Centering Prayer retreats are the heart of St. Mary's Sewanee and are offered throughout the year. In this form of Christian silent mediation one lets go of thoughts during periods of prayer typically lasting 20 minutes. It is rooted in the self-emptying love that forms the heart of Jesus’ teaching and life. The effect on those who practice it is an ever-increasing awareness of God’s action and presence in the course of ordinary life.
One-Day Introductory Workshop: 9 a.m. Saturday, August 3 ǀ
Eight-Day Silent Retreat: August 4-11, 2019 ǀ
Centering Prayer as the 11th Step: August 23-27, 2019 ǀ
Advent Centering Prayer Weekend: December 13-15, 2019 ǀ
Eight-Day Silent Retreat: January 5-12, 2020.
Creative Connections is more than just a craft club– it’s a community of folks who believe they can use creativity for good. Third Saturdays of the month 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Creative Connections gathers to work on crafting projects together. Bring your own project or join a project with other people in the community. Coffee is always provided; bring a snack to share if you’d like. Next meet up is Saturday, July 20. Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307.
The Filling Station is a group for people living with chronic illness that meets at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Grant Park monthly. This is not a medically supervised group but a place to share experiences, to lift each other up, and to offer what each has to give. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the schedule and answers to any questions you have.
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are thinking of doing something in your congregation you might be interested in the toolkit from Mental Health America found here.
July 7- Aug. 18. What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell, Sundays, July 7 through August 18, 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Bell is a NYT best selling author, described by The New Yorker as “one of the most influential Christian leaders in the country.” If you have any questions about this summer reading group, contact Rev. Tim Meyers at email@example.com. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane NW, Atlanta 30327,( 404)237-5589.
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
July 8-12A STEAM experience for middle school girls in a summer camp enrichment format, July 8-12, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. Contact Gail Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 is the next meeting of the Dementia Caregivers Support Group at Lake Oconee Community Church, 10:30 a.m. – noon. For further information contact Linda Robinson email@example.com
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 9-12. There will be a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Methodism in Georgia this summer and everyone is invited. The 2019 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society hosted by Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, July 9-12, “Turning Points in Georgia Methodism." The four-day event will take place at primarily at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, with a one-day trip to Oxford and Salem Camp Ground. Cost is $89. For more information and to register, visit pitts.emory.edu/sejhs.
July 10. Remember that the Support Group for Families Dealing with Addiction meets every other Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at Lake Oconee Community Church. Contact Pastor Becky Matheny at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved. The next meeting is July 10.
July 10. Radical Responsibility Book Club, July 10, August 14, 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church St, Decatur 30030. Informal, meaningful discussions about how to radically take ownership of our choices so we can authentically "show up" for ourselves and others. Read more here.
July 10. End New Jim Crow Action Group will work on restorative justice again this month. The group will meet Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030. The DeKalb NAACP Criminal Justice Committee supports this effort.
July 11. Join Day1 for a revolutionary roundtable discussion with the next generation of community faith leaders. Sermon Series 2019: Nextgen Preachers, July 11, 6:30 p.m., Whitehall Tavern, 2391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30305. For tickets or more information contact Ethel Ware Carter at email@example.com.Read more 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 12. July 12 at 7:00 p.m., the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center will join the New American Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta for a Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Plaza Fiesta, 4166 Buford highway. The keynote address will be by Georgia Representative Brenda Lopez Romero.
July 13. St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is sponsoring a one-day retreat July 13 called “Forest Bathing with Painting Response.” To learn more about this amazing experience, including registration information, click here. https://www.stmaryssewanee.org/news/sampling-a-forest-bath/ See the full range of offerings at www.stmaryssewanee.org/calendar/
July 13. The Georgia Writers Museum will host a one-day celebration of Alice Walker's 75th birthday on Saturday, July 13. Walker, who was born in Eatonton, Ga. in 1944, will travel to her hometown for the festivities. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to sell quickly. Attendees will choose from many planned event offerings and activities including the American Masters documentary, music, readings, tributes, tours of historic sites, and a cocktail reception followed by Alice Walker in conversation with Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker's forthcoming journals and author of the award-winning biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. To view the full schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit alicewalker75.com.
July 14. The Rev. Michael Mills, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas, Tex., is the featured preacher July 14 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years. Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, it is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in Atlanta Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and WSB 750 AM. For more see Day1.org.
July 15. Georgia Parent Support Network is celebrating 30 years of providing support, education, and advocacy for families and children with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences. The anniversary celebration will be Monday, July 15, 4 – 8 p.m., at the offices at 1382 Metropolitan Parkway. Contact Sue smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can be involved
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.
