Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 20, 2015

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Earth Day 2015



But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you;  ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being. Job 12:7-10 (NRSV)

The Community Health Interfaith Partnership will offer at least one more Mental Health First Aid Training this spring. Please contact Mary Wilson at if you are interested in offering this valuable training to your congregation.

1. Rice University has taken one of its most popular humanities courses to the people, offering “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture” online free this spring. The class is taught by a professor of religious studies and a rapper who ask students to look at the parallels and the tensions between the two disparate worlds. Enroll  here.

2. Today is the day to make sure you have your R.s.v.p. in for the April 28, Healthcare for the Poor: An Interfaith Dialogue with Mercy Care and members of Atlanta’s religious community. Panel discussion features Brother Minlib Dallh, O.P., Our Lady of Lourdes, Scholar in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations; Audrey Galex, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters; Dr. Robert Nash, Jr.,  Mercer University, Tuesday, April 28. Cocktail reception 5:30 p.m.; panel discussion 6:30. Mercy Care, 424 Decatur Street, Atlanta 30312. R.s.v.p. to Ali Gant at or (678)843-5715.

3. Shy Temple CME Church  and the  Rev. Leon C. Moore invite the community to  “Bounce….Shake” – Easy Effective Exercise Seminar at 2012 Memorial Drive, SE Atlanta 30317, Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. Students of Mercer University /College of Pharmacy will be on site administering free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings. Please call to reserve a seat (404)377-3174.

4. Atlanta’s Jung Society presents a lecture by Marilyn Marshall, LPC, New Orleans based Jungian Analyst, “ Maleficent Awakens,” Saturday evening, April 25, 7:30 p.m., film clips from the movie, Maleficent and discussion of its themes, including the dark, earthy, instinctual aspects of the archetypal feminine in the collective unconscious. Location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW. 30327. Fees are Public -$20, Students - $10, Jung Society Members - free.  More information is at .

5. “Some time ago there was an article in TIME magazine which described how over 100,000 former Christians have downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" in a bid to publicly renounce the faith,”  begins the sermon by Dr. Stephen Montgomery featured this Sunday, April 26, on Day 1. Visit  Day1 to hear the sermon, read a transcript, and find other resources.

6. In memory of Fred Craddock, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) in partnership with Meridian Herald will air the 17th Annual Higher Ground Camp Meeting Service held in August 2014 on the grounds of Epworth UMC. It includes prophetic preaching by Rev. Craddock in one of his last appearances.  Wednesday, April 29, at 9 a.m., Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. AIB is the nation's largest regional interfaith television network. AIB is viewed in more than 2 million homes in the Atlanta metro area and through YouTube, the world. AIB can be viewed on Comcast channel 295 & AT&T U-verse channel 6 and online.

7. A reminder that Arts in the Garden at Skyland Trail, May 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. Learn more at

8. Children's Health and Safety Fair with Bike Rodeo, Saturday May 2, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church, 4346 Ridge Road, Buford 30519. Interactive booths will feature information about medication safety, healthy nutrition, health care resources, and lots of ways to get moving. Child identification kits and other safety vendors will also be present. Kids can register to win a $50 Build-A-Bear gift card. Winner need not be present to win, but registration the day of the event is required. For information call (770)271-4067.

9. There are still some spots at the May 2 Caregivers’ Conference at Due West United Methodist Church. Topics include, Art and Alzheimers: A Personal Journey; The World Behind the Behavioral Issues; Enhancing Communication with a Person with Dementia; Protecting Yourself While Protecting Your Loved Ones. Make your reservation by contacting Sheila Welch at or (404)642-6027.

10. A West Indian Heritage Celebration is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. All are invited to come and enjoy arts and foods of the West Indies and Caribbean. Sunday worship at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. also will showcase West Indian heritage.

