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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

Devotion is an activity that engages the senses as well as the heart and mind. The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print at Pitts Library, Candler School of Theology, provides visitors with the opportunity to explore a variety of objects, texts, and images that supported devotional practices in the medieval and early modern world. The exhibition invites visitors to consider both the form and the content of these sources, which include traditional theological and biblical material as well as musical scores, cityscapes, and poetry. Curator-led Exhibition Tours on Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. and Friday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. Tours for all ages can be arranged for all age groups upon request, contact Anne Marie McLean, at (404)727-5094 or amclea3@emory.edu.

Pray The Way of The Cross - Outdoor Stations at Ignatius House Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr NW, Atlanta 30328, every Friday during Lent 11:30 a.m. Please meet at the fish pond behind the Retreat House. Contact Karen Thomas kthomas@ignatiushouse.org or phone (404)255-0503.


Fish Fry, 5 – 7 p.m., every Friday in Lent at St. Clement's, 2795 Ridge Road Canton, GA 30114. All proceeds go to outreach. Fried fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans and a dessert all for $8, adults, and $4, children 10 and under.

Join with Truth students around the world for "The Hour of Blessing" with the Science of Living Study by "Rev. Ike" Guide led by Bishop Jack L. Bomar, every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillside International Truth Center and live streamed at www.HillsideInternational.org and Facebook.com/hillsidechapel

Phoenix Flies 2019, a celebration of Atlanta’s historic sites, begins on March 2 and Saint Mark UMC in Midtown is an opening day feature. See the entire schedule.

March 5 ff. Lenten observance at The Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311, includes a Wednesday Eucharist and Healing Service at 5 p.m., followed by a study of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, every Wednesday from March 13 – April 10. Mardi Gras is March 5, 6:30 p.m., with great food, games for children and adults, Karaoke, Second Line Dance, and more. $10 donation. Ash Wednesday services, March 6, 7 p.m.

March 10- April 10. “Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer” is a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings led by a variety of St. Anne’s parishioners exploring the facets of this prayers that will surprise you and surely help you pray. Sunday mornings at 9:15 and Wednesday evenings at 6:30, from March 10 to April 10. The community is invited. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, 30327, (404)237-5589; smiller@saintannes.com; www.saintannes.com

NAMI Homefront is a free education program for family and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. The course is designed to help them understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Every Tuesday, April 9 – May 14, six sessions, Cumming 30040. Registration is required, contact NAMI Georgia Homefront Instructor Carol LaBranche at (770)364-0581 or clabranche@aboutface-usa.org.

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March 10-April 13. Book Study and Pilgrimage. Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, will lead a five-week book study on “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” by James Cones. The study culminates in a pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Saturday, April 13, which commemorates the 4,000+ victims of lynching from 1877 to 1950. Sundays, March 10, 24, April 7 4:00–5:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Sundays, March 17, 31 4:00–5:30 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Register online here.. For more information, contact The Rev. Kim Jackson at kjackson@allsaintsatlanta.org.

March 13 ff. Shallowford Presbyterian will host a five-week Lenten Vespers series of short services for prayer, communion, and contemplation beginning Wednesday, March 13, and running through April 10, from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Childcare is provided. Shallowford's ministers, the Revs. Foster, Jernigan, and Kibler will lead the services. Shallowford Pres, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345, (404)321-1844. More information.

March 18-19. The Jones Lectures in New Testament Studies enable McAfee theology students to hear the finest New Testament scholars in the world. This year’s lectures "An African American Interpretation of Scripture" March 18 and March 19 include: “After Thurman: Strides toward a New Identity,” Thomas B. Slater, Ph.D., McAfee School of Theology; “Surviving Rome: Womanist Interpretation as Prophetic Language of Resistance,” Mitzi J. Smith, Ph.D., Ashland Theological Seminary; “No Longer Invisible: Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation,” Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University. Mercer University, Atlanta campus. If you are interested, contact Nikki Hardeman at hardeman_ln@mercer.edu

March 19. Interfaith Food Security Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church invites you to an interfaith event to examine our call as people of faith to feed the hungry and combat food insecurity in our local community. This event is co-hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Social Justice Committee. To R.s.v.p. call the church office at (404)636-1418 or email Nikki VanDerGrinten at nikkivdg71@gmail.com.

March 19. End Money Bail DeKalb / NAACP Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church, 1890 Second Ave 30032.


March 19. Terror has no race, religion, and ethnicity. All are invited to an interfaith vigil at Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N Main St, Suite 100, Alpharetta 30009, Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. with the representatives of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faith communities.

March 19. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia; an education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Come to learn about the impact of the disease, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatment, available resources. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. To register, call 800-272-3900.

March 20. Lenten Reflection at Ignatius House "In the Quiet of the Heart, God Speaks," March 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Directed by Fr. Peter Fink, SJ. Come away for a day to sit, rest, pray, and listen for God’s voice. When we “tune in” to the God within us we experience an intimacy with God that leads to conversion, renewal, and rebirth. Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta 30328. For more information go to IgnatiusHouse.org or phone (404)255-0503.


March 20. Community Clergy Training Program Webinar “The Twin Wounds of War II: Delineating Moral and Spiritual Injury and Suggesting a Pastoral Response,” March 20, at 1:00 p.m. This webinar will consider differences in the concept of moral injury and the seldom-reviewed concept of spiritual injury (for example, injuries to one's relationship and experiences with God, sense of justice and reconciliation, life meaning and purpose). The presentation will explore the roles of clergy in helping veterans who have experienced spiritual injury. Click to register.

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.

March 21. Georgia Cares community trainings on domestic minor trafficking are coming up March 21, in Rome. Find information at www.gacares.org/community-trainings.html

March 21. Registration is open now for the second annual “Ministering to Families Facing Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias: A Workshop for Faith & Community Leaders, March 21, at Due West UMC in Marietta. This free event is an invaluable ministry to the community. Lunch will be served. More information.

March 21. You are invited to Peachtree Christian Church on Thursday, March 21, for an evening with Clint Harp, owner of Harp Design Co., maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit "Fixer Upper," and star of "Wood Work" on the DIY Network. Clint will discuss his inspirational memoir “Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story” and the relationship between faith and art. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with discussion to follow at 7. Admission is free but parking is limited. Get your tickets now.

March 21. Join Georgia Public Broadcasting and Compassionate Atlanta for a free screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, in which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. Thursday, March 21, 6:60 – 8:30 p.m., GPB, 260 Fourteenth St NW, Atlanta 30318. 


March 21. Ahmed Abu Artema will speak at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033, Thursday March 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A journalist, refugee, writer, and advocate from Gaza, his visionary writings about nonviolence inspired the Great March of Return in 2018. Local Sponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace, Atlanta Chapter, Joining Hands for Justice.

March 22. Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) invites you to a Birthday Bash celebration in honor of its 50th year of service in DeKalb County. Friday, March 22, 5 – 8 p.m., at the Solarium in Oakhurst, guests will enjoy dessert samples (from places like Tiff’s Treats and Butter and Cream), live music, and an auction (including the chance to win an international getaway!). Proceeds benefit DCM and its work to prevent and alleviate homelessness for families in DeKalb. To buy tickets (or see how else you can help celebrate) click here.

March 22. Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Johannes Passion,” a choral and orchestral work that recounts Christ’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion as described in the Gospel of John, Friday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. UGA Hodgson Singers conducted by Daniel Bara and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Julie Andrijeski, artistic director. First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, 30309 Atlanta. Free admission & parking, Lanier lot, 1337 Peachtree St. NE.

March 22-23. Candler School of Theology will host a conference March 22-23, “Giving Freedom: A Right-Side-Up Approach to Church Fundraising." The event features a keynote address by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the 25,000-member U.M.C. of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and author of “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity.” Saturday, leading pastors, authors, philanthropists, and financial experts will share insights and teach practical strategies for “Giving Freedom” in participants’ congregations and communities. The conference is an outgrowth of Candler’s work through its Faith and Finance Program to promote financial literacy among seminary students. Registration fees for the conference range from $10-30 and include lunch on Saturday. Register here.

