Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 2, 2020

Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 2, 2020

1. ”A Night of Healing, Action, and Hope: A Call With Oprah and Faith Leaders,” tonight, Monday, Nov. 2. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center will be on the panel.  Participants must register for the limited seats via  

 2. Don't miss the final installment of Pitts Theology Library's Fall 2020 Kessler Conversation series this Wednesday November 4, at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Ronald Rittgers of Valparaiso University will be speaking on "The Reformation of Suffering." Find more details about the speaker and register for free at In addition, view past recordings of the sessions with Professors Anna Johnson and Erik Heinrichs at this link.

 3. Celeste Porter will be featured in a “Meet the Artist” event at the Cathedral Bookstore, Thursday, Nov. 5, 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The shop will offer gifts created by the artist which include beautiful shell angels. At the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305.

 4. The Interfaith Children’s Movement invites you to consider “Stepping into Advocacy” by participating in an orientation, there are two sessions: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Explore specific ways you and your faith community can have the tools and momentum to advocate on behalf of children and their families. Sign-Up

 5. International Human Trafficking Institute virtual conversation series continues Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., with “Boots on the Ground,” a focus on the amplified impact of COVID-19 on populations vulnerable to human exploitation. Hear from Shavontana “Starr” Davis, founder and E.D. of The Starr Institute, and Zoe Webb, associate director for mentoring for South Fulton County Standup for Kids. Free registration.

 6. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church is a worshiping community in the heart of Atlanta that seeks to restore all people to unity with God & with each other. The majority of the members are adults living with mental illness. Holy Comforter will hold a drive-by boat concert fundraiser featuring Mermaid Motor Lounge, Friday, Nov. 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Ormewood Park and Facebook live. See


  1. The Georgia Veterans Day Association will present an Observance Ceremony at The Battery Atlanta at 11:00 a.m. November 7, 2020. Events will include the Virtual Veterans Day Parade and the Virtual Veterans Festival t following the Observance Ceremony. For additional information.  


  1. The Winter Woolies and Food Drive, November 7 and 8, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, will help stock the St. Vincent de Paul pantry and thrift shop in Chamblee.  Donations of food and new and used clothing can be left contact-free near the truck parked on the church’s plaza, corner of Peachtree and East Wesley in Buckhead, starting Saturday at Noon through Sunday at 7 p.m. Assistance from St. Vincent de Paul is available to all individuals no matter their religious affiliation.


  1. The Rev. Peter M. Wallace, host and executive producer of Day 1, is the featured preacher Nov. 8 on Day 1, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at “Answering the Big Question,” Wallace’s sermon for Nov. 8, is drawn from Joshua 24 where we find the famous exhortation to choose whom you will serve.  He also references the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids found in Matthew 25. Wallace says. “How do I thank God for all the blessings I enjoy, even now in these challenging times?” Broadcast every week for 75 years, Day1 is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in the Atlanta area on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM at 7:05 a.m. on Sundays.


  1. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit retreat house is offering Zoom retreats. Call the retreat house if you are interested in joining one.  The office is open Monday-Friday 8:00-1:30, the number is 770-760-0959. “Conversations with a Monk,” Thursday, Nov. 12 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with Br. Mark will be a time for sharing and answering questions. So be sure to have your questions ready! Virtual Retreat on Zoom. 


  1. Just(us) Kids meets every 3rd Sunday at 2:00 p.m., it is a collaboration with Virginia Highlands Church and Park Avenue Baptist Church. This month Pastor Darci will read an indigenous story to young folks. Email them for the zoom link The next Just(us) Kids is Nov. 15.


  1. Cathedral of  St. Phillip online recital, Sunday, November 15, 3:15 p.m., with members of The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Visit for information on upcoming recitals and recordings of past recitals.

