A new exhibit at Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology, Emory, focuses on John Wesley’s founding of the Methodist tradition and its history in America. “Religion of the Heart: John Wesley and the Legacy of Methodism in America” runs through March 9, open during library hours. Guided tours will be Fridays at 1 p.m. on Jan.12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 9. Sign up for a tour. The exhibit includes materials connected to John and Charles Wesley’s childhood home, their time at Oxford University, their sojourns to the colony of Georgia, and their religious experiences of 1738. The exhibit also explores how preaching, hymns, and organizational structures of Methodism played a role in the movement’s success. Many of the materials are being shown for the first time.
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
Feb. 19. The Aquinas Center invites you to a Major Catholic Speaker Lecture “Pope Francis, The Church and the World,” Monday, Feb. 19, 7:15- 8:15 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, P-Level Auditorium, Emory University. Father Bryan Hehir will examine the distinct roles of Pope Francis as pastor, administrator, and diplomat. Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His teaching and research focus on ethics and international relations and on the role of religion and politics in the United States and globally.
Feb. 20. Georgia’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Lobby Day 2018 will be held at the Historic Freight Depot on MLK Jr. Drive across from the Capitol. Hear from speakers, legislators, and survivors, go across the street to let your legislators know that this issue matters to you, then return for lunch and additional speakers. This free event is February 20, 9-1, lunch is $15. 2018 Lobby Day Partners include: Freedom Coalition, Georgia Cares, House of Cherith, Out of Darkness, Street Grace, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Wellspring Living. R.s.v.p. and registration here
Feb. 20. 9:45 a.m. Second Food Pantry Forum, United Way, 40 Courtland Avenue, Atlanta 30303.We will explore student food security, board development, and the possibility of planting a garden. Plenty of time for discussion and networking, refreshments, and door prizes. Let us know you are coming if you have not already at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 20. NAMI Monthly Educational Speaker Lisa Poore, Tuesday, February 20 , United Way of Forsyth County Community Room, 240 Elm Street, Cumming, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Poore is a psychologist at Paraclete Counseling Center in Johns Creek. Her topic will be Caregiving: How to stay healthy when you are caring for someone with a mental health illness or other illness.
Feb. 21. Upcoming webinar: Creating a Culture of Compassion and Action in Response to the Opioid Crisis, Noon to 1 p.m. Register here. Faith and community leaders can offer the gifts of acceptance, empathy, and long-term support to those struggling with addiction or in recovery. A pastor once noted, “Faith communities are not neutral bystanders: What they don’t say is just as important as what they do say.” Join the HHS, Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church, and Marla Kaufman, founder of the Jewish Addiction Awareness Network, to learn ways to offer a compassionate invitation that clearly affirms that the work of recovery belongs in your community.
Feb. 22. The North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative is open to all healthcare stakeholders in that community including faith communities, schools, civic organizations, healthcare providers and consumers, etc. The group will meet Thursday, February 22, 9:00- 11:00 a.m., Mount Pisgah UMC, North Campus, sanctuary building, third floor, Room S305, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. For more information, contact Cathy Murphy at email@example.com.
Feb. 22. WABE Community Conversations: Race and Poverty in Healthcare, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Morehouse School of Medicine.
Feb. 24. Atlantic Institute invites you to an Ebru (paper marbling) workshop by Ms. Fatmanur Akdeniz on Saturday, February 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Istanbul Cultural Center. Please click this link. to make your RSVP (required) and get more details about this amazing showcase.
Feb. 24. Karen Wright Marsh at the Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.- noon, signing her new book Vintage Saints and Sinners. Narrating her own winding pilgrimage through faith, Marsh reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality as she introduces us to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire with their honest faith.
