Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 7, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of November 7, 2022
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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Prayer for Civic Engagement, Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day
Sovereign God, your Son Jesus lived within the structures of society even as he spoke truth to those in power and challenged systems of oppression. Empower us to be courageous disciples and responsible citizens. Grant that our lives in the public realm be grounded in love for our neighbors, care for the most vulnerable in our midst, and respect for the common life we share, following the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (From All Creation Sings hymnal)
1. Powerful Tools for Caregivers from Atlanta Regional Commission Aging and Independence Services starts today, Monday, November 7 running through December 12.  Please share and use this LINK to register. This is a virtual workshop 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for Caregivers in Georgia.
2. The Atlanta Community Food Bank welcomes youth volunteers ages 8 and up, with their families, back to the Food Bank.  As the holiday season approaches, volunteering is a great way to celebrate the spirit of giving. To register volunteers under 18, email

3. Hear from Rev. James Woodall and Prof. Mark Ellingsen of ITC, co-authors of Wired For Racism: How Evolution and Faith Move Us To Challenge Racial Idolatry, on "At the Table," premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. on AIB-TV.  You can get more on this subject and other resources for your ministry by contacting ITC at More times: Tuesdays 8 p.m.; Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays 12 & 6:30 p.m.; Fridays 2 & 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays 10:30 a.m. & 10 p.m.; Sundays  8:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
4. Mental Health America Georgia offers Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, Nov. 9, 6-7:15 p.m. This program is designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers are people who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers). Register here.

5. The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice, Wednesday, November 9, 1 p.m.  Hosted by Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition, Father Patrick Saint-Jean S.J., will speak about spirituality, racism and prison ministry. Virtual event. REGISTER

6. Join an important post-election conversation on Thursday afternoon at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. “The Future of American Democracy: Post-Election Reflections,” Candler's James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership invites you to consider the outcomes of the 2022 midterm elections and the future of democracy in the U.S. with Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory; Eric Tanenblatt, Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation, Dentons; Michael L. Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County; Moderator: Bill Nigut, Senior Executive Producer, Political Rewind, on Thursday, November 10, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler's Rita Anne Rollins Building, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta 30322. This event is free and open to the public, with registration required at

7. The Presbyterian Historical Society and Columbia Theological Seminary  invite all to a book talk, book signing, and reception with author William Yoo, author of “What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church, Harrington Center Chapel, Thursday, November 10, 4-6:30 p.m.  R.s.v.p. to

8. The Political Theology Network commemorated Charles Mills’ life and the 25th anniversary of The Racial Contract with a series of scholarly reflections. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., Biko Mandela Gray, Syracuse University; Asaf Angermann, University of Louisville; Christophe Ringer, Chicago Theological Seminary; Holly Randell-Moon, Charles Sturt University; Tommy Lynch, University of Chichester; and Uzma Jamil, McGill University will continue the conversation at

9. Join Paulist Father Steven Bell as he discusses “Blindness, Fear and Anger: Three Fates of Toxic Polarization...and How Our Faith Can Deal With Them.” Virtual evening event, Thursday, November 10. REGISTER

10. Remember Wilderness Works celebration of 25 years of providing underserved children time in safe and nurturing environments – largely in nature and the outdoors, Saturday, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., Garden Hills Recreation Center. For tickets visit

11. The Rev. Bill Carter, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pa., is the preacher Nov. 13 on “Day 1.”Carter is a well-known jazz pianist who founded and leads the Presbybop Quartet, which has a new album out called “The Dancing Calvinist.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years and is currently distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information and many resources check

12. St. Luke's Chorister Festival with Bruce Neswick, FRSCM, music director, and Matthew Brown and Caroline Robinson, festival organists, will offer Choral Evensong, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. A reception follows in J. Coleman Budd Hall. 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308.

13. Organist Käthe Wright Kaufman, associate director of Music and Worship Arts at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip in person and livestreamed on the website. Included are works by Herbert Howells, Gerald Finzi, Francis Jackson, Percy Whitlock, Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, and A. Herbert Brewer. Sunday, Nov. 13, 3:15 p.m. Following the recital, the Cathedral offers a service of Choral Evensong at 4:00.

14. Respite Care Atlanta offers meaningful fellowship and engaging activities to people with mild to moderate dementia. It is housed at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. The program depends upon volunteers in many ways. Would you like to help? Attend a volunteer info session Nov. 14, 10-11 a.m., Contact Jane Brann at

15. Shallowford Presbyterian Church youth (grades 6-12) are hosting the Annual Evergreen Sale to help fund their 2023 Summer Choir Tour. Inventory includes Christmas trees (while they last), roping, and wreaths (plain or decorated). The last day to order is Monday, Nov. 14 at Pick up day is from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., December 3. Please consider supporting these middle and high school singers! 

16. 12th annual Supportive Housing Conference is Nov. 14-15, Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta 30303.  Learn what is on the forefront of service delivery, program implementation, and development to prevent recurrence of homelessness in our state. Distinguished speakers and attendees include national and state experts, state agency leadership, academics, researchers, practitioners and housing providers from across Georgia and the Southeast.  Register to Attend in Person  Register to Attend Virtually; Conference Program Continuing Legal Education has been applied for through the State Bar of Georgia for attorneys, courtesy of Georgia State University College of Law. Hotel information is at this link. Contact Hosted by the Georgia Supportive Housing Association (GSHA)  , co-hosted by the Center for Law, Health & SocietyCenter for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, and Center for Access to Justice at Georgia State Universtiy College of Law.

