May 30-June 23. McAfee School of Theology and CenterForm offer a four-week-long Graduate Certificate in Christian Social Innovation, May 30 through June 23. In this immersion intensive course, participants will learn how to create innovative solutions to real-world social problems and build a sustainable social enterprises around those solutions. This week we have the correct link; try this.
June 8. Can we stop climate change? Can we reverse it? One of our leading intellectual minds, Paul Hawken, has gathered the best practitioners in the world to answer that question. Join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light this Thursday to discuss Project Drawdown with some who worked on this study. June 8, 7 p.m. Details here.
June 8-9. Taking Awareness to Action from Southeast Fatherhood & Families Institute, Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9, at Clark Atlanta University. The Department of Public Health Administration for Children and Families, Clark Atlanta University, Alabama A & M, and Fathers & Families Coalition host this unique institute. CEUs available. Find out more and register HERE.
June 9, 10. Don’t miss these opportunities to hear Quaker George Lakey next week. Both events are free and open to all.
· George Lakey book talk and signing of his latest Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – And How We Can, Too, Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur 30030. Light refreshments and childcare available. For more, contact Susan Firestone, firstname.lastname@example.org.
· A Nation Divided – Where do we go from here? Strategic planning workshop with Lakey. Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. – noon, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur 30030. For information and to register, contact Leslie Withers: leslie@ML1945.com.
June 10. Ser Familia invites the community to the second annual Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration Dinner, local latino chefs celebrating the flavors of The Island of Enchantment. Part of the proceeds will benefit Ser Familia's programs and services. JP Atlanta Restaurant and Bar on Saturday June 10 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket includes delicious food and beverages. To purchase your tickets, please visit brownpapertickets.com
June 10. 10- 2 is the third Annual Pork & Plants event with live music to benefit the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, 30316; 404-627-6510. The Holy Smokers, a BBQ team from Marietta, will be selling pulled pork or bbq chicken plates with all the sides, including a drink for $10 a plate. The gardeners will supply everything you need for summer gardens, including decorative pots. The artists will be selling one-of-a-kind art.
June 10. Join Rotary International and Delta Airlines for a Worldwide Candlelight Vigil to End Modern Day Slavery, Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta, 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta 30313, June 10, 8:30 p.m.
June 11. Peachtree Christian Church is pleased to announce that it will host Dr. Willie Jennings of Yale Divinity School for a symposium concerning the dynamic relationship between faith and race, Sunday, June 11, 5 p.m. The symposium will be held in Peachtree's sanctuary with a reception to follow. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Dr. Jennings' revolutionary new book, Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible. In addition to this wonderful evening event, Peachtree Christian invites all to hear Dr. Jennings preach during its 11 a.m. worship service. All are welcome.
June 11. EIRO helps local churches partner with their community in healthy ways through coalition building, spiritual formation, and missional training. EIRO will host a workshop on June 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m., at First Christian Church of Atlanta, the first in a summer series, "What is God Doing Here?” The workshop is all about your neighborhood, how you can discern what God is doing in the lives of the people next door and how you and your church can join God in that work. This workshop is perfect for pastors and lay leaders who want to see their churches get more involved in their community. Lunch will be 12:00-12:30. Tickets can be purchased here.
June 11. The Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto, Princeton Theological Seminary, is the featured preacher June 11 on “Day 1.” He is an ordained minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. “We sometimes seem determined to create a world characterized by death and loss instead of the miracle of life and breath and goodness and the flourishing of all living things,” he says. In the Atlanta area hear this sermon on WSB News 95.5 and AM750. For more information, check the program’s website, http://day1.org.
June 11. St. Benedict’s hosts Rev. Trish Greeves, retired seminary professor at United Theological Seminary and local author of “Prophetic Faith: Exploring Social Justice Advocacy as a Congregation” on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. Come to the parish hall at 9 for coffee and bagels, 9:30 for a roundtable discussion and worship is at 10:30. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church is located at 2160 Cooper Lake Road in Smyrna 30080, (678)279-4300.
June 11. Defacing Art: Images and Iconoclasm in the Reformation lunch and lecture with Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309, Sunday, June 11, 12:15 p.m. Free admission; lunch available for purchase here.
