Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 30, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


Faith leaders are often turned to first by people with a mental illness or their families. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do? Do you know whom to call? Do you know how to begin the hard conversation? Look at Creating Compassionate Congregations on

1. The Rev. Keith Anderson, pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Penn., is the featured preacher for July 6 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace.  His forthcoming book on ministry leadership in the digital age is called “The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World.”  A popular blogger on religion, new media, and popular culture his work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, and The New Media Project. His sermon “When Freedom Becomes a Burden,” is based on Matthew 11 which begins with  Jesus’ harsh words for a faithless generation and ends with the beloved verse, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”   

2. On Life Plus, AIBTV, Dr. Marilyn Johnson invites us into the personal historical reflections of Holocaust Survivor Norbert Friedman to discover the value of remembering even the most tragic.  Then watch an account of a woman whose commitment compelled her to walk in every hunger walk since its inception. Tune in to “Remembering the Hungry”, Tuesday, July 8, Thursday, July 10, or Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m.

3. The next Jim Crow Action Friends meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:00 pm., for David Slavin's class on "American Blind Spot: Rethinking Progressive Paradigms."   He will be emailing participants his own short essays on the role racial inequality has played in shaping and defeating progressive politics since FDR's New Deal. UUCA is at the corner of Cliff Valley Way and the northbound I-85 access road between Druid Hills Rd (exit 89) and Clairmont Rd (exit 91). The main entrance is off of the access road, not Cliff Valley Way.

4. Remember the Flea Market! United Methodist Children’s Home, July 11 - 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 500 S Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030 . Find a great bargain and support our community’s children. Credit cards accepted. (404)327-5820. The United Methodist Children’s Home has been a safe haven for abused children and struggling families  since 1871. Read more>>

5. Artists from the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church will be at the Peachtree Road Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 12, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305. Makes me think of Jerome Lawrence; better check it out!

6. Mental Health In The African American Community, Inc. is having its First Annual Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Club e, 3707 Main Street College Park, across from College Park Train Station. Free mental health screenings, food, entertainment, and workshops. The organization is looking for sponsors and volunteers. For more information, contact Carolyn McKenzie, Founder/President at (770)873-4496. Video from MHAAC

7. Learn Greek!  "Beginning Biblical Greek" and "Continuing Greek" classes will meet on Sundays, July 13, 20, and 27, at St. Philips’ Cathedral.  "Beginning Biblical Greek" is offered on a drop-in basis at 10:10 a.m. "Continuing Biblical Greek" is offered on Sundays from 1:15-2:45 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn the basics of translation. For more information visit or contact the Rev. Thee Smith at

8. Institute on Chemical Addiction will be held at the Gwinnett Medical Center's Resource Facility in Lawrenceville. In the 5 days (July 14 -18) of the conference, attendees will participate in presentations and panel discussions covering addiction, treatment, and recovery and come away with new understanding of addiction, treatment, and recovery. For details  visit Further information can be obtained by contacting Mike Macomber at 678-923-5862 or

9. Christianity and Islam: Can We Get Along, July 15, 7 p.m., at the Landing, Lake Oconee Community Church, Dr. Robert Nash, Arnall-Mann-Thompson Professor of Missions and World Religions, McAfee School of Religion – Mercer University. One of the great religious and political challenges of the 21st century will be the growth of Christianity and Islam around the globe. This lecture will focus on the challenges of both traditions, particularly in the United States. What are the conversations we must have to live together in peace and harmony?  click to RSVP

10. Maya Angelou was a member of a Baptist church in North Carolina. After exploring other faiths she stated that her soul was Christian and her work is saturated with that faith. The Georgia Center for the Book will hold a poetic tribute to Angelou on Tuesday, July 15, 7:15 p.m., 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030.  Local writers and poets will read from Dr. Angelou’s work. Free and open to the public.

11. A ONE chapter is starting in Roswell. Sunday, July 20 is the first volunteer leadership team meeting. Find out what is coming up next at ONE and how you can make your voice heard here. New Community Church, 1560 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell, Sunday, July 20, 2 p.m. RSVP here.

12. Lake Oconee Community Church is beginning a support group for families dealing with addiction, first Mondays, 7 p.m. The initial gathering is July 21, 5:30 p.m. Complete information.

13. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church welcomes Barbara Brown Taylor as preacher on Sunday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Taylor, featured on the cover of the April 28 issue of TIME, is Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College and adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Seminary in Decatur. She is the author of 12 books including her latest, “Learning to Walk in the Dark” and the bestseller,” An Altar in the World.” SPdeL, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta 30305.

