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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

June 4ff. Shallowford Presbyterian School's Summer Camps provide a fun-filled half day for children ages 3 years through rising 4th graders. Camps center around a theme with enrichment activities such as Music, Art, PE, and Science, Monday – Friday from 9 - 1. 3-year-olds must be 100% potty trained.
Session 1 - June 4-9 - Cooking Camp (Note: cooking ingredients may include items such as dairy, gluten, and nuts)
Session 2 - June 25-29 - Art Camp
Session 3 - July 9-13 - STEM Camp
Add Kids Go Wild Nature Camp from 1:15 pm to 5:30 immediately following the Summer Fun Camp for a full day of fun! Shallowford Presbyterian School, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. Cost is $140 per child per session. Register online at www.shallowfordschool.com

June 29-July 1.The Search for a High Power: Recovery Retreat Steps One through Three of the 12 Steps, June 29 - July 1, Ignatius House. On this recovery retreat come explore the path to God as you understand it, and seek the freedom of sobriety and the sanity it offers. Register your private room and bath at www.ignatiushouse.org or call (404) 255-0503 for more information.

June 29, July 1. Roswell United Methodist Church invites the community to the Thirty-Seventh Annual Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts on Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. The 110-voice Sanctuary Choir and the Atlanta Wind Symphony will present a program filled with favorites such as “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Concert tickets are complimentary but necessary to ensure seating. For ticket information, call (770) 594-0512 or send an email to amoore@rumc.com.


June 30. Ladies Fellowship Luncheon hosted by Brookhaven United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 30 at 12 noon. Call the church at (404) 237-7506 if you are interested in finding out about this ladies’ group at Brookhaven United Methodist Church.

July 1. The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan, senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, N.C., is the featured preacher July 1 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Buchanan was senior minister of Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in Marietta for 16 years. Her sermon is based on the encounter of Jesus with the woman who suffered from hemorrhages. She asks, “What if her faith didn’t have to be gutsy? How might the story have gone differently if the woman had had a community of friends and family?” On News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB Sunday mornings at 7:05. More at Day1.org.


July 6. First Friday at First presents percussionist Chris Burroughs, July 6, 6- 9 p.m., at The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, NE, Atlanta 30303. Admission is $15. Food, fun, and fellowship! Call (404) 659-6255 if you have questions.


July 8. The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, July 8. She was pastor of Pilgrimage UCC in Marietta before moving to First Congregational Church of Ashville. Hear her in the Atlanta region on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. Visit Day1.org to see or hear the message now and find many other resources.


July 10. "Summer in the Forest" is a documentary on the incredible story of L'Arche's founder, Jean Vanier. The film draws us into the lives of L'Arche's residents, both in France and Bethlehem. Vanier's philosophy of love, peace and friendship driving out fear permeates the film. Candler School of Theology, July 10, 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free but registration is required. Reserve Tickets . Popcorn and soda will be provided. Find out more about L’Arche Atlanta.

July 11. Regular monthly meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group, Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030, about 1/2 mile east of East Lake MARTA station. Ponchellis Jackson, Executive Director of Uplifting People, Inc., will speak from his experience and let us know how we can take action to help keep people from returning to prison. Ponchellis is a husband and father of three. For more details on Uplifting People, see www.upliftingpeople.org. Call (404)680-4799 if you want a ride from East Lake MARTA at 6:45 p.m.


July 12-15. The Wild Goose Festival is coming up July 12-15 in Hot Springs, N.C. More than a festival, this is where spirit, justice, music, and art intersect through concerts, storytellers, workshops, liturgy, conversation, and camping. Get tickets at www.wildgoosefestival.org


July 13. It’s movie night at Lake Oconee Community Church, Friday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. The movie to be discussed is “Simon Burch” and you can watch it ahead of time - click here for the full length movie. simon-birch-full-movie


July 14. A quarterly opportunity for those who have been on retreat at Ignatius House to get together with participants from recent retreats, spend some time in prayer, share the fruits of your weekend, and discern where God is calling you next. This event is free but let them know you are coming at (404) 255-0503 so they will have enough treats and coffee. July 14. 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta.