March 23. “Answering the Call to Pray — Ancient Christian Wisdom for Finding the Love of God in Our Hearts and in Our Lives,” a day-long workshop with Carl McColman at the Cathedral of St. Philip, March 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King, Cathedral of St. Philip, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Admission $25, Students $15, Tickets are at answeringthecalltopray.eventbrite.com

March 23. “Lenten Quiet Day: Living as God's Beloved,” Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $15 includes lunch. Spend a few hours during Lent listening more deeply for God and the stirrings of God's love. Using scripture, poetry, and silence, explore what it means to live as God's beloved. For more information or to reserve a space, contact the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore at adillsmoore@stmartins.org, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30319. (404) 228-0754.

March 23. Centering Prayer Workshop Saturday, March 23, Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian silent mediation where one lets go of thoughts during periods of prayer. The effect on those who practice it is an ever-increasing awareness of God’s action and presence in the course of ordinary life. Led by Maggie Winfrey of Contemplative Outreach Atlanta, this workshop will teach beginners the fundamentals of the practice. Breakfast and lunch included. Workshop cost is $35. Reserve your spot through this link.

March 23. Touch a Truck will benefit the Preschool at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., cars and trucks and things that go and balloons, bouncy house and slide, face painting, nail and hair painting. 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

March 23. An event for the siblings of special needs children from Lean on Me - Lucky To Be Me! This collage class is designed for these siblings to promote self-awareness and self-reflection and connect with others with similar experiences. Ages 5 and up. Registration is by email to wolfcreek.branch@fultoncountygo.gov. Materials will be provided, feel free to bring additional materials. March 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road SW, Atlanta 30331. Come and create a canvas collage to describe ALL the many reasons you are lucky to be YOU!

March 24. Make plans now to join Lutheran Church of the Redeemer as they welcome Diana Butler Bass. Dr Bass will speak about her new book, ‘Grateful’ and help us see how we can choose gratitude. Redeemer invites all to join in this opportunity to cultivate a habit of thankfulness! Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, March 24, presentation on gratitude from 2 – 4 p.m. She will preach in the morning at the 9:45 and 11:00 worship services. Please register for the 2:00 presentation by going to this link

March 23. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all Americans between the ages of 40 to 59 find themselves caring for two generations. This can bring financial, emotional, and physical challenges. As part of Pilgrimage UCC’s community outreach program, their Sandwich Club is hosting a workshop for the community. “Who Cares for the Caregiver?” Saturday, March 23, from 3 - 4 p.m. at Pilgrimage in Marietta. While there is no fee for the event, workshop planners ask that you complete the registration form at www.pilgrimageucc.org/events.

March 24. The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery, pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, is the preacher March 24 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast program also accessible at Day1.org and on podcast apps. His sermon, “The Voice of the Gardener,” is based on the parable of the barren fig tree. “Have you ever noticed how many of Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom lean heavily on the language of growth and development?” he asks. “They are always about something new and good coming into being.” Hear it in at 7:05 a.m., Sunday, on NEWS 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Visit Day1.org for audio, video, and text resources.

March 24. Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur 30030, screening of “Healing Justice,” Sunday, March 24, 11:45 a.m.

March 24. Save the date: Music Director Andrew Phillip Schmidt conducts the New South Festival Singers & Chamber Orchestra in the 2019 Andrew Cain Memorial Masterworks Concert featuring the poignant “Requiem" of Gabriel Faure and works of Brahms. Sunday, March 24, 3 – 4:30 p.m., at St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta 30327. The annual concert brings an immortal masterwork to audiences while commemorating Andrew Cain, one of Atlanta's most generous and creative choral enthusiasts. tickets

March 24. Greer Lyle, a rising young operatic soprano, made her professional opera debut with Opera Theater of Saint Louis in April 2018. She will be in concert, Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 student/senior. Purchase tickets online at allsaintsatlanta.org/concert-series or at the door based on availability. For more info, contact Kirk Rich at krich@allsaintsatlanta.org.

