Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 20, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 20, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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                       Prayers for Juneteenth
 
Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image. Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression.  Help us, like those of generations before us, resist the evil of slavery and human bondage in any form and any manner of oppression. Help us to use our freedoms to bring justice among people and nations everywhere, to the glory of your Holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
Forgive us, Lord. Release us from the deceptive corruption that is in our hearts and in the patterns that we continue to pass along from generation to generation. In your compassion transform us that we might desire the flourishing of all people. In remembering the day in which the slaves in Texas finally heard of their emancipation, we cry out to you to bring all slavery to end. Bring an end to the enslavement of children as soldiers. Bring an end to the trafficking of women and children as objects for sexual abuse. Bring an end to enslavement and transportation of people across borders to work in factories, fields, and construction sites. While the visible slavery of centuries past has been dismantled, our enslavement and abuse of others continues. Open our eyes to these injustices and to the ways we contribute to them. Search us, O Lord, and call us into action to bring an end to the injustices that we continue to perpetrate against each other.  Amen from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship
 
O God, we know and have seen your goodness, and because of it, we cling to the hope that unity and liberation for all are within our grasp. Continue to show us your goodness, that we may have the strength to advance your kingdom with humility and grace. from Xavier University
 
 Trinity Church reminds us that Juneteenth is a time to celebrate what has been done to make our world better for all and reminds us to recommit ourselves to the healing work we need to do before we can all truly be free. It also reminds us to attend to the systemic forces that prevent change, keep oppression in place, and distract us with the falsehood that one person’s freedom must be another person’s loss.

Day1 shared this essay today Valerie Bridgeman: Juneteenth 2022: Once You See | Day 1
 
1. Tomorrow, June 21, 6:30 p.m., the Inspiritus Disability Services team will update us on opportunities to become a host home or a support companion for an adult with a developmental or intellectual disability. The program offers residential housing to individuals with developmental disabilities in a host home setting with additional care from well-trained support companions. Disability Services Information Session Form 2022 — Inspiritus (wei...

2. Hopebound's summer workshop series, Hope@Home, features a range of topics from managing the pressures of social media to setting boundaries as a teen. Learn more and register for this free series here.  Hopebound is a non-profit organization committed to being part of the solution for young people by providing high-touch, low-cost virtual mental health services to under-resourced adolescents.
 
3. School is out for the summer in metro Atlanta. While many students look forward to summer camp or trips away, many lack the resources for adventure. Fortunately, what started many years ago as a conversation between three friends – Courtney English, Jay Bailey, and (now Mayor) Andre Dickens on a rooftop in D.C. – has turned into a tool that hands Atlanta youth the keys to the city. It’s called Passport Atlanta. Read more
 
3. Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has launched a comprehensive national initiative to prevent youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying. Join upcoming webinars in this on-going series: June 23, 2022, 2:00 p.m. ET - Assisting Victims of Hate Crimes .
 
4. Free Covid-19 Vaccinate and Tailgate, Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.  – 3:30 p.m., Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta 30303. Free. Free food, music, give aways. Wear your favorite team colors and meet and former NFL players, Warrick Dunn, Terance Mathis, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Dan Benish, Andrew Bolton, and Horace King. $100 gift card for first or second vaccination.
 
5. The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, is the preacher June 26 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast.  “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years.  Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to 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 the sermon and many other resources visit http://day1.org.  
 
6. Mindset Music for Vets is Sunday, June 26, at Piedmont Park. At this afternoon of celebration and music, veterans will perform songs they wrote and recorded. If you can’t make it, you can still buy a ticket for a vet or one of the friends or family members. Alchemy Sky pulls from a deep network of mental health professionals, skilled volunteers, diverse partners, and Atlanta’s music industry to create needs-based programs for partners like the VA, VEO, TeamRWB and Wounded Warrior Project.  Purchase Tickets Here.
 
7. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival continues with Cherry Rhodes at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, June 29, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Rhodes is adjunct professor of organ at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and the first American to win an international organ competition (Munich). In 2015, Rhodes and her husband Ladd Thomas received The American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award for their “exemplary careers as stellar performers and passionate teachers and their lifelong service to the AGO and the sacred music profession.” The program includes works by Bach, William Grant Still, Jean Guillou, Clarence Mader, Louis Vierne, and Max Reger.
 
8. Recycling Facility Tour with Georgia InterFaith Power & Light, July 14, 1-2 p.m. You will have a chance to learn more about the recycling process, including what happens to our recycling once it's collected and what materials are truly recyclable. All participants need to wear long pants and closed toed shoes for the tour. Please fill out the registration form by July 7 if you plan to attend. Contact Hannah Shultz, Program Coordinator, at hannah@gipl.org with any questions. Register Here
 
9. 9-8-8 is a direct line to trained National Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselors. It will open the door for millions of Americans to seek the help they need while sending the message to the country that healing, hope, and help are happening every day. Some of 9-8-8’s key features include: Connecting a person in a mental health crisis to a trained counselor, who can address their immediate needs and help connect them to ongoing care; Reducing healthcare spending with more cost-effective early intervention; Reducing the use of law enforcement, public health, and other safety resources; Meeting the growing need for crisis intervention; Helping end stigma toward those seeking mental healthcare. The 9-8-8 line will be operational starting July 16, 2022. questions@988ga.org  
 
10. The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling (877)384-2575.
 
11. The Real Kids Real Faith website is sponsored by the Children's Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub of Union Presbyterian Seminary. The ideas there are research based and motivated by a desire to see kids flourish. The theological base is broadly mainstream Protestant. https://www.Realkidsrealfaith.org Their timely advice Explaining Gun Violence | Real Kids Real Faith is the best we have found.

Reminder: Unite for Service Week starts today, Monday, June 20. Every volunteer hour goes further than you think, when joined together, the impact is exponential.  Check out the full list of virtual, onsite, and do-it-yourself volu...

Visit our website for a clergy toolbox for mental health ministry, and more . . . 


Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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