July 14. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Atlanta/Auburn Affiliate is hosting their first Mental Health and Wellness Day; Saturday, July 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church on 1215 New Hope Road Atlanta 30331. Becoming equipped with tools for responding to warning signs of mental crisis and illness will be the primary focus of the day, along with conversation around affecting change in treatment and policies and reducing the stigma of mental illness. This event is free to the community. Lunch will be served. Email Govan03@comcast or call (770)316-6052 if you have questions.

July 14 Health & Wellness Fair" Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World", Saturday, July 14, from 1-4 p.m. $5/person, $10/family includes raffle tickets for baskets with related items. Educational program with many venders. Kid-friendly. Held at the Atlanta Family Church 3060 Bouldercrest Rd, Ellenwood 30294.

July 15. Lecture on Palestinian views and analysis of the much talked-about “Deal of the Century.” Guest speaker is Hani Almasri, Director General of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies, Ramallah, Palestine. Use hospital parking and take the hospital bridge to cross Clifton. R.s.v.p. by Thursday, July 12, to Rev. Abu Akel by text (404) 441-2702 or email fabuakel@gmail.com. Sunday, July 15 - 4 - 5 p.m., Room 110, 100 Woodruff Circle, Emory School of Medicine.

July 16-194. Most Vacation Bible Schools are in June. If you missed the chance to participate, here is a later one. Christ Covenant Game On!™ --a week of gearing up for the big game. Kids will begin each day at the Pep Rally, gather at the Field House to be equipped to dig deep into God’s Word. Kids will make crafts, play games, enjoy snacks, sing cool songs, and learn about missions. Whether you’re the type to root from the stands, march in the band, cheer on the field, or hustle to the line, the time is now. Register HERE! July 16 - July 19, Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr. NW Atlanta 30305, 9 – 12, all students entering Pre-K through completed 5th grade are welcome. Register here.

July 17. The next Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. class starts July 17. This is a free 3-week healthy cooking class series for children 8 years old & up and one accompanying adult. July 17 – 31, every Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30315 Register here.

July 18. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church will hang the next art show, July 18, a reception with the deceased artist’s son John will be held July 19, 6 -8 p.m. The show is work of Ray Ratkowski, a Marine, NFL player, and FBI agent. HECC, 4945 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342.

July 19. Rock of Ages Lutheran 8th Annual Back to School Community Health Fair. Everything is free! Form 3300 completion for school enrollment- Form 3300 is provided (including dental, vision and hearing screenings). Also available are glucose (blood sugar) and blood pressure screenings. Backpacks & school supplies, educational materials, clothing closet --snacks will be available to participants in screenings as long as supplies last. Child safety ID program with everything on a CD to take home. This program is also available for adults with memory problems. Rock of Ages, 5135 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, 30083, Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., (404) 292-7888.

July 19. Chattanooga is less than two hours’ drive up I 75. A great field trip would be to go to "Art for the Discombobulated Church" exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road, July 19, 7-9 p.m., Ascension will hold an open house and reception to view the traveling art exhibit. There is no cost to attend; however, a $5.00 per adult donation is requested. All donations will go to the Milagro Women's Center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This insightful art exhibit by Trey Everett consists of 14 pen and ink images of what the Church is and can be.Displayed next to each image is a short commentary with questions to ponder and discuss. This unique exhibit will be a spring board for your church to contemplate and discuss and aspire to choices that reflect what a healthy spiritual community truly is.

