Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children Training

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Are you supporting youth or children’s ministries? Get Safe Church training as required by the Episcopal Church at St. Aidan’s. The training is good for 3 years and is required for all individuals who work with children or youth in any capacity.

Breakfast, light lunch, and snacks will be provided. Lauren FitzHugh will lead the training. You must register in advance by February 22.

If you have questions or want more info, email Lauren at youth@staidans.org.

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Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. James (Registration Closed)

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

CNN Hero Becca Stevens to Preach

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The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms and Episcopal chaplain at St. Augustine’s Chapel, Nashville, Tenn., is the featured preacher Feb. 24 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and on podcast apps. 

Stevens founded Magdalene, a two-year residential community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction, and Thistle Farms, which employs residents and graduates of Magdalene. It houses a line of natural products, a paper and sewing studio, and the Thistle Stop Café. Thistle Farms National Network is comprised of organizations committed to connecting survivors of prostitution, trafficking, and addiction to healing and empowerment. Over 50 organizations throughout the country have programs based on the model. Stevens has been chaplain at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt University for over 20 years. 

“Loving Our Enemy Is Our Saving Grace,” her sermon for Feb. 24, is based on Luke 6:27-38. “In my work at Thistle Farms, a community of women survivors of trafficking, addiction, and violence, I have seen the miraculous truth of this gospel. I have learned that forgiveness does not mean you don’t hold someone accountable and does not mean you escape the trauma,” she says. “It means there is a path forward that is deep and beautiful.” 

In 2016, Stevens was recognized as one of 10 CNN Heroes. She was named Tennessean of the Year and a Champion of Change by the White House. She was the Small Business Council of America 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. She is a prolific writer. Her nine books include “Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling,” “The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from Its Violent History,” and a book of devotional meditations from entitled “Letters from the Farm.” Her latest book is “Love Heals.”

The program includes interviews with Stevens conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. 
“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 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. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, check the program’s website, http://day1.org.  

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Interfaith Peace Activist and Refugee Mohammed Al Samawahi - Author of The Fox Hunt

The New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta Metro North co-sponsors with Temple Beth Tikvah, Interfaith peace advocate, Mohammed Al Samawi, who made a harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen in 2015 to arrive as a refugee in the United States. His cry for help on Facebook was answered by four young adults in their 20s from the US and Israel in the ultimate interfaith collaboration. These four young adults engineered his escape via social media, and as Mohammed says "they just used phones and computers." Mohammed has written a book: The Fox Hunt, which is being made into a movie.

Come hear Brother Mohammend share his story on Sunday, February 24th at 7:30 at Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell, GA 30075. The event will conclude with a Q&A, tea and cookies.

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Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

You're Invited to a Season of Remembrance

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This year marks the 400th year since the first Africans were sold into slavery in the United States. The act of remembering helps to create the space for healing and music is one of our best ways to help facilitate the healing process for individuals and the community.

Please join the Clark Atlanta University Choir and the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial healing for A Season of Remembrance Concert.

RSVP to starver@episcopalatlanta.org by Friday, February 22 by noon.

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Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Walking the Mourner’s Path – 8-week workshop on Transforming Grief into Joyful Living

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Whether you lost someone recently or decades ago, you may still be in the grip of grief.  Walking the Mourner's Path is an eight-week small-group workshop for those who mourn.  Each week's workshop is centered in prayer, carefully crafted, and workbook-guided, providing a framework for individual exploration and small group conversation. Several Atlanta-area churches have trained facilitators in this program; The Atlanta Churches will offer the program on a rotating basis to accommodate the different needs of our communities. The cost for materials is $75.

The size of the group is limited, so if you're interested be sure to register by February 18.

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Feb
28
to Mar 2

Godly Play Core Training

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Godly Play Core Training is the essential training for all storytellers and doorpersons in the Godly Play room. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children's spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We'd love to have you in the circle!

Thursday, February 28, 6p-9p
Friday, March 1, 8:30a-5p
Saturday, March 2, 8:30a-5p

Lunch on Friday and Saturday are included in your registration. There will be no meal served on Thursday evening.

To make your in person training experience as rich as possible, please read the book Teaching Godly Play by Jerome Berryman and complete the written pre-training exercise. Completion of this assignment is required for Core Training certification. There is a link to this exercise when you register.

Trainer: Christen Erskine, Godly Play Foundation Trainer and Director of Formation for Children and Youth at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta.

This in an ecumenical training event. Godly Play Foundation Members receive a discount, more information about membership here.

RSVP by February 25, 2019.

Event cost: $355.00

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical

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We are framing this special presentation as a celebration of ‘African American Women’s History Week’ as it falls on the cusps of African American history month and Women’s History month. The author of the book that has the same title as the presentation is Sherie M Randolph. Sherie is an Associate Professor of History, School of History and Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology and Co-Director of the Black Feminist Think Tank.

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Mar
1
11:30 AM11:30

2019 United Thank Offering Grant

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The 2019 United Thank Offering Grant Session will focus on the following: GO: Crossing the boundaries created by race, culture and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to love like Jesus.

The 2019 Grants are due on the following dates:

Annual Grant Applications: March 1st, 2019
Young Adult: November 1st, 2019
Seminarian: November 1st, 2019

Joy Boyden is the United Thank Offering Diocesan Representative for the Diocese of Atlanta.  If you have a grant to submit or questions, you may reach her at jjboyden45@gmail.com.

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Mar
2
8:30 AM08:30

Exploring Lectio Divina

Lectio divina is a traditional Christian practice of scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and increase knowledge of God’s word. It treats scripture not as texts to be studied but as the living word which we read, meditate upon, pray and contemplate.

St. James, Marietta, invites you to begin your practice of a Holy Lent by joining us for a special program exploring lectio divina. We will be led by Sister Madeleine Mary, CSM, Sister-in-Charge at the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province. She will instruct us in lectio divina and provide opportunities for us to put it into practice. A light lunch will be provided, and we will conclude the day with Holy Eucharist.

Ample parking is available in the lot behind St. James on Polk Street. Parking for elderly and disabled visitors is provided in the parking lot accessed from Church Street. 

Please register by March 1 by contacting Stephen Windham, sdwindham@gmail.com, 470-564-4974. A suggested donation of $20.00 ($10.00 for students) is appreciated.

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd, at the Cathedral of St. Philip (2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • reasons for giving

  • a detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program 

  • a systematic approach to membership growth

  • ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  Registration is available online. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Teresa

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children Training

This child abuse prevention training is required of all those who work with children and youth including lay and ordained, paid and volunteer. This training is mandated for all clergy and vestry members and must be renewed every three years. We encourage first time trainees to attend a group training. Re-certification can be completed online. Contact Deborah Silver for more info. dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org

Please register by February 28 at the link below.

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Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

The Lenten Journey

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The season of Lent begins with ashes and the desert and ends in transformation and resurrection. These weeks are not only about the paschal mystery of Jesus but also about how his journey is reflected in our own lives. 

This retreat will offer presentation, quiet reflection and sharing and will highlight meditative practices that can help us be awake to how we can live more fully the pattern of Jesus’ dying and rising.  
Bring your lunch.  Drinks and snacks will be served. The event is $45 and the registration deadline is February 28. For more information email lalorcadley@comcast.net . To register email amersonhouseevents@gmail.com


Retreat Leader: Marian Manohan

Marian is a spiritual director retreat facilitator and religious director.  She has training in each of these areas as well as a professional life coach.  She is involved in t the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a Jesuit ministry that offers overnight retreats and days of reflection for those in addiction recovery.  Worshipping at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception she is involved ministries to the homeless.

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Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

This adult abuse prevention training is required of all those who have pastoral relationships with adults including clergy, Eucharistic and pastoral care visitors, adult choir directors, and adult formation or small group leaders. This training is mandated for all clergy and vestry members and must be renewed every five years. We require first time trainees to attend a group training. Re-certification can be completed online. Contact Deborah Silver form more info. dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org

Please register at the link below by February 27.

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Shameless

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On March 2, 2019, Nadia Bolz-Weber is coming to The Cathedral of St. Philip to share from her new and most personal book "Shameless: A Sexual Reformation"(Convergent, Hardcover, 2019).

