Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Verger Winter Assembly

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We invite all Vergers and those that are interested in the ministry of the Verger to attend the Winter Assembly meeting. The Assembly will begin with Holy Eucharist celebrated by The Rev. Reginald Simmons, Rector, St. Aidan’s.  

After lunch The Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey, Canon for Christian Enterprises, will give a keynote address.  

The MEG Chapter will continue its tradition of supporting a local ministry important to our host parish. 

A brief Chapter business meeting will conclude the Assembly.

Vergers are asked to bring their vestments and verges.

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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

A Tale of Two Postures: Grasping and Yielding

February Retreat at Mary Martha's Place:
We live daily in the tension between grasping and yielding, clinging and emptying, control and vulnerability, certainty and curiosity. Our culture is saturated with examples of egoic posturing and clinging, even as we hear the yearning of those who dream of a more just society. Join us as we explore these dynamics and learn how the Christian contemplative tradition supports our inner transformation toward greater spiritual complexity.

Following a spiritual path requires a fundamental shift in how we understand ourselves and God. The contemplative tradition assists us in this shift of perspective, inviting us to see how the movement from grasping to yielding enables an increased awareness and transformation within our daily lives.

Come share in a half-day retreat as we reflect together on the Scriptural texts as well as writings by key contemplatives in our Christian tradition. We will share times of conversation, bringing the honesty of our lives into a space of prayer as we seek transformation.

The cost to attend is $45. Light snacks and beverages provided. Working scholarships are available.

Please contact Rebecca Parker at (rebecca@maryandmarthasplace.com or 404-239-9382) for more information.  


Retreat leader, Stuart Higginbotham, is the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He is interested in spiritual formation and is part of  the New Contemplatives Exchange, an international group of young scholars who focus on supporting the practice of the Christian Contemplative Tradition. Read his blog at: https://gracechurchgainesville.wordpress.com/

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Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

2018 Hunger Walk-Run

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Registration is now open for teams and individuals for the Hunger Walk-Run on Sunday, February 25, 2018. 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 $3,400 grant for your parish’s outreach ministries!

This year, the Hunger Walk-Run will be in the same great space where we have resided for the past few decades, at GSU Stadium (former Turner Field), and our youth-led Eucharist will take place at FanPlex, right across the street from the Stadium.

  • 10:30 am: Episcopal Eucharist (at FanPlex, across the street from the stadium)
  • 12 pm: Festivities Begin
  • 2 pm: 5K Walk and 5K Race begin! 
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Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

SANKOFA: A Salute to the Music of Black Composers

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As we live into our new companion relationship with the Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana, we have a rare opportunity to host a group of 13 vocalists that will perform in tribute to the music of black composers. 

Highpoint Episcopal Community Church is pleased to present and host a celebration of voice, heritage, and relationship on February 25. 

The concert will showcase the wonderful art songs and spiritual arrangements that are both forgotten and celebrated. The musicians are a mix of opera singers from the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Capital City Opera, as well as music educators. 

This performance is also based on one guiding principle: SANKOFA. This word from the Twi language of Ghana translates to we have to go back to get something in order to go forward. Bishop Wright used this message to guide the first diocesan pilgrimage to Ghana.

Serendipitously, we have the honor to have the Rev. George Neequaye from Ghana (cousin of The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartay) staying in a newly built suite at High Point. George will offer his wisdom and story to our evening celebration.  

This concert is free and open to the community. Reception to follow. Please come join us.  

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Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

Episcopal Veterans Fellowship, Diocese of Atlanta Kick-off

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Be part of the kick-off for the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship in Georgia! Join with others who feel called to minster to and with veterans and their families.

Featured Presenters: 
- The Rev. David Peters, founder of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship;
- The Right Reverend Carl Wright, Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries; 
- The Right Reverend Robert Wright, bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta.

The Episcopal Veterans Fellowship equips Christians for ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. The EVF offers educational workshops, consulting, and coaching so your Church can reach out with God’s love to the veterans who live in your community.

The Episcopal Veterans Fellowship (EVF) was born in 2009 in a resolution* from General Convention to “Encourage the establishment of an Episcopal Veterans Fellowship for each diocese.” 

In 2014, with a blessing from the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle of the Diocese of Texas and a grant from the Episcopal Evangelism Society, a group of veterans gathered at St. David’s Episcopal Church for a Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Under the stained-glass window depicting St. Martin of Tours, the patron saint of veterans, they prayed for their friends who died in war and homecoming. 

By 2015, four parishes in the Diocese of Texas hosted EVF groups, a testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of those first members.

In 2017, EVF founder The Rev. David Peters was named one of five Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) Fellows and is using his grant to travel around the country offering healing services for veterans and assisting parishes and dioceses interested in starting EVF chapters. 

* Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of…The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 2009 (New York: General Convention, 2009), pp. 535-536.

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Mar
2
to Mar 4

2018 Spring Folk School

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The following classes are now open for registration:

Copper Enameling
Instructor/ Artist: Philippa Anderson

Students will be introduced to basic copper enameling techniques. They will learn different methods of applying colorful enamel to various copper forms and firing them in the kiln to create small art pieces and jewelry. By the end of the weekend, Students will have several finished pieces to take home with them.  What to bring: Supplies are provided, but if you’ve done some enameling and have sifters, tweezers, or other tools, please bring them. You might want to bring old leather or clean gardening gloves to wear when using the kiln. We will have some extras, but it is good to have your own. We will also have latex gloves and masks for handling chemicals or using the enamel powder, for those who choose to wear them.

Supply Fee: $25.00 – Class limit 8

Beginner Spinning
Instructor/Artist: Elke Shubert

Spinning is relaxing and fun! We will discuss different types of fiber preparations and fiber selection, learn how to draft fibers, spin on a hand spindle and spinning wheel, plying and how to store yarn. Students can bring their own spinning wheel – wheel has to be in good working order, or use one supplied by the teacher. Students can also bring other spinning equipment (if they have it already at home) like hand carders, niddy noddy, yarn ball winder, and nostepinne. Teacher will supply fiber and hand spindle.

Supply Fee: $15.00 – Class limit 5

Weaving
Instructor/Artist: Ann Lynn Whiteside

Waffle weave is wonderfully absorbent weave for wash cloths and towels!  In this class you will be weaving this structure for a kitchen towel. Your instructor will supply all materials needed to complete one towel.  

Supply Fee of $15.00 - Class limit 7

Woodturning
Instructor/Artist: Doc Davis

Learn to turn a bowl, make boxes and to do spindle turning, such as candlesticks and pens.
Each participant from beginner to experienced turner will work at their own pace and skill level. Bring wood turning tools if you have them, a dust mask, and eye protection. All other tools will be provided.       
                                                                                                            
Supply Fee: $20.00 - Class limit 9

Soap Making
Instructor/Artist: Lenea Martel

Learn how to make soap and bath products. As a group, we will make a couple batches of hot process soap.  We’ll also make 2 types of sugar scrubs, bath fizzes, shower steamers, lip balm, and some other surprises. You’ll be able to add the scent(s) of your choice to many of the products. All participants will go home with the products that we make. If you took Lenea’s class in the past, there might be some repeat (how to make soap), but the other parts will feature different recipes and techniques. 

Supply Fee: $35.00-- Class limit 10

Basket Weaving
Instructors/Artists: Jan /Lavonne

We will weave a round basket approximately 12” diameter with a metal swing handle. Students should bring the following: a pencil, sturdy scissors, tape measure, apron, basin or pail for water.

Supply Fee: $15.00 -- Class Limit 8

Knitting
Instructor/Artist: Kat Ballard and Marie Brown

An art form that is fun, versatile, and easy to learn! Beginner and intermediate projects will be offered.

Supply Fee: $14.00 - Class Limit, 5 Beginner and 5 Intermediate

Quilting
Instructor/ Artist: Hala Hess White

Learn the basics of quilt-making using the newest techniques for rotary cutting and machine piecing. We supply a pattern for the weekend but welcome quilters with projects of their own as well.  Join us to discover how color and patterns, cut up and re-imagined, create a work of art that warms the body as well as the soul. Beginners welcome! Hala Hess White has been quilting for four decades and leading this class since 2001. She is joined by well-known Atlanta quilt artist, Michelle Hiskey.

Class limit 10

Independent Study
For those who would like to work alone or with another person without an instructor, e.g. writing, painting.

Please register by February 28th. 

Contact Amanda at 706-886-7515 or email amanda@campmikell.com for more details.

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Mar
2
to Mar 4

Church Leadership Conference 2018

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The Church Leadership Conference is an annual gathering of vestry members and other congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection, and formation. The 2018 Conference is on March 2-4, 2018 and registration is now open. The conference is designed in partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation and Kanuga, and the focus is to strengthen, equip and re-energize church leaders for church leadership and ministry.

Each year the conference gathers expert speakers and workshop leaders from around the Episcopal Church, to teach, inspire, and share practical tools, ideas, and resources. The theme for 2018 is: Equipped for Every Good Work: Practical Tools for Tough Times. In 2018, there will be four specialized workshop tracks for participants to dig deeper into an area of their need. The tracks are strategic leadership, financial planning, creative communications and a Spanish language track. 

