Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 19, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Church Action eNewsletter Week of  September 19, 2016



1. A group of Atlantans is seeking support for a “Manifesto for Interfaith Cooperation,” taking a public stand against religious bigotry and to advance cooperation among all faiths. Maria Saporta’s article about the document appeared in Friday’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.  Look for the Manifesto and a list of original endorsers in the Sept. 23 edition of that newspaper and in the Sunday, Sept. 25, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and find out how you can get involved.


2. Shine a Light on Peace, tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., National Center Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW , Atlanta, joins millions around the world in celebration of the International Day of Peace with candlelight vigil, music, storytelling, and more, co-sponsored by Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Bring a candle (battery-operated, preferably) and join in. To R.s.v.p. click here 


3. Reminder of the great opportunity this week at St. Anne’s Church, 3098 Northside Parkway, Atlanta 30327, Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., Astrobiology and the Meanings of Life with the Rev. Dr. Lucas John Mix exploring the diverse and changing ways we think about life and why it matters to Christians.


4. A reminder that the Rev. George Tatro, pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, will speak, Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m., on “Being a Christian Pastor in a Poor Neighborhood” at the Istanbul Center, 591 N. Main St., Bldg. 100, Milton 30009. Click here to register.


5. Mt. Zion AME Church hosts its 53rd Annual Fingers Licked to the Bone Barbecue fundraiser on Sept., 23 and Sept., 24 from, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.   Whole slabs, rib plates, tailgate specials, and plenty of delicious prepared like your Grandmama's side items, too.   The church is at 2977 LaVista Road, Decatur. Call (404)633-2288 for pre-orders and pick-ups on the day of the event.  Proceeds benefit the church's youth and senior ministries.


6. Be Fit Be Well Be Whole for health and wellness coordinators and ministers, Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. After the success of the Better Health Exchange, HPAC in partnership with Fulton County Partnership to Improve Community Health, is presenting Better Health Exchange 2.0.  Through the exchange, you will be ready to design a culture of health plan for your congregation and communities. Plan to join in the interactive discussions on health literacy, high school community health workers, increasing physical activities, healthy food and beverage options, tobacco/smoke-free environments, fun, door prizes, and more. The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 967 Dewey St SW, Atlanta 30310. For information email or phone (678)626-1478. 


7. The Rev. Dr. Nate Phillips, co-pastor of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Del., is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, Sept. 25.  His sermon is based on Luke 16:19-31 and entitled "A Monster at the End of This Sermon."  Select the link to read it now or find your local station. 


8. Big Bethel AME Church presents the 3rd Annual Church Anniversary Tailgate Kickoff on Sunday September 25, from 1-4 p.m. "Let’s Rise Up!!!" is the opening event for the 169th church anniversary celebration; the community is welcome. Come to the Dobbs parking lot behind the sanctuary for fun for all ages, food for the masses, and great entertainment — comic, Jaycee Falk, gospel rapper & hip-hop artist, TP9, gospel singer Aaron France and soulful saxophonist Antoine Knight. Bring your tailgate gear to 220 Auburn Ave NE 30303. If you have questions call (404)827-9707. 


9. The 39th annual AMIS/Kiwanis Welcome Reception will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at Agnes Scott College’s Evans Dining Hall, 141 East College Ave., Decatur 30030, from 3-5 p.m. The Kennesaw State University Jazz Trio will perform as the arts, civic, and church communities, as well as members of the consular corps, come together to welcome the new international college and university students and scholars to Atlanta. This event is free and open to the public, so bring friends and come help show hospitality to these young people far from home. 


10. "Through the Looking Glass: The World Reflected In Ourselves" is Sunday, Sept. 25, 7 – 10 p.m. at Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Rd, Alpharetta 30022.  Looking at oneself is a key element in the task of renewal and repentance and helps determine how one sees others. Free and open to the whole community ... come join the conversation.  Reservations are requested, so please click here to save your seat


11. Emory University’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative, Center for Ethics, and Women’s and Children’s Center at the Rollins School of Public Health are sponsoring a lecture by Annie Hardison-Moody, Asst. Professor at NC State, entitled “Mixed Blessings: Faith Communities, Food Pantries, and the Lived Realities of Food Insecurity in the Southern United States,” Sept. 28, 12 p.m., at the Center for Ethics, Room 102.  The talk will examine how low-income women navigate food assistance programs and how their religious beliefs and practices shape their experience with food insecurity.  Find out more at


12. Candler’s James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership fall lecture series on the intersection of faith and politics continues on Wednesdays, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Julianne Malveaux, founder and president, Economic Education, and professor emerita, Bennett College, on “Faith and Economic Justice.” Lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required here. Find Information on all 7 lectures and speakers in chronological order at


13. Read here about Family Movies by Moonlight, Sandy Springs United Methodist Church with food trucks and children’s activities. Movies begin at dusk. Coming up next is Friday, September 30, “Ice Age Collision Course.”


