Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 2, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


Special summer Sunday School and sermon series are offered in area churches. We mentioned the Northside Drive Baptist Church series "What are these things we believe and why?" Others…

"One True Thing" is the first special summer series at Decatur First Baptist; guest preachers will speak about an “anchor truth” that has shaped their lives. A second series will feature guest preachers on what kind of church makes the strongest gospel impact on the world.

Glenn Memorial UMC Summer Lecture Series for 2014 is "Reading Between the Lines: How Biblical Interpretations Shape our Faith" June 1 through August 10, 9:45 a.m., with guest speakers from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Trinity Presbyterian offers podcasts of Adult Church School classes on the Bible" Bible Electives"

Essential Bible Stories at the Cathedral of St. Philip this summer. A different speaker each week will look at a  story and consider why it is fundamental to the faith and essential to our life in the world today. Schedule


1. C. S. Lewis, “The Great Divorce,” an exploration of human nature featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit, is at the Alliance Theatre Thursday, June 5, thru Sunday, June 15. Tickets.

2. Building Bridges: Understanding U.S. Christians’ Connection to Palestinian Christians, June 7, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta  30306. Co-led by Dr. Mark Braverman, national program director of Kairos USA, and Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, assistant professor at Candler School of Theology, this one-day workshop will educate lay and clergy leaders from Atlanta area congregations and seminaries about the Kairos Palestine and Kairos USA documents with an eye towards “training trainers” who can return to their congregations and lead adult educational programs using these curricula. For more information, contact Elizabeth Corrie, Register.


3. The 7th annual Benefit Rib Fest at St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the church's rear parking lot, 18 Polk St., Marietta. The event raises funds for the Emmaus House Summer Camp program and produces great slow-cooked barbecued ribs or half-chickens with cole slaw and baked beans for $15 each. Eat lunch with Atlanta Diocese bishops  in a large tented space  and enjoy live music. Or, take home a great meal (including a Boston butt for $40 or full slab of ribs for $30).Sponsors are the Brotherhood of St. Andrew in conjunction with St. James' Men's Club. For information contact Deacon Chip Faucette, 770-361-5971


4. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church is in the midst of a great celebration for the 48 years of servant leadership of the Rev. Clayton Taylor. Sunday, June 8, Rev. Taylor will preach at the 10 a.m. worship service and Rev. E. L. Jones, First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, will speak at 3 p.m. St. Paul MBC is at 2870 Headland Drive, East Point  30344.

5. Sunday, June 8, students of Dr. Nancy Schechter present a recital at Church of the New Covenant, 3330 Chestnut Dr., in Doraville, at 3:00 p.m.  The repertoire will be varied with some focus on Bach.  The recital will include the Concerto for the Violins in D minor, Concerto No. 1 in A minor, and movements from the Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin.  There will also be solo and chamber music works by other composers, including the Accolay Concerto in A minor and the Handel-Halovrsen Passacaglia. Come for a treat.

6. A reminder of Religions of the East – An Overview and Discussion, Sunday, June 8, from 3 to 5:30. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and discussion period to address audience questions and areas of interest. Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church Street, Decatur  30030. No pre-registration or charge is required for attendance. Members and friends are always welcome.


7. All are welcome at a Holy Communion service at Historic Zion Church, Talbotton, 4 p.m., Sunday, June 8.  The Rev. Jeff Jackson of Hamilton will preside and preach.   Zion Church (circa 1845) houses the oldest working Pilcher organ in the United States.  Canned food is being collected for those in need in Talbotton; please bring nonperishable foods for your offering. Services at Zion Church are scheduled quarterly.

8. St. Julian's Episcopal Church, Douglasville, will offer an Evensong service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.  The service will be preceded at 4 p.m. by an arts and crafts show titled "The Gifts of the Spirit" in observance of the Day of Pentecost.  Leading this service will be St. Julian's new priest in charge, the Rev. Brandon Duke. All are welcome.   

9. 2014 Funders’ Roundtable sponsored by the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN) invites churches, nonprofits, and faith-based institutions to come for discussions and information to help them submit better funding requests.  Participants will include grant reviewers, philanthropic experts and foundation officers from Georgia Pacific, Financial Institutions, the City of Atlanta, USDA and others. Monday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the central library. Registration is free but space is limited. Register here.

10. The New Jim Crow Action Group -- Atlanta Area-- invites you to engage in a conversation about the "criminal justice" system with a special guest, the Honorable Steen Miles, on Wednesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meeting house at 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030.  Ms. Miles is a retired journalist, former Georgia State Senator, and recent candidate for the U.S. Senate. While a member of the Georgia State Senate, Ms. Miles served on the State Properties and Institutions Committee which had oversight of the Department of Corrections and prisons.   For more information, please see New Jim Crow.

