Church Action eNewseltter Week of August 7, 2017


Church Action eNewsletter

Week of August 7, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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1. Two-Part Webinar Series for Faith-Based and Community Leaders on the Opioid Crisis. From the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, CDC. Part One: Understanding the Opioid Crisis: What's at the Heart of the Matter? Wednesday, August 9, Noon–1 p.m., Register for the Webinar 

And Part Two: There Is Hope: Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention, Wednesday, August 16, Noon–1 p.m. Register for the Webinar

2. Stand For Peace every Friday with GA WAND. Join the tried and true (and sometimes new) people who've been standing for peace on the corner every Friday since August 2002.  Signs will be provided or you may bring your own.  Every Friday, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Colony Square, 14th & Peachtree, Atlanta.  Questions? Contact or call (404)524-5999. Lunch follows in the food court.

3. The ArtReach Foundation will unveil and dedicate their gift of a Scott Strader sculpture to the Clarkston Community Center for their work with refugees from around the world on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 – 11 a.m., at the center at 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021. More information here.

4. The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Knight is the featured preacher Aug. 13 on “Day 1” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at Knight is a counselor, professor, and author and was pastor of Charleston’s historic First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Knight’s sermon, “The Sacred Sound of Silence,” focuses on the familiar story of Elijah in the cave found in 1 Kings 19: 9-12.  Hear it in Atlanta on NEWS 95.5 and AM 750 WSB. 

5. Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Summer Singers of Atlanta Sunday, August 13, 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30308. Buy tickets here  

6. Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Gov. Relations will host a one-hour free webinar, Welcome in Action: Education, Advocacy and Outreach Tuesday, August 15 at 4 p.m., with the latest updates on the travel ban, refugee funding, and upcoming opportunities to engage in advocacy and outreach in support of refugee resettlement. Registration is required here.   Info will be available on-demand following the event. For more information, email

7. Journey of Understandinga presentation and discussion on the intersections of gender and religion, tradition and community. Guest speaker Joy Ladin, Pd.D., wants to engage politically and culturally conservative groups in respectful conversations about gender and how gender is connected to religion, tradition, and community. She hopes that we can help stitch back together a nation that often feels as if it is being ripped apart. She is Author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jewish Family & Career Services, 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

8. Northside Drive Baptist Church announces the next young adult Pub Theology event on Thursday, August 17, a field trip to hear Nadia Bolz-Weber speak at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The best-selling author is pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, a Lutheran congregation in Colorado. She will address the topic ""500 Years of Reformation - So Now What?" Immediately following the talk, head to Meehan’s for a discussion. All are welcome. Click here to R.s.v.p.

9. Stories for Free Children Story Hour is back at Charis Books, 1189 Euclid Avenue. Hometown hero and prolific kid and YA author, Laurel Snyder is this month's reader. She will read from her new picture books, Charlie & Mouse and The Forever Garden. Children of all ages are welcome with their parents. Saturday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.   

10. Cognitive Based Compassion Training 8 week foundation course will be offered by the Tibet-Emory Partnership on the Emory University campus starting Aug. 23. All the details are here.

11. Faith and community leaders are urged to attend a Georgia Dept. of Human Services Corporate and Community Partnerships program Blue Print for Change Town Hall Meeting: The Importance of Educational Stability for Youth in Care, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. YMCA Youth and Teen Development Center, 1765 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta 30317. This program is charged with overseeing the safety and well-being of Georgia's most vulnerable residents by linking public agencies and community organizations in assessing need and accessing help. All information and R.s.v.p. here.

12. An Evening of Laughter and Grace with Susan Sparks, Aug. 25, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Buckhead, tickets and more information are here. The book is available at the Cathedral Bookstore, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

13. Low Country Boil for Lutheran Campus Ministry Atlanta serving GA Tech, GSU, and Emory is at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at Living Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Cooledge Road, Tucker. LCM serves Ga Tech, Georgia State, and Emory.  Tickets are available online at the for $50 per person and an yone under 21 is admitted free!   

