Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 19, 2020

Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 19, 2020
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 
1.  CORE provides free COVID-19 testing in locations throughout Georgia. Testing is available to anyone, with or without symptoms.
2. Join Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty E.D. Amanda Tyler for a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Conversation about Christian nationalism: how it shows up in our world today and how it affects all of us. Watch live on their Facebook page at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19.

3. Starting yesterday, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has invited North Ga. United Methodists to join in 40 days of prayer and weekly fasting as health allows.  Find out more about this faithful practice here.  We are sure Christians of any denomination are welcome to join in.  
4. St. Luke's Episcopal Church is one of 25 houses of worship across the country that will host Mourning into Unity vigils for faith leaders today, Oct. 19. The hope is to bring Americans together to grieve the deaths of the ongoing pandemic and all our collective losses: unemployment, unsafe school and workplaces, distance from family and friends.  More details.

5. Community Engagement Day honors the mission of Morehouse School of Medicine to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities and address primary health care through programs in education, research, and service. Community Engagement 2020 webinar is Oct. 20, 4 to 5 p.m. with a focus on cancer awareness and COVID-19 testing and vaccination awareness. This is a free event and there will be prizes.  Registration link.  

6. A special edition of Kessler Conversations will be a conversation with the current cohort of Kessler Research Fellows at Pitts Theology Library discussing current research projects and how they connect the 500-year-old treasures of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection to the issues facing contemporary communities and congregations. 12 p.m. Oct. 21. Register here.

7. Interfaith Atlanta–Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) offers us a weekly 30-minute midday reprise with a focus on peace, compassion, and kindness. Join this virtual contemplative program every Wednesday, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Zoom link.  

8. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives is a non-profit cooperative association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives. COOPECON 2020 is Oct 21-23; registration is open now here.

9. Unity Atlanta, interactive workshop Active Hope will help us wisely navigate the turmoil of these times. Based on “The Work That Reconnects,” and hosted by the Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Team, this workshop will offers an opportunity to express gratitude and grief and move into a deeper understanding of how we can work towards a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all beings can thrive. The workshop is free via Zoom, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.  A link will be e-mailed to registered participants. Register here.

10. Wise Women and Spirituality, Community and Conversations Series, from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, online Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, and April 15, 2021, 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET. Spend six evenings with wise women who have found ways to anchor and sustain themselves spiritually in the midst of these times. Registrants will be provided with materials to help connect the series. If you have questions call Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or e-mail Registration and more here.

11. Concerts@ First, October 23, 8:00 p.m., Atlanta Chamber Players 45th season opener. Find out more and Purchase tickets here. Visit the website of this music ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta here.

12. Center for Religion and Environment at The University of the South: Sewanee hosts a virtual conference. Speakers and participants in “Deep Green Faith: Earth-Hearted Hope Amid Crisis,” October 23–24, will explore how grounds for hope, faith, and perseverance might be sustained in times of crisis. Information and registration here..

13. The Rev. Dr. Jarrod Longbons, senior minister of Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Oct. 25 on “Day 1.” His sermon for Oct. 25, “Don’t Overlook the First Commandant,” is drawn from Matthew 22:34-46 in which Jesus declares that the greatest commandment is to love God and the second to love our neighbor.  Hear it in our area on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information, check  the website,

14. St. Philip’s Cathedral, 3:15 p.m. Recital online, Sunday, Oct. 25, Bruce Xu, organ, student at Rice University. Bach, Messiaen, and more. Information.

15. Have you registered? Sunday, October 25, 4 - 5 p.m. is the 2020 ICM Interfaith Prayer Celebration & Children's Sabbath, a free virtual event, registration required. Register and learn more at  2020 Prayer Celebration — Interfaith Children's Movement Tribute will be paid to civil rights giant John Lewis, Atlanta’s beloved hometown hero.  The present will be celebrated by honoring another civil right giant, Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She will interview leaders of the future and the young people will steal the show!

