Week of September 30, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. www.RCCAtl.org. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page www.rccatl.org. Send us your events.
1. “The Other Side of Immigration” screening & panel in observation of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, presented by We Are Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m., 184 S. Candler St., Decatur 30030, $5 suggested donation. This documentary asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through a subtle and thought-provoking approach, this documentary provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions.
2. The Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust is this week, Oct. 1-3, three nights of prayer and conversation with two brothers from the ecumenical Taizé community at Central Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Decatur. All details are here.
3. Degrees of Difficulty: An Evening with Julie E. Justicz and Emily Saliers, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., 184 S. Candler St. Decatur 30030. Charis welcomes the novelist for a wide ranging conversation about art, music, and activism with musician Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Justicz will share pieces of her novel, Degrees of Difficulty, which tells the story of Ben, a boy with multiple seizure disorders, and his siblings and parents who struggle in various ways to connect with him and care for him. Justicz will sign books and light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5.
4. The 2019 Clark Atlanta University Open Forum on Church Music is Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. The discussion for this year is “The Effectiveness of Music in the Black Church: Why We Do What We Do.” Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, Atlanta 30314. Participating in the discussion are Dr. Raymond Wise, Indiana University’s African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, and the Rev. Joshua Lawrence Lazard, C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement and Interim Director of Religious Life at the Duke University Chapel. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Fourth Annual Green Mass with Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III, Friday, Oct. 4, 12:10 p.m. with lunch to follow, the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta 30303. The Archdiocese of Atlanta began celebrating the Green Mass annually after Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. All are welcome to attend and those whose work or volunteer activity is connected to environmental protection and sustainability are especially invited.
6. Two of France’s most celebrated, visible, and prolific twenty-first-century musicians, Jean-Baptiste Robin, organist of the Royal Chapel at Versailles, and international trumpet soloist Romain Leleu, bring to the listener the thrilling clarion style that is the hallmark of the French Baroque and also popular standards of the trumpet repertoire and great innovation in the new compositions.in concert, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission / $10 students, available for purchase online click here or at the door.
7. Atlanta Master Chorale All Creatures Great and Small, Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Inspired by the phrase, “All creatures great and small,” from the poem by Cecil Frances Alexander, the first concert of the season is an exploration of music about birds, animals, and all manner of assorted fauna. You might be surprised to discover how much music has been written about the animal kingdom and what “all creatures great and small” might teach us about ourselves. Tickets here.
8. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be at Decatur First UMC, for three performances, Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. No tickets necessary, the show is free and family friendly, refreshments will be served. If you can bring a gently used coat for the “Dreamcoat Donation” to benefit those in need. Find out more at www.decaturfirst.org/drama.
9. Attic Sale at Brookhaven United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1366 North Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta 30319.
10. Saturday’s the day The Do Good Challenge. After doing good all day, teams will celebrate at the Post Party at The Collective, a venue right on Peachtree. Learn more and register at www.meetorchard.org.
11. Come looking for bargains and for lunch at the Sandy Spring Christian Church Bargainata, Saturday, Oct. 5, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta 30328, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the SSCC Scholarship. Sale items include jewelry, art objects and paintings, knitted items (perhaps), home decorations, classes in cake decoration and cooking, babysitting deals, lunch and more. Framed photographs by Laura Prescott will be featured. Her work is displayed through Sept. 28 at the Sewell Mill Cultural Arts Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta 30068, and Oct. 10-31 at The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066.
12. The Rev. Kevin Lyle Strickland will be installed as the fourth bishop Southeastern Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30305, Oct. 5, 2:00 p.m. This is not a ticketed event but early arrival is advised. The synod offices are in Atlanta.
13. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light invites us to the second annual Family Garba, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., Tickets are $5 per person, ages 2 and over. All are invited to celebrate Navratri, an autumn Hindu festival, with music, dancing, and delicious food. Food from the event sponsor, Tabla, will be available for purchase and pizza for children will be available for a nominal charge. This Garba is for all ages. More information & tickets here.
14. The Rev. Christopher Henry, senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, is the featured preacher Oct. 6 on “Day 1.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas and can be heard in Atlanta Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 FM and 750 AM WSB. For more information check Day1.org. A signal move in August means that 95.5‘s signal will be stronger in Douglasville, Griffin, Carrollton, and Peachtree City.
