Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 7, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of February 7, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.


We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to ecarter@rccatl.org.

1. The American Baptist Historical Society has an opening for a part-time, temporary position to assist in quality control of digital audio files. This position is grant-funded for 100 hours of work at $15/hr to be completed between March 1 and April 30. Hours are flexible as long as work is completed within the time frame.  Work must be done on-site during regular office hours (M-F, 9:30am-5:30pm).  Responsibilities include: Listening to digital audio files to confirm content and quality of digital transfer; Entering content data into spreadsheet; Unpacking and shelving reel-to-reel audio tapes. Requirements: Fluency in spoken English; Attention to detail; Proficiency using MS Excel for data entry; Ability to lift 40 lbs. Contact Jenny Manasco, J.Manasco@ABHSarchives.org or 678/547-6680.  Review of applicants will begin immediately.  www.ABHSarchives.org, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta 30084. ABHS video.
 
2. The JCRC of Atlanta convenes its Legislative committee for anyone in the community interested in the issues of the 2022 Georgia General Assembly, every other Tuesday during session. We are open to organizations sharing their priorities and we look forward to getting updates from our community partners. This year, we are adding speakers to our meetings on different pertinent topics. Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. Register
 
3. Much is happening at the Statehouse. Here is an opportunity to meet with Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Sen. Elena Parent, and Rep. Becky Evans to learn more and say what is on your mind. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Zoom! Register.  Submit comments, questions.
 
4. Interfaith Atlanta offers a weekly 30-minute virtual midday respite focused on peace, compassion and kindness at noon on Wednesdays. This week passcode: 060135, link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81625152726?pwd=aFJQeWo2M1NtWExocDZYZXNJc...

5. New American Pathways is proud to be part of the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies in presenting its ninth annual New Americans Celebration this year. For the past seven years, CRSA has welcomed over 300 volunteers to the Georgia State Capitol for our annual New Americans Celebration to engage with legislators and share why refugees and immigrants should continue to be welcome in Georgia. This year they will host an in-person press conference, Feb. 10, at the Capitol with remote watch parties hosted by partners across the state. You are invited to join in watching the press conference and taking action in support of our various policy initiatives, including in-state tuition access for DACA recipients (HB 120) and refugees, SIVs, and parolees (HB 932) immediately upon arrival. Register Here
 
6. Mary & Martha’s Place offers a 60-minute talk and Q&A with Dr. Catherine Meeks.  The topic is "African American Women as Role Models of Courage".  This interest arose as Meeks sought resources in these times of chaos in our culture; one of the places she looks is to the women.  This will not be a history lesson, but an opportunity to find hope for yourself. Thursday, February 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Zoom. Cost is $20; scholarships available. Sign up at Registration link for Catherine Meeks.  
 
7. VOCES8, one of the most sensational choirs on the international music scene, will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Saturday,  Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Presented by Friends of Cathedral Music. Advance tickets and Patron tickets and more information online at cathedralATL.org/concerts and from the Cathedral Book Store (404) 237-7582.
 
8. The Rev. Dr. Robyn Byrd Michalove, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, will preach Feb. 13 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. “Hashtag Blessed,” Michalove’s sermon is drawn from the Beatitudes in Jesus’s sermon on the plain found in Luke 6:17-26. “How is it that those who experience poverty and hunger and grief and exclusion could count any of these as blessings?” she says. “I doubt those are the folks in our social media feed that are using the #blessed moniker.”   “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years and is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM, Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information, see Day1.org
 
9. Shallowford Presbyterian Church welcomes William Fred Scott as guest organist for worship in February and March. Scott's involvement in the Atlanta music scene has been a gift to the city since 1981. As Shallowford searches for a new organist, you're invited to hear Scott play Sundays in person or online (shallowford.org) at 11:00 a.m.
 
10. Organist H. David Pulliam, director of music and organist, St. Luke’s, Darien, CT. will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, Feb. 13, 3:15 p.m. in person and livestreamed. Choral Evensong follows at 4:00. Sunday afternoon recitals and Choral Evensong services are livestreamed on the Cathedral website at cathedralATL.org. The livestreamed recordings will be available subsequently on the Cathedral website and the Cathedral’s Facebook pages, “The Cathedral of St. Philip” and “Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip.”
 
11. Respite Care Atlanta offers meaningful days for people with early to mid-stage dementia and a respite for their caregiving families. The work of volunteers is essential to the work of this enterprise. Are you interested in volunteering? Contact Jane Brann by email (jbrann@spdl.org) or by phone at (404)591-4365 to find out about upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions, 10-11 a.m., at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church; next one is February 14.
 
