Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 4, 2019

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Raise the voice of faith in the public arena. Advocacy Days at the Capitol have begun and there are many opportunities to get involved. Click here to see at list of days dedicated to specific issues.

1. Center for Lifelong Learning exhibit featuring the work of CTS alumna Katie Archibald-Woodward, second floor, Harrington Center, Feb. 3 - March 8. Visitors are welcome weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., e-mail The exhibit features 26 pieces in all. Most of the works are from Archibald-Woodward’s exhibit “Through the Checkpoint,” augmented by four pieces from her “Children of Bethlehem.” The combination portrays the diversified experience of life in the Holy Land today, paired with a specific look into the lives of Palestinian youth.

2. The Jesus Fatwa: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor, last session of this video and dialogue series, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., guest dialogue partner with Rev. Thee Smith, Cathedral priest assoc., is Imam Plemon El-Amin, co-founder after 9/11 of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, who remains active as the Emeritus Imam of the prominent African American mosque, the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam ( He also co-led the transition of African American Muslims to Orthodox Sunni Islam. For more information contact the Cathedral Bookstore at (404)237-7582, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

4. Throughout 2019, AIB will commemorate the 50th anniversary with a special lineup of AIB’s original programming. "AIB Classics" is a weekly series featuring programs from the AIB archives. Premiering February 7 at 9 p.m.  Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.: Reflections on His Legacy detailing the rich and storied life of Mayor Maynard Jackson. This documentary tells the story of the immense impact that Mayor Jackson had on the city of Atlanta and beyond. Part 1 on February 7 at 9pm, part 2 February 14 at 9pm on AIB, Comcast channel 295, AT&T U-verse channel 6.

5. S.A.F.E Atlanta offers a Boy's Saturday Enrichment program meeting every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., offering services, tutoring, mentoring, life skills, and entrepreneurship plus much more for boys 12-17 with a light breakfast and lunch. A parent support groups meets once a month. For more information and to R.s.v.p. contact Dr. Jones or Helen at (770)423-2040, 4329 Marietta St Powder Springs Ga 30127.

6. Day 1”A Big Fish Story: Worthy or Willing?” is the Rev. Sarah Shelton’s sermon drawn from the calls of Isaiah and Simon, on Day1 Sunday, Feb. 10. Here the sermon on News95.5 or 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. in the Atlanta area. For more information check

7. All Atlanta United supporters are invited to attend Human Trafficking: Conquered, a one-hour workshop aimed at training you to recognize the signs of human trafficking and the actions you can take to stop it. The workshop will be held at the Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery on Sunday, February 10, at 1:30 p.m. Read more>>

8. Center for Leadership in Disability 10th Anniversary, Gaelynn Lea in Concert, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 – 4 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn speaks publically about disability awareness, accessibility in the arts, and living an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. A strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.Tickets here.

9. An Atlanta area group working to end "The New Jim Crow," the system of mass incarceration meets regularly to support each other in education and growing a movement about this concern, in service to and with formerly incarcerated people, and in advocating for administrative and legislative changes. Next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030, 0.5 miles east of East Lake MARTA. For more information, contact Bert Skellie at or (404)378-5883.

10. "Sing the Wind, Folk Songs with Steven Darsey", Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Drive, NE, Atlanta 30307. A scholar of southern indigenous music, Darsey includes songs from the African American and rural white folk traditions, singing of humor and truth with pleasure and passion. For nine years, he was privileged to sing songs to Fred Craddock's stories in their Winged the Heart; Stories and Songs programs in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

11. “Smile Upon Us Lord,” Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 – 4:50 p.m. A special HD matinee presentation of Rimas Tuminas' highly acclaimed production from Moscow's legendary Vakhtangov Theatre, featuring three towering figures from the Russian stage, Viktor Sukhorukov, Aleksei Guskov and Vladimir Simonov. Hosted by Stage Russia and Emory University Film & Media Studies,Emory University White Hall, 301 Downman Drive, Atlanta 30322. Presented in Russian w/ English subtitles. Online ticketing.

12. Four Sunday afternoon workshops at St. Mary’s Sewanee, “Hitting the Reset Button: Daring to Change,” starting on Feb. 17, 1 – 8 p.m. For information or to register call (931) 598-5342 or email See for information.

13. Daraja Children’s Choir will be at Powder Springs First United Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 – 6 p.m., 4329 Marietta St, Powder Springs 30127. Find out about Daraja Children's Choir here bridging the cultures of East Africa and America by igniting hearts to worship, connecting lives to serve and raising young leaders.