17. Memory Boosters Support Group at Lake Oconee Community Church meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.  If you know someone with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia, this group will provide the opportunity to socialize and maintain cognitive skills with games and activities.  For more information, contact Ellen by clicking here.

18. On behalf of City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens members of the faith community are invited to a technical workshop of the Faith-based Development Initiative. Thursday, Nov. 17, 9:00–10:30 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308. Register here.
19. Join the Shallowford Family Counseling Center for a two-day spiritual retreat led by best-selling author and poet, Mark Nepo, Friday, Nov. 18 & Saturday, Nov. 19. Nepo will lead the group in spiritual practice to deepen relationships and conversions with life and overall connectedness. Register online for the retreat and/or a free Saturday evening poetry reading at

20. Weekend Retreat: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Nov. 18-20. Ignatius House 6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs.  Directed by Mark Dannenfeser, the retreat will teach the practice of mindfulness meditation (present moment, non-judgmental awareness) and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection, and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual enrichment and personal growth. Cost $600.

21. Great Romantics: Chopin with Jakub Kuszli, Chopin Prizewinner, performing, concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309, Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m., Purchase Tickets

22. A Workshop on how to have respectful conversations, Sunday, Nov. 20, 3-6 p.m. ET , Cost: FREE! There can be a lot of stress among family members and friends who are divided politically, and polarizing public conversation doesn't help. In this online workshop you will learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. Sponsored by the SE Synod Advocacy Committee ELCA. Find more and register at Braver Angels: a Workshop on How to Have Respectful Conversations

23. Join neighbors for a joyous time of praise and thanksgiving at the Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305, Sunday, November 20, 4 p.m.  
24. “Imagining Multiple Models of Ministry with Youth” from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. This blog and video series features a variety of perspectives on multiple models of ministry with youth. Pastoral leaders from a range of Christian traditions and denominations reflect on their ministry work with youth through the lens of several key values: youth agency, theological questions, role of parents and families, intergenerational relationships, and multiple pathways. Learn more >>
25. Visit Kessler Conversation for the latest conversation with exhibition curator and Pitts' Head of Cataloging and Rare Book Cataloger, Dr. Armin Siedlecki, live on YouTube. Unlike the previous conversations, Armin and Bo Adams chat together from within the current gallery exhibition, “So That It Pierces and Rings Through the Heart: Martin Luther’s September Testament and 500 Years of Bible Translation”

26. Personal, private connections with Creation’s natural rhythms instill a sense of healing, nourishment, and wellbeing for body and soul. Kanuga Spiritual Retreats offer personalized retreats based on individual needs and preferences. Select from a menu of guided experiences such as sound bathing and spiritual direction, or simply be present in nature. Spiritual Retreats | Kanuga.  Kanuga is a little over 3 hours from Atlanta.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Youth Summit, Thursday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., online.  Registration


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit, Thursday, Jan. 12, General Session, 12.00 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 General Session: 10.00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration


Sounds of Freedom: Celebrating the Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. Come to a concert hosted by the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews and featuring vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist Marshall Keys, and the All Saints’ Jazz Ensemble, led by the Rev. Dr. Andrew K. Barnett. The 7:30 concert is free, no reservations required, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308.


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Awards and Afterglow, Sat, Jan 14 at 7:30-11:59 p.m., 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are on sale at Registration


Bryan Stevenson is keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service, and Dr. Bernice King will deliver the Call to Commemoration, in-person at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta. Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m., doors open at 8:00.


Join the Emory community, Jan. 15-22, for its annual series of programs honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. A full listing of events can be found here

Southeastern Synod ELCA invites you to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, on Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. for the Bishop's Commemorative MLK Worship Service.   This will also be livestreamed via the synod website as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages.


Find out about the Day of Service, Jan. 16, at Events - The King Center


Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Directed by Lauren Morton, MA   In the Gospel of Luke, we meet the women who shared what they witnessed at Jesus' tomb.  They were not believed, and their words were called "nonsense."  This morning we will walk with some of the women during the Civil Rights Movement, who saw the vision and reflect on their experiences of embodying what it means to be a prophetic witness.  What is needed now to realize Dr. King’s dream?Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Believe Them – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center  $65

MLK Weekend Tree Planting, Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody 30338, Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Help plant 100 new trees near the multi-use to help sustain our urban forest. These trees will provide cleaner air, cool shade, and all around improved habitat for humans and wildlife living in our community. Planting tasks include digging holes with shovels/mattocks, untangling roots with your hands, mulching, watering, and cleaning up your area. Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required. Register Here

MLK Day Concert from Concerts@ First, "From Trials to Triumph," Jan. 16, 3:00 p.m. Free Admission Andrew Brady, bassoon. Featuring works by BIPOC composers Mark Lomax, Jeffrey Scott & Stefan L. Smith, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St NE 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.

Oxford College of Emory University presents A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 7:30pm. Location: Old Church, 1011 Wesley St., Oxford, GA 30054. This free event will include music from Oxford College groups as well as an Interdenominational Community Choir from Newton County. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marla Frederick, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, College Chaplain, at with questions. 

Out of Hand Theater, along with community partners the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, are continuing the popular dinner series with Equitable Dinners Atlanta: A Day of Racial Healing Tuesday, Jan.17, from 6-9 p.m., both in person and online. The National Day of Racial Healing offers space to reflect while preparing for another year in pursuit of equity. This  event will be launched by an original short play and facilitated conversation will take place in small groups around Atlanta's racial history and how it affects communities today. Equitable Dinners hopes to face our past, reclaim our present, and transform our future through courageous conversations and theater.


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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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