March 24. Piano Recital by Margarita Shevchenko, Hosted by Chopin Society of Atlanta, Sunday, March 24, 6 – 8 p.m., Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, 30097, Find Tickets www.chopinatlanta.org

March 25. Cascade United Methodist Church Music & Arts Ministry presents a noonday concert “Inspirational Sounds” Monday, March 25, with Kathleen Bertrand. For tickets and to order lunch contact Karen Lowery at klowery@cascadeumc.org.

March 26. Tucker Rotary club is holding "A Conversation on Addiction Prevention in our Community, " and invites faith communities, scouting groups, civic organizations, etc. to send leadership representatives. It will consist of an informational meeting, then a gathering where organizations that promote prevention, education, or recovery will be available to discuss resources and connect with the community. Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 Lavista Rd, Tucker 30084. (770)939-4358. While the event is free, an accurate count is needed; please R.s.v.p.

March 26. The annual "Great Futures Start Here" banquet, celebrating youths who attend The Salvation Army's three metro Atlanta-area Boys and Girls Clubs, is March 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. Tickets are going fast, so click here to get yours.


March 27. Candler and the Aquinas Center welcome Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Wed., March 27, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 252, Candler's Rita Anne Rollins Bldg. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for those who register by March 20. Register here. Johnson's lecture, "Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?" explores the question of humanity's relationship to the natural world in the face of ecological crises. Johnson is Professor Emerita at Fordham and author of many books and articles. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society, she has served on the editorial boards of major journals, seen her work translated into thirteen languages, and been awarded fifteen honorary doctorates among other accolades.

March 28. Save the date for 2019 Breakfast with Champions, Thursday, March 28, Cobb Galleria Centre, 8 – 9:30 a.m. For information, contact Jenna Smith at jenna.smith@bobbydodd.org or (678)365-2263. Bobby Dodd Institute connects people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs and the security and purpose that work brings by sustaining good jobs in mission-based businesses, offering high-quality job training, and helping businesses to recruit committed employees.

March 28. Mix-It-Up Midtown Networking will benefit the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. March 28, Canopy by Hilton Atlanta, 1414 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30309, will host the first Midtown Alliance networking event of 2019, 5:30– 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here with 100% of proceeds benefiting the shelter.

March 28. Clergy Breakfast, Thursday, March 28, 7:30 a.m., Columbia Theological Seminary, Richards Center, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, www.stephensizer.com, will speak about Christian Zionism- it is not in the Bible- Clergy are guests but must R.s.v.p. to Fahed, (404) 441-2702.


March 28. You are invited to a Community Conversation on Mental Health, Thursday, March 28, 9 – 11 a.m., Mount Pisgah UMC, Sanctuary Bldg., Room S305, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek. According to the CDC, mental illness can increase the risk for many different physical problems. The presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness. Join The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority for this conversation that will provide background, understanding, and resources for those affected by mental illness. Attendees will have a chance to ask some of their most pressing questions Register here.


March 28. Clergy Lunch, First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta 30316, Thursday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. Dr. Stephen Sizer will speak about “Christian Zionism & the Black Church. Please R.s.v.p. with Fahed (404)441-2702.

March 28. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and Central Presbyterian Church welcome The Crossroads Project, a collaboration of the Fry Street Quartet with climate physicist Dr. Robert Davies, to Atlanta. Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St., Atlanta 30303. This performance about global sustainability weaves art and science together through music, prose, and stunning visual imagery — photographs by renowned environmental photographer Garth Lenz and paintings by Rebecca Allan and the quartet’s commission of “Rising Tide” by American composer Laura Kaminsky. Music by Haydn and Janacek will also be featured. Rising Tide Trailer Tickets are only $15. Reserve your tickets here.

