Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 19, 2019

Week of August 19, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page

1. Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia. Come learn a variety of skilled arts and crafts such as weaving, woodworking, and photography. Courses offered vary. This fills up so register early. Download the Fall 2019 schedule and registration packet.

2. Webinar Partnering with Faith Communities to Promote Faith, Hope, and Life Aug. 20, 2 p.m., Register here. Research indicates people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide are increasingly turning to their faith communities for help, even before seeking care from mental health professionals. This 75-minute webinar will explore ways the suicide prevention field can partner with faith communities to promote messages of faith, hope, and reasons to live.

3. Introductory Men's Circles for Emotional Literacy, Connection and Trust: The ManKind Project Southeast Chapter will host Open Circles August 22 at the Center for Spiritual Living of Atlanta and September 9 at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church for men wishing connection, emotional fluency, trust, and accountability without shame. For men suffering from isolation, anger, stress, or just wanting powerful camaraderie. Free. Non-religious, open to ALL men. This is a non-denominational organization.

4. There are some places available at the free Soul Shop for Youth Leaders trainings in suicide prevention the end of the week at Dunwoody UMC, Stonecreek Church, and Johns Creek UMC. Information

5. Mountain Top Lectures scholars and authors on a wide range of issues of religion and spirituality. Aug. 24 at 10:00 a.m., the speaker is Karima Bennoune Ph.D., a professor of international law at the University of California and an internationally recognized advocate for cultural and women’s rights and an expert on religious extremism. See for more.

6. Sister Helen Prejean “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey,” Saturday, August 24, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Friends School of Atlanta, 862 South Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030. Tickets.

7. The Rev. Dr. Kristin Whitesides, pastor of First Baptist Church in Winchester, Va., is the preacher Aug. 25 on “Day 1.” “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in Atlanta Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. See more at

8. Shallowford Presbyterian Church will host a free concert by Orpheus Men’s Ensemble Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:00 p.m. This men’s choir made up of music educators and choral directors who enjoy singing together will present “I Will Be a Child of Peace.” Donations will be accepted. All are welcome! Shallowford Pres., 2375 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta 30345, telephone (404) 321-3061.

9. Interfaith Children’s Movement Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. A festive event to review 2019 achievements and 2020 goals.

10. Jazz documentary enthusiasts will love the next Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Connects: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, which tells the story of two visionaries of the recording industry who together helped usher in an exciting new era of jazz at a time when African-American musicians faced discrimination. Read about this exceptional documentary here. AJFF Connects presents film events that build bridges, foster dialogue, and bring together community partners.

11. North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative kicks off the school year Aug. 29, 9 a.m., Mt. Pisgah UMC, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, with a screening of the documentary Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age followed by a panel discussion. R.s.v.p. The collaborative is open to behavioral healthcare stakeholders in the community, this includes those you would expect and also faith communities, schools, and non- profits. For more information about the collaborative, contact Cathy Murphy at

12. The Amayz Rock County Gospel Concert is an annual benefit concert supporting Ceek To Fulfill, August 31, Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek, Conyers. Pre-Show 1 – 4 p.m., Concert 5 – 7 p.m. Doors open at 4:30. Tickets $5 - online or at the door

13. Marianne Williamson, author, lecturer, and U.S. presidential candidate, will deliver the lesson/sermon at the 10:00 a.m. service Sept. 1, Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311. Phone (404)758-6811; email

14. Gary Motley will be at First Friday at First, Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets are $20, students $10. Call (404)659-6255 to inquire about season tickets. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.

15. Advocating for Justice within Traumatized Communities will be the focus of the 5th Annual Back to the Garden, Into the City Justice Conference, September 6-7. The two-day event, will again be hosted by New Life Covenant Church, 575 Travis St., NW, Atlanta 303018. The conference, a partnership between the Southeast Conference, Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church and New Life, is for church leaders, practitioners, and community activists for justice. For further information, call (404) 768-2514, or visit .

16. The southeast synod Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to the Guatemala Gala 2019, an annual event to benefit MILAGRO Women's Educational Center, serving young rural women in Guatemala. Saturday, September 7, at 6:00 p.m. .More information here.