Feb. 24. You and your family are invited to a free concert at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 24, at 7 p.m. for the Challenge the Stats Atlanta Launch. The concert will feature 11 high caliber African American and Latino instrumentalists, including performances by harpist Angelica Hairston, a cello sextet lead by Clayton State University cello instructor Ismail Akbar, a world-premiere composition for harp and tenor by Joel Thompson, and commentary from Dr. Paula Grissom, chair of music at Spelman College. A $10 pre-concert dinner and discussion opens the event at 5:30 p.m. with WABE 90.1 FM’s Lois Reitzes and a panel of Atlanta arts leaders. R.s.v.p. here./
Feb. 24-28. Find out about the Compassion Experience at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Feb. 24-28, Roswell UMC March 1-4, and Revolution Church Canton March 16-19. here.
Feb. 25. The V. Rev. Kate Moorehead, Dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, is the featured preacher on Day 1, Feb. 25. Her sermon “Self-Give-Away” can be heard in the Atlanta area at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Visit Day1.org for this sermon, thousands of sermon transcripts, audio and video programs, blog posts, and much more.
Feb. 25. All are invited to join the Faith A. M. E. Zion Church in celebration of Black History at Heritage Sunday, February 25. Everyone is invited to adorn African or ethnic attire. Faith is at 38 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30311. For more information, visit Faith A.M.E. Zion Church on the web www.faithamezion.org or contact the church office at (404) 691-4075.
Feb. 25. The Board of Social Concerns of Shy Temple CME Church will host Community Service Appreciation Day on Feb. 25, 10 a.m., acknowledging the invaluable service of community leaders and showing appreciation for what is a life of ministry. After the service, invitation is further extended for a delicious Soul Food Feast in honor of Black History Month! Suggested attire for the day: Afro-centric. Please R.s.v.p. right away, today, to Dr. Barbara Campbell at (678)641-9745.
Feb. 25. It’s time to sign up for Hunger Walk Run 2018. This year's event will be an afternoon full of family-friendly fun complete with live music, a kids play zone and delectable eats from some of Atlanta’s best food trucks. Georgia State Stadium, February 25, 12-4 p.m., 5K walk/run starts at 2 p.m.
Feb. 25. Bearing Witness, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Henry Friedman, Holocaust survivor from Hungary, was saved from a forced march by legendary Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. He attributes his surviving a firing squad and countless atrocities to the protection of his grandmother's blessing. You will take away two things from Bearing Witness programs. First, a warning that the Holocaust was perpetrated by a country of culture and refinement; and second, to marvel at the indomitable spirit of survivors who have overcome unprecedented evil with courage and hope. Event is free. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Guided tour of Holocaust Gallery at 12:30 p.m. Dolce Café lunch items will be available for purchase. Free parking at the museum; free overflow parking at The John Marshal Law School. Seating is first-come, first-served, arrive early!
Feb. 25. UNCF Atlanta. UNCF is the oldest and largest higher education support organization for students of color. Last year, UNCF awarded more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 12,000 deserving college students. Alas, that only serves 10% of all the students who apply for help. UNCF Sunday is February 25. You can continue your investment in UNCF by dedicating any worship service to helping students in need. You can get resources to effectuate a dedicated service by calling (404)302-8623.
Feb. 25. Speakers are announced for February TheoEd Talks at First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Paul Wallace, Dr. Lauren Winner, and Shane Claiborne. TheoEd Talks is an ecumenical speaker series that brings together leading thinkers in the church, the academy, and the non-profit world to give the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less. By packaging powerful ideas in bite size talks, this series seeks to do for the Bible, religion, and spirituality what the popular TED series has done for technology, entertainment, and design. Whether you regularly attend religious services or are someone just curious about faith, the series provides an accessible, compelling, and thoughtful way to deepen faith and explore important questions about God, theology, and the power of belief to shape lives and communities. For more information, visit www.TheoEd.com Sunday, Feb. 25, 5 – 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30309.
Feb. 26. Justice Day, hosted by Georgia Justice Project, will provide a unique opportunity for local residents to discuss the criminal justice reforms that will have the most impact in 2018, and how we can get involved. February 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Georgia Freight Depot, 65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta 30303. Info.
Feb. 27. Immigrant & Refugee Education & Advocacy. What are the pending bills that will affect immigrant and refugee communities in our state? Come learn more about them and how to effectively convey your message to legislators. The educational session will be followed by a chance to speak to Georgia legislators. Tuesday, February 27 from 9 – 12, State Capitol, 206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta 30334. R.s.v.p. here.
