Church Action eNewsletter
Week of March 21, 2022
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
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1. Weekly Midday Interfaith Contemplation is Wednesdays at noon. Interfaith Atlanta offers this respite focused on peace, compassion, and kindness. March 23, Zoom Passcode: 060135
2. Lenten Lament Walks with Roswell churches are on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. March 24 is at the Monument of Roswell Mill Workers, Sloan Street Park, 75 Sloan Street 30075.
3. Catholic Restorative Justice Network Webinar Series begins Thursday, March 24, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hosted by California Catholic Conference Click here to register. CRJN invites everyone to join them for a six-part series of presentations to increase understanding and best practices in Restorative Justice and Spiritual Care/Community Resilience and Accompaniment Ministries.
4. Morten Lauridsen’s ravishingly beautiful “Lux Aeterna” will be sung in memory of those who have been lost to COVID, plus music by William Byrd and others. Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. The Cathedral of St. Philip Choir and Schola with orchestra. Tickets at www.cathedralatl.org/concerts.
5. Community Food Pantry will distribute free food Saturday, March 26, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until all items are gone. The Church at Chapelhill - Atlanta Campus, 4330 Washington Road, Atlanta. All are welcome.
6. Join the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Dr. Scott Kenworthy to discuss the church in Ukraine and Russia and their current conflict. For Kenworthy’s biography and to register, click here. March 26, 1 – 1:45 p.m.
7. The Atlanta Jung Society presents Rabbi Mitch Cohen in “Depth Psychology as Spiritual Practice: Listening to the Call of the Soul" on Saturday March 26, 2022, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET. This presentation/dialogue will explore how myth and archetypes in biblical texts, common dreamwork symbols, and even the 10 Divine Emanations of the Kabbalah can be useful tools for spiritual exploration, leading the practitioner to rediscover their soul/spiritual connection to Oneness. This event will now be online only and will be recorded. An email with a link to the recording will be sent to the email address which you registered with about 24-48 hours after the event ends. No cost for members, non-members $20, students $10 CEUs available: $25 (LPC, LMFT, LMSW) For more information/ registration see jungatlanta.com.
8. The V. Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, is the featured preacher March 27 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. “The Running Father,” Moorehead’s sermon for March 27 is drawn from the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15. Hear it in Atlanta Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM. Find more information at Day1.org
9. Organist Mario Buchanan will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip Sunday, March 27, 3:15 p.m., in person and livestreamed on the Cathedral website. Buchanan is director of music at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, Ohio. Announced works include pieces by Calvin Hampton, David Hurd, Brenda Portman, Leo Sowerby, and Gerre Hancock, and Dan Locklair’s “The people respond – Amen!” from "Rubrics."
10. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, presents Ashley Wilcox, Quaker minister and author: “Women and Public Theology.” March 28 at noon. Learn more and register.
11. Shallowford Presbyterian Church will host "Atlanta is United for Ukraine," a benefit concert, Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature musical guests from top-notch organizations including Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players, Franklin Pond Chamber Music, Choral Guild of Atlanta, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and many more. All proceeds benefit the International Rescue Committee Attend in person or via live stream at shallowford.org.
12. This year Interfaith Community Initiatives celebrates the 20th Anniversary of World Pilgrims. ICI-World Pilgrims has journeyed with more than 500 pilgrims of different faiths to 27 destinations at home and abroad. Through these unique pilgrimages, ICI has created lifetime bonds between people of different faiths and backgrounds that continue to strengthen the fabric of Atlanta and beyond. You are invited to celebrate with ICI at the annual Friendship Luncheon Wednesday, March 30 at All Saints Episcopal Church at 11:00 a.m. For more information and to purchase a ticket visit www.interfaithci.org.
13. March 31 is the deadline to register for The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)’s first-ever “Called to Pastoral Ministry” online course. This is a free, four-week course designed for young adults discerning their next most faithful step toward ministry. If you are working with young adults who are curious about pastoral ministry, support them and share this exciting resource! Called to Pastoral Ministry will expand young adults’ imaginations, share inspirational stories, provide discernment practices, and affirm their call in a diverse community of peers and mentors. The course launches on April 1. Click here to learn more. Click here
14. Register on Zoom for The North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative normalizing the conversation surrounding mental health through engaging community leaders and families in an on-going dialogue to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention in faith communities, schools, businesses, and community at large. Thursday, March 31, 10 – 11:30 a.m., the group will explore the complexities of women's mental health from various standpoints. Join this discussion with an ethnically diverse panel of professionals that can speak to women's mental health issues from their sociocultural lens.