Participants will have access throughout the conference to all speakers, workshop presenters, and a host of ECF staff for meetings, questions, or conversation on issues relevant to their church community.

  • Double Occupancy (shared room): $340 ($306 by November 02, 2017)
  • Single Occupancy (private room): $420 ($378 by November 02, 2017)
  • Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $155 ($139.50 by November 02, 2017)    
  • Non-Participating Guest (meals and facility fees only): $240 ($216 by November 02, 2017)
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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Bringing Faith Home

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Mark your calendars for March 3! The office of Congregational Vitality, the Commission for Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present an exciting workshop... Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we "do" to how we live. Learn how to:

  • create bonds between church and home
  • elevate the role of home in formation and outreach
  • foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls

Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. DavidAnderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. He has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.

The Bringing Faith Home workshop is open to anyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Avenue in Gainesville, Georgia.

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

STEAM Saturday

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St. Martin's Episcopal School in Brookhaven will host its annual STEAM Saturday event for prospective families with children 2-years-old through 2nd grade on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM. This STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math—event will be an active, fun-filled morning for children and their parents, building, creating, and enjoying the morning in labs and interactive classrooms.

Please register for this event by March 3, 2018.

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Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Feiner Musicke: Art Songs of the Early 20th Century

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St. Catherine's Friends of Music are proud to present Feiner Musicke, a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp. They will perform "Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love", inspirational music from the traditions of Europe and America. Due to a lack of music for the voice and harp, the Fosters have transcribed many pieces originally written for piano and voice. Feiner Musicke blends their power, grace and passion to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience. The concert is free, with a freewill offering, and open to the public. As with all of the Friends of Music Concert Series at St. Catherine's, the musicians will offer introductions and comments on their music and all are welcome to a reception after the concert to meet and speak with the artists. Come join us and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting Sunday afternoon!  

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Mar
6
to Mar 10

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment: A Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat

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The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center, 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 elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.

This 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.

The program has an “at home” component: for five weeks prior to the retreat (the weeks of Jan. 28; Feb. 5, 12, 19, & 26), participants will engage in short readings, creative meditation exercises, and online sharing of reflections. The assignments will require an average of two hours of work a week, which can usually be broken into several chunks, and include online sharing with a mentor and other members of the group.

  • Tuition: $750
  • Lodging not included. Lodging reservations may be made directly with the DuBose Conference Center using this form.
  • CEUs are available.
  • Registration closes Thurs. Jan. 11.
  • The workshop begins with an informal opening Eucharist at 5:00 p.m., CST, on Tuesday, March 6, and ends at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10.
  • Register here >>

This retreat is geared to spiritually mature leaders of all ages who are committed to the principles set forth in Listening Hearts, and 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.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!

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Mar
10
8:30 AM08:30

Grounded & Grateful: A Spiritual Path for Difficult Times

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Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. Her tenth book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks will be published on April 3rd. 

Diana writes frequently for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments regularly on religion, politics, and culture in other media, including CNN, PBS, and NPR. From 1995 to 2000 she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. 

Diana and her family live in Alexandria, Virginia.


St. Dunstan’s is a progressive Episcopal church that strives to be a place of welcome, refuge, prayer, learning, and challenge. Here you will find an intimate, caring community that finds more grace in the search for meaning than absolute certainty. 

We invite all people to join us around God’s altar, and to receive nourishment through the body and blood of Christ at the Eucharist.

The words of the hymn “Let Us Build a House” express our philosophy well:
“Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known. Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face. Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter: All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” 

We invite you to join us!


Registration: 8:30 AM
Lectures: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Book Signing & Reception to follow

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please email DBBassEvent@gmail.com to reserve your space by March 7, 2018.

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Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

The Heart of Centering Prayer: A Day with The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

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This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer, and of course, time for centering prayer itself.

The cost will be $50/person and will include lunch.    

Cynthia Bourgeault will explore the themes of her book, The Heart of Centering Prayer:

“Centering prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that centering prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition. She provides a practical, complete course in the practice and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in centering prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality. With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness.”

Please register for this event by March 14th.

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Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Called to Lead: Leadership Training for Parish Lay Leaders

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Called to Lead is a day of lay leadership development. Bishop Wright teaches the model of Adaptive Leadership to parish vestries, wardens and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop.

This opportunity will be on Saturday, March 17 at St. Andrew's in the Pines, Peachtree City from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here to register.

St. Andrew's in the Pines
316 N Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Please register by March 9th. Lunch is included.

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Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

George Handel's Israel in Egypt

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Travel the epic journey from slavery to the promised land. Revisit the Passover story through George Frideric Handel’s enthralling Oratorio, Israel in Egypt.