11. Pax Christi chapter, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Sandy Springs, presents one-day conference on Gospel Nonviolence with Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy of Boston, May 2. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. For more information or to register, go to   

12. Pre Mother’s Day Brunch, Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hillside International Truth Center King Chapel, with inspirational speaker Desiree Lee, author, philanthropist, and family dynamics coach, music, love, appreciation, fun, gifts, and more. Hillside is at 2450 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. Call (404) 758-6811 for more information.

13. A Reminder of the Just Voices Spring Concerts on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta 30303, and Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. This community chamber chorus specializes in music for unaccompanied voices and will offer a program featuring classical pieces, spirituals, shape-note tunes, and vocal jazz on the theme of time. Adults $10; Students $5. For more information visit or follow concert previews on Facebook.

14. Radcliffe Presbyterian Church Annual Women’s Day, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Festive lunch "Empowered: Mind, Body and Spirit through Sisterhood", on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Lenora Jackson will speak; there will be music, dancing, food, and fellowship. Women's Day worship service Sunday at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Cece Armstrong preaching on “Exploring One Body, One Spirit, One Love Through Sisterhood."  All are invited to celebrate with the Radcliffe women, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30318. Directions

15. From Atlanta Interfaith Leaders Fellowship, Sunday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., Dr. Rick Voyles, trainer and mediator, will lead “Conflict Resolution: A Workshop for Daily Living’ at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW, Atlanta 30327 No pre-registration is required. There is no charge. Please email to let the group know you will be there to help with workshop planning.

16. youthSpark invites us to a recap of the 2015 Legislative Session highlighting Safe Harbor/Rachel's Law (SB8) and the results of a ground-breaking boys research study, Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 a.m., North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, 300308. Cost is $10 per person and registration is required. Panel discussion moderated by award winning journalist Rose Scott of 90.1 WABE. Panelists include Sen. Renee Unterman, Rep. Andy Welch, Rep. Chuck Efstration, and Sharla D. Jackson, Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of GA. Register via PayPal on the website by clicking the "donate" button and enter $10.00 as your amount. Click here to register.

17. Last event in the Lunch & Learn series at Atlantic Institute in partnership with Go Eat Give— Mr. Kemal Korucu will sum up the Islam around the World series by exploring the Sufi tradition and how it connects many different people within and outside of Islam.  Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Atlantic Institute Office, Two Midtown Plaza, 1349 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1010, Atlanta 30309. Register for lunch here

18. “Hooray for Holiday” Fayette Celebrity Dancers will benefit Armed Forces Mission and CASA and other fine organizations. Tickets for this fun event, 7 p.m., May 8, Starrs Mill High School may be purchased at  For information contact Deborah Bishop at (770) 486-1220.

19. safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide alert helper. Read about this training here. Friday, May 15, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, One Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Atlanta 30354.  Space is limited, $10 registration fee includes continental breakfast.  Online registration only here.

20. High Tea Party, Saturday, May 16, Ramada Inn Plaza, 55- Capital Plaza, Atlanta 30312, to benefit the women served at HEAL. Read more at  and look around on the website to read about HEAL.

21. The Summit Counseling Center 9th Annual Summit Golf Classic PAR ~ Promoting Awareness & Resilience, Monday, June 22, More here>>

22. Early registration is open for the 2015 Women In Ministry Conference, September 21-24, Atlanta, this conference brings together women from across the country who serve in ministry at pastors, professors, chaplains, activists, authors, psalmists, seminarians, evangelists, missionaries, licensed, and ordained ministers. Find out more and register here.

23. FARM at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church has a new link and a Facebook page.

24. Summer Singers, Atlanta at Redeemer Lutheran, Cobb at St. Benedict’s Episcopal, and Cartersville at Trinity United Methodist, will perform Handel, Haydn, and classics and spirituals. No auditions required. Visit our website and look on the right hand side for more information.

25. The Center for the Arts at Due West United Methodist Church in Marietta offers dance, theatre, and more for children this summer. Visit the website. 


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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