Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 25, 2019

Ethics Daily published an essay this week five ways public schools protect religious liberty Read it here.

1. Several churches in Gainesville have a Lenten tradition of weekly ecumenical gatherings for worship and fellowship over lunch. After a decade, those churches are going deeper. The sessions this year focus on poverty in Hall County. Wednesday, March 27, the gathering is at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Cir, Gainesville 30501. (770) 534-3338. 

2. BBQ in the Basement, community meal with Neighbor’s Table, Thursday, March 28, 6 – 8 p.m., Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. Neighbor's Table is a community-based catering team that employs folks in transition from homelessness and incarceration. Come sample their excellent food! Adults $7, Children $3, 3 & under free.

3. La Maîtrise de Reims will perform in Atlanta for the first time at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, presenting a varied program of sacred and secular music. Founded in 1285, the choir maintains historic ties with the cathedral in Reims, the traditional venue for the coronation of French monarchs. They will be joined for several pieces by the Georgia Boy Choir. This all-ages concert is free and open to the public. Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

4. Faith AME Zion Women’s Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31. Read all about it here.

5. The V. Rev. David Hodges, president of The Saint Francis Foundation, is the preacher March 31 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast program -- accessible online at “Return as Far as You Can,” Hodges’ sermon for March 31, is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years and is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations. For more information, check the program’s website,

6. "Open Circle of Men Sharing and Connection,” Monday, April 1, 7-10 p.m., Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, 1824 Piedmont Ave. Encourage your male parishioners to join a trusting circle of men as an introduction to ManKind Project circles and intensive weekends . . . Men Connecting In Brotherhood, Sacred Masculinity, and Vulnerability with Strength. For information contact Ed Carter (678) 525-5767 or Mark Kovacevich, (404)502-9268 Find out about New Warrior Training Adventure, April 26-28, 6 spots still available. Contact Jermaine Johnson (404) 491-4495.

7. An event for faith-based community members and leaders will highlight the importance of understanding behavioral health challenges and how stigma and faith impact the recovery process. Participants will learn how to access Georgia’s publicly funded behavioral health crisis intervention and treatment services. There will be skill-building and educational workshops to equip faith communities to address behavioral health needs. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Shanti Das’ Silence the Shame, Thursday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Capitol N. Conference Room, Sheraton Hotel Atlanta, 165 Courtland Street, NE, 30303. The event is free, but please register here.

8. Join Church Women United of Atlanta for “Health of African American Women: why they are dying from childbirth at higher rates than women of other racial groups?” The panel includes a local TV reporter, medical and social service personnel, and educators working in the community to improve the lives of pregnant women. Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta 30309, at 10:30 a.m., Friday April 5. Join this important discussion and bring others who can contribute to this critical conversation. For more information call (404) 696 1890.

9. Hear guitarist Rod Harris on April 5 at First Friday at First, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets are $20, students $10. Call (404)659-6255 to inquire about season tickets. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.

10. You are invited to Joining Hands for Justice Fundraiser in honor of Fahed Abu-Akel’s 75th Birthday featuring Palestinian-American spoken word poet Remi Kanazi , Friday, April 5, 6:45 p.m., Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. Tickets to honor Fahed are $75, $25 children and students, or a donation you choose. Tables are available. Tickets will be sold at the door; please R.s.v.p. to Sarah Humphrey by Tues., April 2, to or text (770)722-5682.

11. Break Bread With Your Sikh Neighbor, Saturday, April 6, Sikh Study Circle Gurduara, 1821 S Hairston Road, Stone Mountain 30088. Please register at

12. Universities for a Greener Georgia Conference at Candler School of Theology will feature an evening workshop with dinner sponsored by the Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) for the general public on climate communication with Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Communication and senior researcher at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Leiserowitz, who studies public perceptions of climate change, will address how best to communicate the issue of climate change across social and political divides. April 8, 6 – 8 p.m., dinner included with registration. Register here.