“Thou in thy mercy hast led forth thy people which thou hast redeemed; thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation,” (Israel in Egypt-George Frideric Handel).
Atlanta Master Chorale invites members of the Christian and Jewish community to its Israel in Egypt concert on Saturday, March 17, to discover and experience this wonderful musical masterpiece; first, because they will love it, and secondly, because it is a critical part of their pilgrimage story.

The Exodus is a common thread that binds Christians and Jews together in the journey of faith.  This sacred writing tells the story of the Jews and the story of Christians. The celebrations of Passover and Easter often overlap. This year is no exception with the beginning of Passover and the celebration of Good Friday falling on March 30. There is an incredible parallel between the Jewish exodus from Egypt and Jesus' cross on Calvary. Both faith traditions celebrate the story of Exodus during these holy days: for Jews, the recalling of the escape of the Chosen people from Egypt and their journey to the Promised Land (now Israel); and for Christians, the “passover” from slavery to sin to a life of hope and resurrection.

Revisit the well-known Passover story in a new way: experience the dramatic telling of the Exodus through George Frideric Handel’s enthralling oratorio, Israel in Egypt. Known for its grand and sweeping array of choruses, arias and masterful orchestrations, it remains one of Handel’s most popular and inventive works. Share the Israelites’ epic journey from captivity to freedom, as Handel weaves vivid imagery and varied texture within vocal and instrumental parts. It is an opportunity to bring the faith communities together and celebrate our common heritage. You will be delighted and transfixed as Atlanta Master Chorale and accompanying orchestra bring this grand MasterWork to the stage at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17th at 8:00 PM. 

Tickets: $35/adult, $30/senior and $10/student.

To reserve your tickets, call 404.727.5050 or go to emory.arts.edu by March 16th. Tickets will also available at the door if concert is not sold out.

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Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Evensong at Zion

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A special service with glorious music is planned at 1848 Historic Zion Church in Talbotton.  

Debbie Anderson, member of St. Thomas Episcopal and Music Director at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA, will chant Evensong. Tony Barrett, Organist from St. Andrew's in Fort Valley, GA, will play the organ and arrange other music. The original Bible, prayer book, and Eucharist set will be on display. 

For more information contact Katherine Johnson at djohn57@bellsouth.net.

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Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Matthias', Toccoa

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 8:00 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
to Apr 7

Mountain Top Spring Lecture

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Dr Justin L. Barrett joined the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011 as Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and served as the Director of the Thrive Center for human development from 2011-2014. He is currently the chief project developer for the office of science, Theology and Religion Initiatives(STAR) and as of January 2018, serves as acting dean of the School of Psychology. "Are Humans Hardwired To Believe in God?" is the title of the lecture on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Please RSVP for this event by April 6th. $60 online or $70 at the door.

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Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

McDonald Lecture with David F. Ford: “Jesus in the 21st Century”

David F. Ford, the 2018 distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.

"Jesus in the 21st Century" will be his first of two lectures presented at the Candler School of Theology.

Please register for this event by April 3rd.

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Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

The McDonald Lectures with David F. Ford: “Reconciliation in the 21st Century”

David F. Ford, the 2018 distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.

"Reconciliation in the 21st Century" will be his second of two lectures presented at the Candler School of Theology.

Please register for this event by April 10th

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Apr
19
to Apr 21

Missional Voices National Gathering 2018

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The 2018 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.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is the keynote for the 2018 gathering, with other talks from great voices across the Episcopal Church. The weekend will also include exciting and thought-provoking panel discussions.

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. Learn more at mvng.org 

Register today and join the conversation!

Cost:
$89 Early Bird (until Dec. 31st); $99 (includes meals); registration is free to current seminarians

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Work Day at Zion Church

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The parish of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton invites you to join us on Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 AM in Talbotton, GA as we strive to care for the oldest existing building in the Diocese of Atlanta!

Zion Episcopal Church was built in 1848, and by the grace of God and the hands of some extremely faithful people, still stands today. However, there has not been a regular, sustainable congregation at Zion since the early part of the 20th Century. Zion has stood in the center of Talbotton with nothing more than its history holding it up.

For more information contact Katherine Johnson atdjohn57@bellsouth.net.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

2018 EfM Graduates Retreat

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Join us in Sewanee this April!

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites all graduates to an EfM Graduates Retreat on the grounds of beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center, April 27–29, 2018. Participants will gather in a Circles of Trust® format to delve into the significance of individual talents as indicated by the Gallup StrengthsFinder® assessment. Elsa Bakkum, EfM associate director for training, will facilitate.

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The StrengthsFinder, also known as the StrengthsQuest, was developed by Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and built on the Positive Psychology movement. Over 13 million people have discovered language for their individual talents using this tool. Its principles are as follows:

  • Each person’s talents are enduring and unique,
  • Everyone has talents,
  • Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the area of their greatest strength.