14. The Choral Foundation in Georgia and the Institute for Healthy Singing present “Things You Didn’t Learn in Voice Class” Oct. 1, TICKETS and “Navigating Performance Anxiety,” Oct. 2 TICKETS,  at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna 30080.


15. Classical Mountain Fiddles, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 2, Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, 4329 Marietta St, Powder Springs 30127.   Two seasoned classical musicians and one seasoned bluegrass musician formed a group to test the boundaries between their two forms of music. Oct. 2 concert will feature Powder Springs FUMC’s own vocalist, Melissa Callender‐Reece.  A love offering will be received


16. The Cathedral Book Store's Hart Readers will discuss The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - all are welcome! 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.


17. The next Atlanta Community Ministries Sabbath Rest Day of Silence is Oct. 6, 12-4 p.m., at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs. Click this link for a 3 minute drone video of the park. Register at


18. The Cathedral Bookstore announces the tenth annual Jane Baird Lecture with guest author Melissa Fay Greene.  Greene is the author of six books and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award.  The lecture will be followed by a book signing by the author.  Her newest book is “The Underdogs.”  Thursday, October 6, 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.,  Child Hall, Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30305.


19. Metro Atlanta R.s.v.p. series “Letting Go: Making Peace with the End,”

Monday, October 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Atlanta Regional Commission, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta 30303. Screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, "Being Mortal," followed by a discussion.  Register;

Thursday, October 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopalian Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30308. Workshop on health directives, legal concerns, financial issues, housing transition and funeral planning Register. 


20. Law & Grace: Martin Luther, Lucas Cranach, and the Promise of Salvation, October 11, - January 16, in the gallery, Pitts Theology Library, 1531 Dickey Drive, Ste 560,  Atlanta, 30322. Pitts Library, with America’s finest German Reformation collection, joins hands with four museums from the land of Luther, in this exhibition which is built on the famous Cranach motif “Law and Grace.” The exhibit explores Luther’s call to repentance and links it to the lives and legacies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. Such an exhibit that bridges centuries and continents provides a fitting prelude to the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 2017.


21. Learn about a new study on relations among racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities in Atlanta. Come to be part of the conversation and to network with others involved in working on this issue in Atlanta. Friday, Oct. 14, 4-6 p.m., King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta 30312. For more information about the study read here. Please R.s.v.p. or ask your questions at


22. Registration is now open for Talking Politics During Polarized Times, hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia, October 21. This timely, one-day event is designed for clergy and interested parties who want to think about how to deal with public/political issues as a church during the run-up to the 2016 national elections. It includes two keynote addresses, a lunch panel discussion with elected officials addressing matters of faith and public life, and morning and afternoon workshops. Sponsored by Candler School of Theology’s James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership, Faith in Public Life, Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, the conference will feature Dr. James Calvin Davis, professor of religious ethics at Middlebury College. Davis writes on civility and the role of the church in improving the way the wider public debates contentious issues.  Complete details and registration information is accessible at this link. here.  


23. Registrations are being taken now for the 8th Annual Spirituality Conference at St. Philip’s Cathedral. The Rev. John Philip Newell, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. “Listening for the Heartbeat of God: The Vision and Practice of Celtic Spirituality” You may pay by credit card online or mail a check and registration form.  Please visit the website for links and more information. To learn more about Newell, visit his website or listen to this interview.


24. Save the date, Nov. 3, for the Annual Women’s Forum from Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry with Sara Miles, writer and founder of The Food Pantry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. She speaks, preaches, and leads workshops around the country and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and on National Public Radio. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by November 1 at 12:00 p.m. at here.    


25. Plans are underway for an Evelyn Gibson Lowery 2017 Civil Rights Heritage Tour, a collaborative venture of several Atlanta area churches. It will include Birmingham, Marian, Selma, Whitehall, and Montgomery. It will be in March and more information will be available later. 


26. The Center for Faith and Service, based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, announced on Friday the fourth annual list of Seminaries that Change the World. McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and Columbia Theological Seminary, all in Atlanta, are on that list. For more information on each of the schools listed, visit

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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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