14. WITH Conference scheduled for Aug. 26 has been postponed until the spring. The conference, sponsored by Action Ministries, the Housing and Homeless Council, and the N Ga. Conference UMC, is designed for churches called to ministry with those struggling with poverty in local communities.

15. "Soulful Saturday" Jazz Vespers Service, Saturday, August 26, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3050 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311, featuring Sammy and the Stingrays and other local jazz artists. Reception immediately following the service, no admission charge, love offerings will be accepted.

16. The Sultan and the Saint Interfaith Film Screening, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, Atlanta, August 27. This community building event is co-hosted by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta and Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Following the film, an interfaith panel will discuss how individuals and groups can extend the hand of friendship to those who may see them as the enemy. This is especially appropriate for students, high school and older.  Learn more and reserve free tickets

17. AJC Decatur Book Festival is Sept. 1-3. The festival will feature lectures and signings from more than 600 national and local authors, including award-winners, best-sellers, and debut 17. authors. For more information and a complete schedule please visit

18. The Hart Readers at the Cathedral Bookstore have announced “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life” by James Martin, SJ, a Jesuit priest, as the September book. The discussion at the bookstore at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. will be led by Carroll Keen, a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King. Click here to order

19. The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, Sept.  8 - 10, St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. Details here.

20. Alternatives to Violence Project Georgia will hold a two-day workshop Sept. 9 and 10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030. This workshop may be taken for personal growth or as a step toward volunteering as a facilitator in the community or in our prisons. Register by emailing or calling Karen at (404)797-8079. Deadline for registration is Sept. 6.

21. GriefShare Group begins Sept. 12 at Roswell United Methodist Church. This biblically based, 12-week course, will be Tuesdays. It is a grief recovery support group where participants can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. The only charge is $15 for the workbook. Information and registration: De Lee Udelson,;; or

22. September 12-13, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Foreign Affairs at Claremont Lincoln University, California, will host an innovative digital conference online, Navigating a World in Transition: Creating New Maps for Foreign Affairs.  Partnering institutions include Georgetown University; Global Strategists Association; USC Office of Religious Life; University of Kentucky, Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce; Oakwood University, The Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations. You may register now and join preconference. Visit to register.

23. To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been.  Join in the Pre New Baptist Covenant Summit Civil Rights Bike Tour for trip around Atlanta's civil rights landmarks before the meeting. September 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $ 40 per person for tour and bike rental; $ 25 per person for bike tour. Expect a 7-8 mile ride. Register here.

24. Please let your congregation know about the Georgia Department of Public Health/Shepherd Center Annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22. This free event is fun and offers complimentary health screenings, information, giveaways, lunch, flu shots, parking, and more! Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road Atlanta (right next to Piedmont hospital. Friday September 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsors include Georgia Department of Public Health, Shepherd Center, Grady Health System, Division of Aging Services, and others. 

25. Save the date for the Interfaith Community Initiatives 2017 Friendship Luncheon, Wednesday, November 15. Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. For more information click here.

26. This will be of interest and benefit to those in your congregation living with a chronic illness or ongoing health problems. The free Living Well with a chronic condition workshop is offered in partnership with Emory and the Atlanta Regional Commission. The workshop, a 2 ½ hour-class, meets once a week for 6 weeks in a community setting. For more information or to sign up contact Letheshia Husbands at (404)778-3037.

27. Friendship Center at Church of the Holy Comforter members enjoy opportunities to go new places and learn new things. You can see pictures of the places they go and the things they do on their Facebook page. Contact Holy Comforter to see how your congregation or group can ge...

28. Remember the Reformation Collection at Emory’s Pitts Theology Library as you plan commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  “From Wittenberg to Atlanta: The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at 30 Years” will be on view in the Pitts Exhibit Gallery from Aug. 7 through Nov. 27 during regular library hours, with opportunities for guided tours on six Fridays this fall at 1 p.m. Learn more and sign up for a tour.




Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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