During the retreat, short presentations will invite participants to name, claim, and own their strengths for use in ministry. There will be ample individual reflection time, and the level of participation in the Circle of Trust groups will be according to each person's preference.

This event is for all graduates of EfM. Check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST April 27. The program will commence with dinner at 6:00 p.m. on the 27th and will conclude at 11:00 a.m., Sunday the 29th. Commuter rates are available.

Join us for this wonderful weekend of fellowship and discovery!

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Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. George’s, Griffin

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 8:00 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
29
to May 2

The Sewanee Contemplative Exchange: Bridging the Gap Between Contemplation and Compassionate Action

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We live in a world saturated by dualisms, categories in which we place people and things in order to grant them worth and priority. We separate ourselves from each other—and God from ourselves—resulting in persistent tension and frustration, pain and grief. For too long we have separated—even if in our minds—the spheres of contemplation and action, of silence and embodiment, of prayer and reconciliation. When these two vital aspects of our lives are pulled apart, our contemplation easily becomes an insular escape and our compassionate action becomes reactive and driven by anger.

We are invited to integrate ourselves, to seek wholeness in our spiritual practice, In Christ, we see a reconciliation of all aspects of our being. In His personhood we see the potential for an authentic religious practice in which silence nurtures justice. We encounter a space where contemplation and compassionate action are no longer competing with each other; rather, they exist in a circular relationship in which silence grounds action and justice leads us to further prayer. We find hope and wholeness in our union with God and with one another.

Leadership for this event comes from a collaboration of colleagues from:  The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington D.C.; The Beecken Center of the School of Theology, The University of the South; St. Mary's Sewanee:  The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development; Mary and Martha's Place, Atlanta, Georgia; Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, Georgia; and a consortium of clergy from The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and beyond, community and seminary leaders, spiritual directors, and teachers. 

Special Guest:  Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, Ayse I Carden Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology, Agnes Scott College, will lead a series of guided meditations on the writings of Howard Thurman, weaving times of silence and prayer with reflection and pilgrimage.

In addition to a day of reflection and prayer, we will share a special pilgrimage to the historic Highlander Folk School, where Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and other civil rights leaders met to pray and reflect together.

For questions and information, please contact The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham (stuart@gracechurchgainesville.org) or Rebecca Parker (rebecca@maryandmarthasplace.com).

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May
2
to May 4

Love God, Love Neighbor

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Registration is now open for “Love God, Love Neighbor”, a three-day training course for clergy and laity that is designed to equip Episcopalians to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and the ministry of refugee resettlement.

Sponsored by Episcopal Migration Ministries, “Love God, Love Neighbor” will be held Wednesday – Friday, May 2-4, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA (Diocese of Atlanta).

“The gathering will bring together lay and clergy leaders from across the Episcopal Church, as well as from ecumenical and other partners, to learn from one another as we explore different local contexts as they relate to refugee resettlement and the work of welcome,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The training provides an in-depth exploration of the global displacement crisis, the United States refugee policy, how refugee resettlement works, faith-based advocacy for refugees, and organizing to welcome and support refugees in your home community.

Information and registration are available here. Registration is $150, and includes all training programming and materials, a light breakfast and hearty lunch each day, and a reception on Wednesday. Beverages and snacks will also be provided throughout the day. Registration does not include housing or transportation to the conference. 

Registration deadline is Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM ET.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarship assistance, contact Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org.

“Love God, Love Neighbor” is offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries with funding from the Constable Fund.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the Episcopal Church’s foremost response to refugee crises. Working in partnership with offices and groups within the church as well as with governments and non-government organizations (NGOs), Episcopal Migration Ministries assures safe passage and provides vital services for thousands of refugee families upon their arrival in America: English language and cultural orientation classes; employment services; school enrollment; and initial assistance with housing and transportation. For each family, the goal is self-reliance and self-determination. After years of living in limbo, refugees now have the opportunity to begin again on a strong foundation that honors their stories and dignity, thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The Constable Grants were named for Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist.  In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Constable made a monetary gift to the Episcopal Church to establish the Constable Fund.  Her desire and intent to add periodically to the fund during her lifetime was realized and culminated with a very generous final gift at the time of her death in 1951. The language of Constable’s will states that the fund exists “in perpetuity … to apply the net income for the purposes of the Society, preferably for the work in religious education not provided for within the Society’s budget.

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May
3
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Holy Family, Jasper

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 8:00 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
3
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Sweeney Lecture and Book Signing

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Jon Sweeney Lecture and Book Signing May 3rd!