March 2ff. American Pronunciation Class: Communicating with Confidence — The Atlantic Institute, in collaboration with Ruth Schowalter and Canan A., presents English pronunciation class. Starting on March 2, 10 a.m., this is a five-week, 10-hour program designed especially for international female students. Click here. for R.s.v.p. and more information.
March 1. Kaitlin Curtice at First Baptist Decatur — Join the singer-songwriter and author of Glory Happening in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m., 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. Glory Happening is a book of stories and prayers that remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances, to find the magical beauty in everyday experiences. Sponsored by Conversations at First Baptist in partnership with Georgia Center for the Book. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
March 1. Empathy in Art giving voice to the struggles of the Cuban people through Art at First Presbyterian Church, Thursday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Fifield Hall. An in-depth view and discussion of the works of Juan Manuel Vazquez Iglesias, as seen from the perspective of the artist’s nephew, Guillermo Santana, and of fellow Cuban artist Alexi Torres. This event will feature a Cuban Dinner, live Latin-American music, and a short presentation by the two speakers, Cuban-American artist Alexi Torres and Guillermo Santana, co-founder of the Vazquez Cuba Exhibit in Atlanta. Register here.
March 1,2. “All God’s Creation Is Very Good” is the theme of the 2018 World Day of Prayer. Church Women United invites you to join them to observe this day. Church Women United Atlanta was formed in 1941 and was the first organization of this kind to welcome people of every race. This year they will hold two celebrations; Evening - Thursday, March 1, 7, Greater Turner Chapel AME Church, 4650 Cascade Rd, Atlanta 30331; Morning- Friday, March 2, 10, Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St, Atlanta 30309, come early to visit.
March 1-4. Find out about the Compassion Experience at Roswell UMC March 1-4 here.
March 2. Concert for World Peace, Friday, March 2, 8:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Included will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’s cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, with full orchestra and soloists, Magdalena Wór and Stephen Ozcomert, and the Glenn Chancel Choir. Glenn Music Director Steven Darsey conducts. Dwight Andrews, professor of music at Emory and pastor of First Congregational Church UCC, will speak on music and world peace. 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. The concert is free; an offering will be taken with half the proceeds going to the Mar Elias Peace Study Center through UM Global Ministries. Free parking in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road. For information contact Nancy Buckhannan at email@example.com.
March 3-4. The Evelyn Gibson Lowery 2018 Civil Rights Heritage Tour is taking registration. This March 3-4, 2018, trip will visit Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Whitehall, and Montgomery. Register www.sclcwomeninc.com
March 4. St. Catherine's Friends of Music presents Feiner Musicke, a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor, and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp, in "Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love", Sunday, March 4, 4 – 9 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta 30068. The concert is free, with a freewill offering, and open to the public. At Friends of Music Concert Series, the musicians will offer introductions and comments on their music and all are welcome to a reception after the concert to meet and speak with the artists. Come and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting Sunday afternoon!
March 6. Georgia WAND's 16th Annual REAL State of the Union will bridge the national / state divide & rural / urban divide by focusing on similarities and common policy concerns. The event features Karen Brown-Collier, Principal of Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School, and Chandra Farley, Director of Just Energy. Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Program starts at 6. Donations are accepted; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Location will be announced soon. R.s.v.p. to Lindsay@GeorgiaWAND.org
March 8. The inaugural Demand an End Gala by Street Grace will be March 8 with Ernie Johnson as the keynote speaker. This will be a fun night of great food and entertainment, raising awareness of the issue of DMST/CSEC, and raising money for Street Grace. There are different ticket, table, and sponsorship options available - Information here.
March 10. Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, speaks on Grounded & Grateful: A Spiritual Path for Difficult Times, Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, an Episcopal church that strives to be a place of welcome, refuge, prayer, learning, and challenge. All are welcome at this event. A book signing and reception will follow. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Email DBBassEvent@gmail.com to reserve your space by March 7.
