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Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Anniversary Exhibition In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's life and legacy, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens a new exhibition, “Down Jericho Road: Martin Luther King Jr. in His Final Year.” The exhibit will feature original sermons, speeches, and correspondence from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Location: Voice to the Voiceless Gallery, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30. Stranger Things: Faith and Science in Dialogue. Explore the relationship of science and faith through this 4-week Adult Education course taught by Dr. Paul Wallace, a former NASA scientist and current Lecturer in Physics at Agnes Scott College, and Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio, Scholar in Residence at First Presbyterian Church and Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology. Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Midtown. Free of charge and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit www.FirstPresEDU.org.


Jan. 16 – Feb. 6. “The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself,” Jan 16 and 30, Feb 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305, led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers. This program is free and open to the public. This three-night series will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. January 16, Ms. Soumaya Khalifa, Executive Director, Islamic Speakers Bureau; January 30, Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Candler Prof. of Law, Emory University Law School; February 6, Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam.

Jan. 17. Great Decisions Lecture Series meets at Dunwoody United Methodist Church every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 17 – March 14, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody 30338. GCIV is statewide coordinator for the Great Decisions Program helping facilitate discussion groups and lecture series that give participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of world affairs. Topics change annually and are based on the Foreign Policy Association’s nonpartisan briefing book. Contact Farah Amir for more information. Click

here for more details on the lecture series and how you can register online.

Jan. 18. Interfaith Harmony Week is observed the first week in February. On Jan. 18, 10 a.m., CST, that’s 9 a.m. here, there will be a webinar to help with planning and ideas for the week. More here. h

Jan. 20. Service of Commemoration: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 GA Highway 20 SE, Conyers 30013. January 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Praise Music, 2:30 p.m., The Rev. H. Julian Gordy, Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod, will preach at this annual event sponsored by the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta and the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Jan. 20. Youth Celebration, at St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School, 2560 Tilson Road, Decatur 30032, Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. with honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is an annual tradition in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In collaboration with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia guests are invited to bring canned goods or gently used clothing for our homeless neighbors.

Jan. 20. Atlanta Brassworks, Holy Innocents is proud to offer up a quintet of Atlanta’s finest brass specialists playing the familiar to the not-so-familiar… the melodic to the dissonant… the baroque to the best of modern brass music. A treat for ears, eyes, and soul, Atlanta Brassworks will lift you up. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 7 – 8 p.m. in the Nave. 805 Mount Vernon Highway Atlanta, GA, 30327.

Jan. 21. 2019 Lutheran MLK Day of Service, a day of service to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Monday, January 21, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Click here for information and registration.

Jan. 21. The 6th Annual Interfaith Tree Planting, Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Atlanta's Grove Park and Dunwoody's Brook Run Park sponsored by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and Trees Atlanta. A free event but registration is requested. Join friends of faith to celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees — Tu B’Shvat — and to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which fall on the same day this year. Questions can be directed to info@gipl.org or (404)377-5552.

Jan. 21. MLK Day Parade, NAACP DeKalb County Branch, is January 21. Parade line-up begins at Green Pastures Christian Church at 10 a.m. Call the NAACP for more information (404) 241-8006 or email naacpdek@comcast.net.

Jan. 21. Tickets are still available for Faith and Family Day on Monday, January 21 (MLK Day) 3:00 p.m. as the Atlanta Hawks take on the Orlando Magic. The day will feature performances by Koryn Hawthorne! Tickets can be purchased individually or as a group. For groups of 10 or more contact Ryan Coller at (404)878-3714 or by email at ryan.coller@hawks.com.

Jan. 22. Oxford College of Emory University will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Old Church in Oxford, GA. Dr. Gregory Ellison II, Mr. Julian Reid, and Mr. Tavares Stephens will present: The King Letters: A Retrospective. The MLK community choir will perform along with the college’s gospel choir and a cappella musical groups. This event is free and open to the public. 

Jan. 23. “Building Bridges: How an Interfaith Dialogue Can enhance Our Own Beliefs,” a panel discussion with religious leaders at Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. January 23, 7 p.m., LaSalette Hall. R.s.v.p. here.

Jan. 23. Do you want to raise the voice of faith in the public arena and need to be better informed? This Town Hall Meeting might be of interest. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30– 9 a.m. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District plan this informal, public meeting to keep the Downtown community "in the know." Theatrical Outfit in The Balzer Theater, 84 Luckie St. NW, Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood. Please walk, bike, take MARTA, or utilize rideshare. AtlantaPublicParking.com. Get a ticket here

Jan. 24-27. The Cathedral Antiques Show, Jan. 24-27, is an annual antique show and flower festival presented by the women of The Cathedral of St. Philip. This year the theme is “London Calling.” Details here.


