drum Major for Justice” is a five-month certificate program in public theology designed to equip pastors, civic and community leaders, and activists to find their voice in collaboration and organized action with others.  The first starts on Jan. 14, 2022, and has a registration deadline of Dec. 15. The second starts June 17, 2022, and has a registration deadline of May 15. Each cohort is limited to 12 persons. The cost of the program is $1,249.00. Scholarships are available. To learn more or to submit your interest, visit https://www.jcsts.org/copy-of-dmfj-registration.

 

  1. Visit this link for downloadable Advent and Christmas Resources – The Episcopal Church

 

  1. Advent and Christmas devotional tools for Children from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American Southeastern Synod.
  2.  Click here to read about The Gift of Forgiveness :: Charter for Compassion, an online course from Charter for Compassion. It is available to you at your own pace.

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Prayer from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

For the expanding grandeur of creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations:
We give thanks this day.
For this fragile planet earth, its times and tides, its sunsets and seasons:
We give thanks this day.
For the joy of human life, its wonders and surprises, its hopes and achievements:
We give thanks this day.
For our human community, our common past and future hope,
our oneness transcending all separation,
our capacity to work for peace and justice in the midst of hostility and oppression:
We give thanks this day.
For high hopes and noble causes, for faith without fanaticism,
for understanding of views not shared:
We give thanks this day.
For all who have labored and suffered for a fairer world,
who have lived so that others might live in dignity and freedom:
We give thanks this day.
For human liberty and sacred rites;
for opportunities to change and grow, to affirm and choose:
We give thanks this day.
We pray that we may live not by our fears but by our hopes,
not by our words but by our deeds.
We give thanks this day.

Amen. 

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