14. Center for Children and Young Adults  5th Annual Best is Yet to Come Youth Awards Celebration Show, Friday, August 1, at the Roswell Street Baptist Church, will include an entertaining show of music, dance, and artistic performances by CCYA youth! There is no cost to attend. This event is a fun way to celebrate all that the boys and girls have accomplished and to help motivate them for the year ahead. Bring friends and family and come cheer for them. Reception, show, and post-show cupcakes begin at 6 p.m. Auditorium Building G, 774 Roswell Street, Marietta 30060. For more information, call (770) 333-9447 ext. 103 or 135. Please R.s.v.p. to

15. Reminder The National Church Leadership Institute is back this August 7-10 in Atlanta. You will hear from over a dozen leading experts on everything from building digital ministries to pastoral resilience to running the “business” of church. Learn more>>

16. The Health & Wellness Ministry of Shy Temple CME Church will be hosting its 2nd Annual Community Wide Health Fair on August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., which will also include a Back To School Jamboree. There will be 20 vendors onsite providing free health information as well as free health screenings. Schools supplies will also be given out on a first come basis. Light refreshments will be served. Shy Temple CME Church, 2012 Memorial Drive, SE Atlanta 30317.

17. The United Methodist Men team up with the Gwinnett Braves to sponsor “United Methodist Night at the Gwinnett Braves”, Saturday, August 9. The baseball game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field — a great opportunity for an affordable evening of baseball and fellowship. Tickets in field box seats are $7.  Buy tickets here.. Parking is $5 per car. The children from the United Methodist Children’s Home have been invited and if you would like to help sponsor a child for the game or have questions contact Robert Kopp, (404)909-8250 Ext. 314, (770)564-2296,                                                                                                                          

18. Kingdom Builders Gospel Awards, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, Clarkston, Saturday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. Read all about it here. Contact Alicia Cardwell-Alson at or (404) 455-6678 for more information.

19. Only Four Things Grow a Church 21st Century Strategies Mini Tour 2014 is coming to Powder Springs First United Methodist Church September 13. This one day seminar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is for church leaders who are committed to seeing their churches become increasingly effective, faithful, and sustainable. The content is suitable for clergy, staff, and laity – in other words, everyone in your church. So bring a team and save $10/ticket when registering 3 or more participants on a single order. Register here.

20. Mark your calendar: Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will engage the distinctive theological challenges of the next century—challenges to the church, the world, and the shape of theological education—during an academic conference March 18–20, 2015. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson is one of a dozen renowned theologians who will gather to respond to the dilemmas posed to Christian theology by the present age. "The conference seeks to be prophetic—in the sense of truth-speaking rather than future forecasting—about the pressing theological issues facing the world in the next 100 years, and the resources for engaging them," says Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, who will deliver the keynote address. Full story at »

21. Plough is back- publishing books and a bold hope-filled quarterly magazine.  You will remember Plough Publishing, 1920-2005, which published spiritual classics, inspirational books, and family and children’s books for those who want to put their faith into action.  Everyone should get their free trial subscription to the new Plough Quarterly Magazine . For all pastors who are interested in Plough books, the publishing house will make them available at cost. Have a look at “Noah”; you will probably will want this in your Sunday School classroom. Contact Bob Burnett Check out the ebooks, readings, daily prayers, physical books.

22. Another month of the special summer Sunday School series at Decatur Presbyterian "Faith Seeking Understanding."  More summer series.

23. The Center for Civil and Human Rights opened last week in Atlanta at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $5 dollars for children under 2 to $15—active military free. For additional information visit the website.  

24. Odyssey Networks brings us a thoughtful piece by Dr. Cari Jackson on the story of the sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22, last Sunday’s lectionary reading from the Old Testament. Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters.

25. Original content from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters is now on YouTube.  AIB Studios on YouTube.  There you will find original content that uplifts the human spirit, educates the mind, and warms the heart. Programs offered on the new platform are also available in closed captioning – another first for AIB. 



FAMA Interfaith Immersion Weekend 2014, July 11, 12, and 13.  More details here.

2015 Trinity Institute, January 22-24, 2015. As Christians, we care deeply about social justice and know that the church can create change. “A Practical Conference for Economic Equality.”  The  conference is physically in NYC but also at partner sites and there is usually one in Atlanta. Read more>> The Archbishop of Canterbury will be there, Cornel West, and Barbara Ehrenreich, too.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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