June 12-23. Sino-Nia’s 28th annual two-week Summer Orchestra Camp for aspiring musicians ages 7-18, college students also welcome, June 12-23. Early bird tuition discount until May 31. First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. Visit sinfo-nia.com for information.
June 12. Memorial for the Victims of the Pulse Tragedy, noon, Monday, at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308. Come out to support all of those affected by this tragedy. Places of worship across the nation will ring their bells 49 times at noon in memory of the 49 people who died that night. Here in Atlanta, we will offer prayers and reflect on how we can work for a world without this kind of tragedy. RSVP here.
June 12-16. Christian Formation Conference, Kanuga, Faith Formation in an Era of Change. We are living in an era of change, but, more importantly, we are living in a change of eras. The models of faith formation developed over the past decades cannot keep pace with the challenges of this new era. We need something very new to address the lives of 21st century families, children, adolescents, and adults. More than 25 workshops such as VBS, digital ministry, Godly Play, confirmation, contemplative photography, recovery ministry, and bread baking. Activities for children of all ages –a family vacation. Five published authors: John Roberto, Wendy Barrie, Heather Annis, Jenny Beaumont and Jerusalem Greer. Eleven meals, plus socials, book signing and special events. Networking with those who have been involved in formation for years. Beautiful Kanuga, Hendersonville, N.C. All the information.
June 14. Important news for your congregation from WorkSource Fulton, the annual job fair with employers who are ready to hire new employees within the next 90 days is June 14. In 2016, 30 employers participated and hired 270 new employees. Wednesday, June 14, - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Adamsville Regional Health Center WorkSource Fulton Office, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Atlanta 30331.
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June 14. Members of all faith traditions are invited by the Muslim Mix with Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, American Jewish Committee, and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta to join the Atlanta Muslim community during the Holy Month of Ramadan for a rich evening of dialogue, fellowship, and understanding in a delightful fast-breaking dinner and an all-around cultural experience! Find out how you can be a part of the Interfaith Iftar, June 14, here.
June 14. To Kindergarten and Beyond... Hasta el Kinder y más allá... Is a free, bilingual night of family fun at First Presbyterian Church Marietta. On June 14 at 6 p.m., a delicious dinner will be served at no cost to participants and children will make new friends under the watchful supervision of volunteers. Adults will play the Brain Architecture game with GEEARS, have a chance to get to know organizations in Cobb dedicated to the healthy development of their children, and join a panel of parents and educators in English and Spanish to explore what it really takes to get our kids ready for Kindergarten... and beyond! R.s.v.p. here.
June 14. So a Rabbi, an Episcopal Priest, and a Presbyterian Pastor walk into a bar…. How your faith tradition and questions about 12 steps may help or hinder your recovery with Yosef Lipskerv, rabbi of the Chabad of Berks County, Spenser Simrill, Episcopal priest, and Robby Carroll, Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Caron Treatment Centers, Caron Solutions & HAMSA invite you to the conversation, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Power Springs St., Marietta 30064. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For tickets email email@example.com. For more information contact Nancy Zintak at (404)805‐1442.
June 14. The Atlanta Music Project Summer Series is an annual community-based three-week music festival and school featuring recitals, chamber music, masterclasses, and field trips, as well as jazz, choral, and orchestral concerts by AMP students, AMP teaching artists, and special guest artists. There will be a concert Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m., at Sylvan Hills Middle School Auditorium, 1461 Sylvan Rd SW, Atlanta 30310… a delightful evening of classics, contemporaries, and surprises. Fun for the whole family!
June 14. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival David Hurd at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. suggested donation $15 at the door. Hurd is internationally recognized as a foremost church musician and concert organist, with a long list of honors and achievements, and extraordinary expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. He is the composer of dozens of hymns, choral works, settings of the liturgy, and organ works.
June 15-17. AtlantaFest Christian Music Festival is returning to Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove June 15- 17, 4200 Strong Rock Parkway, Locust Grove 30248.
June 16. Bishop I. V. Hilliard, Senior Pastor of New Light Christian Center Church in Houston and the president of MaxLife Network, along with his wife, Pastor Bridget Hilliard, will host a one-day Faith Tour, Friday, June 16, at 7:00 p.m., atThe Body of Christ Church International, U.S.A., 3650 Flat Shoals Road, College Park. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Please call (770) 472-4800 if you have any questions.