Jan. 26. “A Course in Miracles” teaches that the way to universal love and peace-or remembering God-is undoing guilt through forgiving others. It focuses on healing relationships and making them holy. Saturdays, starting January 26, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., with Samuel Wilson, Life Room, Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta 30311.

Jan. 26. "Healing Justice," on January 26 from 9-11 a.m. We can begin to imagine a replacement for the criminal punishment system through viewing and discussing this inspiring film. It will also be screened on the following dates: Thursday, February 21, 7 - 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.; Sunday, March 24, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Atlanta Friends Meeting Library, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030. For more details and to download the free study guide, go to this site.


Jan. 26. The Archdiocese of Atlanta is partnering with In Our Backyard in their work to eradicate sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. On January 26, come for a one-day public awareness and outreach event that can allow you to help in the recovery of missing children and victims of human trafficking in Atlanta. More information here

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Jan. 26. St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church invites you to a Holy Hike, Saturday, Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. Come hike the Leone Hall Price Park trails, an easy slog, 4715 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw 30152.

Jan. 26. The Shadow Reigns! Archetypal Effects of the First Two Years of the Trump Presidency, lecture by Steven Buser, M.D., Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. this is free for Jung Society members, non-members $20, students $10. Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs 30328. In 2017, Dr. Buser led a packed seminar looking at the early months of Trump's presidency. A lot has happened over the subsequent year. See www.JungAtlanta.com for more.


Jan. 27. The Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, is the featured preacher Jan. 27 on “Day 1.” The program includes interviews with Sundermeier conducted by Peter Wallace, who is also executive producer. “Day 1” has been broadcast nationally every week for over 73 years. For more information check the program’s website, http://day1.org. Hear it in Atlanta on Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.

Jan. 27. GIPL’s Second Annual Green Team Summit, Sunday, January 27, features an keynote address by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s Executive Director, John Lanier, educational workshops, and a farm-to-table dinner. Find out more www.gipl.org

Jan. 27. “Charles Dickens's Case for Redemption and Love,” a lunch and talk by Dr. Katie Bell at First Presbyterian Church, Fifield hall, Sunday, Jan. 27, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., 1328 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30309 Register Sandwich lunch is $10.

Jan. 27. You Are Invited: Book Tour of Ramzy Baroud’s “The Last Earth, a Palestinian Story” Sunday, Jan. 27, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Harrington Center Auditorium, Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030. Enter campus from Inman Drive, park in the parking lot on the left behind the library. R.s.v.p. to Sarah Humphrey, sarah.h.humphrey@gmail.com . 


Jan. 27. Have you been looking for a way to get involved at Northside Drive Baptist Church? On Souper Bowl Sunday, January 27, volunteers are needed to either prepare a pot of soup or chili, or to bake cookies or brownies. They can use help with set up and/or clean up, too. Whatever your talents are, come for a day of fellowship and fun. To volunteer contact Mona Stines at mona.stines@att.net or (404)936-8812.


Jan. 27. The Atlanta Jazz Chorus from the Jazz and Arts Ministry at First Congregational Church in Atlanta under the direction of Dr. Dwight Andrews will present their unique vocals during Jazz Vespers at 4:00 p.m. at the Roswell Presbyterian Church Sunday, Jan. 27. The program will feature spiritually-inspired jazz works from artists such as Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, and Leon Thomas. The church is at 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 30075.


Jan. 27. Come hear the Voices of Hope choir of Arrendale State Prison led by the incredible Rev. Susan Bishop at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta 30305. This 42 member choir has inspired us with their extraordinary faith and voices for many years. Jan. 27, 5 p.m. No admission charge.

Jan. 27. A Service of Recovery & Healing, Sunday, January 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m., 33 North Ave., Atlanta, Once a month, The Rev. Robert Book leads a Holy Eucharist service that is based on the 12 Steps of AA and open to everyone. For more information, contact The Rev. Tim Black at tblack@allsaintsatlanta.org.


Jan. 29. Presbyterians for a Better Georgia presents Advocacy Training - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church Atlanta.  Click here to register.