March 8-10, 2018. Koinonia Farm has announced that registration is open for the Clarence Jordan Symposium 2018. Building Up a New World will be March 8-10, 2018, in Americus, welcomed and hosted in two churches that blocked participants from Koinonia 75 years ago. This will be the 75th birthday of the farm and a crowd is expected. Read all about the 2018 Clarence Jordan Symposium. Register for the Symposium.
March 13. American Jewish Committee, Atlanta, offers a Unity Seder at The Temple, March 13. This year, the Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus with participants representing Atlanta's diverse religious, ethnic, and international communities. The evening is designed to introduce the powerful story of Passover that is shared every year in Jewish homes around the world and to enable shared diverse experiences. Tickets are $36 per person and $18 for students and young professionals. Reserve Your Seat at the Table here
March 16-18. One of Kanuga’s highlights each year is the Lansing Lee Conference and this year, March 16-18, it will address the role of civil discourse in America. Featuring members of the U. S. House of Representatives, Republicans and Democrats, along with nationally recognized voices from the church, this conference asks how we pivot from our current milieu to a place of cooperation and collaboration. In plenary sessions our representatives will share personally from their own stories and break-out workshops will include topics to equip attendees to be agents of goodness in the world. This conference is expected to be in high demand so early registration is suggested. People of all denominations are welcome. Most of what you need to know.
March 16. You can get tickets in advance for the Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect at Regal Cinemas Town Center 16 & RPX, 2795 Town Center Drive, Kennesaw 30144. A short discussion will follow the movie. Contact the suicide survivors’ network at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. In this documentary Kevin Hobbs explores the impact of his suicide attempt on his family, friends, and first responders who helped to save him. He is expected to be at this screening. Get your tickets in advance here.
March 16-19. Find out about the Compassion Experience at Revolution Church Canton March 16-19.
March 17. Registration is ongoing for The Heart of Centering Prayer: A Day with The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Saturday, March 17, Cathedral of St. Philip. This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer, and of course, time for centering prayer itself. The cost will be $50 and will include lunch. Register for this event by March 14 here.
March 17. Travel the journey from slavery to the promised land, revisiting the Passover story through George Frideric Handel’s enthralling oratorio Israel in Egypt. Atlanta Master Chorale invites members of the Christian and Jewish community to its Israel in Egypt concert Saturday, March 17, to discover and experience this wonderful musical masterpiece; first, because they will love it, and secondly, because it is a critical part of their pilgrimage story. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35/adult, $30/senior and $10/student. To reserve your tickets, call (404)727-5050 or go to Emory.arts.edu by March 16. Tickets will also available at the door if concert is not sold out.
March 18. Children's Concert Series at Glenn Memorial UMC presents Cynthia Shepherd and Jim Gibson performing favorite Disney songs, Sunday, March 18, 4:00 p.m., sanctuary. Wiggles are welcome at each 30 minute concert. Admission is $10/person or $30/family. All proceeds will support Glenn School for Young Children, at 1660 North Decatur Road NE, Atlanta 30307.
March 20-April 3. Choices for Kids free 3-week cooking class series for children 8 years old and up and an accompanying adult. Learn to create healthy, delicious recipes on a budget with Chef Ashley Keyes and learn all about the We Can! Toolkit (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) designed by the National Institutes of Health. Tuesday, March 20 - Tuesday, April 3. Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30315 map. Class size is limited to 25. Limit of one parent and child from a family. Advance registration is required here. MARCH 20 - APRIL 3. Contact info@ChoicesForKids.org if you have questions.
March 22. Orchard sponsored fund raising training for non-profit ministry leaders, development personnel, and ministry staff raising personal support, March 22 from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Here is the link for you to click on if you’d like to know more-- for yourself or your staff or employees. Space is limited so sign up soon here.
March 29. Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. In 1985, twenty-nine year old Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Though he was innocent, Hinton was found guilty and sentenced to death by electrocution. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, eventually took up the case and brought it all the way to the Supreme Court. After thirty years in prison, Hinton was released and now speaks on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. March 29, talk and signing at 7:00 p.m., Carter Center hosted by A Cappella Books.