11. 82.3% of African American children born since 1990 will live in a home without their biological fathers before they are 18. You are invited to a documentary viewing and discussion of “Spit in Anger” with Dr. Kenneth Braswell, filmmaker and director, at Morehouse School of Medicine, June 12, 5:30 p.m., 720 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta. Explore father absence and the steps necessary to address this devastating circumstance. $10 per person.  Space is limited Register

12. At Atlanta Unity Church, Sunday, June 15, Imam Plemon T. El-Amin will be the guest speaker at both morning services. The services are 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Imam Plemon T. El-Amin has served for the past twenty-three years as the Resident Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive Mosques in the United States.  Working as a close aide of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Imam El-Amin has traveled the U.S. and the world, representing concerns and interests of Muslim Americans.  On two occasions, he was part of a select delegation of Muslim leaders that traveled to Saudi Arabia with Imam W. Deen Mohammed to assist in the religious orientation of the U.S. military in the Gulf Crisis.  He organized and led two delegations of progressive Muslim young adult leaders to participate in study tours in Malaysia to build international bridges. All are welcome! Atlanta Unity Church, 3597 Parkway Lane, Norcross 30092.

13. Shape-note singing will be featured on the third Sunday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta. A brief singing school with instruction for those new to shape notes or new to singing will be offered at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The next program will be offered June 15. For information call 404-872-4169 or email

14. Jewish Family & Career Services and Aviv Older Adult Services present “Dementia Friendly Congregations: How Faith-Based Communities Can Be Champions of Change” is a conversation for community clergy, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Chaplain Robbye Jarrell at Lenbrook Event Center, 3747 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30319. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30; valet parking is complimentary. Who should attend?  Clergy, pastoral counselors, spiritual advisors, Stephen Ministers, and any in the faith community interested in learning how better to understand and engage with those living with dementia better. Faith communities are a vital part of the care team. . Space is limited – Please R.s.v.p. by Monday, June 16. Call Kathy Ray at (770)677.9336

15. The New Baptist Covenant Luncheon being held during the CBF General Assembly here in Atlanta will feature Dr. Allan Boesak, the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Dr. Boesak is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author, and tireless advocate for social justice. His early activism alongside Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela led to international recognition as an influential leader the fight against South Africa’s apartheid system.  Friends and colleagues are invited to join with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in this exceptional opportunity to hear Dr. Boesak address the role of the faith community in the work of reconciliation. June 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. You may register and buy a ticket at or call the NBC office at (335)213-2353. 

16. Quadrennial Assembly 2014 “I See You” is a Disciples, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Women’s event which lifts up women from around the world through fellowship, worship, service, and education. Read more>> On Saturday, June 28, from 3-4:30 pm, the Atlanta ecumenical community is invited to join with the gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland St. “I see you…free” will remember our difficult past, celebrate and dream about a hopeful future, and encourage positive action toward preserving our freedoms. Special guest speakers Mary Frances Early, activist and educator, and Joan C. Browning, activist and former freedom rider, will share their experiences in the movement. The program will also include the winning poems from the QA Pilgrimage Poetry Contest and special music. The program is free and open to the public.  Please R.s.v.p. to

17. Join Joab Eichenberg-Eilon on AIBTV for the series premiere of Intro to Hebrew, June 30, 4 p.m.  Watch each week to learn how to read, write, and decode the Hebrew of the Bible... More>>l

18. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia will host a one-day GenOn Ministries seminar focusing on intergenerational ministry, “Key Practices for Intergenerational Ministry” on September 16. Educators, clergy and other leaders interested in intergenerational ministries are encouraged to attend. Details and registration

19. Emory University has announced that the Rev. Bridgette Young Ross will be its next dean of the chapel and spiritual life. For the past five years, Ross has served as assistant general secretary of the United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, in Nashville. Responsible for supporting and equipping more than 500 collegiate ministries in the United States and for helping develop collegiate ministries in many of the more than 800 institutions of higher education in the Methodist tradition around the world, she has led the church in providing new training programs, online support, national networking and leadership development. Welcome back Rev. Bridgette Young Ross!

20. Columbia Theological Seminary has launched a new blog called Columbia Connections. “We will use the blog both as a place to repost and highlight excellent work from other communication channels and as a place to try out some new things,” said Michael Thompson, director of Communications for the seminary. “We have done everything possible to make this a full community site!” The first articles have already been published.  Anyone interested may visit the blog at and even leave comments as part of a growing conversation.

21. You might be interested in a book written by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, the culmination of four decades of study. “What’s in it for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives” compels readers to take biblical narratives seriously without worrying about their historical or scientific truth. This new book transcends denomination and asks all readers to explore the middle ground where the truth emerges that what matters is the valuable lessons biblical stories can teach them.

22. The Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary, website has a wealth on information on workshops, courses, and opportunities for late summer and early fall. 




Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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