Phyllis Tickle died at 81 in September 2015. Before her death, she named Jon M. Sweeney her official biographer. Sweeney is coming to Atlanta to give a lecture on the life and career of this extraordinary woman. He will discuss her written work over fifty years (poetry, plays, literary, spiritual, and historical/theological), her marriage and family, and life on the Farm in Lucy, the subject of much of her oeuvre. Then there's Tickle’s work as an academic and book publisher in Tennessee, her impact as the founding editor in religion at Publishers Weekly during the boom of spiritual writing and interfaith understanding in the 1990s; relationships with Gwendolyn Brooks, John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, and Desmond Tutu; and the impact she had on the communities where all of her writing, scholarship, and advocacy has seen the greatest impact: the hundreds of thousands who took on fixed-hour prayer due to her The Divine Hours series; the Episcopal Church USA writ large; LGBTQ Christians awaiting full acceptance; and Emergence Christianity, for which she served as historian, forecaster, and champion.

This lecture is made possible by the generous support of our Book Fellows program.

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May
5
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 5th, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, in Child Hall (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. 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
30
to Jun 8

ON THE PILGRIMS' WAY: Discovering the Historic Beauty and Rich Tradition of Christianity in the British Isles

Would you like to deepen your appreciation of the Episcopal/Anglican tradition while enriching your faith? How about seeing some of the most beautiful, history-soaked places in England, with a touch of Scotland? For all English-speaking Christians, not just Episcopalians, a pilgrimage to the U.K. is a unique opportunity to connect to the roots of our faith, which came to the British Isles surprisingly early – perhaps only a century after Christ. Invite your friends and come join me as we make a pilgrimage – from the far south all the way to the Scottish border – exploring the great cathedrals, abbeys, and other sites - at least one very important pub included(!) - crucial to our inheritance of the faith Jesus “once delivered to the apostles.”

Though we'll be getting around by bus & train, not walking for days like medieval pilgrims (save for a couple hours on St. Cuthbert's Way for those who are able), we'll nonetheless treat this trip as a pilgrimage:  a chance not only to see wonderful sites & scenery, learn some fascinating history, and truly enjoy the companionship of friends, but to renew our faith, mainly through worshipping in some of these historic places, where Christians have prayed, sung, and shared the Eucharist for centuries upon centuries.
 

Details


Price

  • $4389.00 from Atlanta, Georgia
  • (Price includes Round trip airfare, $540.40 US & Intl. departure taxes/fuel & $175 gratuities)

For more information, please contact Father Edwin Beckham by calling 706-540-2027 (mobile) or by ebeckham.cgse.cov@gmail.com
 

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Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Mark’s, LaGrange

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 8:00 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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Jun
11
to Jun 15

2018 Christian Formation Conference: Coming Home

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The oldest Christian formation conference for Episcopal educators, the Christian
Formation Conference has been a Kanuga staple since 1928. Each year, clergy,
professional educators, and countless volunteers come together to share the best
formation practices, be inspired by great speakers from around the country, and be
rekindled for ministry.

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Garvey
An educator for most of her life, Victoria Garvey has a passion for learning and teaching, and
for the Church. In her professional career, Vicki has taught at nearly every level, from 2nd
graders through graduate school, but she has spent most of that time at Seabury-Western,
teaching biblical languages and biblical theology, her doctoral area. Her exploration of the
Bible with ‘footnotes’ is deep and captivating. Most recently, those passions were fed in her
position as Bishop’s Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of
Chicago. Currently she serves on two faculties for the wider church, consults with dioceses
concerning congregational vitality, speaks locally, nationally and internationally, facilitates
workshops, leads retreats, and serves the wider church as member of several churchwide
commissions. She is a four-time deputy from the Diocese of Chicago to General Convention.
 

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Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Thomas, Columbus

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 8:00 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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Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

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 8:00 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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Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Benedict's, Smyrna

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 8:00 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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Oct
22
to Oct 31

Pilgrimage-Study Week in Avila, Spain: The Life and Writings of St. John of the Cross

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A pilgrimage-study week in Avila, Spain, based on the life and writings of St. John of the Cross will be led October 22-31, 2018 by the Rev. Isaías Rodríguez, the Diocese of Atlantas´s canon for Hispanic ministries. Pilgrims will be based at the Carmelite International Center of Teresian and Sanjaunistic Studies in Avila. Visits to holy places in the lives of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila are planned.

To obtain a brochure and for more information, contact Canon Rodriguez, irodriguez@episcopalatlanta.org or call at 404-707- 1217.