June 16-18. In the newly launched 4C Your Legacy project youth in sixth through twelfth grades will work through creativity, collaboration, commitment, and connection to develop a legacy that honors diversity in others. Post for Peace Workshop, June 16-18, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30307. Contactinfo@4cyourlegacy.org to find out more.
June 16. Join Mental Health America of Georgia to raise awareness for the mental health of mothers throughout Georgia. A paint night fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 16 from 6:30 - 10 p.m. During this fun night, we will be painting, sipping (BYOB), having a silent auction, and raffling off some awesome prizes! Spend the night with your amazing friends and MHA of Georgia while we paint for a great cause! Register for Paint & Sip HERE!
June 17. GALEO and New American Pathways will host a free citizenship workshop June 17 at the Mexican Consulate, 1700 Chantilly Dr. NE, Atlanta 30324, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. At this workshop, green card holders will be helped to apply for U.S. citizenship, will be given one-on-one assistance in completing their application forms and fee waivers, provided with individual legal review, and given a clear list of next steps. The link for LPR's who need to pre-register for assistance is http://bit.ly/citizenshipjune17
June 17. A special invitation for Saturday evening, June 17. The evening will feature CEO of the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs, Tamara Carrera. In one of the wealthiest areas in the country, the CAC serves those who are living below the poverty line. Ms. Carrera will speak about the vast divide between rich and poor and the services that they provide always considering the impact and dignity of the recipient. “The Economics of Racial Justice,” Saturday, June 17, 7-9 p.m., Atlanta Shambhala Center, 1447 Church Street, Decatur 30030. Register Click here to learn more about CAC.
June 18. The History Committee of First Church presents, Atlanta Daily World: A Story of Social Change by M. Alexis Scott, the inaugural Griot Series speaker on Sunday, June 18 after worship service from 1:00 pm – 2:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to come hear this important story! First Congregational Church of Atlanta, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30305.
June 20. World Refugee Day is recognized on June 20 each year. It is important to celebrate the incredible strength and resilience of the refugee community and to recognize the invaluable contributions that they bring to our state. Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. - noon, New American Pathways will host a World Refugee Day Celebration at Refuge Coffee at the corner of Market St. and E Ponce de Leon Ave in Clarkston. Afterwards head off to explore the diverse cuisine that Clarkston has to offer and interesting shops and businesses. Maps will be provided. You can R.s.v.p. on Facebook. Visit Refugee Day 2017 for resources and more information.
June 20. Join Charis in welcoming Pastor Linda Herzer to discuss her new book The Bible and the Transgender Experience, June 20, 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books. More information
June 21. 92nd Street Y Miniseries at Temple Sinai Compelling Conversations, Forward Together with a Year of Light: Interfaith Clergy Dialogue with facilitator Jane Cohen, June 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Atlanta 30327. All programs are free and will be accompanied by wine and snacks.
June 21. “Spiritual Direction,” is the focus of the next Clergy Bagel Brunch at the Care and Counseling Center of Ga. This complimentary brunch for pastors June 21, 10-11:30, answers what spiritual direction is, how it differs from other pedagogy, and how directors are trained. Leader is Debonee Morgan, certified spiritual director, and a graduate of the inaugural cohort of Fr. Richard Rohr’s Living School. She is director of “Resonance,” a new training program for spiritual directors and a specialist in integrating spirituality and therapy. Doors open at 9:30. To R.s.v.p. call Tom Van Laningham, 404-636-1457, x 403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 22. June clergy breakfast of the Georgians for Healthy Marriages and Families, Thursday, June 22, 9-11 a.m., Atlanta Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Road, Atlanta, 30337. Voya Restaurant. Parking is free, if you use the self-parking lot. Bring your ticket in for validation. Attendees will be responsible for their own meals. Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Temple of Prayer Family Worship Cathedral in Fairburn, will speak on “Balancing Family and Ministry.”
June 23. Academy of Preachers is hosting a breakfast to celebrate Young Preachers, on June 23, at the Airport Hilton Hotel. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m., and four very important announcements will be made under the hashtag #Blowing up the AoP. Chair of the board Ernest Brooks will convene. Register here.