14. Interfaith Children’s Movement Day at the Capitol, Monday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Georgia State Capitol, South Wing. For more information contact ICM at

15. Park Avenue Baptist Church will host “Know Your Rights: A Critical Panel Discussion on Race, Law, and Justice,” Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a. 12 p.m. in main sanctuary, free parking. The event will engage police officers, attorneys, and other law enforcement and justice-involved adults, as well as attendees, in a discussion on how ignorance of your legal rights can have a profound effect on the enforcement of law and the administration of justice. The panel will address some of the most pressing issues in our community, including asserting basic rights inside and outside of the courtroom, minority distrust of law enforcement, and racial disparities in the justice system. Light refreshments will be provided.

16. The Annual AMIS Day celebration is Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3-5 p.m., at the new AMIS home, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30308. Come to celebrate 41 years of international friendships and invite your current and former Amigo international students. It'll be a great time of food, fun, and international friendships. You can see the AMIS office and the newly renovated church. Please let them know if you are coming by clicking here.

17. Organized Rhythm - Organ and Percussion, a somewhat surprising combination with a surprisingly pleasing sound, now has its own duo of performers. Clive Driskill-Smith, the young English organist sensation, has teamed up with the young American percussion virtuoso Joseph Gramley. Monday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 student/senior, and are available at the door, or charged online here. .

18. You are invited to a book signing featuring Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., Ph.D., Dean of Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In this inspiring, soul-stirring memoir, A Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher, Dr. Carter shares his remarkable quest to experience King’s “beloved community” and his discovery in mid-life that King’s dream was being realized by the Japanese Buddhist philosopher and tireless peace worker Daisaku Ikeda. Click here to make your R.s.v.p. (free but required). Wed, Feb. 27; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 North Main Street, Alpharetta 30009

19. Walking the Mourner’s Path – Transforming Grief into Joyful Living, at St. Anne’s: 8 weeks beginning February 28, 2:30 p.m. Whether you lost someone recently or decades ago, you may still be in the grip of grief. This is an eight-week small-group workshop for those who mourn, centered in prayer, carefully crafted, and workbook-guided, providing a framework for individual exploration and small group conversation. Several churches have trained facilitators in this program; The Atlanta churches will offer the program on a rotating basis to accommodate the needs of our communities. The cost for materials is $75. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237-5589,, The size of the group is limited, so if you're interested be sure to register soon. To register click here.

20. In conjunction with Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print exhibition, Pitts Theology Library invites you to a one day symposium with seven speakers from Emory and the community, representing the fields of conservation, art history, medieval and early modern history, and the history of all three Abrahamic religions. March 1. There will be no cost to attend this event! You are welcome to attend individual sessions or the full day, but please fill out the registration with particular attention to the two meals and any dietary restrictions you might have. The deadline for registering to participate in these two meals is February 21. Click here to register Contact Sarah Bogue at with any questions.

21. The next Alternatives to Violence Basic First Level Workshop is March 2-3. More information and registration here.

22. Piano Recitals by Kyung-Ah Kim and Julien Libeer, Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 – 8 p.m., Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097. Hosted by Chopin Society of Atlanta. Find tickets

23. The AIB Network began 50 years ago as Rev. John Houston Allen’s vision to connect people from all walks of life and faiths sharing their perspectives with our communities. Learn about how his influence pioneered the AIB Network. See more>>

24. Book Study and Pilgrimage. Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, will lead a five-week book study on “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” by James Cones. The study culminates in a pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Saturday, April 13, which commemorates the 4,000+ victims of lynching from 1877 to 1950. Sundays, March 10, 24, April 7 4:00–5:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Sundays, March 17, 31 4:00–5:30 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Register online here. For more information, contact The Rev. Kim Jackson at .

25. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Tickets are now on sale here.

26. Devotion is an activity that engages the senses as well as the heart and mind. The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print at Pitts Library, Candler School of Theology, provides visitors with the opportunity to explore a variety of objects, texts, and images that supported devotional practices in the medieval and early modern world. The exhibition invites visitors to consider both the form and the content of these sources, which include traditional theological and biblical material as well as musical scores, cityscapes, and poetry. Curator-led Exhibition Tours on Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. and Friday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. Tours for all ages can be arranged for all age groups upon request, contact Anne Marie McLean, at (404)727-5094 or


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