13. Religious institutions may struggle to fully include members with disabilities. Award-winning author Shelly Christensen has written a new book called From Longing to Belonging: A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community. Equal parts practical advice and optimistic inspiration, join this webinar from RespectAbility to learn from Christensen as she talks about inclusion best practices as well as how to welcome and include everyone. April 10, 1:30 p.m., R.s.v.p. here.

14. Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11, Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., The Community of St. Mary, Sewanee, Tenn. This quiet day will be in preparation for Holy Week will be led by New Testament scholar and poet Bonnie Thurston. John 11 encourages us to leave behind what is dead and to respond to Christ’s call to liberation. Register Now. Limited guest accommodations are available at the convent. Contact Sister Hannah at (931)598-0046 or at

15. Sandy Springs UMC Preschool & Kindergarten will present its 12th Annual Touch A Truck Family Festival Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This family-friendly event open to all features an incredible display of trucks for kids (and grownups) to climb in and explore. The Kid Zone has bouncy houses, an obstacle course, games, giveaways, face painting, and more. Admission is $5 per person/$20 family max - Cash only (children age 1 and under are free). Rain or shine, 86 Mt Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs 30328.

16. Walking the Way of Love: Praying with the Stations of the Cross, A Lenten Quiet Day,
Praying with the creative paintings of the Stations by Virginia Roach Munroe and other images, scripture, poetry and readings about the Passion and walking the labyrinth. Guided by The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler and Ms. Lea Robinson, R.N., M.S.N., Saturday, April13, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $40 (scholarships available). Lunch provided. Call (770)938-9797 ext. 27 to register. The Julian of Norwich Center, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road, NE, Atlanta 30345.

17. Spring Fling, hosted by Candler Park Day School and Neighborhood Church, April 13, 1 – 3 p.m., Candler Park Day School playground. Tickets are $5 and include water, juice, pizza, popsicles, and other snacks – and a bounce house. Rain or shine.

18. Action Ministries, Feeding the Valley Food Bank, CenterState Bank Mortgage, and LaGrange First UMC invite you to help end hunger for children in the community. Volunteers will pack 6,000 snack bags and 2,000 literacy kits, for children in Troup County. This service event brings together life-changers of all ages with powerful and interactive learning stations, fun activities, and high-energy packing games! Saturday, April 13, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., LaGrange First UMC, 401 Broad St., LaGrange. Register Now.

19. Shallowford Presbyterian Church offers a free community showing of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14,, a film created to start community conversations about anxiety and provide tools, resources, and hope. All welcome. A dialogue among families, community leaders, and experts will follow. Event ends at 8 p.m. Childcare provided for children under 12 years. Community members of all ages are invited to attend this special one-time showing. 2375 Shallowford Rd. NE, Atlanta 30345. Phone (404) 321-1844.

20. The Department of Human Services’ vision is to build stronger families for a stronger Georgia. Connecting with faith leaders who have influential positions in increasing awareness and those seeking to serve fellow Georgians is critical to the realization of this vision. Attend an important meeting to hear from DHS about foster care and adoption, child support services, and aging and disability services. And your input is sought on how through partnerships, we can all work to make Georgia better. Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 12, Alpharetta First Baptist Church, 44 Academy St., Alpharetta 30009. R.s.v.p. here. Register here.

21. Active Hope: A Workshop on Sacred Activism will be May 11 at St. John’s Lutheran on Ponce. It will inspire you and empower you. Save the date and more information will follow. You could sign up now here.

22. Faith and 360 Podcast “Jesus vs. Caesar Part 1, Emperor God or Servant God” with Dr. Joerg Rieger exploring the tension between the Christian perceptions of God: the kingly, dominant God of Caesar vs. the humble, human God of Jesus. When we talk about God, which God are we talking about? If this God is one with Jesus, a working person and refugee who served the marginalized, what does it look like for us to be followers of Jesus today? Episode 20. Listen here.

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