March 30-31. Midway Missionary Baptist Church, 2280 Godby Road, College Park, invites the community to join them in celebration of annual Women’s Day Worship, Sunday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Billie Boyd-Cox, senior pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Conyers. Rev. Cox made history when she became the first woman Pastor of the historic Baptist congregation. The Pre-Women’s Day Breakfast will be Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. and will feature the Hon. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Ga. House of Reps, Dist. 91. Please call the church office at (404) 768-5648 for ticket information.

March 30. Storytelling Show featuring Andy Offutt Irwin at Neighborhood Church, Saturday, March 30, 7 – 9 p.m., 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. Tickets by Eventbrite.

March 31. You Are Invited Rev Dr. Stephen Sizer “Why Christian Zionism is not Biblical,” Sunday, March 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Harrington Center Auditorium, Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030. Enter campus from Inman Dr. Park in parking lot on the left behind the library. Please R.s.v.p. to Sarah Humphrey, sarah.h.humphrey@gmail.com, Sizer is a pastor, photojournalist, Director of Peacemaker Trust, UK, and author, “Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon and Zion’s Christian Soldiers.” Sponsor: Joining Hands for Justice, Palestine/Israel.

March 31. St. Catherine's seventh annual Concert Series presents Shannon Gallier, St. Barthomew's, Atlanta, and Austin Clark, Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta, performing organ solos and duets from Bach, Mendelssohn, Shearing (jazz-inspired settings of hymn tunes), Howells, Hancock, and more. All lovers of music are invited to this free concert. A freewill offering will be taken. These concerts include introductory and anecdotal comments by the artists and opportunity to speak with them at the reception. 4 Hands + 4 Feet: Shannon Gallier & Austin Clarke at the Organ, Sunday, March 31, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., St. Catherine's, 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta 30062.

March 31. Park Avenue Baptist is excited to host its first Open Pulpit Night: Preach Your Truth on March 31 at 5 p.m., an evening of worship featuring sermons from four Atlanta area seminary students and recent seminary graduates. . . a time to pass the mic and make space to amplify diverse voices, empowering young preachers to preach their truth! You are invited! Learn more at parkavebaptist.com/openpulpitnight.

April 3. Lenten Day for Reflection at Ignatius House, "In the Quiet of the Heart, God Speaks" April 3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., childcare available. Directed by Sarah Otto. Come away for a day to sit, rest, pray, and listen for God’s voice and experience an intimacy with God that leads to conversion, renewal, and rebirth. Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta 30328. For more information go to IgnatiusHouse.org or phone (404)255-0503.


April 3. Candler’s Pitts Theology Library will host a screening of the new documentary “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” Wednesday, April 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 252, Rita Anne Rollins Bldg. Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. Doblmeier, Smith, Ellison, and Fluker will serve as panelists, along with Lerita Coleman Brown, Ayse I. Carden Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College, who is also featured in the documentary. For information, contact Anne Marie McLean anne.marie.mclean@emory.edu. Register here.

April 4. Faith-based community members & leaders are invited to meet with behavioral health service providers to hear stories of hope and recovery from people who have been diagnosed with mental health and/or substance use conditions and are thriving in their community. This event will highlight the importance of understanding behavioral health challenges and how stigma and faith impact the recovery process. Participants will learn how to access Georgia’s publicly funded behavioral health crisis intervention and treatment services. There will be opportunities for skill-building and workshops to equip faith communities to address needs. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Shanti Das’ Silence the Shame initiative, Thursday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Capitol North Conference Room of the Sheraton Hotel Atlanta, 165 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. The event is free, but please register at cvent.me

April 5. If you are in our nation’s capital the first week of April you might be interested in “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World” Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8, Washington, D.C. People of faith and conscience are called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, 

April 5-7. Courage to Lead Retreat: The Soul of Aging, Fri, Apr 5, 5 p.m. to Sun, Apr 7, 11 a.m., at St. Mary's Sewanee. This retreat offers a soul-safe space in community to explore relationship with God and expand capacity to love, serve, forgive, and seek peace. It invites us to become true Elders with meaningful contributions to make, and ultimately to embrace the deep mystery we will ente. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, call (931) 598-5342 by March 29.