July 18. The July Free Jazz on the Lawn Concert is Thursday, July 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on the front lawn of Hapeville First United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Avenue 30354. There will be Food Trucks, Yard Games, Marsh Mellow roasting over an open fire and more. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for seating.
July 18. Concerned about coal ash? Or, are you asking yourself, “what is coal ash?” Join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light for a conversation about coal ash storage and disposal in Georgia. Co-sponsored by Georgia Water Coalition, Environment Georgia, GIPL, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, participants will have the opportunity to see coal ash in person and learn about the impact of coal ash runoff on all creation. Right now in Georgia, coal ash looms as a significant threat to our clean water. Learn more about The Problem with Coal Ash. This event is free and open to the public. July 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta, GA 30060.
July 20. Free English as a Second Language Family Literacy Workshop. Learn how you as English language learners can help your young children become strong readers and writers. For parents of children ages 0-6. Saturday, July 20, , 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Hapeville First United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Ave., Hapeville 30354. Free childcare and refreshments provided. For Information, Call 1-800-557-0908.
July 20. Headed to the mountains? Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, Cove and Grandview, will offer their Heart & Soul Low Country Boil to benefit local charities, July 20, 5 – 7:30 p.m., on the pavilion rain or shine. Pots of shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage, delicious homemade desserts, lemonade and sweet tea, all for $25 per person. Call the church office if you have questions (770) 893-4525.
July 20. Join naturalist Mary Patten Priestley for a day of exploring the Tennessee forest around St. Mary’s Sewanee and learning about its remarkable collection of native plants, Saturday, July 20. For more information and to register see here.
July 20. If you’re a survivor or know someone who is, you will be interested in the next Atlanta Prays Survivors Brunch for those who have lived through sexual abuse. Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Good Samaritan Health Center, 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta 30318. R.s.v.p. at Goodsamatlanta.org
July 20. The healing Power of Fairy Tales, Jutta von Buchholtz, PhD. Saturday July 20, 7:30 p.m. lecture. Sandy Springs Christian Church 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs 30328. Members free; Nonmembers $20; Students with ID $10. Fairy Tales assure the listener--- adult and child alike---that while evil, danger and violence do exist, they can be transformed. For more information see www.Jungatlanta.com.
July 20-21. Heartiest congratulations to Wheat Street Baptist Church on the celebration of its 150 years of visionary leadership serving the Old Fourth Ward Community and the Atlanta metro area on July 21. The anniversary worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. on that Sunday. The anniversary picnic will be Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m., at Anthony Flanagan Recreational Center, 2340 W. Manor Circle SW, Atlanta 30311. Visit the website for an inspiring look at the history of this venerable congregation. If you have questions, contact the anniversary committee chair, Deacon Jimmy Hodges at email@example.com.
July 21. The Rev. Henry Brinton, pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Va., is the preacher July 21 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. Brinton’s sermon is based on the familiar story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. Hear it in Atlanta Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and WSB750 AM. For more information, check Day1.org.
July 21. The MICAH Project at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308, offers a monologue written by Minka Wiltz, performed by Leah Burnette, and produced by Ariel Fristoe's “Out of Hand Theater. “A Few Honest Moments With Sam” is a young black woman’s meditation on her life as a child, student, young professional, and mother. dramatic reading and discussion about how we see each other, Sunday, July 21, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Find out more The MICAH Project at All Saints’.
July 23. Alliant Quality will be hosting a Free Mental Health First Aid training on July 23 at 1455 Lincoln Parkway Atlanta, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of appropriate supports. Registration is required. To reserve a spot email Mentalhealthfirstaid@allianthealth.org. Training is limited to 30 people.
July 26-28. Drawing Closer to God: Icon Writing, Friday to Sunday at St. Mary’s. Icon writing is a rich spiritual practice, a meeting place between the divine and the human. Part of the icon's symbolism is transmitted through the step-by-step technique used to create it, including style, materials, stance, and actions. This three-day workshop, led by artist and teacher Martha Keeble, is an exploration of visual prayer using a traditional Byzantine image to draw closer to God. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials are provided. For more information or to register, click here.
July 27. The Men’s Fellowship at First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303, announces the annual O Taste N’ See will be Saturday, July 27, 5 – 7 p.m. With BBQ, brisket, gumbo, veggie dishes, made-from-scratch cakes, and more. Call (404) 659-6255 for additional information.
