Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 7, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 7, 2016


The “An Appeal to Christians in the United States” reflects a growing alarm that our country is entering a dangerous period in which some political leaders and some media are directly challenging our most fundamental Christian convictions. This theological affirmation, written by Christians to Christian brothers and sisters across the United States, has, as of March 2, 2016, some 2940 signers. We have been asked to put it in your hands. The signers represent many different backgrounds and denominations--small town pastors and pastors of large city churches; lay leaders; presidents of eight Presbyterian seminaries; other seminary presidents; Hispanic evangelical church leaders; Episcopal bishops; Mennonite pastors and church members; Pentecostals and evangelical leaders; African American church leaders; Lutherans from Minnesota and Calvinists from Michigan; Catholic friars and sisters; activists for the homeless; distinguished theologians, biblical scholars, and historians; Baptist pastors and Methodist leaders. Please read the document and find how you can join in this timely initiative here.


1. 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership, a program of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel, is announced. The program is four, three-day teaching and learning sessions focused on the needs of early career pastors. There is no cost for this program funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. For information contact now; the deadline is March 15, 2016.


2. Wednesday Night Lenten Speaker Series, St. Patrick's, 4755 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, features speakers from Candler School of Theology at Emory. Two programs remain, Wednesday nights, a soup supper is offered at 6:00 p.m. with program to follow in the church from 7 - 8 p.m. Childcare is available upon request by the preceding Monday. Click here for more information. March 9, the Rt. Rev. Keith B. Whitmore; March 16, the Rev. Nan Baxter, Society of St. Anna the Prophet. 


3. Kindness Fest 2016, March 12, a fun-filled day of kid’s activities and projects all about compassion and kindness. Near Decatur Find out more here.  Produced by Compassionate Kids & Pine Lake EcoArts Camp


4. Dr. Blair Monie from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is the featured preacher on Day1 this Sunday, March 13. His sermon “A Lingering Fragrance” is based on John 12:1-11. Find your local station and hear or read the sermon and find blogs, other sermons, and videos at  


5. The Hunger Walk, March 13, registration deadline is upon us; join the thousands of people coming together to support our neighbors and celebrate the work that’s being done. Register here.


6. The 11th Annual Andrew Cain Memorial Masterworks Concert presents Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” at St. John UMC, 550 Mount Paran Road Northwest, this Sunday, March 13, 3-4:30 p.m.. Tickets at the door or online here.. For more information visit or call (404)909-8357.


7. Peaceful Rally for Justice in Georgia, Sunday, March 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza.

Justice Journeys Pilgrims will walk from the prison in Jackson to the plaza at the Capitol, March 5-13. The pilgrims will carry prisoners’ messages to legislators on Mondays March 7 & 14. You can voice your support of justice by coming to Liberty Plaza. You might want to meet the pilgrims at 3:45 p.m. near Habitat for Humanity, 824 Memorial Drive SE, and walk to the rally. The walk is less than 2 miles with sidewalks and a great view of the city! Or, gather, 4:30, at the plaza to sign petitions, hear speakers, and find out how you can get involved. Some organizations involved are NAMI, Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Georgia Justice Project. 


8. All are invited to this annual celebration of the music of J. S. Bach on Friday, March 18, with a dinner at 6:30 and a concert at 8:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. This dinner is a fundraiser for the Friends of Music. Dinner tickets are $25 each ($15 for children under age 12). The last day to obtain a dinner ticket is March 14. To obtain tickets, mail a check with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the church marked Bach Tickets, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. (Be sure to indicate how many dinner tickets you want.) No tickets are required for the concert.


9. Naomi King spoke at Unity North Church, Marietta, on a day when the church was celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, she inspired the church to donate space for the launch of a Global Humanitarian Summit movement at places of prayer of all faiths throughout the world.  The church has donated the space for this free event where humanitarians will come together from all races, religions, and countries to share their work, March 18, 19 and 20. The best prayers are acts of kindness to one another.   


10. Prison Fellowship’s "Justice That Restores" Volunteer Conference will be held Saturday, March 19, from 8 to 4 at the Tift Campus in Forsyth. The purpose of the conference is to build the capacity of high impact volunteers to inspire, restore and advocate. There is an exciting lineup of speakers and breakout sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Conference is free however registration is required and the deadline is March 11, this Friday. Register here.


11. How might remembering Mary Magdalene's loving anointing of Jesus shift your experience of Holy Week? On Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Rd., Atlanta 30329, will hold a contemplative liturgy. To read about the roots of the liturgy see this article.


