Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 1, 2021

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of November 1, 2021 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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1. Interfaith Contemplation, 12 p.m., Nov. 3, Interfaith Atlanta offers a weekly 30-minute virtual midday respite focused on peace, compassion and kindness at noon on Wednesdays. Passcode: 060135
2. 2021 is the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s 70th anniversary. To celebrate, they are giving a gift to the Atlanta community – four days of free admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. From Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7, general admission for you and your family will be on them. Tickets are subject to availability and timed reservations must be booked in advance due to COVID-19 protocols. All guests ages three and over wear a face covering. (They have masks for you if you forget.) You can learn more about the Center’s COVID-19 safety guidelines here Reserve your tickets.
3. Church Women United presents World  Community Day “New Places, New Faces at the Table,” Nov. 5, 7 p.m. by Zoom. Speakers for this occasion are Lisa Harris of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and Elizabeth Wilson of Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ. Dial in 1 (312) 626-6799.
4. Remember all are invited to “Restore My Soul,” a concert at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Friday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2375 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta 30345.
5. The Atlanta Jung Society presents “James Hollis, Ph.D. — The Large Forms Rolling Beneath the Surface of Our Lives". Online lecture, Saturday, November 6, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET, Cost: $25; students $10. Hollis is a frequent speaker at the Atlanta Jung Society. He is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst practicing in Washington, D.C., author of seventeen books, the latest of which is “Prisms: Reflections on this Journey We Call Our Life.” As seen on Ted Lasso!  For more information/ registration see
6. The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III, recently retired dean and rector of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, is the featured preacher Nov. 7, All Saints’ Sunday, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace.  “For All the Saints,” Keller’s sermon for Nov. 7, is based on the vision of a new heaven and a new earth found in Revelation 21:1-6a. “What good are dreams as ground for theological discussion,” he says. “That is a very good question.” Hear Day1 in the Atlanta area Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM. For more information and many resources, check
7. Choral Requiem Eucharist for All Faithful Departed featuring Heinrich Ignaz von Biber’s Requiem in A, Sunday, November 7, 4:00 p.m. As with all worship services at the Cathedral, admission is free & open to all – underwritten as a gift to the community by Friends of Cathedral Music. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta 30305.
8. Advent Lectionary Study with Troy Troftgruben, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. ET Take part in a study of the Gospel texts for the Sundays in Advent, Year C, in the Revised Common Lectionary All are welcome, lay or ordained, at no cost.  You can give a donation by clicking HERE and designate to “Formation”. 2021 Preaching Workshop - Advent Texts - with Rev. Dr. Troy Troftgr...
9. Churches everywhere are aching and disoriented right now. Your community is hungry for normalcy and healing. While programming may feel like the last thing you have energy for, Living Church has some ideas.  Attend a free webinar Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Register Now
10. Pitts Theology Library’s last Fall 2021 Kessler Conversation, Dean Bell, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, “Luther, Jews, and Judaism: Possibilities for Rethinking Interreligious Engagement,” Register for  Luther, Jews, and Judaism: Possibilities for Rethinki...  , Wednesday, Nov. 10, 12 p.m.  Kessler Conversations offer opportunities to learn about the events in Europe the 16th century and to consider what they may tell us about the issues facing our communities. These conversations are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Kessler Conversations 2021 (
11. So You Wanna Be A Counselor a vocational panel from McAfee School of Theology Mercer University, Thursday, Nov. 11, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
12. “Pray Away Screening,” Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., Morningside Presbyterian Church, the Atlanta screening of this Netflix documentary explores the narratives of former leaders and a survivor of the “conversion therapy” movement who speak out about its lasting harm. While over 20 states have passed legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from the harmful practices, the fight to achieve success in Georgia continues. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring survivors of the therapy, mental health experts, advocates, and faith leaders. Register ATLANTA PRAY AWAY SCREENING & DISCUSSION Tickets, Thu, Nov 11, ...
13. Pianist Mac Frampton in concert, Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m., Morningside Presbyterian Church.  This is a fund raising event to aid the Nancy Frampton Rising Star Series.  Piano masterpieces by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart quickly will be followed by audience favorites from Broadway to Billy Joel. Mark your calendars now for this not-to-be-missed evening. Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta  30306.
14. Celebrating New Americans at the Red, White and New Gala set for Nov. 13 has officially SOLD OUT, but you can still bid on items in the Silent Auction. The Auction goes live on Monday, November 8. Visit to start bidding.
