Ramadan is here and so are the iftar dinners from the Atlantic Institute. Check all the dates, participants, R.s.v.p. information, and registration options below. You are welcome to dinner more than once.
Family Iftar Dinners, May 10 - June 1, share the joy of Ramadan at a Muslim home. R.s.v.p. here.
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
March 20, ff. Lenten/Spring Bible Study at The Lake Oconee Community Church, 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Mar 20, Apr 3 & 17, May 1 & 15. “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. This study explores the texts of the story and how ethical and spiritual questions are raised for all of us in our everyday experience. Becky Matheny leads the study of in a format of open discussion. For more information email Becky Matheny
May 15. All who were able to see the film, "Healing Justice," and others who are interested in restorative justice are urged to attend the next meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group, May 15 (3rd Wednesday , not the usual 2nd Wed), at 7 p.m. at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030.
May 16. Find out about the Dementia Friendly Brookhaven Initiative. The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce presents Dr. Hu, Professor of Neurology at Emory University and a national and international champion of Dementia Inclusive & Friendly Communities, May 16, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Read more>>
May 16. For those involved with prison and justice ministries-- “Advocating for Second Chances: Children of Incarcerated Parents,” May 16, 6:30 p.m., Liberty County Courthouse, Multipurpose Room, 100 Main Street, Hinesville 31313. Free and Open to the public. Call (912) 877–54293 if you have questions. Sharon Turner of Atlanta’s Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents will speak along with the superintendent of the Liberty County School System, a judge with the juvenile court, and a professional counselor.
May 16. Navigate! is a celebration of The Lighthouse’s hearing aid program showcasing student musicians from the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a wine and spirits auction at the beautiful Callanwolde Arts Center, Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. As you listen to the young artists, you are urged to consider a life without sound. The Lighthouse works to prevent that outcome by providing over 1,100 hearing aids to adults and children each year. Ticket information.
May 16. Jewish Family & Career Services presents The Tasting, Thursday, May 16, 7 – 10 p.m. The Stave Room. This event with creations from 20+ acclaimed restaurants will benefit the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program, a nonsectarian programs that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Tickets at jfcsatl.home.
May 17-19. Action Ministries Georgia invites you to Concerts for Hope at Dunwoody UMC, Smyrna First UMC, or Decatur First UMC, May 17-19. Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will be performing a three show benefit concert for Action Ministries’ programs that help end hunger, end homelessness, and close achievement gaps for Georgia’s children. For tickets and to learn more, visit OurConcertForHope.org!
May 18. Mark your calendar for “”Beyond Sandwiches: A Symposium on Poverty, Race, and Homelessness,” hosted by Church of the Common Ground at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, May 18. All of the info, including a registration link, may be found here.
May 18. Share the Journey presents a Prayer Pilgrimage from Decatur to Clarkston, Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Decatur. Information
May 18. The deadline to register for Grace in Gardens May 18 at St. Mary’s Sewanee with June Mays or the One- Day Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop is Noon, Wednesday, May 15. If you have questions or need more information, call (931) 598-5342. Or to reserve a place in either workshop, call St. Mary's Sewanee.
May 18. The monthly donation drive for Simple Needs Georgia is Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Marietta warehouse. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address or if you have any questions.
May 18. The Atlanta Resistance Revival Chorus Spring Concert, Saturday, May 18, 7-8 p.m., will benefit Sister Song . At Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. Tickets are $10, kids $5 Tickets by Eventbrite.
May 19. The Rev. Hardy Kim, pastor of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the featured preacher May 19 on “Day 1.” Hear “Food and ‘Them and Us’” in the Atlanta area Sunday morning at 7:05 on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, check Day1.
May 19. Come to St. Anne’s Sunday, May 19 for a picnic PLUS! Plus bounce houses, live music, face painting, dessert bake-off, and Holy Comforter Church plants/arts/crafts for sale, so be sure to come prepared to buy something that catches your eye! Proceeds from the Holy Comforter sales will help support their programs which promote the well-being of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty. Picnic is $7/adult, $5/child, $25 family max. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237- 5589, www.saintannes.com.