June 23,24. Saint James Episcopal Church will hold its 11th annual Flower, Garden, and Liturgical Arts Festival on Fridayand Saturday, June 23 and 24, 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saint James is located at 260 Warwoman Drive, Clayton 30525. Visit this celebration of “Bible Stories in Flowers.” Gardening and flower demonstrations will be offered on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Learn more here. You can contact Saint James Episcopal Church at 706-782-6179.
June 24. When children thrive, communities thrive. Today, nearly half a million children in Greater Atlanta live in communities of low child well-being. That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta is hosting Day of Action on June 24. During it, volunteers across Greater Atlanta will come together to impact their local communities. Ready to make a difference? Start Here
June 24. The Festival Singers of Atlanta, an a cappella chamber choir, will present a summer concert Ease on Down the Yellow Brick Road Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Wade Hall at St. Mark UMC, 781 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. The program features music from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked. Desserts and soft drinks will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and available through the website or at the door. Proceeds will help fund future concerts and commissions of new choral works. For more information, visit our festivalsingersofatlanta.org.
June 25. The Moorish Science Temple of America, an Introduction, Sunday, June 25, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Downtown Decatur Library Association, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030. The MSTA was born in the early part of the 20th century as part of the post-Civil War recovery period. It serves as a religious community for African-Americans to practice Islamic principles and preserve ethnic cultural practices. This is an important opportunity to further our knowledge of the diverse religious traditions which make up the Greater Atlanta community.
June 26. Simple Abundance Cooking Demo and Tasting. Summer is here; it’s patio and grilling time. Join the Atlanta Community Food Bank Monday, June 26, for il Giallo's Chef de Cuisine Parker Jorgesen's sensational, seasonal menu. Register today
June 26. What is up With the Younger Generation??? Understanding My Grandchildren: Millennials and Generation Z, a LOCC lecture by the Rev. Dr. Karen Massey, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Faith Development, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Monday June 26, Lake Oconee Community Church, The Landing. Click to R.s.v.p.
June 27. Empowerment Resource Center is looking for passionate volunteers for its 10th Annual Take Charge. Get Tested.TM Event Tuesday, June 27. In observance of National HIV Testing Day, ERC is hosting a free HIV testing campaign. ERC is looking for volunteers to help us prepare in the weeks leading up to and during this event. All volunteers will attend an orientation. For information on how to sign up and available positions click here.
June 27. Fulton County Schools Faith Summit, June 27, Join Superintendent Rose and Interfaith Children’s Movement for a collaborative event that will engage Fulton County's faith leaders with school leaders in support of students, families and education. Buckhead Church, 3336 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30326. Please be sure to R.s.v.p., you can do that here.
June 29. North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative at Summit Counseling presents Sen. Renee Unterman, Thursday, June 29, 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. speaking on SB-4, "Enhancing Mental Health Treatment in Georgia Act.”The mission of the NFMHC is connecting and energizing community stakeholders to provide a life span behavioral healthcare system for North Fulton County. Call (678) 893-5300.
July. New Life Radio is sponsoring the world’s largest baby shower in July to benefit Pregnancy Care Centers in the surrounding area. Read more.
July 7. Are you ready for another evening of amazing great jazz at an affordable cost? First Friday at First on Friday, July 7, features artist Mike Walton. Come wind down and enjoy some delicious food, lots of fun, and great fellowship! Purchase your $15 ticket at the door. Paid parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to First Congregational Church on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Free parking is available at CARE Parking Deck, 151 Ellis Street, NE, located on the right-hand side of Ellis.
July 13-16. The Wildgoose Festival, an art, music, and story-driven transformational experience grounded in faith-inspired social justice, is looking for volunteers this summer. July 13-16, Hot Springs, NC. Find out more or register online at http://wildgoosefestival.org/get-involved/volunteer/
July 18-20. Disaster Chaplain and Religious Literacy & Competency in Crisis Settings Training in Atlanta (Riverdale), July 18-20. The Southeastern Synod ELCA , the Lutheran Theological Center of Atlanta, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta with National Disaster Interfaiths Network, invite clergy, religious leaders, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this three-day Disaster Chaplaincy Training. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may take this course to develop their knowledge of best practices. Register here Complete info is here.