15. St. Mary’s Sewanee hosts on online fellowship the last Thursday of each month at noon Central Time. March 31 guest speaker of Alyssa Adkins, an advocate for women in recovery. Bring your lunch and Zoom in SMS Spiritual Lunch Break FREE Online Series - St. Mary's Sewanee (...
16. You can still register for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta's Unity Seder. Come be a part of this beautiful, diverse community of people interested in building unity. Using music, interfaith leadership, and traditional Jewish rituals, the Passover seder rituals tell the stories of oppression, freedom, and responsibility. March 31, 7:30 p.m. Register Here.
17. Art and faith go hand-in-hand at Ignatius House. An innovative retreat April 1-3 combines talks by Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, (an artist himself), the inspiring stories of Servant of God, Sister Thea Bowman, and the Venerable Augustus Tolton, and studio time to create individual, expressive, compelling art. Brother Mickey invites all creative people to a weekend of fun, art and prayer. Art materials will be provided but guests are welcome to bring their own paper craft supplies. Learn More or register.
18. “The Songs of Lent” Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. This concert will explore early eighteenth-century expressions of lament, including the poignant Lamentations of Jeremiah as set by François Couperin. The music will come to life in the voices of countertenors Nathan Medley and Daniel Moody. Cain-Oscar Bergeron joins on the traverso, a wooden instrument preceding the Western concert flute. Joanna Blendulf will play the viola da gamba, and Kirk Rich will showcase the All Saints’ harpsichord. General admission $25; $10 for students; free for teens and children. Tickets are online or at the door.
19. The Nancy Frampton Rising Artists Series at Morningside Presbyterian Church presents “An Evening with Columbian Tenor David Rivera Bozón,” Saturday, April 2. Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Information.
20. This semester, Kessler Conversations considers the roles women played in the Reformation period, the contributions they made to changes in theology, culture, and church practice, the ways their stories have been covered over, and the lessons we can all learn from their work. Hear Reformation scholar Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna on Women Leaders of the Reformation: Profiles, Contexts, and Texts , Wed., Apr 6, 12:00 p.m. Register for Free and find out more at The Kessler Conversations 2022 (emory.edu)
21. Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will host a major conference this spring on the life and work of 20th century theologian and civil rights leader Howard Thurman. “The Unfinished Search for Common Ground” will take place April 8-9 and will be available in both online and in-person formats. Visit the conference website to learn more and register.
22. Lenten Prayer Experience at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., both days in the Fellowship Hall. This hands-on prayer experience is based on themes in the book “Lent in Plain Sight.” Take time to explore the story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and meditate on response to him. Stations will be set up with physical distancing and safe hygiene in mind. Drop in anytime during the above hours. Contact the Discipleship Council for more info firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. The 29th annual presentation of Meridian Herald’s Southern Folk Passion will be April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur 30030. Timothy Miller, famous for his ringing performance of “God Bless America” at Braves games, and renowned stage actress Brenda Bynum will be featured along with the Meridian Chorale. Folk Passion, the creation of Atlanta composer and conductor Steven Darsey and the late Fred Craddock, features hymns from Georgia’s 19th century tunebook, “The Sacred Harp,” sung within the Passion of St. Mark. These tunes, with texts based on Hebrew and Christian scripture, embody musical strains of an ancient universality. These attributes inspired Fred Craddock to remark that folk would recognize this music who have never before heard it. You can hear and see the Meridian Chorale and learn more at meridianherald.org.
24. Southeastern Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers “Living en Conjunto,” an online bi-lingual Lenten devotional asking “What does it mean to live together?” ECTF Lenten Devotional SES 2022-edited.final (elca-ses.org) Living en Conjunto
25. Are you a young Catholic poet between the ages of 18-30? Enter Catholic Mobilizing Network’s Justice and Mercy Poetry Contest with an original poem about the injustice of capital punishment and become eligible to win up to $1,000 in cash. Click here for more information.
26. Dr. Catherine Meeks, founding executive director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, is a 2022 Presidential Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Meeks was also awarded The President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award medal. Find out more about the center at centerforracialhealing.org/
27. There is a lot to discover in the new issue of the “Journal of Law and Religion.” The issue features two important contributions on the COVID-19 pandemic and the jurisprudence of religious freedom, both of which offer lessons for the future. The issue also features articles on Martin Luther and the legitimacy of resisting the emperor; the legal theory of ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Sanhūrī and the end of legal pluralism in Egypt; and Jewish ethics and the response to refugees. FirstView page.
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