Jan. 28. The Vega String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The quartet has won numerous international awards and performed in venues and at festivals around the world. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree, Atlanta 30308, Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 General Admission; $25 Students & Seniors (65+). Click here to purchase tickets for Vega String Quartet. 

Jan. 29. Mental Health Day at the Capitol 2019 will be January 29. This day of learning and advocacy is hosted by the Behavioral Health Services Coalition. More later…

January 29-31. In light of the recent discussions about the civil rights of transgender/non-binary people,  register for the seminar in January 2019. Register HERE. Spread the word. Be an educated ally, hosted by The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Jan. 29. Conversations with Men Stopping Violence: The NFL, the Super Bowl, and Violence Against Women, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m., 2785 Lawrenceville Hwy, Suite 112, Decatur 30033. Do you think the NFL is committed to preventing domestic violence within its ranks? Are we holding it (the NFL) to a different standard from other major corporations? Have we decided if you can't beat them join them--Hello Super Bowl! For more information or to R.s.v.p. to udoug@menstoppingviolence.org or (404)270-9894.

Jan. 30. “The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself,” Jan 16 and 30, Feb 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305, led by the Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers. This program is free and open to the public. This three-night series will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. January 30, Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Candler Prof. of Law, Emory University Law School.

Jan. 31. TREE House program director Laura Davis and her team will join the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative Thursday, January 31, 9 – 11 a.m., at Mt. Pisgah UMC, Third Floor, Room S305, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek. The TREE House program will include intervention and recovery services and an intensive outpatient day treatment program for youth and young adults suffering or recovering from a substance abuse disorder.Register here. NFMHC is open to all behavioral healthcare stakeholders in the community including counselors, faith leaders, parents, consumers, educators.

Jan. 31. Faith and Nonprofit Meeting in Peachtree City called by Dr. Willie Myles, Statewide Coordinator of Corporate and Community Partnerships. Connecting with community partners and those seeking to serve fellow Georgians is critical to the realization of the DHS’s vision to build stronger families. At the meeting you will hear from DHS regarding foster care and adoption, child support services, and aging and disability services. Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Peachtree City Christian Church, 500 Kedron Drive, Peachtree City 30269.

Feb. 1 deadline. Animate 2019 is Samford University's summer program in worship leadership. Register yourself, your child, or your group before February 1 for a discounted price. The goal is to provide teenagers with spiritual formation, vocational exploration, group instruction, and individual mentoring in all avenues of worship and the arts. Animate is open to any student who has completed 7th through 12th grade. Animate is also open to adults, who will be led by Eric Mathis. Learn more.

Feb. 1. First Friday at First Jazz 2019. Dwight Andrews kicks off the season on February 1, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets are $20, students $10. Call (404)659-6255 to inquire about season tickets. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.


Feb. 1. It'll be “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!” Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. The documentary on the life and work of Mr. Rogers Friday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. There will be some snacks, but feel free to bring your own as well. And, a Daniel Tiger party for kids at the same time as the documentary so everyone is welcome.

Feb. 1. Immaculate Heart of Mary 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Tony Alonso. Admission is free. A freewill offering will be taken in support of The Atlanta Homeward Choir. Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta 30329.

Feb. 2. “The Thriving Mystic: A Brain-Based Self-Care Conversation for Seekers” with Dr. Jerome Lubbe, Saturday, February 2, 9:00-1:30, Mary & Martha's Place. Information. ,More about Dr. Lubbe here

Feb. 2. The Super Bowl coming to Atlanta. The night before the big game will be exciting. Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®, February 2, Cobb Galleria, is an annual strolling wine and food event featuring a chef from each NFL city serving their signature dish alongside a current or alumni NFL player. Guests will visit food stations, meet chefs and NFL greats, and dance to the sounds of a live band while raising funds for Feeding America food banks in each of the 32 NFL team cities. As the Super Bowl host city, the Atlanta Community Food Bank will receive the largest percentage of funds raised. Get your tickets and VIP tables today.

Feb. 5. Second Chance Day at the Capitol! Expanding Expungement of Convictions in Georgia, February 5, 2019, 9:30 a.m., Georgia State Capitol, Room 406. Register Now. Talk Justice Tuesdays event organized by the Justice Reform Partnership. Expanding Expungement of Convictions in Georgia, February 5, 9:30 a.m., Capitol, Room 406. Expungement reduces reentry barriers and gives rehabilitated individuals a second chance. Find out more with advocates, directly affected individuals, and faith leaders who are seeking to reduce barriers to reentry posed by a criminal record. Hear from legislators, prosecutors, and advocates about pending legislation. Receive training and materials to lobby effectively with lawmakers. Share your story with your legislators. Register today. Contact Helen Mun at Helen@GJP.org with any questions.