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Nov
3
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Christopher’s, Perry

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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 8:00 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
23
7:30 PM19:30

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion

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Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion will be performed by the Cathedral Choir & Schola and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, with a world-class cast of soloists. This is one of the greatest sacred masterworks of all time. Our performance, on baroque-period instruments and by early music specialists, will bring this incredibly dramatic work to life in ways that can only be experienced when it is performed using these authentic instruments and techniques, as Bach himself would have imagined and known them.  Presented by Friends of Cathedral Music and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

Patrons: $150 (ADMISSION FOR TWO unreserved seats in Preferred Seating, held until 10 minutes prior to the concert), purchased in advance

General: $25 (advance), $30 (day of concert)
Senior: $20 (advance), $25 (day of concert)
Student: $10 (advance), $15 (day of concert)

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Elisabeth Von Trapp Concert

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Elisabeth Von Trapp is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, made famous in the movie The Sound of Music. Elisabeth’s voice has been heard from the subway platforms of New York City and small folk clubs and concert halls to the White House, National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center. She has released five self-produced albums and her music has been featured on BBC-Radio, Japanese National Radio and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s Eye on People, ABC’s Good Morning America and BBC-TV.

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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

"The Healing Power of Story" (Lenten Series)

Rarely in American history has our country been more divided than it is at this moment.  People feel judged, looked down upon, even attacked for holding different views. Fear and anger form barriers to our living and worshiping together. Many communities are in silent or open conflict.

Writer/filmmaker David Duke believes that the qualities of empathy and understanding are not dead and that story-telling can save the world.  

Using a blending of film clips and group interaction, David and group process expert Betsy Pickren invite you into a process of healing that comes from truly knowing one another.

Wednesdays in Lent
February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14
Christ Church Episcopal
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Dinner and child care will be provided.

Please contact the parish administrator to register for this event (770-447-1166).

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Heart & Soul 3rd Annual High Tea at Holy Family

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Bring a friend (or two) to the 3rd 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! 

Please register for this event by February 10th. The cost is $25.00 per person. All proceeds from the event go directly to community charities in Jasper and surrounding county.

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Feb
17
9:30 AM09:30

Lenten Quiet Day: Wandering in the Wilderness Without Getting Lost

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The first thing that Jesus did after his baptism was to follow the Spirit into the wilderness. He spent forty days there dueling with the devil over whether and how he would engage the institutional powers of his day. His choices would determine what he would do and who he would be.

We are called during the season of Lent to follow the Spirit into our own wilderness. It’s a time to think again about the choices that we are making in our lives. Are they drawing us closer to God or driving us farther away?

Canon George Maxwell will lead us in several contemplative practices that are designed to guide us in this discernment.

The Quiet Day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 17. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. 

Please register for this event by February 12th or contact Jeannie Mahood for any questions (jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or 404-365-1031).

We look forward to having you with us!

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Feb
17
8:30 AM08:30

Symposium: “Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Future of Life”

The Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP), a partnership between Candler School of Theology and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech, will host its fourth annual symposium, including panel sessions on life of the mind-body-spirit, life here on earth, and life in the cosmos, and a round table discussion on “Science for Seminaries.” Lunch will be provided for those who register online by 5:00 PM on February 6th.

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Feb
17
8:00 AM08:00

"Here I Am" Discernment Day

A “Here I Am” Discernment Retreat Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 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 also 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 $25 per person. Light refreshments will be served at 8 a.m. during check-in. The program will start at 8:45 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 for the priesthood, 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
15
6:00 PM18:00

A Case for Life: Death Penalty Discussion and Book Signing

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Join community and faith leaders and special guest Sister Helen Prejean for a panel discussion on the death penalty in America. The forum will be followed by a reception and book signing of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty. This event at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church is free and open to the public.

To accompany the authors, Sister Helen Prejean, author of the international best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, will provide her perspective from the front lines advocating for the abolition of the death penalty since 1981. The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, will also speak on how Catholics are opposing the death penalty.

Program

  • 6 p.m. Doors open for registration and book sales

  • 7 p.m. Event begins in the Church

  • 7:30 p.m. Sister Helen Prejean will speak

  • 8:10 p.m. Panel Presentation

  • 8:25 p.m. Discussion among panelists with audience Q&A

  • Reception and book signing by Sister Helen, Bishop Wright, Susan Casey and Justice Fletcher to follow

Within the new book, five authors make compelling arguments against the death penalty from their own perspectives – among them lawyers, faith leaders, and a supreme court justice. Their personal experiences with both victims and perpetrators provide a moral case for ending state-sponsored killing.

The book’s contributors include:

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

  • Stephen B. Bright, Attorney at Law, Southern Center for Human Rights

  • Susan Casey, Attorney at Law, Appeals attorney for Kelly Gissendaner

  • Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

  • Justice Norman S. Fletcher, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Details:

  • February 15, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. at Holy Innocents’

  • This event is free and open to the public

  • Registration is requested

  • Copies of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty will be available for purchase at the event.