16. Bach’s Lunch from Concerts @ First, presented with the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 30, 12 - 1 p.m. This concert will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for updates as potential for live audiences is monitored. “Beethoven 2020”- Violin and Cello Sonatas #2 with Christopher Rex, cello; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; William Ransom, piano.  Information.  

17. Monastery of the Holy Spirit Zoom retreat. Call the retreat house if you are interested in joining, Monday-Friday, 8:00-1:30, at (770)760-0959.  Cistercian Spirituality – Saturday, Oct. 31 – 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Fr. Cassian. This retreat will explore how the Charisms, such as patience, humility, Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, silence, and solitude, that define the life of the monastic community can be readily translated to the lay community.

18. Sunday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m., on St. Luke's Facebook and, the Music at St. Luke's Series features an organ recital by Director of Music, Matthew Michael Brown, Litanies: French Music of Remembrance, featuring music by Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé, and Maurice Ravel. For more information, email

19. The 32nd Annual Homeless Requiem will stream virtually this year at 7 p.m., Nov. 1, from the Cathedral of St. Philip with guest voices from all over Atlanta, including Rebecca “Bec” Cranford from The Gateway Center as preacher.  We will remember all who have died while homeless in the past year, reading each name aloud.  Several bell towers across Atlanta will toll their bells while the names of lives lost are read.  To stream the service or learn more, visit

20. Registration is open for the 10th Annual  GSHA Supportive Housing Conference "Turning 10 in 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of Supportive Housing, “ Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Virtual Conference click here for Information and Registration

21. Save the date for the Mountain Top Lecture, online this year and free, featuring Dr. Peter Enns whose most recent book is “How the Bible Actually Works:  In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News.” Saturday, Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m. It’s free but you must register at

22. The American Baptist Historical Society seeks applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant. The ABHS maintains the oldest and largest Baptist historical collection in the US, documenting the history of Baptists generally and American Baptist Churches, USA (the most racially and ethnically diverse Protestant denomination in the U.S.), specifically. Staff provides reference services, both internally and to the public by appointment.  ABHS is located in Atlanta on the campus of Mercer University. Review of applications will begin October 26. If interested, be sure to include a cover letter and a current resumé and apply here.

23. Just Peace from the Archdiocese of Atlanta alerted us to Drawdown Georgia, an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that emerged from a working group of partners that have led the research to identify and vet the top solutions that leverage Georgia’s unique economic, social, and natural resources. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and The University of Georgia are founding partners of the Georgia Climate Project. Georgia is bringing climate solutions home.  Find out more here.

24. provides easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and Learn more

25. 75th anniversary book of the Protestant Hour and Day1 gathers inspiring excerpts on 12 topics from powerful sermons of some of the most effective preachers. “Bread Enough for All” is a companion for personal meditation and devotion or a thoughtful gift. Questions for discussion and meditation are included with each topic making this collection ideal for use by small groups. Many local or former Atlanta preachers are included. Some are Joanna Adams, PCUSA; Sam Candler, Cathedral of St. Philip’s; Joe Evans, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta; William E. Flippin Jr., ELCA; Anna Carter Florence, Columbia Theological Seminary; Larry Goodpastor, Bishop in Res. Candler School of Theology; David  P. Gushee, Mercer University McAfee School of Theology; Dock Hollingsworth, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church; Scott Black Johnston; Thomas Jones, PCUSA; Victoria Lawson; Stephen Lewis, Forum for Theological Exploration;  Shari Rates, Metropolitan UMC Rome; Charles Reeb, Johns Creek  UMC; Mark Sargent; Bishop Kevin Strickland, SE Synod ELCA; Michael Sullivan; Barbara Brown Taylor; Daniel Vestal, Mercer University McAfee School of Theology, Peter Wallace, Bishop Rob Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and Bill Self (1932-2016). Find out how to get a copy here.  
 Visit our website for a tool box for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

Ethel Ware Carter

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