Feb. 5. A Women’s Bible Study led by Karen Harwell on “Sacred Rhythms” by Ruth Haley Barton will begin on Feb. 5 at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. This 8-week study will meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and run through March 26. The class will explore Christian disciplines related to scripture, solitude, Sabbath, discernment, and self-examination. Email kharwell@spdl.org for information or to sign up.

Feb. 6. “The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself,” Jan 16 and 30, Feb 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305, led by the Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers. This program is free and open to the public. This three-night series will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. February 6, Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam.

Feb. 7-9. Columbia Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion cohost an important multidisciplinary conference “Migration and Border Crossings,” Feb. 7-9, at Columbia Theological Seminary. The conference will bring together theologians, legal scholars, artists, and leaders of faith communities to explore the causes, processes, and effects of global migration. It will feature keynote addresses by former Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Emilie Townes, as well as addresses and workshops that will offer insights and tools. Register here.

Feb. 7ff. “Walking the Mourner's Path: Transforming Grief into Joyful Living,” Thursdays, Feb. 7 through March 28, 7:00 p.m., St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 4393 Garmon Road, NW, Atlanta 30327. St. Three parishes will sponsor this eight-week workshop for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one. The workshop is centered in prayer and carefully crafted to answer the question, "Where is God in my pain?" The cost is $75; scholarships are available. If you are interested contact The Rev. Tim Black at tblack@allsaintsatlanta.org.

Feb. 8. Mental Health Day at the Capitol, the Behavioral Health Services Coalition is seeking original artwork by persons in recovery to be displayed on Friday, Feb. 8. The art display will take place at the Georgia Freight Depot. If you are interested in displaying pieces, please contact Beth Boersma at bboersma@communityfriendship.org or 404-875-0381, ext. 252.

Feb. 8ff. Compassionate Integrity Training Class: A Three-Week Journey of Mindful Connection, Renewal, and Support, Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. Fridays beginning Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Cost is $150. More information and registration here. By learning skills to calm our bodies and mind, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity.

Feb. 10. The Center for Racial Healing and the Atlanta Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invite you to celebrate the life and witness of the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. The Feast of Absalom Jones, Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:00 p.m., at Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311. The Rev. Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Tutu, will be the preacher. For more information contact Tiffanuy King at Tifferlk@outlook.com

Feb. 10. Atlanta Chamber Players 43rd Season Annual Community Concert, Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church. Audience will be treated to opera and art song selections, and a world premiere by Atlanta composer Marian Harrison titled “Snow” based on the paintings of Atlanta area artist Chase Campbell. Get Tickets for this popular event early.  

Feb. 11,12. Barbara Brown Taylor will deliver The William L. Self Lectures at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves as a trustee for Mercer University and is working on her fourteenth book “Holy Envy.” The lectureship was established to promote the practice of faithful and effective preaching of the gospel and named memory of Dr. Self, pastor emeritus of Johns Creek Baptist Church, a gifted preacher, pastor, author, lecturer, motivational speaker, and innovator in church growth. Monday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tickets here.

Feb. 14. The New Americans Celebration, Feb. 14, 2019, is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants, and Georgia community members who support them. Every year the Coalition of Refugee Services Agencies welcomes over 300 volunteers to the Georgia State Capitol to engage with legislators and share why refugees and immigrants should continue to be welcome in Georgia. Guests are asked to register in advance here. 

Feb. 25-27. CBF’s ChurchWorks conference creates space each February for congregational ministers of education and spiritual formation to be equipped for the journey through creativity, community, and worship. This year focuses on sharing the love of Christ by battling injustice, exclusion, and marginalization. Feb. 25-27, 2019, at Third Baptist Church in St. Louis. Register today at www.cbf.net/ChurchWorks.

March 2. Nadia Bolz-Weber, the “Shameless” book tour, March 2, 7 – 10 p.m., the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta 30305. Tickets are already sold out at some stops on this tour. See www.nadiabolzweber.com ;Ticket info.


May 19-24. The 2019 Georgia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation will be held at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simon’s Island, May 19-24, 2019. The theme is “Enfolding the Goodness of God.” Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is offering some assistance for CBF clergy and laity interested in attending. An application is available online to apply for financial aid to attend. Read more>>

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