 13. Join Day1 & 7 of the powerful preachers featured in “Bread Enough for All” celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Protestant Hour & Day1, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. This event is limited to 100 attendees & is free. Preachers with local connections include the Rev. Joanna Adams, the Rev. Dr. William Flippin, the Dr. Anna Carter Florence, and the Rev. Charley Reeb. Donations supporting the 75-year Day1 ministry are appreciated. For donations of $50+ the attendee will receive a copy of the 75th ...

Register here.

14. “Election Extremism: Hope & Healing in the Aftermath of Nov. 3,” from Odyssey Impact! 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19. Though no one can predict exactly how the post-election American landscape will look, our need for national healing seems a sure bet. Early Registration

15. The future is full of challenges and opportunities when it comes to our nation’s immigration system -- and it’s going to take a truly bipartisan effort to reshape it. It is more important than ever to bring leaders from across the aisle and across sectors to discuss a new way forward. Join National Immigration Forum for Day 4 of Leading the Way , Nov. 19, to hear leaders at the local and national level and from across the political spectrum share their visions of what lies ahead for immigration.  Registration is free -- but tickets are limited. Get yours here.  For a glance at the agenda, click here. The full convening is Nov. 16-19 from 3-5 p.m. each day. 

16. For the past 15 years, people have gathered at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta to celebrate an ecumenical Thanksgiving -- sharing uplifting messages, singing and laughing together, and supporting interfaith charities. In 2020, this event will be online and include an online chat to share your thoughts. “Act Now: Silence Is Not An Option,” is the inspiration for messages from religious and community leaders about speaking up for compassion and humanity, a common value of people of all faiths. The National Civil Rights Museum will be the recipient of donations to the Give-A-Gobble program. Join in on Thursday, Nov. 19, for this one-of-a-kind 16th annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration organized by twenty faith-based groups in the Cobb, Fulton, and Cherokee counties—because people of faith need to stand together and serve others now more than ever. Online at 6:30 p.m. for musical performances, program begins at 7. Visit the Facebook page for the live link here. Donations for Give-a-Gobble can be made here Visit our website for more information and a list of participating houses of worship.

17. Do you know about A Home for Everyone in DeKalb? Find out more about this collaborative initiative on homelessness at and find opportunities to support the efforts.


  1. Disasters & Religions presents easily accessible religious literacy and competency information on 27 unique religions, from Baha’i to Zoroastrianism, including 12 Christian denominations. On the app, users—including religious leaders, chaplains, first responders, government workers, disaster and public health emergency professionals and volunteers—will be able to navigate information by either religion and see tips by topic areas. Like crises before it, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of government agencies partnering with faith organizations, which are on the frontlines of responding to crises in their communities.


  1. DHS Division of Aging Services is guardian of last resort for adults who are unable to make their own decisions and who have no one else in their lives to advocate for them. If you would like to help make Christmas bright for some often forgotten adults, email Jennifer Hogan at for a list of suggested gifts. Items should be in the mail by Nov. 20.


  1. Doing Theology in Pandemics: Facing Viruses, Violence, and Vitriol, a public lecture series with wisdom and insights from leading theologians is a project of Chicago Theological Seminary with support from the Henry Luce Foundation and in partnership with Odyssey IMPACT! A dozen important and timely lectures are available simply by clicking doingtheology.

  1. Civil Conversation in Uncivil Times: Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square” with Ray Suarez is available. This free, online class will help people of faith and their communities understand the dynamics at play in this year’s elections and learn how to respond faithfully. Click here to register. This class is brought to you by The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church Foundation, Trinity Wall Street, the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Forward Movement, and ChurchNext.  The series of video lectures, quizzes, and discussions will take about 45 minutes to complete. There are also resources for congregational use.
  1. The mission of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Seminary is to equip church professionals and laypeople to be forerunners in discipleship. Select the link below to find a course or program that sparks your imagination or adds to your skillset. Visit
  1. Holiday House at Atlanta Children’s Shelter will be different this year. Since the families cannot come to the event, the event will go to them. If you are interested in adopting a family, visit

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