July 29. An evening with Ilise Cohen, Monday, July 29, - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 184 S. Candler St. Decatur 30030, $5 suggested donation. Atlanta Jewish Voice for Peace organizer and writer Ilise Cohen comes to Charis to discuss her contributions to the anthology: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation. In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. This book will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate.
July 30. Georgia Supportive Housing Association invites you to enjoy an evening networking event Tuesday, July 30, 5 – 7 p.m., get to know people in your same circles - and new circles - and develop conversations that will lead to good. This is an informal, drop-in event - enjoy the patio on the beltline and the company at Community Solutions, cohosted by Georgians for a Healthy Future. You can R.s.v.p. here.
Aug. 1-2. Courageous Conversations pairs black voices trained in both conservative and progressive spaces to discuss topics that are relevant for the church and culture. Hosted by the Greater Piney Grove Church in Atlanta, August 1-2, 28 prominent black scholars and pastors from different theological positions to discuss topics like hell, biblical interpretation, sin and sexual ethics. For a list of panelists and event details, visit www.courageousconvos.org.
Aug. 8. Trinity Anglican Church will host a special screening of “Summer in the Forest,” a beautiful documentary about the life and legacy of Jean Vanier, and two L'Arche communities in France and Bethlehem, Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m., 630 East Lake Dr, Decatur 30030. The movie is in French, Arabic, and English, with English subtitles. The event is free and perfect for anyone over the age of twelve. Please R.s.v.p. at www.larcheatlanta.org.
Aug. 8-9. Olmstead at 20: The Past and Future of Community Integration, August 8 - 9, 2019, Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., the Supreme Court decision hailed as the Brown v. Board of Education for people with disabilities. The Court held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, 20 years later, thousands of people have benefited from the decision, but has the promise of Olmstead been realized for all? Symposium speakers will explore the history of this civil rights decision, assess the current state, and imagine a path forward, where all people with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community. clhs.law.gsu.edu.
Aug. 10. Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, August 10 and September 8, needs volunteers from the interfaith community to help make Ms. Williams' dream of being a homeowner come true. A certified nurse assistant for over eight years, Ms. Williams enjoys church activities and spending time with her family. She is eager to have her own home. Having a home of her own will help keep her family together. She will be there to assist in the building of her new home. Can you help? There are two available dates to participate: Saturday, August 10 and/or Sunday, September 8. Sign up online here.
Aug. 10. Save the date for the King Center’s second annual “Beloved Community International EXPO” Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Work is underway to expand the success of the first event which included participation from 22 countries and displays from all seven continents. The expo is free and open to the public. In collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, the Atlanta Consulate Corps, and other key partners, the Expo will transform The King Center’s campus and the adjacent street into a “World House” of celebration, fun, music, dance, performances, and activities. More . ..
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
Aug. 15. The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness encourages you to register now for the upcoming, August 15, full day (at the beach) training event. Lunch will be provided. This day will be packed with three, 2 hour trainings, on beautiful Cauble Park Beach in Acworth. The trainings will be centered on building practical understanding of serving intact families for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing as well awareness of child abuse/exploitation prevention during transitional periods.
Aug. 17. Presented by Georgia Natural Gas, Red, White and NEW Gala will be August 17 at the Georgia Aquarium! Reserve your spot here today at the early bird price to help celebrate 5 years of New American Pathways and get an amazing view of sea life while enjoying an elegant dinner and mingling with some of the most involved and giving people in Atlanta. 2019 Friend of Freedom is Bee Nguyen, refugee and immigrant advocate, who represents Atlanta’s District 89 in DeKalb County.
Aug. 20. Mercer University McAfee School of Theology's 23rd Annual Founders Day Celebration is Tuesday, August 20. Dr. Nancy deClaisse´-Walford will speak on "McAfee's Twenty-One-Year Legacy." Cecil B. Day Hall, 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta 30341. There will be coffee before the 11:00 a.m. Founders Day Service.
Aug. 31. The Amayz Rock The County Gospel Concert is an annual benefit concert by the gospel group, Amayz to support Ceek To Fulfill, a nonprofit serving those aging out of foster care and other young adults to further their education and acquire job skills. This year will be the third annual event. This year's event will feature a pre-show with vendors, food and entertainment prior to the concert. The concert is August 31 in Conyers. If you are interested in being a vendor at the pre-show, visit Become A Vendor.