17. 116th Convention of the United Sacred Harp Musical Association will be in Atlanta, Sept 7-8, at the Emory University Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N Decatur Rd NE. Come for singing and fellowship and dinner on the grounds at noon each day. More here.

18. An opportunity for training in peaceful conflict resolution to use in your personal life, in communities, schools and prisons: Basic, First Level Alternatives to Violence Project workshop, Sept 7-8, in downtown Atlanta. This 2-day workshop is open all who are 18 years and older, sponsored by AVP-GA, an organization that provides hands-on experiential training in non-violent creative solutions to daily conflicts in life. More here.

19. Community Council of Metro Atlanta CEO/President Norma Joy Barnes will be honored as “Church Women United Human Rights Awardee” for 2019. The Human Rights Award recognizes the valuable contribution men and women in our community are doing to make a difference in our world. The award will be presented Saturday, September 7, 11:30 a.m. at the Human Rights Luncheon at This Is It Headquarters & Banquet Hall in Fayetteville, 105 McIntosh Crossing, Fayetteville 30314. The tickets are available for $40. Call (404) 935-5859 if you would like to attend. Submit interest in attending as a group to

20. Grace House's 13th Annual Low Country Boil is Saturday, Sept. 7, at 4:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street in Midtown. This is a fundraiser for the campus ministry and an opportunity to hear about the ministry and chance to meet the new Passion Collective Interns. Grace House provides a welcoming space for a student to find sanctuary on campus, learn about what it means to be made in God’s image, and prepare to head into the world ready to live out their faith. More information and tickets at

21. At the City Green, the heart of the beautiful and exciting new Center in Sandy Springs, Seventh Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival presented by the Hebrew Order of David, Sunday, Sept. 8. All the info is here.

22. From the Southern Center for Human Rights, Decriminalizing Race and Poverty, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Georgia State University College of Law. This conference will explore the impact and ways to end these practices and policies.
More information.

23. “An Evening with the Accidental Talmudist” at Lake Oconee Congregation Chai and Lake Oconee Community Church, Friday, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Salvador Litvak, a Chilean-American screenwriter, film director, and producer. His first movie “When Do we Eat?” a Torah drenched comedy is now a worldwide Passover tradition. His second file “Saving Lincoln” explores the close friendship between Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon. R.s.v.p. right away if you want to go, very limited seating. Register here.

24. An interfaith morning of prayer and reflection with a panel of speakers who will address the question: How can religion be a source of good in the world when so many do violence in its name? Guest speakers will share verse, poetry or quotes from their respective faith traditions. There will be time for presentations, silence, and contemplation. After closing with prayers and an invocation for peace, the group will enjoy a delicious lunch. Ignatius House, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost is $45. Click Here To Register Online

25. Eighth Annual Care Partners’ Conference from the Dementia Ministry at Due West United Methodist Church is Sept. 21. This free conference, Offering Help, Hope, Inspiration, and Dementia Education, is Saturday, September 21, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lunch provided. All who might benefit are welcome. For details and registration contact Sheila Welch at or (404)642-6027 or visit here.

26. TheoEd Talks is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m. at The Carter Center. This ecumenical speaker series brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give a TED-style, “talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less. TheoEd is presented by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. For tickets and more, visit Save the date, more later . . .

27. Registration is open for the 2019 Spirituality Conference with Lerita Coleman Brown, Oct. 26, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Join this day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman. Register for “From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman.”

28. Volunteers needed, Saturdays, through Oct. 19. Women Watch Afrika is looking for help with voter registration and Canvassing to Get out the Count for the Census. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gift card incentives will be given to all volunteers. Contact Glory Kilanko at (404) 759-6419 or WWA is a grassroots social justice organization focused on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the promotion of social and economic development and health equity of women, and the acculturation of immigrants and refugees from 23 African nations. WWA provides social services, advocacy, health and legal education, citizenship preparation, legal services. WWA has an office in Clarkston.

Ongoing events are now in the calendar including the last few special summer Sunday programs at some churches. All events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.

Ethel Ware Carter

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