May 19. Neighborhood Church is beginning a series of evening prayer and liturgy featuring the music of local singers and songwriters. They will welcome the Atlanta-based band BookClubTheBand.com on May 19. Evening Lit: a modern liturgy for the close of the day. Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., 1561 McLendon Avenue, NE.
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>>
May 19. Atlanta Chamber Players, May 19, 2 p.m., Concerts at First, First Presbyterian Church-Sanctuary, 1328 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta 30309. The program includes Franz Schubert - Trout Quintet (Forellenquintett) in A major, D. 667 and Johannes Brahms - Horn Trio in Eb major, Op. 40. Purchase Tickets. General admission $20, 15 before May 5; senior $15, 10 before May 5. Students free with valid student ID.
May 19. Andrew Phillip Schmidt and the New South Festival Singers perform their 30th annual Piccolo Spoleto Bon Voyage Concert, Best of the Season, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sunday, May 19, 3 - 4:30 p.m. The Festival Singers have performed to capacity audiences at Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival each year since 1989. Tickets.
May 21. Women in Ministry Luncheon hosted by FaithTalk Atlanta and 104.7 The Fish, Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashforde Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30346. Come enjoy lunch and an encouraging message from Marilynn Chadwick, co-founder Women Under Construction. Check-in starts at 10. Tickets are $10 and are on Eventbrite. https://www.facebook.com/events/312325502759709/
May 21. Naturalization Training at New American Pathways presented by the League of Women Voters of Georgia, 2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.
May 21. New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels Alafair Burke visits the Georgia Center for the Book for the release of her latest thriller, The Better Sister. She will be joined on stage by Karin Slaughter, bestselling Georgia author. Free and open to the public. Charis Books will provide books for sale. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is at 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030. May 21, 7:15 p.m.
May 22. Faith in Action is pleased to host Dr. Sarah Allred on May 22, 7-9 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, in Kiernan Hall (lower parking lot), 2443 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody 30338. Dr Allred is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Berry College. Dr. Allred will speak of her work with the innovative Inside-Out program, a partnership between academic and prison institutions, where residents of both interact and learn from each other. A valuable program for those involved in prison ministry or justice reform advocacy, www.insideoutcenter.org
May 23. Ramadan is here and so are the iftar dinners from the Atlantic Institute. Check all the dates, participants, R.s.v.p. information, and registration options below. You are welcome to dinner more than once.
Neighborhood Iftar Dinner, Thursday, May 23. Once a neighbor, always a neighbor... Make your R.s.v.p.
May 23. Balm in Gilead: the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative invites you to learn more about prevention at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., 1879 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta 30316. For more information contact state coordinator Patricia Yates-Rand at (706) 496-1036 or email@example.com
May 23. “Truth Worth Telling” by Scott Pelley, well known reporter on 60 Minutes and CBS Evening News, who has witnessed the most important events and spoken to the top newsmakers of our time, has written a collection of inspiring tales that remind us of the value of values in uncertain times. Each chapter is a profile of someone who discovered the meaning of their life in the great events of our times, from NYC firefighters on 9/11 to an Air Force nurse in Iraq. His narratives are a mixture of investigative reporting and personal reminiscence and make a convincing case for why journalism still matters. He is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes. Talk and signing May 23 at the Carter Center at 7:00 p.m.
May 24. Downtown Ringgold, less than 2 hours up I-75, celebrates 1890s Day 2019 with a Family Gospel Night on May 24, 6 p.m. Check out the line up here.
May 25. Talk Saves Lives prevention education program from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on May 25 at Noonday Church in Marietta. All of the details can be found here.
June 1. Ride for Restoration! with Georgia Cares on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Picnic Park in Peachtree City. The 13.9 mile route represents the average age of the victims that they serve. Proceeds will go towards ensuring our youth are equipped with the resources, treatment, and support necessary to get on a path to recovery and restoration following their traumatic experiences. Information.
June 2. Sacred Pause Retreat Summer Reboot, Sunday, June 2, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center. Tired or overwhelmed these days? Longing for more rest, play, and joy in your life? Feel guilty seeking such things when there is so much that seems to demand our time, attention, and care? Come to reflect on how to weave rhythms of rest, renewal, and delight into life. Cost $35 - includes lunch and materials. Space is limited. To register contact Kimberly.