In her latest release, Bolz-Weber is out to slay a giant by going after the church’s teachings on human sexuality. She deftly weaves narrative, history, scripture, and wit together to show how Christianity has so often turned the glorious gift of our bodies into something ugly and shameful, telling us that true holiness equates to sexual repression— “as if the God of the Universe had programmed into creation a passive-aggressive test of our willpower.”

Join Nadia for a lively evening of truth-telling, conversation, humor, healing and maybe a short dance party as she proposes "...a sexual reformation for those who have been hurt...for those who have done the hurting...and for those who are certain they know all there is to know about what God thinks of sex.” Also on stage for a conversation with Nadia will be Neichelle Guidry.

This event is expected to sell out! Guarantee your seat by purchasing advance tickets for $15 below.

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Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Choral Evensong

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Join us for another monthly Choral Evensong at Christ Church. The music featured for this service is composed by T. Frederick H. Candlyn, George Dyson, John Sanders, and Henry T. Smart. The Christ Church Choir comprises twenty singers composed of parishioners and students in the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. They provide music for all major liturgies of the church and monthly choral evensongs from September to May. They are under the direction of Mr. Jonathan A. Poe.

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Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

All are invited to join us for a fun family evening in your pajamas with a little breakfast for dinner! There will be activities for the whole family including a Mardi Gras parade. For any questions contact Tabi Tobiassen at ttobiassen@saintannes.com or smiller@saintannes.com.

Cost: Donation to St. Anne’s EYC (Episcopal Youth Community).

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Finding God in the Digital Space

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The Commission for Christian Faith Formation is pleased to offer a seminar with Lisa Brown at the Cathedral of St. Philip! Finding God in the Digital Space: Moving from an Informational to a Relational Understanding of Digital Ministry + Digital Storytelling for Evangelism & Discipleship

How can we meet people where they are and help them meet God in the digital space? Join us as we explore and contextualize these questions from a faith-based perspective.

As the Director of Digital Ministry for Membership Vision and appointee to the General Convention Task Force on the Formation and Ministry of the Baptized, Lisa Brown helps people find God in the digital space. She works with churches and faith-based organizations across the country to map their ministries onto a digital landscape.

$20 per person includes box lunch.  Scholarships available upon request.

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Mar
10
9:15 AM09:15

Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer – a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series

Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer –  a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series on Sunday Mornings and Wednesday Evenings

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When an anonymous apostle entreated Jesus, “Lord, teach me to pray,” Jesus taught him what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. Our 5-week, 10-session Lenten Series, led by a variety of St. Anne’s parishioners, explores facets of this prayer that may surprise you, and which will surely help you pray. Sunday mornings at 9:15 am and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, from March 10 to April 10. Join us!

If you have and questions contact Scott Miller at 404.237.5589 or smiller@saintannes.com.


On Sunday mornings, you can begin with breakfast in the Parish Hall. $5/adult and $3/child for a hot breakfast and $3/adult and $2/child for continental breakfast. On Wednesday evenings, join us for a simple dinner at 6:00 pm. $7/person.

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Mar
12
to Mar 16

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment

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The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is proud to once again partner with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer this intensive, four-day retreat at the DuBose Conference Center. Participants will learn to facilitate and mentor spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. The retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the necessary elements which bring forth fruitful discernment.

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This retreat is geared to spiritually mature leaders of all ages who are committed to the principles set forth in Listening Hearts. It affords each participant the opportunity to enter into discernment in relation to his or her own life while also learning to train and mentor discernment groups. Participants will work in small groups, each with its own mentor. Silence, song, imaginative engagement with Scripture, creative meditation activities, and contemplative sharing of reflections combine to draw each group into the flow of the Spirit. The training includes a series of discernment sessions, each followed by a reflective review to gain insight into what contributes to fruitful discernment in community. Workshops lay out the practical aspects of training discerners.

Additionally, the program has an “at home” component: for five weeks prior to the retreat (the weeks of Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3) participants will reflect on short readings, engage in creative meditation exercises, and share reflections and a short biographical write-up with their group. The assignments will require an average of two hours of work per week, which can usually be broken into several sections. In the final week each participant will prepare a one-page summary of an issue with which they are wrestling.


The Listening Hearts retreat can count as Alternate Mentor Training for Education for Ministry (EfM) mentors. Requirements for Alternate Mentor Training include having completed two Foundations Trainings, being “Formation ready,” not having completed another Alternate Training within the last three trainings, and not needing to go back to Foundations after three Formations. Contact Elsa Bakkum, EfM Associate Director for Training, at esbakkum@sewanee.edu for Alternate Training credit.


Tuition: $750
Includes five weeks of at-home preparation (about two hours of work per week during the weeks of Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3).

Lodging not included. Lodging reservations may be made directly with the DuBose Conference Center using this form.

Registration closes Jan. 23, 2019.

CEUs are available. Contact beecken.center@sewanee.edu for more details.

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Beyond Despair and Denial: Facing Climate Change with Moral Urgency and Hope

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Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies present a panel discussion on the intersection of climate change and our faith, Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip. A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m. in the Atrium.

Amid dire news of climate change, the question only intensifies: What do we do now? As we sort through the accumulating data and endless politics, a vital element gets lost — the moral dimension of the environmental crisis, and its especially punishing toll on poor communities. The time is now for a galvanizing religious and spiritual witness. Join us for a public conversation focused on ethical solutions and practical strategies for building a movement that meets the climate crisis.

Presenters

Mary Evelyn Tucker
Co-Director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale

Jon Sawyer
Founding Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Codi Norred
Program Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Clifton Granby
Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at Yale Divinity School

RSVP to emily.reid@yale.edu or 203-432-5359 by March 11; for more information visit divinity.yale.edu/climateyale.

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Mar
15
to Mar 17

Literature and Spirituality: Common Ground - Common Good

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Lent invites us to repent – to a change of heart and action. Nowhere does this call seem more urgent today than in our relationship with the earth and its creatures. Jurgen Moltmann has called this challenge “the ecological reformation of religion.” We must recover ancient faith and wisdom which see the earth as a sacred gift and our human vocation as its stewards. It is literally in discovering common ground that we find common good.

The retreat will explore literature that focuses on creation spirituality. Works of poetry, fiction, and science will help us look at questions such as how the Spirit speaks to us in and through nature…how ancient wisdom can help us engage the environmental crisis…how celebrating and stewarding the earth bring us closer to God.

Readings will include works by Annie Dillard, Philip Newell, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, O.E. Wilson, and others. Pre-reading will be announced in early January. Prayer and worship in the Celtic spirit will center our retreat.

This retreat will be led by The Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley. 

Henry Parsley received his undergraduate education in English literature at the University of the South (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1970), and his Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary (1973). He has studied at Oxford University in the areas of spirituality and soteriology, and received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both the University of the South (1998) and The General Theological Seminary (1998). Parsley is the retired 10th Bishop of Alabama and is a member of the St. Mary’s Sewanee board of trustees.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by March 08, 2019.

The registration fees are $365/$465 and $265 for commuters.

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Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Vivaldi – Gloria!

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Lovers of Vivaldi, now is your chance to hear two of his most beloved works and be introduced to what will soon become new favorites!

Antonio Vivaldi’s influence on the 18th-century baroque world cannot be overestimated. His virtuosic, driving style mixed with poignant lyricism captured the hearts and minds of many a composer. Like Monteverdi, Vivaldi was an opera lover and created musical stories with and without vocalists, whether it be the dashing Winter Concerto or the jubilant Gloria. Joining us for this program are our beloved choral collaborators, the Cathedral of St Philip Schola, directed by Dale Adelmann; and Nathan Medley, one of America’s great countertenors who recently moved to Atlanta. Together, we will lead you on our musical journeys through two grippingly reverent sacred works evoking the Lenten season before catching a glimpse, through Vivaldi’s famous Gloria, of the joyous season to come.


PROGRAM: MUSIC BY ANTONIO VIVALDI
Beatus Vir, RV 598
Oboe Concerto
Stabat Mater, RV 621
"Winter" from the Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297
Gloria, RV 589


General Admission tickets are $25.

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Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Dunstan's (Registration Closed)

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Join Bishop Robert Wright for “Called to Lead: The Leader’s Heart—Leading on Purpose”

Called to Lead” is a day of lay leadership development led by Bishop Wright that uses the adaptive leadership framework to engage parish vestries and other parish leaders in collaborative learning.

All lay leaders are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright will be assisted by Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner and the Rev. Sarah Fisher. Participants will also receive training in one of the models of congregational vitality from the College for Congregational Development.