July 19-22. “Praying with the Saints and Mystics,” July 19- 22, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr NW, Atlanta 30328. How does silence nurture prayer? Can meditation and contemplation transform our lives? These are the kinds of questions that the great saints and mystics of the past two thousand years address. Come explore the relevance for our lives today in the deep quiet of the retreat center. Register the comfort of a private space, prepared for you at IgnatiusHouse.org or call for more information (404) 255-0503


July 21. Business Startup and Improvement for any Business, 501c3, Nonprofit, Church, Charity Workshop - Where do you go to get help starting your business or improving your business? Where can you go to network, gain strategies, tips, and techniques in business that will help you advance in your job and career? Coming up July 21 and every third Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Fayetteville, there is a Business by the Book workshop. Come develop your entrepreneurial mindset. Learn what business is right for you. Food, prizes and gift, and networking at every meeting. Pathway Home Foundation, 101 Kenwood Road, Bldg. #50, Fayetteville 30214. Call (678) 907-0200 to reserve your seat. Only $35 tax deductible donation at the door. Proceeds go to feed battered women and hungry children in our local area.

July 21 NAMI Georgia presents Southside Overcomers 1st Annual Family and Friends’ Day Community Picnic, July 21, 4 – 8 p.m., Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, 1500 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge 30281. Food, music… a celebration to recognize and increase mental health awareness in observance of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Contact James Buerstatte at jbuerstatte@hotmail.com for more information.

July 22. Rev. Tanya Y. Pittman and St. Timothy UMC invite you to join the congregation for their Summer Feast on Saturday, July 22, from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, you may dine in or carry out (cost includes drink and dessert.) Meals will be served in the St. Timothy School dining room (behind the church). The menu includes escoveitch fish, brown stew chicken, and lots more. Come for a great day of food and fellowship!

July 26-27. To round out summer celebrations of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light's 15th Anniversary, join the Hike Inn, Thursday & Friday, July 26-27. After you hike to the Inn (either with GIPL or on your own), there will be a tour of the eco-lodge and a shared meal. The GIPL team will lead evening vespers on July 26 and morning vespers on July 27. Information on pricing, and the registration form can be found here. Registration is limited, so claim your spot today!

July 26-29. Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith & Purpose with the Beatitudes, July 26-29. The Beatitudes invite us to find blessing and strength through our vulnerabilities. This course is for people interested in biblical spirituality as a resource for supporting the faith of people in emotional pain, spiritual directors, pastoral caregivers, counselors and therapists, and people of faith who seek insight and renewal. Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur. If you have any questions, please contact spirituality@ctsnet.edu. Read more and find registration information  here.

July 26-29. Roswell United Methodist's Drama Ministry Acting UP presents “Annie, the Musical” Thursday, July 26- Sunday, July 29. General admission tickets are $10; reserved seats are $25 ($10 ticket and $15 donation). Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts. For tickets contact the box office at (678) 871-7766 or rumcActingUP@gmail.com.

July 27. Positive Growth, NAMI DeKalb, and Emory University UHI present the Inaugural Minority Mental Health Symposium “Increasing Awareness and Access to Care” with a panel discussion and break out discussions on increasing awareness and access to care for minority mental health. Friday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., K. D. Moore Community Development Center, Clarkston. This is a free symposium, lunch will be provided; space is limited so register early here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minority-mental-health-symposium-ticke...

July 27-28.  Worship Leader Boot Camp -- Samford University -- July 27-28, 2018 -- $89/participant. This intensive 24-hour training experience is for student worship leaders and student worship teams. With a practical focus on music skills and principles of worship leadership, Worship Leader Boot Camp prepares teenage youth worship leaders to plan, rehearse, and lead worship for their peers during the Fall semester. www.samford.edu/worship-arts/boot-camp

July 28. Let’s Move DeKalb Back-to-School Expo, Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Exchange Park recreational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur 30034. This is a free event with school supplies, food pantry, workshops, and more. A child must be present with adult to receive school supplies. R.s.v.p. for this event here.

July 28. The Men’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church UCC presents the annual “O Taste ‘N’ See,” Saturday, July 28, 5- 7 p.m. Great food, live entertainment, and prizes all for $15 adult, $10 student, and $5 for children under 12. Call (404) 659-6255 if you have questions. The Commons, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303.