12. Lent 2022 Lectionary Study with Joy Moore - The Southeastern Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomes the Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Professor of Biblical Preaching, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a Lenten Lectionary Study, Thursday, Feb. 17, 1 – 4 p.m. ET. All are welcome. Lent 2022 Lectionary Study with Joy Moore
 
13. Justice Reform Partnership’s annual Justice Day is Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you're invited. Join Justice Day 2022: Moving Forward with Courage  to learn about criminal legal reform in Georgia and how to get involved in movements for change. Register here! This year’s event will be virtual for the safety of all attendees during the pandemic; breakout sessions will provide time to meet with people in your area. You can see a full schedule of events here.
 
14. The North Fulton Mental Health collaborative offers African American Mental Health, Thursday, Feb. 24, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Virtual event. This Black History Month, explore the relationship of African Americans with mental health and medicine. Discussing topics ranging from the impact of the medical system to the spiritual remedies of faith on mental regulation, a panel of professionals in the field will speak. Meeting Registration - Zoom
 
15. In a Storytelling Workshop, Pastor Jennifer Roberts, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Newnan, will lead participants in discovering ways to engage their own stories as part of God’s story, enrich understanding of God’s mission in the world, and be empowered to share the story with others. Sunday, February 27, 3- 4:30 p.m.  Evangelism Workshop - What is YOUR Story?
 
16. The Archdiocese of Atlanta is partnering with the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration to host a virtual Expungement Training Workshop open to anyone interested in hosting a record restriction event in their parish or community. The Rev.  John Vaughn, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Lydia Medwin, The Temple, who have both offered these events in their communities, to great success will speak. Cierra Bickerstaff, Chief of Staff for the Fulton County Solicitor General, will give an overview of how record restriction works and best practices for hosting an event. March 7. Meeting Registration - Zoom
 
17. Registration is open for the 2022 William L. Self Lectures, March 14-15, Day Hall on Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, beginning at 4 p.m. on the 14. The guest lecturer is Dr. M. Craig Barnes who is President of Princeton Theological Seminary. He will be speaking about the significance of formation in our lives as we navigate the changing world around us. Lecture are free for seminary students but registration is required. REGISTER
 
18. In honor of Women History Month, the Southeastern Synod ELCA invites you to come to hear and learn from Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis as she does a presentation based on her book “SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry.” Monday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET. SHE - Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry with Karol....
 
19. The National Jewish-Christian Dialogue, convened by the National Council of Churches and the National Council of Synagogues, meets regularly throughout the year.  Its most recent session, on January 25, considered “Will They Come Back: What Can Religion Offer our Divided, Post-Covid World?” Presentations were offered by Rev. Cameron Trimble, CEO of Convergence; Rev. Michael Livingston, interim senior minister of The Riverside Church; and Rev. Jim Keat, both the digital minister of The Riverside Church and a technology colleague at Convergence. Their presentations offered both challenges and opportunities in the current environment. Visit NCC's YouTube channel to view the presentations.
 
20. 17th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture: A Conversation with David Brooks and Anne Snyder, March 31, 6 p.m. ET, from St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis and livestreamed, free to all. “Revival or Decline? Faith and Philanthropy Face the Future. Registration is open now, here.
 
21. There is a new issue out of Journal of Law and Religion | FirstView articles | Cambridge Core issue featuring two important new articles on pressing issues of our day. David Little’s article, “The Right of Self-Defense and the Organic Unity of Human Rights,” offers a new justification and organizing principle for universal human rights in the principle of self-defense. In “Pre-Modern Insights for Post-Modern Privacy: Jewish Law Lessons for the Big Data Age,” Kenneth Bamberger and Ariel Mayse address the increasingly difficult question of privacy in a digital world. Read it at the link above.
 
22. ChurchNext, an offering of Forward Movement, provides a new online curriculum, “Becoming Beloved Community: Understanding Systemic Racism.” The course is available for individuals and groups at no charge. Individuals and groups can register for the course any time at churchnext.tv. The course is led by two experts on the topic of systemic racism and the church: Dr. Ivy Forsythe-Brown, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson, Bexley-Seabury Seminary and rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandwich, MA. Each of the six sessions include half-hour videos, optional self-assessments, opportunities for discussion, take-home materials, and recommendations for further research. The Groups curriculum includes a Facilitator’s Guide that makes it easy for anyone to lead the course and a Participant’s Guide that includes all materials each participant will need. The Individuals course may be taken at each learner’s preferred pace, while the Groups sessions should each take about 60 minutes.

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Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

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