There will be four opportunities for “Called to Lead”:

January 26, 2019- at Church of the Ascension, Cartersville
February 2, 2019- at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens
March 16, 2019- at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange
March 23, 2019- at Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington

Registrations will open soon. On each date, the program runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and costs $10 per person to cover lunch

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Mar
16
4:00 PM16:00

Concert: Vivaldi – Gloria!

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Lovers of Vivaldi, now is your chance to hear two of his most beloved works and be introduced to what will soon become new favorites!

Antonio Vivaldi’s influence on the 18th-century baroque world cannot be overestimated. His virtuosic, driving style mixed with poignant lyricism captured the hearts and minds of many a composer. Like Monteverdi, Vivaldi was an opera lover and created musical stories with and without vocalists, whether it be the dashing Winter Concerto or the jubilant Gloria. Joining us for this program are our beloved choral collaborators, the Cathedral of St Philip Schola, directed by Dale Adelmann; and Nathan Medley, one of America’s great countertenors who recently moved to Atlanta. Together, we will lead you on our musical journeys through two grippingly reverent sacred works evoking the Lenten season before catching a glimpse, through Vivaldi’s famous Gloria, of the joyous season to come.


PROGRAM: MUSIC BY ANTONIO VIVALDI
Beatus Vir, RV 598
Oboe Concerto
Stabat Mater, RV 621
"Winter" from the Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297
Gloria, RV 589


General Admission tickets are $25.

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Mar
22
to Mar 24

Three-Day Lenten Centering Prayer Retreat

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Centering Prayer is the opening of the mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. The three-day retreat is an opportunity to develop and sustain a regular practice of this method of praying. There will be instruction in Centering Prayer along with periods of Centering Prayer. This might serve as a good introduction to Centering Prayer or as a deeper retreat experience. No previous experience of Centering Prayer is required.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by March 15, 2019.

The registration fees are $365/$465.

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Mar
22
to Mar 24

New Beginnings 41

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New Beginnings is a spiritual formation retreat weekend designed for our middle school youth. New Beginnings offers a chance for youth to reflect on the important relationships in their lives and consider what "New Beginnings" they can take on in their own lives. New Beginnings is a great outing for an entire junior high youth group. 

The cost is $100 per youth, but there is scholarship available if needed. 

To register your youth, please visit www.eycdioatl.org/calendar or email our Youth and Young Adult Missioner, Easton Davis, at edavis@episcopalatlanta.org

Registration closes for participants on March 10, 2019 at 11:55 pm 

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Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Join Bishop Robert Wright for “Called to Lead: The Leader’s Heart—Leading on Purpose”

Called to Lead” is a day of lay leadership development led by Bishop Wright that uses the adaptive leadership framework to engage parish vestries and other parish leaders in collaborative learning.

All lay leaders are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright will be assisted by Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner and the Rev. Sarah Fisher. Participants will also receive training in one of the models of congregational vitality from the College for Congregational Development.

There will be four opportunities for “Called to Lead”:

January 26, 2019- at Church of the Ascension, Cartersville
February 2, 2019- at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens
March 16, 2019- at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange
March 23, 2019- at Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington

Registrations will open soon. On each date, the program runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and costs $10 per person to cover lunch

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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Answering the Call to Pray: A Workshop with Carl McColman

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Ever since the disciples said to Jesus, “teach us to pray,” Christians have sought to deepen their faith through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The Bible tells us to “be still and know God” — but for many of us, living busy and active lives, prayer often seems like something awkward or just plain unattainable. Or, we might remember to pray earnestly for our needs — but isn’t there more to Christian spirituality?

Answering the Call to Pray is a day-long workshop focusing on the most important of all quests — seeking the presence and love of God in our lives to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world.

Doors Open at 9:00am
Seating Begins at 9:30am
Ticket price includes lunch 
The workshop is expected to end about 3:00pm

Carl McColman is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the author of books like Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He regularly teaches and leads retreats at churches, conference centers, monasteries, and seminaries.

This program is co-sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Reserve your tickets through our EventBrite page by March 21, 2019.

$25 for general admission or $15 for student admission

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Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Salvaguardando a los hijos de Dios en español

Salvaguardando a los Hijos de Dios -- Prevencion del Abuso Sexual de Niños Para Padres y Congregaciónes y Para Ministerios. Para aquellos que trabajan con niños y jóvenes en la parroquia, así como miembros de la junta parroquial y todos los padres.

Entrenador: Claudia Fedarko, MSW

Para registrar email Fr. Ramon Betances, ramon@mysaintb.org

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Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. George's

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

4 Hands + 4 Feet: Shannon Gallier & Austin Clarke at the Organ

St. Catherine's seventh annual Concert Series is proud to present two fine choirmasters/organists, Shannon Gallier from St. Barthomew's, Atlanta and Austin Clark from Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta. They will perform organ solos and duets from the works of Bach (“St. Anne” Prelude & Fugue), Mendelssohn, Shearing (Jazz-inspired settings of hymn tunes), Howells, Hancock, and others. The Friends of Music are thrilled to have these two musicians perform at St. Catherine's and invite all lovers of organ music to join us for this free concert, open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken. This Concert Series always includes introductory and anecdotal comments by the artists and all are welcome to speak with them at the reception after the concert.

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Apr
3
to Apr 5

2019 GEMN Global Mission Conference

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Join the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) and members of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana to explore what it means to be mutual witnesses to Christ across boundaries of culture, language and faith.

This international, bilingual (Spanish and English) conference will emphasize the role of evangelism and Christian witness in global mission, reclaiming the evangelistic roots of mutual mission engagement, with particular attention to the witness of the Dominican church and its vibrant, evangelistic spirit.

Keynoting the conference will be:

  • The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba

  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation

Other speakers include:

  • The Rev. Anthony Guillén, Director of Ethnic Ministries

  • The Rt. Rev. Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Bishop of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana

  • The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel for the Episcopal Church

  • The Rt. Rev. William Skilton, retired Assistant Bishop of Dominican Republic


Global Mission Workshops

Mission workshops will give you practical tools to bring back to your diocese, congregation or mission organization:

  • Healthy short-term mission

  • Updates on places of intense Episcopal engagement, such as Haiti, Cuba, Sudan, and the Dominican Republic

  • Asset-Based Community Development

  • Sustaining mission relationships

  • Discerning a call as a missionary

  • Cross-cultural best practices in mission engagement

  • Dynamics of enculturation

  • Money and mission

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

Courage to Lead Retreat: The Soul of Aging

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Aging presents us with an “accelerated curriculum” on change and a deep spiritual dive into the paradoxes of loss, transition, and renewal. Sadly, this challenging life season is often undertaken in isolation. Our retreat, using the Circle of Trust model, offers a soul-safe space in community to explore our relationship with God and expand our capacity to love, serve, forgive, and seek peace. It invites us to become true Elders with meaningful contributions to make, and ultimately to embrace the deep mystery we will enter in our own deaths.

Scholarships are available! Please contact us for more information.

This retreat will be led by Marjorie Thompson and Marta Murrell. 

Marjorie Thompson is a Prepared Facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal. She has led numerous Courage to Lead retreats, including a series of five seasonal retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee in 2015-2016. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Marjorie has been engaged in a ministry of teaching, retreats, and writing for more than 30 years. She teaches regularly for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, and has authored several books including Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spritual Life; Forgiveness: A Lenten Study; and most recently, Courage for Caregivers through her work with the Henri Nouwen Society.

Marta Murrell is a member of the 2018-19 Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator Preparation Cohort. She has been introducing courage work in East Tennessee through retreats and small groups, including The Soul of Aging curriculum developed for faith communities by the Center. Marta is a former pastor, serving in a variety of teaching, facilitation, and leadership development roles.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by March 29, 2019.

The registration fees are $365/$465.

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Luke's (Registration Closed)

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Experiencing Poverty: An Interactive Simulation Event

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Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in the communities of the Diocese of Atlanta, but unless you've experienced poverty personally, it's difficult to truly understand what day-to-day life feels like when you're poor. The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia has partnered with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to conduct an immersive experience that will introduce you to the day-to-day struggles of living in perpetual poverty.

Our goal is to help Episcopalians in our Diocese who are active in their parish outreach ministries to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The purpose of this simulation is to provide a small taste of what life is like on an extremely limited income - joining the 38.1 million U.S. citizens who live, for one reason or another, with incomes below the poverty line.

Please Register by March 27. The cost to participate is $15 and includes lunch.


Schedule

9am: Registration
9:45am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10am: Poverty Simulation with United Way of Greater Atlanta
12pm: Break/Pickup Lunch
12:15pm: Debrief Session (while everyone eats)
1pm: Closing Remarks

Our society suffers from a lack of understanding and empathy concerning the realities of poverty, and through this simulation experience, you'll encounter the real issues that low-income families deal with, the roadblocks that can be barriers to self-sufficiency, and how these factors shape behavior and beliefs.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
As this is a training simulation, not a game, we ask that you do not bring children to this training. This training is appropriate for parishioners 16 and older. Thank you for understanding!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is ample on-site parking available.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to bring a printed ticket, we can look you up by name at registration!

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Lenten Quiet Day: By the Grace of God I am who I am

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An opportunity this Lent to reflect and center with the support of friends. The gardens and setting of St. Clare’s are an apt place. Participants may structure their day (or leave it unstructured) according to their own needs. Materials for creativity, literature, opportunities to worship, beverages, light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Liz Schellingerhoudt, rector at St. Clare’s, and John Hamilton, rector at St. Elizabeth’s, Dahlonega, will each give a short meditation. The time will end with Eucharist. A time to ponder and prepare our celebration of Easter.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 4. If you have any questions please email stclare@stclaresepiscopal.org or call 706.745.0647.

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Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11

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The next quiet day on April 13, 2019 will be in preparation for Holy Week. Entitled “Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11,” it will be led by New Testament scholar and poet, Bonnie Thurston. We will examine the passage as a play in three acts, each focusing on a different spiritual teaching. In the Orthodox Church the Saturday before Palm Sunday is “Lazarus Saturday.” The traditional writing of the icon of the raising of Lazarus will be introduced. As we enter Holy Week, John 11 issues a timeless challenge to awaken us to awareness and aliveness. It encourages us to leave behind what is dead and to respond to Christ’s call to liberation.

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Bonnie Thurston is a New Testament scholar and poet, an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, a licensed Episcopal preacher and lay reader, and an experienced retreat leader. She is the author or editor of twenty-two theological books, including Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, and six collections of poetry. Thurston taught at the university level for thirty years and served as a pastor of five churches and twice in overseas ministries. She is also a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society.


To register, please call 931-598-0046 or visit our online registration page by April 11.

$50 (A non-refundable deposit of $25 must be paid upon registering. The remaining $25 can be paid at the door). Please send check or cash by mail to: The Community of St. Mary, Southern Province, 1100 St. Mary's Lane, Sewanee, TN 37375

Limited guest accommodations are available at the convent! Please contact Sister Hannah at 931-598-0046 or at sisterhannahcsm@gmail.com.

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Apr
22
to Apr 25

Soul of Leadership Program: 21st-Century Contemplative Leadership

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The Soul of Leadership is an 18-month program that guides participants on a journey of transformation as they learn to integrate leadership skills and contemplative practices into their lives. Leaders are empowered to be more effective professionally as they experience inner renewal and clarity of vision.

Leaders today face difficult challenges that often leave them feeling depleted. Soul of Leadership is designed to restore and energize participants, helping them become more effective in their leadership situations. Through residencies and at-home activities, both individually and in community, leaders will:

-Learn strategies to address leadership challenges
-Engage in contemplative practices
-Master skills to strengthen their organizations
-Increase personal well-being and wholeness

The program includes four residencies at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Each residency features a different leadership focus. At-home activities include reading, reflection, spiritual companionship, and community.

Leadership Residencies:
21st-Century Contemplative Leadership: April 22-25, 2019
The 7 Rs of Sanctuary: October 28-31, 2019
Leading Effective Change: April 27-30, 2020
Putting It All Together: October 19-22, 2020

Each residency begins at 11:00 am on Monday and ends at 12:30 pm on Thursday.

An application must be completed to participate. It is located at https://goo.gl/forms/MCdP9KK8VgNqYRhI3

In the first residency (21st-Century Contemplative Leadership), participants will:  

-Identify decision-making structures
-Explore discernment practices
-Practice blending discernment and decision-making
-Learn spirituality, management, and leadership theories

This program will be led by Margaret Benefiel and Susan Vincent-Cox. 

Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Shalem Institute, has served as Chair of the Academy of Management’s Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. She also serves as co-chair of the Christian Spirituality Group of the American Academy of Religion, and has held various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses. She is the author of Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader, and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision.

Rev. Susan Vincent-Cox is both a psychotherapist (LCSW) and an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America. She has over 28 years experience working in mental health, medical, and human service agencies, as well as her private counseling practice. In addition to her practice, Sue currently serves as a Minister of Small Groups and Discipleship at First Church in Albany, NY where she facilitates groups both in churches and in the community.

Sue developed and leads Pilgrim’s Walk, a 6-18 week small group ministry of spiritual direction and support for those in the 3rd stage of life (65 and older). Professional training includes Psychosynthesis, The Soul of Leadership (2014-16), and Nonviolent Communication.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by March 22, 2019.

Please contact us for more information regarding the event cost details.


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Apr
26
to May 3

Join the 2019 Pilgrimage to Cape Coast, Ghana

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The dates for our 2019 pilgrimage to our companion diocese of Cape Coast in Ghana have been announced.  We will travel April 26 - May 3, 2019.  The cost of the trip is $2,500 that includes flight, hotel, all meals and activities.  If you would like to apply, please do so by December 31, 2018.  Applications can be found here:  2019 Cape Coast, Ghana Pilgrimage Application.

Due to an overwhelming response, we have closed the application process for our 2019 Pilgrimage to our companion diocese in Cape Coast, Ghana.  We are grateful for the interest in our relationship with the Diocese of Cape Coast.  There will be many more opportunities to be engaged in this work in the days and months ahead.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact The Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers at Sharon@epiphany.org

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Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

2019 Hunger Walk Run

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Registration is now open for teams and individuals for the Hunger Walk Run on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This event, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, allows the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia to provide grants supporting hunger-related ministries in our Episcopal parishes.

The parish that raises the most money for hunger will be awarded the Bishop’s Cup, which includes a cool trophy, bragging rights, and a $3,500 grant for your parish’s outreach ministries!

This year, the Hunger Walk Run will take place at The Home Depot Backyard, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Our youth-led Eucharist will take place at right across the street in Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center.

Please register by Friday, April 26. The cost is $35 for runners and $25 for walkers.

Agenda

10:30 am: Episcopal Eucharist (Georgia World Congress Center, Room C202)
12 pm: Festivities Begin
2 pm: 5K Walk and 5K Race begin!

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May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Friends of Music Concert Series: Elisabeth Remy Johnson

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7pm in the Nave: Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Harpist

To be conveyed from the mundane to the celestial, join us at Holy Innocents to revel in the gorgeous tones of the heavenly harp as played by Elisabeth Remy Johnson, principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Each selection in the Legends for Harp program has a basis in literary narrative… a poem, a play, or a folk song. From Prokofiev to an Appalachian Folk Song, each delicate strain will soothe you and transport you. Ahhh, such is the music of the harp!

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May
16
to May 19

Ecclesia Ministries Conference | Come & See: Race, Poverty, & Homelessness

Ecclesia Ministries Network and Atlanta’s Church of the Common Ground host a weekend of conversation, sharing, feasting, and seeing (sites, need, and church) with a special emphasis on racial reconciliation in our churches and in our work.  The weekend is meant to help us collaboratively think critically and constructively about our leadership of street churches, that we might be encouraged to seek justice and love mercy, walking humbly, outside, with God.


Meetings

All meetings and most meals are in “The Attic” of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, ADA accessible, and across the street from the North Avenue MARTA station, which is the train you can take directly from within the airport.  Parking also available, though public transit is preferable.

Accommodations  

Staying in the Attic (meeting rooms-turned dorms; floor or couch sleeping; bring your own sleeping bag; bathrooms, with individual showers, full kitchen where group meals will take place):  $15per person per night.

Crown Plaza Midtown: Group rate reserved across the street from All Saints’ at $169/night if you book by 4/17/19.  Mention you are with Church of the Common Ground. Book your room online or contact the central reservations department at (877) 684-9381.

Airbnb and other hotels:  Midtown is full of options, and full of scooters and Lyft/Uber drivers and MARTA to get you to-and-fro.  30308 encompasses Midtown, Atlanta. We advise not staying too far out as Atlanta traffic is a force to be reckoned with.

Meals

Most meals are shared:  Please indicate your dietary needs upon registration.  You will self-pay for dinner out Saturday night as a group and for lunch/dessert Sunday.

Organizers

Liz Magill pastorlizm@gmail.com; and Monica Mainwaring vicar@churchofthecommonground.org

Early-bird Registration (before April 1):  $125; Registration (after April 1): $150


Conference Agenda

Thursday

5pm Arrival, Meet & Greet

6pm Dinner

7pm Executive Directors’ Roundtable; New Leaders’ Roundtable

9pm Prayers

Friday

8:30am  Breakfast - preparing and feasting together

10am-noon   Racial identity and Racial Reconciliation, a participatory and self-reflective conversation lead by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation

12:30pm  Lunch - preparing and feasting together

1:30pm  Outings:  A. Center for Civil and Human Rights ($22); B. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and Memorial (free); C.  Downtown walk (free)

4:30pm  Context-specific ministries; a discussion

6pm  Dinner – preparing and feasting together

Saturday

8am   Continental Breakfast

9:30-1pm   Symposium on Race, Poverty, and Homelessness at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, hosted by Church of the Common Ground (lunch included); or, free time for exploring Atlanta

2-4pm  Workshop:  _____________________

4-6pm  Affinity groups and snacks

6:30pm  Dinner out in Midtown (self-pay)

Sunday

8am  Continental Breakfast

9am  Attend various churches in downtown/Midtown.  Teach or share about ministries in forums in local churches.  Or, rest. Luggage can be stored at All Saints’ or in Church of the Common Ground’s offices within St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, four blocks southeast.

11am Optional gathering at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to observe or participate in CCG’s preparation for worship

12:15pm  Optional gathering at Peachtree & Auburn for Common Ground’s coffee hour

1pm Church of the Common Ground Worship Service

3pm Lunch/dessert at Landmark Diner (self-pay) or back at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

4pm Departure for your return home

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May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18th, at a TBD location.

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • reasons for giving

  • a detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program 

  • a systematic approach to membership growth

  • ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  Registration will be available online soon. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Annunciation

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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May
31
to Jun 2

One River Wisdom Retreat: Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

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Celebrating his 10th anniversary as a spiritual advice columnist, Rabbi Rami Shapiro teams up with The Rev. Gordon Peerman to help us deepen our questions and learn to live with unknowing. Rami will pose his most troubling questions to Gordon and Gordon will pose his to Rami, and we will all pose our questions to them and one another in a deep dive into self-inquiry and the quest to make meaning out of the mystery of our own lives. Come with questions. Leave with even more.

Rabbi Rami is an author, lecturer, and podcast host. A congregational rabbi for 20 years and a Professor of Religious Studies for 10, Rabbi Rami writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com). Among Rami’s many books are Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent and The World Wisdom Bible.

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Peerman is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, TN. He leads One River Wisdom School Nashville, which meets weekly at Second Presbyterian Church. Gordon is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by May 24, 2019.

Registration fees are $365/$465 and $265 for commuters.

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Jun
12
to Jun 14

Invite Welcome Connect Summit 2019

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Registration is now open for the fourth Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held once again on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee! Join us June 12–14, 2019 as newcomers and seasoned practitioners from around the world come together to work, share ideas, and learn more about this powerful ministry.

In addition to plenary talks and presentations, there will be workshops introducing first-timers to Invite Welcome Connect, and workshops for more experienced practitioners who want to further explore the theological truths and practicalities of each aspect of this ministry: Invite, Welcome, and Connect.

Information on preachers, plenary speakers, workshops, and workshop leaders will be posted in the New Year, but in the meantime registration is now open!


Pricing:
Single residential hall-style room: $395
Double residential hall-style room: $365
Commuter rate (no accommodation): $275

Meals are included.

For travel information and nearby accommodations, visit our accommodations page.

For more information about Invite Welcome Connect, visit our website at invitewelcomeconnect.sewanee.edu.

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Jun
13
to Jun 15

2019 Missional Voices National Gathering

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The 2019 Missional Voices National Gathering brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists, and everyday innovators to discuss innovative ministries and missional communities both within and outside of the traditional church context. This year’s focus will be on what we can learn about God’s mission from those engaged in difficult situations. We'll hear from people leading refugee resettlement agencies, campus ministries, a worshipping community inside a prison, parishes after natural disasters, and more.

Missional Voices is a weekend of thinking, planning, and dreaming about the future ministry in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. It is a place where dynamic incubation of new ideas is the norm – not the exception – and people doing uncommon ministry find support and encouragement.

Register today for $99 and join the conversation!


Thursday, June 13

What gifts do our communities offer? What assets exist in our neighborhoods? Where is God already working among us? When individuals and parishes go through disasters, they learn to view their communities in new ways. Leaders from Episcopal Relief & Development will guide us through some practices to help us do that same work, before a disaster happens.

Friday, June 14

Six innovative voices will share their stories, and then we will reflect together on where we see God at work in those stories. We'll hear from people leading parishes, refugee resettlement agencies, campus ministries, a worshipping community inside a prison, and more.

Saturday, June15

This is where we get to practice what we've learned. On Saturday, leaders from around the church will guide us through hands-on learning sessions where we get to learn tools and strategies to help us in our communities.

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22nd, at the Cathedral of St. Philip (2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • reasons for giving

  • a detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program 

  • a systematic approach to membership growth

  • ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  Registration will be available online soon. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Jul
6
9:30 AM09:30

The Courage to Grow Old

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On July 6, 2019, the Sisters of St. Mary will be welcoming Barbara Cawthorne Crafton to lead a quiet day entitled, “The Courage to Grow Old.” As Crafton puts it, “I think growing older is both funny and sad, but mostly it just makes me grateful to be alive and able to reflect. I have been an Episcopal priest for 33 years and have had extensive experience in ministering with the elderly. Now, I am growing old myself. I hate it when people are ashamed of being old. We should be proud!” Join us in this celebration of life!

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Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, and writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Episcopal Life, and other publications. She is the author of many books. In addition to her online community, the Geranium Farm, she has served a number of churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John's-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, St. Clement's in Manhattan's theatre district and St. James Church in Florence, Italy. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center.

Please register online or call us at 931-598-0046. The registration is $50 with a non-refundable deposit of $25. Limited guest accommodations are available at the convent! Please call or email Sister Hannah at sisterhannahcsm@gmail.com.

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Jul
15
to Jul 17

Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training

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Now more than ever, communities across the United States are facing unprecedented natural and human-caused disasters. Spiritual first-aid is an essential part of response and recovery, and volunteer chaplains are on the front lines in delivering disaster human service operations and disaster site operations.

The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, July 15–17, 2019. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of best practices in disaster spiritual care.


Registration

Laypersons and clergy of all faiths are welcome to attend, pending the requirements listed below. Ordination as clergy or any other professional certification are not required.

Participants at our August, 2018 training.

Participants must be endorsed for this training by the senior religious leader who has jurisdiction over their ministry; or a credentialed religious caregiver or leader; or the senior executive to which they report; or registrants must currently serve as a chaplain. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may register using their agency affiliation. Registrants must provide a signed endorsement to complete registration (PDFs preferred).

This course is compliant with National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and incorporates FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) trainingRegistrants must complete FEMA IS 100 training to attend. It also complies with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Points of Consensus for Disaster Spiritual Care.

For more information, contact the Beecken Center via e-mail, or call 800-722-1974. The training will commence at 8:15 a.m. (CST) on Monday, July 15, and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Download a schedule here.


Tuition: $570

Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and all training materials. Lodging is not included. A discounted room rate will be available for a small block of rooms at the Sewanee Inn on a first-come, first-served basis. Details will be sent with your registration confirmation. For nearby accommodations other than the Sewanee Inn, visit our accommodations page.

Register here >

The training will commence at 8:15 a.m. (CST) on Monday, July 15, and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Download a schedule here.

Prior to the training, all participants must complete FEMA Incident Command System (FEMA IS 100) training.

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3rd, at the Cathedral of St. Philip (2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • reasons for giving

  • a detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program 

  • a systematic approach to membership growth

  • ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  Registration will be available online soon. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7th, at a TBD location.

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • reasons for giving

  • a detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program 

  • a systematic approach to membership growth

  • ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided.  Registration is available online. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Gifts from God: A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality and Sexuality

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Within faith communities, perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Join us for this workshop as we engage in healthy and honest discussions about spirituality and sexuality. We will not attempt to convince one another to adopt any view, but rather offer a safe and sacred space to share knowledge, and to engage in open and honest dialogue. Tools will be provided for participants to engage in healthy discussion around sex, sexuality, and spirituality.

Dr. Westina Matthews, Adjunct Professor, Center for Christian Spirituality, General Theological Seminary and the Rev. Tommie Watkins, Jr, Rector, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, AL will facilitate.

For more information email centerforracialhealing@episcopalatlanta.org. Registration is $10.

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Nov
1
11:30 AM11:30

2019 United Thank Offering Grant

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The 2019 United Thank Offering Grant Session will focus on the following: GO: Crossing the boundaries created by race, culture and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to love like Jesus.

The 2019 Grants are due on the following dates:

Young Adult: November 1st, 2019
Seminarian: November 1st, 2019

Joy Boyden is the United Thank Offering Diocesan Representative for the Diocese of Atlanta.  If you have a grant to submit or questions, you may reach her at jjboyden45@gmail.com.

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Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Evensong for the Feast of Martin Luther

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The Grace Church parish choir will offer a service of sung Evensong to honor the feast of Martin Luther on Sunday, February 17 at 6:00 PM. The choir will feature music by William Smith, George Dyson, and Richard Shephard.

A pre-service organ recital, given by Nicole Marane, Associate Director of Music & Associate Organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, will begin at 5:30 PM.

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Human Trafficking: The Battle Continues

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The Community Relations Committee of the Atlanta Shambhala Center and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia host a panel discussion and art exhibit on human trafficking.

Panel members include:

  • Judge Shondeana Crews-Morris, Dekalb County State Court: Panel Moderator

  • Taketa Green: Criminal Investigator, Crimes Against Children and Sexual Exploitation Unit Dekalb County District Attorney’s Office

  • Jordan Greenbaum, M.D., Staff Physician Institute on Healthcare & Human Trafficking,

  • Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe & Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

  • Shawn Smash-Jett, Wellspring Living

The art exhibition, which continues through March 12, includes works by 18 artists, most of whom have created work on this topic before.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

STAMP: The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music

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CALLING ALL ADULTS WHO WISH TO LEARN THE BASICS OF MUSIC...OR THOSE WHO SIMPLY WISH TO BRUSH UP!

Got music but ain’t got no rhythm?
Ever wonder what all those dots and lines mean?
Want to write down that tune you’ve been whistling?
Want to become a better musician?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then attend the STAMP Workshop!

The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music provides a foundation upon which to build your knowledge of music.  By the end of the workshop, you will know the basic elements of music, so you can begin to read—and even play—music! 


WHAT:    St. Aidan's Music Project:  The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music
DATE:      Saturday, February 16, 2019
TIME:      9:00am Registration; 9:30am - 11:30am Workshop
PLACE:   St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 13560 Cogburn Road, Milton, GA 30004
COST:     $10 at the door. Cash, check (made payable to St. Aidans-STAMP), or debit/credit card accepted.

QUESTIONS:  Please contact Elizabeth Alvarez, STAMP Director, at stamp@staidans.org.

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Feb
16
8:30 AM08:30

The Go! Summit!

This year, Global Missions’ annual Go! Summit will explore racial reconciliation and healing on a local and global level. The one-day event will feature speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, using the companion relationship between the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Cape Coast Ghana as a lens through which we can explore how to address our past and embrace our future.

Special guests include The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fr. Theophilus Odametey from the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, and Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Register below by Monday, February 11. Clergy that attend will receive 5 Contact Hours toward their Continuing Education credits.

The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch and refreshments.

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Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

Here I Am- Discernment Retreat Day 2019

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A “Here I Am” Discernment Retreat Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. This day is focused on discernment for all persons interested in exploring a call to ministry. The orders of ministry include the laity, the diaconate and the priesthood. This day will focus on the process of discernment and how the Christian community listens for God’s call to each baptized person. 

The cost for this event is $30 per person. Check our website for registration beginning Monday, December 31, 2018. Light refreshments will be served at 8 am during check-in. The program will start @ 8:45 am and end at 3 pm, lunch is included.

Rectors and/or sponsoring priests with potential applicants are required to REGISTER and ATTEND this retreat. To help determine whether to continue into this year’s process, all attendees will be provided with a set of questions to discuss with sponsoring clergy after the retreat is concluded. A rector’s approval is required to continue. We encourage spouses/partners to register to attend as well.

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Feb
11
to Feb 12

William L. Self Preaching Lectures 2019: "How I've Changed My Mind About Preaching"

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About the Speaker

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church (2006), won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark (2014), was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University and is working on her fourteenth book, Holy Envy, coming from HarperOne in April 2019. Her work has been translated into five languages.


The Lectures

The William L. Self Lectureship at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology was established in order to promote the practice of faithful and effective preaching of the gospel. The lecture series is named in memory of Dr. William L. Self, Pastor Emeritus of Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, who was nationally recognized as a gifted preacher, pastor, author, lecturer, motivational speaker, and innovator in church growth. Dr. Self achieved considerable acclaim by leading Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, to a place of prominence in Georgia and the nation. As pastor of Johns Creek, his leadership and influence brought the church to the vanguard of fast-growing churches. 

The purpose of the lectureship is to enlighten and inspire those whose calling is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The lectures seek to instill in students and pastors a passion for better preaching by providing worthy models and by offering seasoned instruction and encouragement. Each year the lecture series features a nationally recognized preacher.

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Dead Man Walking - The Opera

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Based upon the book by Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking is the true story of Sister Prejean’s time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row.

The most performed new American opera of the 21st Century, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” (The Guardian).

This magnificent work, starring superstar mezzo-soprano and Georgia native Jamie Barton as Sister Helen and Michael Mayes as de Rocher, will penetrate your heart and mind.

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has negotiated a 25% discount on ticket prices for any of the four performances. Use promo code DMW25. Please enter promo code first, then choose seats, for promo code to work. 

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Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

HEART & SOUL 4TH ANNUAL HIGH TEA AT HOLY FAMILY

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Bring a friend (or two) to the 4th Annual High Tea at Holy Family!

Who doesn't get a thrill over cucumber sandwiches, ginger scones, and hot English tea in china cups?

Ladies are shopping for that special hat just for the occasion. Sweet granddaughters will join their proud grandmothers. Neighbors are thrilled to be invited once again, having attended the previous two years. Some gentlemen are planning to attend. Perhaps you would like to invite a group you belong to: a book club, a bridge club, a breakfast club... We would be happy to reserve a table just for your group. Just let us know! 

The cost is $25.00 per person. All proceeds from the event go directly to community charities in Jasper and surrounding county.

Tickets may be purchased at the Coffee Hour after 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services. You may also call the church office to reserve a ticket. 770.893.4525.

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

"Big Love" Valentine Benefit Art Show

  • 563 Stonebank Rd Clarkesville, GA 30523 (map)
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Heart-themed paintings and collage by Grace-Calvary member Catherine Jo Morgan, in a show at her rural painting hermitage between Clarkesville and Helen. Ten percent of the total sales will go to the Rector's Discretionary Fund at Grace-Calvary, another ten percent to another local nonprofit, Human Development Associates, Inc. (HDA), to make paintings available to people and places with little or no budget for art. Additional donations may be made online at either site: https://grace-calvary.org/support/ and https://www.hda-inc.org/donate/. Requests for subsidized artwork are also welcome; email cjmorgan@hda-inc.org.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Paths of Hope for the Journey to Wholeness: A Quiet Day

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This Quiet Day will center around the labyrinth image provided by the Episcopal Church in relationship to racial healing and reconciliation. The day will create a brave and contemplative space for deepening our call and capacity for this holy work of reconciliation.

Facilitators: Melise Fathi | Reverend Laura Bryant | Reverend Julia Rusling

Participants have to complete the basic Dismantling Racism Training before registering for this event. Please bring your lunch and a goody to share. $10 Registration covers supplies and material for the day. Send checks made payable to the Diocese of Atlanta for registration to: Absalom Jones Center, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. Be sure to include your name, address, email, phone number and parish.

Participants limited to 18. For additional information contact Dr. Catherine Meeks at cmeeks@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Save the Date

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The Diocese of Atlanta Cursillo Working Group invites you to attend a Team training day on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 10 am to 3 pm at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Snellville.

As the 4th day community continues to work on strategies to strengthen the Cursillo movement, we also want to begin to offer a series of Team Training Days designed to connect the Diocesan purpose statement with the Cursillo mission.

Goals for the training day are to equip the 4th day community to hold a weekend and also to equip individuals to return to their parishes to renew Ultreyas and develop group reunions to support those individuals who will attend a future weekend. We hope that you will attend this gathering even if you do not plan to serve on a weekend team since we need your input and expertise as we move forward.

The training day will review some of the Cursillo literature and then ask those attending to participate in table discussions patterned around leadership skills needed for conference room table leaders, Palanca team, music team, 4th day team, etc.

This is the first in a series of weekend team training events which will use the information from each successive training to identify key strategies and provide a solid base of Cursillistas to staff a weekend and to build up the Cursillo community.

Lunch will be provided.

To register for this event e-mail: ninadmiked@comcast.net
Happy New Year to you and yours. We hope to see you on Feb. 9, 2019!

Ultreya!

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Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Man Walking - The Opera

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Based upon the book by Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking is the true story of Sister Prejean’s time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row.

The most performed new American opera of the 21st Century, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” (The Guardian).

This magnificent work, starring superstar mezzo-soprano and Georgia native Jamie Barton as Sister Helen and Michael Mayes as de Rocher, will penetrate your heart and mind.

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has negotiated a 25% discount on ticket prices for any of the four performances. Use promo code DMW25. Please enter promo code first, then choose seats, for promo code to work. 

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Feb
8
to Feb 10

Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering

  • Camp Mikell Road Toccoa, GA 30577 (map)
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The Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering provides an opportunity to spend one day or a whole weekend exploring our inner lives in community, focusing on the ways we are able to hear God's "still, small voice" speak to us in dreams, synchronicity, art, silence, nature and the material that makes up our lives. Participants can join Saturday only or attend Friday through Sunday. The natural setting at Camp Mikell, complete with countryside, hills, and a lovely stream, provide the perfect backdrop to listen to our lives. The warmth of the setting and people invite us all to grab a cup of tea and allow ourselves to be encouraged and stretched by the mystery that surrounds us. A fire is always burning in the fireplace. For more information please see www.naturalspiritualityregionalgathering.com. Come join us!

To register, please visit the event web page by January 15, 2019.

Please refer to the registration form on the web site for the range of event costs.

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Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Dead Man Walking - The Opera

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Based upon the book by Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking is the true story of Sister Prejean’s time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row.

The most performed new American opera of the 21st Century, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” (The Guardian).

This magnificent work, starring superstar mezzo-soprano and Georgia native Jamie Barton as Sister Helen and Michael Mayes as de Rocher, will penetrate your heart and mind.

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has negotiated a 25% discount on ticket prices for any of the four performances. Use promo code DMW25. Please enter promo code first, then choose seats, for promo code to work. 

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Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Man Walking - The Opera

  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Based upon the book by Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking is the true story of Sister Prejean’s time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row.

The most performed new American opera of the 21st Century, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” (The Guardian).

This magnificent work, starring superstar mezzo-soprano and Georgia native Jamie Barton as Sister Helen and Michael Mayes as de Rocher, will penetrate your heart and mind.

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has negotiated a 25% discount on ticket prices for any of the four performances. Use promo code DMW25. Please enter promo code first, then choose seats, for promo code to work. 

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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Holy Family Church Presents the "Holy Smokers" GAME DAY Barbecue Smokeout

The HOLY SMOKERS ARE AT IT AGAIN WITH THE BIG SMOKEOUT! Let them do the work for your gameday event! 
Pick up your prepared order for smoked brisket and smoked pork sausage at Holy Family Church February 2 (10-2pm) before the big game day! You'll be the hit of the gameday party! All orders must be prepaid by 1/25! 2 lbs minimum! 
All proceeds benefit local charities and non-profit organizations.

Smoked beef brisket $30 for 2 lbs. Smoked pork sausage $20 for 2 lbs.

Place your order by January 25th for 2/2/19 pickup. Call 770-893-4525 to order.

Or place order early and enjoy the best smoked items for your big game day event! Alternate phone number is 404-556-4193.

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Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Join Bishop Robert Wright for “Called to Lead: The Leader’s Heart—Leading on Purpose”

Called to Lead” is a day of lay leadership development led by Bishop Wright that uses the adaptive leadership framework to engage parish vestries and other parish leaders in collaborative learning.

All lay leaders are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright will be assisted by Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner and the Rev. Sarah Fisher. Participants will also receive training in one of the models of congregational vitality from the College for Congregational Development.

There will be four opportunities for “Called to Lead”:

January 26, 2019- at Church of the Ascension, Cartersville
February 2, 2019- at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens
March 16, 2019- at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange
March 23, 2019- at Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington

Registrations will open soon. On each date, the program runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and costs $10 per person to cover lunch

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Feb
2
8:30 AM08:30

Turn It Around: A New Approach to Community Engagement

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Join in the call to asset-based ministry—building relationships in communities that cultivate and utilize existing gifts and capacities of all to help meet a community’s challenges. We will explore the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), grounded in our theological understanding that all we need is already provided.

Our focus will be on learning anew to listen deeply—when we go into the world to love like Jesus, crossing boundaries, and listening to (and for) our neighbors’ hopes and dreams; and then asking questions that help lead people to connect to the abundant resources already present; gifts sometimes hiding in plain sight.

Guest practitioner, DeAmon “Roving Listener” Harges, along with Episcopal and community partners from Crawfordville, Sparta, Macon, and Columbus GA will guide us throughout the day in the practical application of ABCD. Participants will have opportunities to practice listening and asking new questions, and listen for how God may be calling you to “turn it around” and take a new approach to community engagement.

Parish outreach and community ministry leadership and volunteers are encouraged to attend as well as representatives from key community groups with whom you partner. All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by diocesan ministries including: Appleton Episcopal Ministries, Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry, Episcopal Releif and Development, and Jubilee Ministries. 6 CEU credits available.

The cost to attend includes take-home materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

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Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Kinnara Ensemble Concert: Transcendence

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Comprising some of the finest ensemble and solo singers in the country, Kinnara Ensemble is one of the nation's premier professional chamber choirs. Under the direction of J.D. Burnett, who also serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, the choir performs a wide variety of standard choral repertoire from all eras.

Kinnara will offer a program titled Transcendence at Grace Church in Gainesville on January 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The centerpiece of the program will be Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor with other works by Daniel Elder, Aaron Jay Kernis, Arvo Pärt, and Josef Rheinberger.

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Jan
26
9:30 AM09:30

Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution

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The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) is a body of concerned lay and clergy representatives whose mission is to consolidate our efforts and provide resources and networking support to parishes who are working to end DMST.  

The Scope of the Problem

  • DMST is a national problem; Atlanta is one of the top sex trafficking hubs in the United States.

  • In Atlanta alone, the underground commercial sex economy is estimated to be worth approximately $290 million a year, with traffickers making an average of $33,000 per week*

  • 354 minors are sold for sex to 7,200 men per month.  Including repeat purchases, these men pay for an estimated 8,770 sex acts per month. As a result, each child can be exploited multiple times per month and even per day.  The average age of entrapment is 12-14 years of age. 

  • One in three children are solicited for sex within 48 hours of running away or becoming homeless.  

Let’s take ACTION.  

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 9:30am-3:30pm, the Commission invites you and representatives from all 114 worshiping communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta to participate in SOAP UP Atlanta, an educational and interactive service event. We will learn from the founder of S.O.A.P., Theresa Flores, who will share her personal experience of being trafficked at age 15.  And we will prepare to distribute the soap we label (with the National Trafficking Hotline) to the hotels surrounding the Mercedes Benz stadium.  We will do this work just before Super Bowl 2019 is hosted in Atlanta; sex trafficking is known to increase around such large events.  

Please register to attend:  https://tinyurl.com/supersoap2018    We are asking each congregation to participate.  Select 2-3 people from your parish and register soon as we are limited to 200 volunteers.  We will open the opportunity for more volunteers at a later date if needed. We hope to welcome your parish participants to this exciting Diocesan wide SOAP event.  

 Note that lunch will be served following our soap labeling project and time of education.  Teams of four will deliver the soap and education materials to the hotels in the afternoon.  We will debrief before departure.  The full agenda is on the registration page.

Choose your level of participation:

  1. Donate $150 to help pay for soap and expenses

  2. Label Soap and prepare educational folders

  3. Deliver soap and materials to hotels

  4. Participate in all of the above

When:  Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:30am – 3:30pm,

Where:   All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (at the North Ave. MARTA station)

Donations welcome:  We welcome your contribution to fund this event and the supplies needed to provide a potentially life-saving bar of soap to Atlanta’s hotels.  Please make donations payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Memo: DMST Commission SOAP UP Atlanta; 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta GA 30305.  Donations may also be made online through the registration website.

Support provided by the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia.


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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Join Bishop Robert Wright for “Called to Lead: The Leader’s Heart—Leading on Purpose”

Called to Lead” is a day of lay leadership development led by Bishop Wright that uses the adaptive leadership framework to engage parish vestries and other parish leaders in collaborative learning.

All lay leaders are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright will be assisted by Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner and the Rev. Sarah Fisher. Participants will also receive training in one of the models of congregational vitality from the College for Congregational Development.

There will be four opportunities for “Called to Lead”:

January 26, 2019- at Church of the Ascension, Cartersville
February 2, 2019- at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens
March 16, 2019- at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange
March 23, 2019- at Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington

Registrations will open soon. On each date, the program runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and costs $10 per person to cover lunch

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Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Holy Trinity

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Jan
23
to Jan 27

The Cathedral Antiques Show “London Calling”

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The Cathedral Antiques Show “London Calling”

Benefitting Wilderness Works

Preview Party - Wednesday, January 23

Cocktails at the Castle with Lecture Series Speakers – Thursday Evening

The Show and Flower Festival - Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26

Thursday Lecture Series – Ben Pentreath, Nina Campbell

Friday Lecture Series – Charlie McCormick, Paula Pryke

Saturday Panel Discussion – Norman Davenport Askins, Susan Bozeman, John Howard

Young Collectors’ Home Tour - Saturday, January 26

Tour of Homes - Sunday, January 27

The Cathedral Antiques Show, an Atlanta tradition, returns for its 48th year! This year’s show celebrates all things English with the theme “London Calling.”

The Preview Party kicks things off. Be the first to see the Show at this gala celebration!

The Lecture Series presents four renowned British design professionals:

·      Ben Pentreath counts celebrities and aristocracy among his clients, including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In addition to his successful London-based architectural and interior design firm, Ben has authored two books, English Decoration and English Houses, and is a regular contributor to various journals and publications.

·      Nina Campbell is a designer and business woman with a famous London home accessories and gift shop, an internationally distributed wallpaper and fabric collection, and an interior design studio with many high-profile clients that include the Duke and Duchess of York, Ringo Starr, and Rod Stewart. She is also the author of 5 books on interior design.

·      Charlie McCormick is a British gardener, floral designer, stylist and supplier and grower of cut flowers with a large Instagram following. He has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and House and Garden.

·      Paula Pryke is a world authority on floral art and the publisher of 18 books on the subject. She is widely recognized as one of London’s top florists, with a massive flower contract business and an enviable events department. She has been recognized for revolutionizing the British Flower Industry and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her contribution to floral design in the UK and for her impact and influence overseas. She mentors and inspires florists all over the world.

Cocktails at the Castle features an up-close meet and greet with our 4 celebrity speakers at this historically significant Atlanta home designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze.

In our Panel Discussion, an architect, an interior designer, and a landscape designer will present their collaboration on an historic Andrews Drive renovation.

A unique pair of Home Tours celebrates two different Atlanta home lifestyles:  The Young Collectors’ Home Tour presents four charming and stylish houses that embrace bold design in intimate spaces, while the grand Tour of Homes opens the doors to five of Atlanta’s most extraordinary private residences that showcase the finest in architecture, interior design, and timeless style.

Dealers on the Main Floor bring their finest in furniture, art, jewelry, porcelain, silver, and rugs from across the country, with many returning favorites as well as some newcomers. 

Interior Design Vignettes by acclaimed Atlanta designers demonstrate their professional takes on integrating antiques with today’s latest home trends.

The Flower Festival displays exuberant and innovative floral masterpieces throughout the main floor and sacred spaces of the Cathedral of St. Philip. Don’t miss the wildly entertaining Iron

Floral Competition, back this year by popular demand.

Vernon’s Road Show offers Appraisal Services for Show attendees.  Bring your treasures to a team of experts for verbal appraisals of your fine art, decorative objects, vintage jewelry, small furniture, rugs, and more, as this popular event makes its return to the Show.

Hotel Information:

Special Rate for Cathedral Antiques Show Ticket Holders

The Whitley (Formerly the Ritz Carlton) $219 per night

Intercontinental $199 per night


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Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

Promoting Unity Within Harris County

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Harris County at the annual MLK Day Parade on Monday, January 21! The parade will begin at 1 pm at the Performance Learning Center, 757 Carver Circle in Hamilton and conclude with tailgating with food, a brief program, entertainment, and family activities in the same location. Make plans to fellowship with our friends from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church and ONE Harris County-both sponsors of this event!

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Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Friends of Music Concert Series: Atlanta Brassworks

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Holy Innocents is proud to offer up a quintet of Atlanta’s finest brass specialists playing the familiar to the not-so-familiar… the melodic to the dissonant… the baroque to the best of modern brass music. A treat for ears, eyes, and soul, Atlanta Brassworks will lift you up. You will be inspired and will leave with a happy heart.

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Jan
19
12:00 PM12:00

The Dream Lives in Columbus

The highlight of The Dream Lives, Columbus's annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. King, is the Unity Processional beginning at noon on Saturday, January 19. Join with CVEM, Infusion, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church as we walk together in unity with Columbus citizens of all races, ages, and walks of life. The Unity Processional will culminate in a celebration in the green space across from the Liberty Theater. Stay in touch with CVEM through our Facebook page for more information about this event.

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Learn How To Influence Your Legislators - Special Workshop

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to take a stand. While this moment is always more dramatic in the movies, it’s possible that you’ve come to this realization regarding a particular policy or issue in your locality.

And if you’ve decided that you want to make a change in policy and advocate for your issue in your local legislature, it’s time for a little Legislative Advocacy 101.

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Jan
18
to Jan 19

Having Courage in the Dark: Looking to the Sacred Space of Holy Saturday to Empower Leaders as They Companion in the Midst of Lost Hope

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An invitation to small teams of vestry, ministry heads, and clergy from the churches of the Episcopal
Diocese of Atlanta. Space is limited to 15 participants. Early registration is encouraged.

Sessions:

  • The Transformational Space of Holy Saturday---- What is it? Why it is so important in our ministry together?

  • Crossing the Threshold---- How to understand ‘Time in the Tomb’ as spiritual growth.

  • Spiritual and Emotional Courage---- How can we trust ourselves to the Dark?

  • In the Ditches---- The essential holy work of companioning all God’s people in all places.

  • Tools and Practices ---- How to nurture presence and discernment of Spirit in the midst of great darkness and loss of hope.

Presenters:

  • The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

  • The Very Reverend Canon Liz Hendrick, Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Snellville

  • Mrs. Kathy Malcolm Hall (MS, LPC), Connecting Us; One Bread, Founder

  • Mr. John Ray, Diaconal Candidate

  • The Reverend Julia G. Rusling, Associate Rector, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody; Director, Anam Cara

Cost is $200 and includes program, private room and bath, meals, snacks, and use of grounds.

Questions?  Please contact The Rev. Julia Rusling (rev.julia@stpat.net).

To RSVP please email The Rev. Julia G. Rusling, rev.julia@stpat.net

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Ethics at the Opera: Sr. Helen Prejean and Dead Man Walking, the opera

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Enjoy a preview and panel discussion surrounding The Atlanta Opera’s upcoming production February 2-10 of Jake Heggie’s groundbreaking Dead Man Walking. The conversation will feature Sister Helen Prejean, author of the novel on which the opera is based. 

Moderated by Dr. Edward Queen of the Emory University Center for Ethics, panelists include Sara Totonchi, Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Micah Fortson, Managing Director of The Atlanta Opera.

The evening also includes a short performance from the opera as well as a book signing with Sister Helen.

Free & open to the public – reservations requested by January 16, 2019.

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