July 18-26. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 session of SUMMA Debate Camp at the University of the South, July 18–26, open to high school students of any faith entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017. It offers a unique opportunity to explore faith through intellectual channels. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need. For more information and to apply, visit summa.sewanee.edu.
July 20ff. The Insightful Couple Class is a 10-week marriage preparation class utilizing the prepare/enrich inventory. At the Verdery Counseling Center, Thursdays beginning July 20, from 7:30–8:30 p.m. There is limited enrollment. Contact Monique Wischusen, a licensed marriage and family therapist, at (404)369-1041 to sign up. www.fbcdecatur.com/verdery-counseling-center , a ministry of First Baptist Church Decatur.
July 21. The Friendship Center at Holy Comforter in East Atlanta is hosting Mental Health First Aid Training Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. “You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.” Those who take the course learn a 5 step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care. See www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org for more. Through the generosity of GA Mental Health Consumer Network, there is no fee, but registration is required and is first-come, first-serve. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch.. To register, email Liz Mitchell, Wellness & Recovery Coordinator at the Friendship Center, at email@example.com or call (404)627-6510.
July 22. The Georgia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a safeTALK suicide alertness training the morning of Saturday, July 22 in Lawrenceville. safeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. This program is free but pre-registration is required here. www.afsp.org/Georgia.
July 28. The Department of Community Supervision's "Path 2 Success" Resource Fair, July 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 4700 Church Street, Lilburn 30048. This is an opportunity for tools and information to enable successful reentry of formerly incarcerated people into the community. Register on the link if you would like to attend as a participant or as a resource provider. Click Here to Register
July 28, 29. Capitol City Opera is dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent and producing opera accessible to everyone. The 25th Annual On the Light Side, a musical "indoor picnic fundraiser," is Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at the Highpoint Episcopal Community Church in Sandy Springs. Tickets are available online at CCITYOPERA.org. "The Golden Age of Broadway," will feature music from Carousel, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, On the Town, South Pacific, Kismet, The King and I, Westside Story, Candide, and more! Bring-Your-Own-Picnic.
July 30- Aug. 6.. Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat in Sewanee, Tenn., July 30- August 6, an opportunity for practitioners of Centering Prayer to deepen their contemplative journey in the contemporary world. Both an Intensive Track and a Post-Intensive track provide daily experiences of silence, solitude, walking, hiking, yoga, and spiritual companionship to foster an ever-deepening level of interior silence and
Aug. 2-Sept. 20. Free 8-Week Parenting Enrichment Course for Couples, August 2- September 20, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Ga. 30030. Call (404)369-1041 if you have questions. There is a $35 parenting assessment required.
Aug. 19. Growing Generous Givers is a stewardship conference at Decatur First Baptist Church on Saturday, August 19, for Atlanta area churches. This conference promises to deliver effective and timely content plus experienced guidance in crafting your congregation's stewardship plan. For location, times and costs, visit GrowingGenerousGivers.com. Sponsored by The Center for Congregational Health.
Aug. 26. Save the date! On Saturday, Aug. 26, the first WITH Conference will take place at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The conference, sponsored by Action Ministries, the Housing and Homeless Council and the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, is designed for churches called to ministry with those struggling with poverty in local communities. What does it mean to be in ministry WITH the poor as opposed to “to the poor” or “for the poor?” This will be an opportunity to network with others doing this work, learn from experts, discover best practices, and talk with other churches and agencies about partnering to serve people in poverty. Register today at www.withcon.info
Sept. 9. Mark your calendar and we will have more details later for the Church Women United Annual Human Rights Awards Luncheon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., at the historic Green Manor in Union City. Honorees include Jan Swanson, World Pilgrims; Dr. Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sister Love; Dr. Maya M. Taylor, South Fulton County Arrow Youth Council. For tickets call Claudette Rainey, Pres. CWU Atlanta, at (770)964-2912 or Helen Sprewer at (404)305-3536.
Jan. 2-5, 2018. The National Festival of Young Preachers announces that it will return to Atlanta in 2018, January 2-5, Airport Hilton Hotel. Find out more at academyofpreachers.net.
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.