Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 22, 2021

Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 22, 2021
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

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1. So You Wanna Be a Chaplain? Tuesday, March 23, McAfee School of Theology is hosting a virtual program for students, alumni, and friends interested in learning more. Four alumni will talk about the kind of chaplaincy work they do, the joys and challenges of a chaplain's work, and what it takes to become a chaplain in a variety of settings. You may join at 11:00 a.m. for virtual community chapel or sign in at 11:45 a.m. to join us for the panel discussion only. Click here to join on Tuesday, March 23

2. This week the Cathedral Bookstore “March for Our Mental Health” features the Rev. Robert Flanagan, Tuesday, March 23, 6 p.m. His personal spiritual journal “Courage to Thrive” takes the reader with him as he traverses the scary landscape of his mind and then the paths of faith that lead him to the Source of light and hope. Book Order here. All segments are free. All you will need to participate is
3. "Preaching Year B," with Dr. William Brosend, professor of New Testament joined by Dr. Tom Long continues the conversation of preaching in this year with the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C. They will discuss preaching the Great Fifty Days of Easter, from 3–4:30 Central daylight time, March 24. Register in advance for this free webinar:

4. 2021 Lenten Lament Walk Week #5, Wednesday, March 24, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., with Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall & Jessica Balena-Borneman, First Baptist Roswell Church, 710 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 30075 Register here.

5. Bread for the World is kicking off the 2021 Offering of Letters to Congress, and invites us to attend a webinar March 24 at 6 p.m. to learn about the connection between efficient, equitable food systems and how public policies may ensure these systems — and the people— recover from the impact of COVID-19.

6. Spring Equinox, now the longer nights give way to the return of the sun, this is a time of re-balancing and embracing the rebirth of light. Join Unity Atlanta, 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners, and Sound Healer GabrielNelson Sears to celebrate in an evening of sound bath healing to bring in the balance of the Equinox, Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m. Participate on site or at home via live stream. Either way, have blankets and pillows so you can get comfortable and enjoy the healing energy of the season! To attend in person, register at To watch from home via live stream, go to

7. How the Faith-Based Community Can Mobilize to End Human Trafficking, Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m., Presented by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Jewish Community Relations Council, Catholic Church of St. Ann, Ebenezer, and the Sixth Episcopal District AME Church. Meeting Registration - Zoom

8. Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel Annual Conference, “Why Justice Matters,” Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register here

9. Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zor..., Saturday, March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. on crowdcast. Charis welcomes author Alicia D. Williams and illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara for this celebration, co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. Click to read more and register.

10. Church of the Holy Rest, NYC, Lenten Retreat Stations of the Cross lead by poet Padraig O’Tuama, Saturday, March 27, 10-12 and 2-4. Register

11. The Rev. Marek Zabriskie, rector of Christ Church Episcopal in Greenwich, Conn., is the preacher March 28, Palm Sunday, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. In his sermon “The Donkey Detail,” he says, “I have learned that God assigns us little tasks in life that make a crucial difference, like fetching donkeys.”  Hear Day1 on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information and sermon archives, insightful blogs, and timeless wisdom from America’s best preachers, visit  

12. Join Georgia Public Broadcasting March 29 to explore the traditions of the Black Church with footage from Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s newest film. The film will be followed by a discussion featuring the diversity of musical and artistic practices in the Black Church. Register for your free ticket at

13. If you are interested in the Gratefulness Team, James Crews, author of How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, poetry practice. Sign up by March 31 at 3 p.m. You will receive weekly poems and prompts to create from your own experiences, April 1 - April 22. Each day’s offering and reflections will remain available to you after the practice ends, so you can revisit them. Registration is free. Sign up here.

14. “Scared Work: Science, Religion and Human Health,” Emory University, Wednesday, March 31, 1-2:30 p.m., Free registration here. Moderated by Dr. George H. Grant and Dr. Charles Raison and featuring Dr. Ellen L. Idler, Religion and Public Health Collaborative, and professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, and the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey, teacher of pastoral theology, care, and counseling at Candler and in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion.

15. April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and PCA America have provided a 2021 Community Action Guide which offers talking points, social media content, press releases, resources, and activities. And, they will host a weekly series for this month. You can register here.  April 1, noon, Children Need Mandated Supporters. April 8, noon, Connections Matter. April 15, noon, Racism, It's Baked In. April 22, noon, Civic Lunch.

16. Good Friday - April 2 - Stations of the Cross Leaders from throughout the Southeast Synod ELCA will share 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.  These will be posted on social media (YouTube and Facebook) every 30 minutes, beginning at 7 a.m. These reflections will be about 2 minutes each

17. The Protecting Places of Worship virtual forum will educate faith leaders on how to prevent and respond to hate crimes that target houses of worship and religious institutions, grant programs that provide funding support for security-related and physical security enhancements, and how to secure places of worship leveraging resources and best practices from government agencies. Tuesday, April 6, 1 – 3 p.m. Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Register Here To find out more about the event, email Randy Czarlinsky at

18. Kessler Conversation with David Fink, associate professor of religion at Furman University, will address “Wealth, Work, and Wisdom in Early Modern Society,” April 7, 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register.

19.  “Being Black and Christian in America: The Black Church and New Vistas of Race in the U.S.” April 8, 5:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by Candler’s Black Church Studies and World Christianity programs, this panel discussion will explore the complex issues and new possibilities generated by the intersection of Black identity and Christian witness in a new era. Learn more and register.

20. Save the date April 17 for the NAMI Northside Atlanta Annual Mental Health Fair, outside in Mt. Pisgah UMC's parking lot with a very large tent. All recommended COVIDprecaution protocols as mandated by the CDC will be adhered to. More information to come. For vendor information see Sign-up Expo Vendor
21. Path to Shine® Annual Fundraiser: Ugly Pants 2021 Golf Tournament  Monday, April 19, Indian Hills Country Club. Got a business? Sign up! Just you or your family? You can still sign up! Starting at $50 for families or $500 for businesses. The day also includes snacks, goodie bags, a post-tournament buffet lunch, prizes, and raffle tickets. For more details and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, click here.

22.  How to Register for a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment: Curious to know if you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit to check your eligibility. Not currently eligible yet? You can sign up to receive email updates and learn when it will be your turn to receive the vaccine.

23. Meridian Herald offers a video presentation of their annual Folk Passion service. Folk Passion 2019, here, with Brenda Bynum and the Meridian Chorale. 

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