15. The Madina Institute invites people of all faiths and backgrounds to the launch of The Book of Love on Sunday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. at the Carter Center. The volume presents the deeper guidance that lies at the core of all faith traditions. Shaykh al-Ninowy‘s book is filled with short teachings meant to be savored and pondered. The book shares the wisdom of our ancestors and prophets, Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jesus, and Muhamma. The launch will feature a reading by the author, greetings from community leaders, a light dinner reception, and a performance by the Al-Firdaus Ensemble from Granada. Tickets for $25 are available through EventBrite. For more information, contact Rosemin Omar at (678)249-8970.
16. Ga. Council Against Domestic Violence has been serving our community for 40 years! Celebrate and network with folks passionate about this work. Live music, food, drinks, mystery boxes and more! October 10, 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mullins Rooftop Patio. Reserve your ticket here!
17. Join Candler School of Theology and the Christian-Muslim Studies Network on Oct. 10, 6:15-8:30 p.m., for a reception and public lecture on "Law and Christian-Muslim Relations: Theology, Ethics, and Power" by Mona Siddiqui and Joshua Ralston, of the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity. Register for the lecture here. Interested in the full academic conference of the CMSN on October 11 and 12? The conference will highlight new research on Christian-Muslim relations, with sessions on theological ethics, interreligious politics, Black Theology, Eastern Christianity, and Islamic law. Contact email@example.com for more information.
18. Magnificat! Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip. The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra teams up with the Cathedral Schola to present one of J.S. Bach’s most celebratory works. Paired with it is Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, a spirited tour de force including the air popularly known as the “Air on the G String.” For more information call (404) 365-1050 or click here. Buy Tickets
19. Magnificat! Saturday, Oct. 12, 4-6 p.m., St. David's, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell 30076, a concert by the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra with the Cathedral Schola. For more information call (404) 365-1050 or click here. Buy Tickets
20. Taste of Latin America Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. The Diocesan Hispanic Ministries Commission invites you to this annual celebration. Parishioners from 12 Hispanic Churches will bring authentic dishes from their cultures for a special potluck meal. There will be music, singing, dancing, a raffle, silent auction, and a piñata for the children. Admission is free, though donations will be used to help our friends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Come join the Fun!
21. Jojo Moyes author of “The Giver of Stars” a new novel about five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Set during the Great Depression and based on real events, this book follows five women who become the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky, a group that traveled to deliver books as part of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s mission to bring reading to the masses. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job -- bringing books to people who have never had any, and sharing the gift of learning that will change lives. Talk and signing Monday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.
22. “Reforesting Faith: A Conversation about the Nature of God,” Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission, $15 student. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light friends are invited to be among the first to tour the new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. And, you'll have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Dr. Matthew Sleeth, exec. Dir. of Blessed Earth, about what trees and all creation can tell us about the nature of God, the topic of his latest book. Building tours begin at 6 and the presentation at 7:30. More information & tickets here.
23. The Blue Dove Foundation Interfaith Mental Health Conversation, Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 until 8:45 p.m. Panelists include Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai, Nabile Safdar, Islamic Speaker’s Bureau Atlanta, and the Rev. James Lamkin, Northside Drive Baptist Church. This is a free event; R.s.v.p. is required. Location will be on the confirmation. R.s.v.p. to www.bluedovefoundation.org/interfaithevent
24. 2019 Coastal Green Team Summit featuring Dr. Matthew Sleeth, Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $25 individual, $75 Green Team (up to 4 people). Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Second Annual Coastal Green Team Summit at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Savannah. All Creation Care champions and environmental stewards from congregations across the state are invited to this celebration featuring an inspiring keynote address, educational workshops, and a sustainably-sourced lunch. More information & tickets here.
25. Registration is open for a day with Lerita Coleman Brown, Oct. 26, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, “From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman.” Come for a day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman and dipping into his contemplative practices. $60/person includes lunch, and group discounts are available - $55 for 4 or more people. More information and registration.
26. Come sing with the combined choirs for the 15th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062. This dynamic evening is filled with humor, music, and inspiration— celebrating both unity and diversity. Any singer may join! No preparation necessary! All skill sets welcome! Just show up for three fun rehearsals. Details are here on our website.
27. Community Health Centers deliver high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive primary care, and supportive services such as health education, translation, and transportation that promote access to health care. Community Health Centers often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance use disorder, and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic, or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services. In addition, they provide services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale. If you need to find a center you can use this website Find a center.
28. If your congregation is considering offering a support group you should find this information from NAMI of help.
All events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit www.rccatl.org for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter