Dec
8
to Dec 16

Nativities Exhibit

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Three Hundred Nativity Scenes From Around The World:
A Tour Through The Gospels of Luke and Matthew

For the twenty-third holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 8 through Sunday, December 16 – open on select days. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.

In the church narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

The two gospels, St. Matthew and St. Luke differ in the way they tell the birth stories. St. Matthew’s gospel accentuates the history of the Old Testament people. St. Luke’s gospel presents the story by using ordinary people who participate in the unfolding drama.

Each of these nativities is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall.


Schedule

Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 9, 2 - 4 p.m.

Monday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 16, 2 - 4 p.m.


Cost are $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12.

No advance registration required.

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Dec
14
to Dec 16

Three-Day Advent 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 retreat can serve as a great extended introduction to Centering Prayer or it can deepen a daily practice. It will offer a taste of the longer Centering Prayer retreat experience.

This retreat will be led by Tom Ward.

The Rev. Tom Ward is the retired university chaplain at the University of the South and now spends his days focusing on the contemplative dimension of the gospel, teaching Centering Prayer, and leading retreats.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by December 17, 2018.

Registration fees are: $365/$465 for commuters.

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Christmas Service

For many of us, Christmas is a tough time and can be the occasion for “feeling blue,” while the culture around is focused on being happy and celebrating. The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the Christmas season, and about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, the gut-wrenching loss of a loved one, and even the loss of a dear family pet – all can contribute to feeling alone, or “blue,” especially during the holidays. There are years when we hurt at Christmas, and we struggle to join in the festivities. At such times we need to co-create sacred space, and take time to acknowledge our sadness, loss, and grief.

And, we need to know that we are not alone. The Cathedral of St. Philip invites you to join in sharing a Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m., in St. Mary’s Chapel. God’s presence is also for those who mourn and for those who struggle, and God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. We pray that you may find comfort and peace and may experience the wonder and hope of Christmas, even in the midst of “feeling blue.” Please feel free to invite others to come. For questions contact Dr. Bill Harkins at harkinsb@ctsnet.edu or bharkins@cathedralatl.org or Canon Cathy Zappa at czappa@cathedralatl.org.

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Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Ministering Beyond the Binary: Ministry with LGBTQ+ Children and Youth

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What:

A Continuing Education Event for Clergy and all Ministers of Children and Youth of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and all other interested persons. Sponsored by the Safe Church Program of the Diocese of Atlanta.


Why:

You have an opportunity to BE the difference for LGBTQ+ persons who experience alienation, hate, discrimination by cultivating a parish and larger church environment that is safe for all children and youth, including those who are LGBTQ+ so that they can live out their diversity of gender identities and expressions.

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How:

Morning session led by: Simeon Bruce, a trans male Episcopalian and member of All Saint's and a founding member of the Atlanta Diocese's Commission of LGBTQ+ Ministries. Afternoon session includes a time of sharing from a panel of transgender young adults and parents of a transgender child who are members of parishes in our diocese and time for identifying resources of "Safe/Inclusive Practices" in which your parish or ministry setting can better seek to serve and support LGBTQ+ children and youth and their families.

Email Dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org, or visit the link below to register by December 28, 2018.

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Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Mindful Silence Retreat with Pileena Heuertz

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You are invited to share in a special retreat at Grace Episcopal Church as we welcome Phileena Heuertz, author of Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation.

Mindful Silence really couldn’t be more timely. In some ways our society is spinning out of control. People are unhinged from the center and ground of being. This makes them ripe for the graces found in contemplative spirituality. On the other hand, secular mindfulness is answering the anxious minds of many. But people of faith long for me. They want to link their meditation practice with their faith tradition. This is where Mindful Silence comes in. It helps Christians in particular, but seekers from all walks of life in general, to connect the needs of their body, mind, and heart with a wellspring of spiritual depth found in the Christian contemplative tradition.

Mindful Silence is rich with themes of the spiritual journey like “Discovering Darkness is Light,” Finding Liberation by Discernment,” and “Unknowing to Know.” Each chapter introduces the reader to a trusted teacher in the Christian contemplative tradition as well as historic prayer practice.

Phileena is an extraordinary teacher and retreat leader, and she brings her heart and experience to bear in challenging us to delve more deeply into the potential of the Christian Contemplative Tradition. Phileena will reflect on her new book, inviting us to consider what it means to ground our practice of faith in our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. After lunch, we will share in a panel discussion with Phileena and Rebecca Parker, co-director of Mary and Martha’s Place in Atlanta.

The Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation retreat is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM in the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church. The day will include a morning presentation, lunch, panel discussion, and Q&A session.

Cost is $40 to cover food and honoraria and scholarships are available. Please submit a registration form and payment on or before January 7, 2019 to reserve your space.


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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
20
7:00 PM19:00

Friends of Music Concert Series: Atlanta Brassworks

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 7pm in the Nave: Atlanta Brassworks

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
26
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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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.


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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.

Please RSVP online by 01/30/2019.


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Feb
8
to Feb 10

Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering

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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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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
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
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
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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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
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

With questions or for more information, please contact The Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers at Sharon@epiphany.org

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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
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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Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Handel's Messiah

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All are invited to experience Handel's Messiah. One of the most famous and celebrated sacred oratorios in the world! The concert, featuring the the St. Aidan's Choir, along with full orchestra, organ, and timpani, is free and open to the public.

A free-will offering designated to the Friends of Music Fund. Free parking is provided.

For more information, please contact Charles Higgs, Director of Music at music@staidans.org or 404-563-9270.

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Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Safeguarding God's People - St. Thomas

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Artists' Market

Artists from our parish and community will be selling their creative goods: painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, knitting, crochet, quilting, woodwork, gourmet foods and crafts of all types. A portion of all sales go to support the arts at St. Bartholomew’s via the Guild of Ten Talents. Shop local!

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

St. Augustine of Hippo as Catechist

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A RARE OPPORTUNITY: CHRISTOPHER WELLS AT ST. ANNE’S!
“How can they believe if no one tells them?” Romans 10:14
One of the Church’s greatest geniuses, St. Augustine of Hippo, labored tirelessly in the work of catechism, or teaching the faith to new believers, and teaching it anew to all believers. Join the Living Church Institute and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church for an exploration of St. Augustine, his life, and his work through the special lens of catechesis, taught by Dr. Christopher Wells. Tickets are $20, which includes lunch. The event is open to the public, and especially designed to serve clergy in the Diocese of Atlanta as a continuing education opportunity.

Cost is $20 plus $1.95 fee for a total of $21.95.

Please submit a registration form and payment by December 7, 2018 to reserve your space.

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Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Be Still: an Advent Quiet Day Contemplative Experience

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The Community of Hope chapter at Grace Church in Gainesville is sponsoring an Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. 

The informal schedule will include opportunities for participants to gather in community, pray, experience contemplative time and quiet activities, learn about and practice Centering Prayer, walk the labyrinth and more. Bring a journal or your own quiet activity if you choose. 

Feel free to drop in and out during the day as you are able. Lunch will be provided, so please register at https://goo.gl/forms/QjwMZaGByW3JcJgH3 by December 6. 

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Dec
7
to Dec 9

Mindfulness on the Mountain

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Silent retreats offer a time to rest in the space of the heart. Sitting meditation alternating with walking meditation form the basic structure of this retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition. These practices calm the body and mind and open the heart to the truth of the present moment, just as it is. Guidance in these practices along with evening teaching talks will be offered as we deepen our practice in the shared silence. Participants will be holding silence with opportunities for questions and reflections. This retreat is open to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.

Bring loose, comfortable clothing for walking and sitting. Chairs as well as a limited number of meditation cushions will be provided. Please bring your meditation cushion if you have one.

This retreat will be led by Gordon Peerman and Paloma Cain. 

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Peerman is an Episcopal priest and leader of One River Wisdom School Nashville, a mindfulness meditation group in Nashville. He has been engaged with contemplative practices, including Centering Prayer, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and chi gong since 1975. He has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Health Services, as well as classes in Buddhist Christian Dialogue at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering. He lives in Nashville.

Paloma Cain, MA, has been studying and practicing meditation since 1997. Her work is informed by her studies in Insight Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, clinical and depth psychology, religious studies, and the visual arts. She has served as the Director of Tara Mandala Retreat Center and teaches at InsightLA where she is on the Teachers’ Council. She has trained staff at UCLA Hospital and at Los Angeles area VA Hospitals. She regularly teaches classes in mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindful Parenting. Paloma lives with her family in Nashville.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by November 30, 2018. Registration fees are $365/$465 and $265 for commuters.

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Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

"Buried Truths" podcast host and author Hank Klibanoff at St. Bartholomew's

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Pulitzer Prize-winner and Emory professor Hank Klibanoff (co-author, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation) will speak at adult formation on Wed. Dec. 5 about what he has learned in his decades of investigative journalism about racial violence and resilience and the role of faith/religion—for victims, perpetrators, and other stakeholders like the media. 

Hank directs the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory and is the voice of "Buried Truths," a narrative civil rights history podcast with his Emory students and WABE that is now in its second season (www.wabe.org/shows/buried-truths). Following Hank's talk will be a Q&A moderated by St. Bartholomew's member Michelle Hiskey. 

St. Bartholomew's (www.stbartsatlanta.org) is located near Emory University. Dinner is available in the Parish Hall starting at 5:30 ($7); program begins at 6:30. Reservations are requested so we can provide enough seating.

The event is free of charge.

Call the church office at 404-634-3336 or or register online by December 2, 2018.

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Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding God's People - St. Anne's

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Advent Quiet Day "Anticipating the Divine"

Discovering how the rhythms of Advent, the music, Scripture, and traditions, prepare us to welcome Christ into the center of our being.

  • 9:30-10:00 - Coffee, Welcome

  • 10:00 - 12:00 – Three meditations, reflection, song, and silent prayer

  • 12:00 - Eucharist

  • 12:30 – Lunch

A suggested donation of $10 to cover lunch is appreciated.

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Grace-Calvary, Clarkesville

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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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children - St. Anne's

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Atlanta Symphony Brass Holiday Concert

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Enjoy an evening with The Atlanta Symphony Brass as they present some of the finest arrangements of traditional holiday carols & beloved standards of the symphonic orchestra repertoire ever made for brass ensemble & percussion–a holiday treat that is certain to be one of the most delightful & thrilling musical events of the season!

Presented by Friends of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

Buy tickets at www.cathedralATL.org/concerts  or the Cathedral Book Store (404) 237-7582. For more information call (404) 365-1050.

Concert Patron: $150 in advance (includes 2 tickets & unreserved seats in the preferred seating section of the Cathedral nave, held until 10 minutes prior to the concert);  General admission: $25 in advance / $30 day of concert;  Seniors: $20 in advance / $25 day of concert;  Students: $10 in advance / $15 day of concert

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Nov
30
to Dec 1

Practicing Waiting with Mary, an Advent Retreat

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Advent is the season in which we wait for the arrival of Jesus, the most Holy.  No one has more to teach us about this than his mother. After all, she was in her last month of pregnancy during the first Advent -- in other words, she was deeply eager for Jesus' arrival!

On this 24-hour retreat, we will devote ourselves to learning from Mary about how to wait for the Holy, how to bear the Holy into the world, how to welcome the Holy. We'll do that through:

  • Engagement with Scripture

  • Prayer

  • Reflection on visual images of Mary

  • Song

  • Teaching from Lauren Winner

  • Time in guided, individual spiritual reflection

  • Guided discussion with friends

  • Silence

Lauren Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice.

Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.

Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, NC.

Please RSVP by emailing info@lakelogan.org or register online by November 23, 2018. 

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Nov
20
11:00 AM11:00

Service of Thanksgiving: Voices of Hope

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Please join the Candler community for a Service of Thanksgiving featuring The Voices of Hope choir from Arrendale State Prison, The Rev. Susan F. Bishop 75T, Chaplain and Director.

The Service of Thanksgiving will take place in the Cannon Chapel Sanctuary on the campus of Emory University.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children - St. Michael's and All Angels

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Nov
16
to Nov 18

Meaning Making: Mixed Media Artwork Inspired by Poetry

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"The technique side of artwork is not only a lot of fun, but also relatively easy to teach and relatively easy to learn. However, often the question is not how to do artwork, but what to do artwork about or why do artwork at all? We are wired as human beings to search for meaning in our lives and so also in our artwork. I’ve been lucky enough to learn to see in other people’s writing an expression of what I was feeling and then find ways to translate those feelings into my own artwork. I’ve discovered, in other words, my own artistic voice in other people’s language." 

Join Lendon Hamilton Noe on an examination of some of your favorite poets to find artistic inspiration, motivation, ideas, imagery, and new depths of meaning.

This retreat will take place at St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. For more information about St. Mary's Sewanee, please visit our website at http://www.stmaryssewanee.org/.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by November 6, 2018. Registration fees are $365/$465.

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Nov
16
to Nov 17

Art from the Heart

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St. Bede’s Episcopal Church and the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church are joining together to host Art from the Heart, a joyful celebration of artists and all those who love the wonderful gifts of the soul those artists create. This Artist Market will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018, and Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It will be held at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. All proceeds from this event will benefit the community engagement programs of the sponsoring churches. 

Artists will be invited to set up their displays on Thursday, November 15, and an opening party will be held that evening beginning at 6:30. Each artist is invited to attend and will receive an additional two free tickets for guests. Participating artists are encouraged to open their booths for commerce during the Opening Party and are responsible for their staffing and sales during that time.

We are accepting applications for inclusion now. There are two booth sizes available. A 10ft x 10ft booth space rents for $75.00 and a 10ft x 20ft space rents for $100.00. We are asking each participant to donate a creation valued at $25.00 or more to be raffled off during the event. Artists must supply their own display fixtures and hardware and be present at their booth, or provide someone who can be present during the event. Artists are responsible for collecting their own proceeds and protecting their creations. Take down of all displays must be done on Saturday after the close of the show. 

Please consider joining us for this exciting event. Send completed applications and booth fees to: Lois D. Shingler, P.O. Box 941067, Atlanta, Georgia 31141, or complete the interactive PDF and email it to lshinglerpc@gmail.com, with payments sent to the post office box. 

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

VOCES8 in Concert

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VOCES8 is one of the most sensational new choirs on the international music scene, having earned its place as a first-rank chamber ensemble with stunningly beautiful online video recordings & tours throughout the world. This first-ever Atlanta performance by VOCES8 will be an evening not to be missed!

Preview some of VOCES8 performances online at http://voces8.com/media.

Presented by Friends of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip. 

Buy tickets at www.cathedralATL.org/concerts or from the Cathedral Book Store (404) 237-7582. For more information call (404) 365-1050

Concert Patron: $150 in advance (includes 2 tickets & unreserved seats in the preferred seating section of the Cathedral nave, held until 10 minutes prior to the concert);  General admission: $25 in advance / $30 day of concert;  Seniors: $20 in advance / $25 day of concert;  Students: $10 in advance / $15 day of concert

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Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Commemorate the Centenary of the Signing of the Armistice that Ended WWI Hostilities

The Armistice that ended WWI hostilities was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. November 11, 2018 is the centenary of the signing of the Armistice.

On this day, the plan is for bells to toll across our nation of six time zones to commemorate the peace. The U.S. WWI Commission is asking each State WWI Commission to organize the ringing of the bells of peace.

The GA WWI Centennial Commission is requesting the Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Atlanta to toll their bells on November 11, 2018 at 11:00am. For further information and updates, please contact Don Plummer at dplummer@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

2018 ISLAMIC SPEAKERS BUREAU OF ATLANTA CELEBRATES LEGACY OF MUHAMMAD ALI AT 2018 GALA

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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) celebrates the legacy of Muhammad Ali at their annual gala, November 10th, at the Cobb Galleria with Maryum Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, as the evening’s keynote speaker. It will be exciting evening of inspiration, networking, and honoring key individuals for their contributions to Atlanta and the State of Georgia.

 

For complete information, sponsorship opportunities, and reservations to the 2018 ISB Gala, visit http://isbatlanta.org/.

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

A TASTE OF CHRIST CHURCH

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Join us at our 7th “Taste of Christ Church,” an International Wine & Food Tasting event in the Parish Hall!  We’ll be celebrating the diversity of our parish with a wine tasting event featuring over 30 wines from seven coasts, paired with food from countries worldwide prepared by our own congregation. We will have non-alcoholic options as well. Additionally, enjoy live music and dancing, go for several raffle items (many will make excellent holiday gifts!), and bid for experiences like a private wine tasting from Total Wine in our live auction!

The price is only $25 per person and scholarships are available. Babysitting will be available upon request.

All proceeds will go to the Christ Church Renovation project.

Tickets can be purchased online or through the church office by November 7, 2018. (This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to visit us!)

Contact Church office at 770-447-1166 for more information.



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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

STAMP Music Workshop for String Quartets

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St. Aidan’s Music Project, aka STAMP, is a brand new community-focused branch of St. Aidan’s Music Ministry.  The framework is a series of workshops held throughout the year and has two primary goals:  

  1. to build and grow the church’s relationship with its neighbors and the community-at-large by means of

  2. providing rich and varying topics to musicians of all ages.

The inaugural workshop is for string quartet and will be a day-long program led by the Kazanetti String Quartet involving one-on-one coaching in quartet format of an assigned string quartet (Mozart, K. 157); a talk by KSQ on historical and performance aspects of the work; and a performance of the complete work.

Future workshops will range from audition preparation to songwriting to jazz improvisation and more.

Please visit http://bit.ly/stampnov102018 for information & registration. Registration closes November 5, 2018.

$140 Early Bird Registration through October 10; $165 after October 10

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Interfaith Food Security Dinner

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In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure. In real terms, this equates to 40 million Americans of all ethnic backgrounds, living in urban, suburban, and rural areas, and includes more than 12 million children.

Justice & Peace Ministries of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) invite you to an Interfaith Food Security Dinner. Join us as we examine our call as people of faith to feed the hungry and combat food insecurity.

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Nov
8
11:00 AM11:00

Service of Word: The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe

Please join the Candler community for a Service of Word.

Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention The Episcopal Church, New York, NY

View the live stream of this service athttp://candler.emory.edu/life-at-candler/spiritual-life/worship-music/live-streaming-worship.html

Location: Cannon Chapel Sanctuary

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