15. Rise Up! & Revive God’s Gift. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will observe Laity Sunday on November 14, with special guest speakers at traditional and modern services. At 8:30 and 11:00 the message will be from current North Georgia Conference lay leader, Nate Abrams. Mt Zion member, Rob Kabel, lectionary study facilitator, will speak in the Summit (Modern service). Laity Sunday is a day set aside to remember that every person is invited to embody God’s restoration project of healing love, justice, and world-repair. Laity Sunday is one way we express the deep conviction that all are called to participate in God’s mission and live this calling through the ministry of the church. Mt Zion is located at 1770 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta 30062. Visit the website for the streaming link
16. Organist Daniel Brondel, associate director of music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, in person and livestreamed, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3:15 p.m. Hear Bach, Messiaen, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Brahms, and Vierne. Concert is followed by  Evensong. All Sunday afternoon recitals and services will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website at
17. Would you like to be a volunteer for Tearfund USA for John Mark McMillan’s upcoming Awake in the Dream concert in Atlanta, GA on November 18? This is a great opportunity to be a part of Tearfund USA’s vision to see all people freed from poverty and injustice, meet new people, and enjoy some good music. If you are free on November 18 and interested, visit the website for more information.  If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact me at
18. Art Weekend at Ignatius House: Nov. 19 – 21, Adults of any art ability are invited to a weekend, silent retreat that explores our God-given imagination to create “Holy Reminders” -- images and icons that remind us of our faith. Each participant will create up to two pieces in wood and acrylic paint to take home. By Terresa Ford. Includes art materials, private room, bath, all meals, guided prayer, Mass, and use of 20 acres. $325 per person at Ignatius House – 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta.
19. The annual Harvest Home Concert is Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s musical celebration of Thanksgiving, a quintessentially American holiday. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. More information at
20. You are invited to join Equitable Dinners Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. to talk about Anti-Racism and Truth & Reconciliation: Learning from the Early Starts in Indigenous Communities. The evening opens with an original play written for the evening by Marcie Rendon, followed by guest speaker, Laura Cummings Bulgari, Co-Director, Atlanta Indigenous People's Association. Then guests from all over the country have a chance to reflect in small groups on what they’ve heard and come up with ideas to create change where they live. Register here for this free event.
21. The annual Jane Baird Lecture from the Cathedral Bookstore will feature Kathy Izard, an award-winning author and speaker who has helped bring transformation to Charlotte in homelessness, housing, and mental health. Her memoir, “The Hundred Story Home,” has been featured on NPR as well as The Today Show, inspiring people to be change-makers in their own communities. December 8, 7 p.m. Registration information coming soon.
22. Click here to read about The Gift of Forgiveness :: Charter for Compassion, an online course from Charter for Compassion. It is available to you at your own pace.
23. Human trafficking is a complex topic, but understanding the complexities is the best weapon we have in the fight to end it. Compassionate, committed individuals and communities are the most powerful resources to prevent and reduce human trafficking. To leverage your power, you need the best possible information. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta offers the Polaris free introductory course, Human Trafficking 101, to learn what human trafficking really is, how it happens and how you can be part of the solution. Click here to start the course.
24. Catholic Campaign for Human Development Creating on the Margins Youth Art Contest is open to all youths in grades 7-12. The theme is Builders of Peace in Our Communities. Share with the young people in your parishes, schools, and communities. Click here for contest packets.


“We Cry Justice: Reading The Bible With The Poor People’s Campaign,” Nov. 2, 6 p.m. Zoom More info here.

Interfaith Atlanta board members Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser and Parminder Singh join host Audrey Galex for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Network's “At the Table” program to share their thoughts on Interfaith Atlanta, interfaith initiatives, and the upcoming Fall Fest.  Tuesday, November 2 at 9 p.m. 

Neighbors Together 2021 Police & Community Relationships: Building Mutual Respect & Accountability, Saturday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.  – 12 noon. Zoom Register  here.  with Clayton Police Chief Kevin Roberts.
McDonald Lecture with Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, November 10, 4 - 6 p.m. Johnson will present  “Imitation of Christ: Disparate Visions of Discipleship.” Register Here Please register by Monday, November 8. Online and in-person options are available.
Your House of Worship as an Immunization Site, Developing Vaccine Messaging Programs, and Facilitating COVID Vaccine Access. See Global Health Crisis Coordination Center - Back 2 Worship.
Visit our website for a clergy tool box for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

Ethel Ware Carter

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