April 6. Lenten Quiet Day: By the Grace of God I am who I am, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., an opportunity to reflect and center in the gardens and setting of St. Clare’s, Blairsville. Materials for creativity, literature, opportunities to worship, beverages, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided. Liz Schellingerhoudt, rector at St. Clare’s, and John Hamilton, rector at St. Elizabeth’s, Dahlonega, will give a meditation. The time will end with Eucharist. R.s.v.p. by Thurs., April 4. If you have any questions email stclare@stclaresepiscopal.org or call (706)745-0647. Register Now

April 6. Experiencing Poverty: An interactive simulation, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal Church, 316 N Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree City 30269. $15 registration includes lunch. The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia has partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to conduct an immersive experience that will introduce you to the day-to-day struggles of living in perpetual poverty. Read more.

April 6. Georgia Cares community trainings on domestic minor trafficking are coming up April 6 in Donalsonville. Find information at www.gacares.org/community-trainings.html

April 10. Save the date: Atlanta Unity Seder, The Temple, the Seder will include participants representing Atlanta's diverse religious, ethnic, and international communities. Reserve Your Seat at the Table, The Temple, Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. Kosher dietary laws observed.

April 10. Musical program featuring members of the Candler School of Theology and Columbia Seminary communities held Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Emory University’s Canon Chapel in collaboration with Pitts Theology Library's new Exhibition "Word for Word, Sense for Sense: The English Bible in History & Worship.” No registration is required, and all are welcome! Canon Chapel is located on the campus of Emory University at 515 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.

April 13. Atlanta Prays 2019 Survivor Brunch, survivors share, listen, pray, and help, engaging with other to reclaim voice and truth. April 13 registration is open now. Please complete the registration form below. There is no cost for this event but they need an accurate count of those attending. R.s.v.p. here.

April 14. Save the date for Southern Folk Passion, Sunday, April 14, 4:00 p.m., The Church at Ponce and Highland, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30306.

April 25. Crossroads announces the date for the annual “Empowerment Gala” - April 25 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. This fun and meaningful night and will raise funds to benefit people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. More info. For sponsorship opportunities contact Eddie Dill at edill@crossroadsatlanta.org.

April 28. Lace up your sneakers. Sunday, April 28, is the annual Hunger Walk Run. If you raise $500 or more individually, you'll be a part of Atlanta Community Food Bank Champions Club which has perks such as access to a VIP tent on the day of the race, a lapel pin to show off to friends and more! Register today, get a start on your fundraising goals, and help end hunger in our communities. 

April 28. Save the date for the sixth annual Cheers for Change benefitting Central Outreach and Advocacy, April 28, 3 – 6 p.m., Sweetwater Brewery.

May 3. United Way’s Kids Home Initiative is Friday May 3, eight o’clock until midnight, The Roof at Ponce City Market. Early bird tickets pricing ends March 12. Register here. Email ypl@unitedwayatlanta.org if you have questions.

May 4-5. Camp SOS is a healing family camp for those family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is for ages 6 – 96; there are survivors of every age in attendance at camp. Camp SOS is held at Camp Twin Lakes at their Winder location next to Ft. Yargo. Camp Twin Lakes - Will-A-Way, 210 S. Broad Street, Winder 30680. Camp is May 4-5, Friday evening through Sunday morning. Space is limited and it is time to register. Register here.

May 11. NAMI Northside's 2019 Mental Health Fair, Saturday, May 11, 1 0a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Pisgah Church, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek 30022. 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 sponsorship opportunities and register here.

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 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>>

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 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 16-24. Summa Theological Debate Summer Camp will be July 16-24 at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., www.summa.sewanee.edu.

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