Sept. 7. John McCutcheon Family Concert, September 7, 3:00 pm at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon will perform a rare family concert to raise money for Kids in Need of Defense, Atlanta. Johnny Cash called McCutcheon "the most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard." KIND provides children who are alone in this country with free lawyers so they don’t have to go to immigration court without an advocate by their side. KIND recruits, trains and mentors pro bono attorneys to take on these critical cases in this time of great need. mccutcheon4kindatl.eventbrite.com
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.
Sept. 8. Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, August 10 and September 8, needs volunteers from the interfaith community to help make Ms. Williams' dream of being a homeowner come true. A certified nurse assistant for over eight years, Ms. Williams enjoys church activities and spending time with her family. She is eager to have her own home. Having a home of her own will help keep her family together. She will be there to assist in the building of her new home. Can you help? There are two available dates to participate: Saturday, August 10 and/or Sunday, September 8. Sign up online here.
Sept. 8. L’Arche Atlanta 7th Birthday Benefit. September 8, 4 - 7 p.m., will be an afternoon of festivity with Dean Crownover as the master of ceremonies. 100% of the proceeds from the event go to creating communities for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Tickets are $60 each. You can also become a L'Arche Patron for $550. For more information and to purchase tickets, click www.larcheatlanta.org/7bb R.s.v.p. by Aug 23.
Sept. 16. How Can Religion Be a Source of Good in the World When So Many Do Violence in its Name? “Religion: A Source of Good - An Interfaith Morning of Reflection” at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on Monday, September 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Spaces are limited, so we are announcing this early. The program cost is $45, which includes the program with a panel of six guest speakers, a continental breakfast on arrival, and lunch served at the end of the program (vegetarian options are available). Guest Speakers are Fr. Peter Fink, SJ, Sr. Mary Priniski, OP, Rabbi Michael Bernstein, Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Mr. Kemal Korucu, Dr. Zehra Ozturk . Register here.
Sept. 16-19. Put the 2019 Women in Ministry Conference Redefining Relevance on your calendar, Sept. 16-19, at the Atlanta Airport Marriott this year. Registration is already open at cynthialhale.org
Sept. 20-22. Registration is now open for Harvest of Hope, an ecumenical, intergenerational weekend retreat hosted by Society of St. Andrew in Georgia at Pinnacle Retreat Center in Clayton. Participants will reflect, worship, and take action around the themes of food insecurity, food waste, and food recovery. Gleaning apples marks one highlight of the event. Cost is $100. Sign up your group at endhunger.org/hoh-registration/September 20-22.
Sept. 20-22. Calling all women! Mark your calendars for September 20-22,10for the Unfinished 2019 Women's Conference at Cascade UMC. This is going to a powerful event with sessions to empower your mind and worship experiences to uplift your spirit. For more information about sponsorship and volunteering, visit unfinished2019.com.
Sept. 25. Mark your calendar for the annual Jane Baird Lecture at the Cathedral of St. Philip, September 25, Alvin Townley, the author of books about naval aviation and Eagle Scouts, who wrote “Defience,” a gripping account of the “Alcatraz Eleven,” a group of American prisoners of war in North Vietnam who formed a tough core of heroic resisters despite brutal and relentless efforts to break them and convert them into fodder for the Communist propaganda machine, will be the speaker.
Sept. 21. The Eighth Annual Care Partners’ Conference is offered by the Dementia Ministry at Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064, Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This conference offering help, hope, inspiration, and dementia education fills up early so we are announcing it early. Register here care-partners-conference-2019.pushpayevents.com. This is a free event and lunch is provided. If you have registration questions contact Claire Herrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 21. Dementia Spotlight Foundation presents Alzheimer's Music Fest Feat the Reverend Horton Heat in an Intimate Solo Performance, Gurufish, Zangaro, Donna Hopkins, Lefty Williams, Ralph Roddenberry, and Mikail Peterson, The Manly Hero, Saturday, Sept. 21, $50 - $75, Madlife Stage & Studios Doors, Woodstock, 6:00 p.m., all ages, Tickets here.
Sept. 28. NAMI Northside Atlanta Mental Health Fair 2019, supported by The North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative, Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Pisgah UMC, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek 30022. Families are often the first to seek services and resources for a loved one with a mental health condition. This event will provide attendees the opportunity to interact directly with Atlanta area mental health providers and service organizations to obtain information about treatment and recovery support options. Find out about joining as an exhibitor or sponsor to share mental h...
Oct. 26. Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown will lead the Spirituality Conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip this fall. The topic is “From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman. More information will be forthcoming. Save the date, October 26.