July 28. Faith A.M.E. Zion Church will host a Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 28, from noon until 3:00 pm. FREE school supplies and back packs for students from kindergarten through 12th grade will be distributed. Students must be present to receive supplies. This event is open to the entire family. Students can also get free haircuts and participate in fun activities. To volunteer or donate supplies, please call the church office at (404)691-4075. Faith is located at 38 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30311.

July 29. In recognition of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Dr. Crystal Consonery, Christian counselor, will be hosting an interactive discussion on race, religion, and the stigma associated with mental illness in the Black Community. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Sun, July 29, 2018, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Bridge Pointe Church, 285 Victory Drive SE, Marietta, GA 30060.

July 29. Knowing “the other” is the first step in building understanding and community. The Interfaith Speakers Network is an educational resource for religious and secular school educators and other organizations seeking engaging, interactive programming. Teachers and others seeking an opportunity to interact with local practicing representatives from many religious traditions are invited to an Interfaith Speakers Network Panel, Sunday, July 29, 2018 3P - 4:30PM at the Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Room 252 Amphitheater, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

August 2. The Roswell United Methodist Church annual Garage Sale is Thursday, Aug. 2, 9-7 p.m. (Early Bird Sale: $10 donation per adult); Friday, Aug. 3: 8-6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4: 8-2 p.m. Bring your friends and neighbors to find some incredible deals! Proceeds will benefit RUMC’s Job Networking Ministry. For more information visit rumc.com/garagesale.

Aug. 2. A new choral group, “North Atlanta Voices,” is forming at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church under the leadership of Cheryl Logan and Lucas Tarrant. If you have any interest in joining this group, email cheryllogan@bellsouth.net or tarrant.lucas@gmail.com. A mandatory information session at HECC is scheduled for Thursday evening, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., with rehearsals beginning the following week. So that Cheryl and Lucas can compile a list of interested persons email your interest and contact information to info@northatlantavoices.org.


Aug. 13-15. Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training will be offered this summer at the School of Theology at the University of the South, August 13-15. This curriculum is solely licensed to National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) and was originally developed as a multi-faith training course by New York Disaster Interfaith Services and an editorial board of 19 disaster spiritual care experts in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development. This three-day training is for clergy, laypersons, professionals, first-responders, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best-practices during disasters. More>>

Aug. 18. “Red, White and NEW” - Get your ticket now here for the amazing annual gala recognizing America's newest citizens, Saturday, August 18, at the Georgia Aquarium. 2018 Friend of Freedom Honoree is Dr. Gulshan Harjee. For more information see New American Pathways.

Sept. 6. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, currently known as the “Royal Wedding Preacher,” will be speaking in Atlanta at a benefit dinner for Day 1, the radio and media ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media, on September 6. Curry’s message is “We Need Some Witnesses to the Way of Jesus.” For information email preagan@day1.org.

Sept. 13-15. Just Worship, from Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Seminary, September 13-15, is open for registration. This conference will explore vibrant and faithful worship that is informed by but not limited to the Reformed tradition, paying attention to how worship embodies and shapes us for justice. Paul T. Roberts, Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Jennifer Lord, Tony McNeill, David Gambrell, Kimberly Bracken Long, and Eric Wall will lead worship or present plenary sessions. Details here

Sept. 17. Sisters in Ministry registration is open. Get ready to Dig Hard Ground! Join Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Dr. Claudette Copeland, Dr. Jessica Ingram, Dr. Gina Stewart and other extraordinary speakers, experts and presenters at the 2018 WIM Conference Sept. 17. Connect with women in ministry from all across the country. For more information and to register visit cynthialhale.org/conference-2018 This conference is for all women who are actively involved in any aspect of ministry.

Sept. 18. Save the date, Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is coming to Emory. President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Koch will be at Glenn Memorial UMC September 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is free event but registration is required. Visit .aquinas.emory.edu to register and for more information.

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