March 30. Seven Last Words by Seven Lay and Clergy, Friday, March 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311, the homilists will be Dr. Catherine Meeks, The Rev. Dennis Patterson, The Rev. Charles Fischer, Rev. Karen Montagno, Dr. Carol Marsh-Lockett, The Rev. Ricardo Bailey, The Rev. Canon John Thompson Quartey.
March 31. Atlanta Children’s Shelter 5 to Thrive Bunny Run, March 31, starts at 2 p.m., Piedmont Park, more at www.acsatl.org
April 4. Save the date, April 4, for the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC, http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/actnow/sponsored by the National Council of Churches, the Conference of National Black Churches, the African American Clergy Network, and Sojourners.
March 22. “Tensions in Sustainability Workshop: Religion and the Environment," Thursday, March 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Room 102, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Join FAMA and the Emory Center for Ethics, to learn how to address with compassion and care the tensions that arise between environmental concerns and social and economic concerns in your communities. R.s.v.p. information will be forthcoming.
April 5. Lecture by bell hooks: “Ending Dominator Culture: Resisting Patriarchy,” April 5, 5:30 p.m., Candler, Cannon Chapel Sanctuary, free; registration required. Author, feminist theorist, and social critic bell hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence and founder of the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Kentucky. A reception will follow. Cannon Chapel, Emory University, 515 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta 30322. April 4. Save the date, April 4, for the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC, http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/actnow/sponsored by the National Council of Churches, the Conference of National Black Churches, the African American Clergy Network, and Sojourners.
April 7. Eighth Annual Breaking the Cycle Unsung Heroine Award Luncheon hosted by Saving Our Children and Families will be April 7 at Villa Christina in Atlanta. The award is designed to recognize previously unsung women and men who make a difference in the lives of children. Saving Our Children and Families is a non-profit community awareness program that helps inner-city and underserved communities with resources to help victims of child sexual abuse. Tickets will not be sold at the event. You can purchase tickets online now at www.socafnow.org
April 7. Mountain Top Spring Lecture, Friday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. , Saturday, Apr 7, 1:00 p.m., University of North Georgia, Hoag Auditorium. Dr Justin L. Barrett, chief project developer for the office of Science, Theology and Religion Initiatives(STAR) and acting dean of the School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. "Are Humans Hardwired To Believe in God?" is the title of the lectures. R.s.v.p. for this event by April 6. $60 online or $70 at the door. Learn More here.
April 9-11. Mercer University's Center for Theology and Public Life, American Baptist Historical Society, and Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies announce a conference in recognition of the centenary of Professor Walter Rauschenbusch's death. The Legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch will be held April 9-11, on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. Rauschenbusch was a Christian theologian and clergyman who is considered the father of the Social Gospel movement of the first two decades of the 20th century. His work to bring about the Kingdom of God by "transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven' has inspired countless clergy and social reformers including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Tutu. For more contact Edwina Cowgill at email@example.com.
April 11, 18. The McDonald Lectures with David F. Ford, April 11: “Jesus in the 21st Century,” April 18: “Reconciliation in the 21st Century,” 11:00 a.m.—12:45 p.m., Candler School of Theology, Room 252, free; lunch included; registration required. Ford, 2018 distinguished visiting professor, is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. Register for the April 11 lecture by April 3 to receive a lunch. Register for the April 18 lecture by April 10 to receive lunch. Emory University, 1531 Dickey Dr, Atlanta 30322.
April 29- May 2. The Sewanee Contemplative Exchange, Bridging the Gap Between Contemplative and Compassionate Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman. Sunday, April 29 – Wed., May 2. Find out more at www.stmaryssewanee.org
June 1. An early announcement for something that requires some planning: The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is accepting applications for The Rural Church Clergy Colloquy, August 6-8 and February 11-13, 2019. Applications are due on June 1 and may be submitted via this link. Leadership will be provided by Jonathan Davis and Camille Josey.