12. U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s biographic documentary, "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis," will be screened Saturday, March 26, in Tull Auditorium at Emory University School of Law. This is the first biographic film about Lewis, who continues to practice nonviolence in his fight for justice. The event includes a panel discussion with Congressman Lewis and film director Kathleen Dowdey. The event is free and open to the public


13. The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition is hosting a screening of DRONE, a documentary about the covert CIA drone war, followed by a time of discussion to be held on Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meeting house.  The film follows people who live under drones in Pakistan as well as drone who struggle with the new warfare. See website for more information and a trailer for the movie. 


14. The Future of Preaching Day 1 Seminary Spotlight Luncheon, March 31, 11:30 a.m., Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, features Columbia Theological Seminary. Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia, Paul Roberts, president of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, and students will reflect on proclaiming the gospel in a changing world. Tickets are $25. Contact Pay Reagan at for information or tickets. 


15. Faith-Rooted Community Organizing and Advocacy Workshop, April 1, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, draws from the deep wells of wisdom of heroes of biblical justice and from the rich spiritual core of historic justice movements. Led by Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners, this workshop equips all people of faith - whether clergy, students, teachers, seekers, young or old - to marshal their unique gifts and bring them to bear on social justice issues and the common good. The workshop is sponsored by The Road Episcopal Service Corps and the Absalom Jones Center. Cost is $20- includes lunch and refreshments. Contact the Rev. Laura Bryant at if you are planning to attend. Clergy participants will receive four CE credits. Register here.


163. Join AJC Atlanta and the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition for the 2016 Black-Jewish Community Seder, Tuesday, April 5, 6- 9 p.m., The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30309.  Why is this Seder different from all other Seders?  The 2016 Black-Jewish Community Seder is an opportunity to celebrate rich Passover traditions of the past, focus on contemporary struggles for justice, and discuss how we can support one another for a better future. Atlanta’s Black and Jewish communities are invited to the table. Cost: $36 for adults; $18 for children and students, Click Here to register  Register by Friday, April 1.

17. NAMI DeKalb is hosting Family-to-Family a free 12- week course for family caregivers of individuals with serious mental health condition. The course is taught by trained family members and focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Program starts Tuesday, April 12. Meetings will be 6:15-8:45 p.m., on Clairemont Rd. To sign up for the class and location information, contact Dianne Hiltman at or (678)468-9430.

18. TACC announces the 2016 Meaningful Conversations Event Can We Turn the Other Check?  Therapeutic, Civic, & Spiritual Responses to Violence, April 14, 6:15 p.m.  How can the church, the community, and the individual respond to the violence around us? How can we understand justice and mercy in our world today?  Join TACC at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, 30308, for a panel discussion.  Hors d'oeuvres at 6:15, panel discussion at 7. Local pastors, mental health professionals, as well as legislative and community activists will share their opinions and experiences. Rev. Dan Matthews, rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, will moderate this discussion. More information and tickets are on the TACC website at

19. Pitts Theology Library at Emory University's Candler School of Theology exhibit, “Reading the Telling: The Passover Haggadah Across Time and Place," highlights the Haggadah (pl. Haggadot), a compilation of biblical passages, prayers, hymns and rabbinic literature that is read each year during the Jewish Passover Seder, and will run through June 30 in the Pitts Exhibit Gallery, during regular library hours, with a lecture event on April 3 and opportunities for guided tours in April and May. The exhibit, a collaboration between Pitts and Emory University’s Tam Institute of Jewish Studies, includes Haggadot from 1695 to the present, acquired from the collections of Pitts, Emory’s Rose Library, and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta.Full story at »

20. Join the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and over 200 passionate, faithful leaders at the 2016 Christian Leadership Forum, June 1-4, in Atlanta. Come to exchange ideas, address challenges in your ministry, and explore how you might ignite young leaders in your midst to boldly lead differently through the church. If you are a pastor, chaplain, campus minister, leader of a denomination or faith-based non-profit organization, or a Christian leader working with young adults who desire to explore leadership within Christian communities, this opportunity is for you. The deadline to register is April 1, 2016. To learn more about FTE’s Christian Leadership Forum, visit

21. Change your world. Nonviolence Leadership Project is an intensive one-week leadership training for high school students who want to make a positive difference in our world. Rooted in the empowering traditions of Nonviolence, NLP prepares young people to take an active leadership role through a project or movement of their choosing to create a more just and peaceful world. July 24-30; apply by March 31. Learn more at

22. Peace Camp at Koinonia registration ends on April 1.  Camp is for ages 11 - 14 and there are three week-long sessions to choose from. For information and to register visit

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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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