June 3. Got a vision for a better world? The Hatch, an early stage social innovation accelerator, gets ideas for social impact up and running fast. IThe Hatch gives changemakers the skills and networks to create innovative and sustainable social ventures that generate social and environmental impact. CenterForm seeks applications through April 26. The program kicks off June 3 and culminates November 30 at the Hatch Pitch, where participants will pitch their social enterprise in front of a panel and audience to compete for prize money. The program costs $2500 with scholarships available through the application process.
June 3-7. Find out about Jazz Camp, June 3 – 7, at St. James Marietta, 161 Church Street, Marietta 30060, and the concert for family and friends on Friday evening of that week. https://www.stjamesmarietta.com/Jazz-Camp.
June 9. We mention this early because it sold out right away last year. Join Ser Familia and Atlanta’s top Puerto Rican Chefs for a food, music and celebration experience to highlight their diverse heritage and culture. They will be joined by five award-winning chefs from Puerto Rico, June 9, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., The Battery at Suntrust Park in Atlanta. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy your tickets today
June 10. Simple Abundance Class on making pasta with chefs from Fifth Group Restuarants, The Cook's Warehouse, 1544 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 403-R, Atlanta 30324. The cost is $85 for this Atlanta Community Food Bank fundraiser, Monday, June 10, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online here.
June 17-18. Ending Mass Incarceration: Let My People Go Conference. American the land of the free is the mass incarceration capital of the world. In Atlanta June 17-18 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. More.
June 17-20. “Beloved Community as the Way from Scapegoating to Ubuntu,” 12th Annual Theology and Peace Conference, American Baptist College in Nashville, is June 17-20. theologyandpeace.com.
June 20-21 Registration is now open for the Just Opportunity Summit (JOS2019), June 20-21, at the Shirley Massey Executive Conference Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Register today using code EARLYBIRD to receive 15% off. The two-day conference that brings together all types of people to make sure that everyone in the American South has the opportunity to participate in our competitive economy regardless of their race, gender, or where they live – eliminating barriers for those who want jobs, businesses, and a chance for success. Click here to see an op-ed from Nathaniel Smithy in the latest issue of Atlanta Voice. Register here.
June 21. STARVE WARS has been announced for June 21. Space is limited so you may want to check the information and register early. Register here.
July 8-14. Sewanee Church Music Conference, July 8-14, visit www.sewaneeconf.com with Huw Lewis, St. John’s Detroit and Hope College, Jack Mitchener, McAfee institute of Church Music, Mercer, and St. Philip’s, and the Rev. Barbara Crafton, chaplain.
July 9-11. The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute will host the Summer Religious Studies Institute at the Newseum in Washington July 9-11. The program will convene K-12 independent school educators in the nation's capital to explore issues of religious literacy, civil dialogue and the challenges and opportunities of navigating religious diversity in the classroom. For more details click here.
July 11-14. 32. The Wildgoose Festival in Hot Springs, NC is looking for volunteers. They need everything from administratively gifted people, folk to work with youth, greeters, first aid, all the way to those motivated to keeping the space clean and green. If you sign up, you'll receive free admission to the main festival. You'll also receive a free space to camp (bring your own tent), a t-shirt, and breakfast during the festival. Sign up is available now here.
July 15-17. The Beecken Center, with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take a disaster chaplaincy training on the campus in Sewanee, Tenn., July 15–17. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities across the United States. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may take this course to develop their knowledge of best practices in disaster spiritual care.
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July 16-24. Summa Theological Debate Summer Camp will be July 16-24 at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., www.summa.sewanee.edu.
August 10-11. Project Understanding, from the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, ensures that relationships between Black and Jewish thought-leaders and decision-makers continue with the next generation. Project Understanding 2019, August 10-11, Peachtree City, is open to Black and Jewish young professionals between the ages of 25-39 who live in the Metro Atlanta area. The application due date is June 7. For more information about the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, Application
Sept. 7-8. Mark your calendar: 116th Convention of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association will be in Atlanta, Sept 7-8, at the Emory University Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N Decatur Rd NE. Come for singing and fellowship and dinner on the grounds at noon each day. More here.