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Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Taizé Service

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Come join us in the beautiful nave of St. Edward's to sing our last alleluias of the season!  This Taizé program will feature the musical settings of Cliff Brock, who will be at the grand piano to play the service. Cliff's fresh settings of these treasured texts are a balm to the soul, and this meditative practice will usher us right fine into the coming season of Lent. There will be a coffee reception following the service.

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

An Introduction to Centering Prayer

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On Saturday, February 10th, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, St. Teresa’s will host a workshop entitled "An Introduction to Centering Prayer". Our instructor will be Roberta White from Contemplative Outreach Atlanta. Lunch is included.

Registration is required for this workshop, so please do so by Saturday, February 3rd. All those interested can find a detailed announcement and registration form at www.stteresasacworth.com.

For more information about the workshop, contact Mary Hutton
(maryhutton9@gmail.com) or Pete Wyman (peter.wyman22@gmail.com).

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Feb
10
8:30 AM08:30

The Go Summit: Local and Global Mission in the Diocese of Atlanta

The Go Summit: Local and Global Mission in the Diocese of Atlanta

The Cathedral of St. Philip

Saturday, February 10, 2018 

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$30 per person

Curbside Consulting Sessions
Also available are free Curbside Consulting sessions with the executive director of the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia, which funded more than $200,000 to parishes and ministries serving the poor and oppressed throughout the Diocese of Atlanta in 2017. Discuss challenges your ministry/organization is currently facing and how ECF might be able to help you make a bigger impact on our grantmaking programs.

Sign-up at ECFimpact.org/curbside.

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Feb
8
9:00 AM09:00

Clergy Study Day: “The Courage to Lead” with Dr. Anthony B. Robinson

  • St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (map)
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Using Ron Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership model, we will cover: Ambivalence about
Leadership; Function of Leaders; Leadership and Management. We will review a
biblical case of Adaptive Leadership, and three Adaptive Challenges facing many
contemporary congregations.

Presenter’s Bio: Tony is a theologian, pastor, teacher, and author. He has authored
thirteen books, including the best-selling Transforming Congregational Culture and
the award-winning What’s Theology Got To Do With It: Convictions, Vitality and the
Church.

Advanced registration is required for this event.

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Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

Society of Saint Anna the Prophet Holy Eucharist and Vow Ceremony

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The Society of Saint Anna the Prophet (SSAP) is holding its annual Holy Eucharist and Vow Ceremony on Saturday, February 3rd, beginning at 10:30 AM at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. This service is s part of their annual Convocation on the Feast of the Presentation. All are welcome to attend.

The SSAP is a vowed religious community of elder women, lay and ordained, in the Episcopal Church. Our mission is Godly aging and ministry to the old and young. Come and see how God is doing a new thing for those who are aging and seek a deeper commitment to Christ.

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Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Cursillo Regional Gathering

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The Cursillo Task Group is taking the next step in restructuring and renewing
the ministry. Bishop Wright appointed a working group several years ago and they have diligently prayed and worked to determine the best path forward.

With the Bishop's support, the working group is now ready to call together the larger 4th-day community and anyone interested in the Cursillo ministry to hear about the progress and to help guide the way forward.

This regional gathering is the first of several planned throughout the Diocese during 2018 as a way to share information and draw the 4th-day community together. We pray that the Holy Spirit will work through us to revitalize the Cursillo ministry in our parishes and in the Diocese. Please share this information with anyone interested in fully living as a disciple of Jesus Christ, because Christ is counting on you.

SAVE THE DATE!

The Cursillo Task Group is pleased to announce that we will have a regional gathering
on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. Aidan's Parish Hall in Milton, GA.

Please join us as we move forward in revitalizing the 4th Day. Lunch will be provided and
Cursillo music will enrich our celebration. All are welcome! Please join us if you are a Cursillista or if you are interested in learning more about discipleship in small groups.

Please RSVP to Nina Daniel at ninadmiked@comcast.net so that we will have enough
food & resource materials for everyone!


We welcome your inspiration as we prayerfully move forward!

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God’s Children Training in Spanish

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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.

The trainer for this program will be Claudia Fedarko, MSW, LCSW.

Please email dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org to register.

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Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level III Formation

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (map)
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This adult formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the third in a series of courses to prepare adults to work with children from the ages of three to twelve. This Level III formation focuses on the nine to twelve-year-old child. The course is mostly monthly although the first session is Friday and Saturday. The course dates are: February 2-3, 2018, March 3, May 12, August 25, September 29, October 13, December 1, January 26, 2019, February 23, March 16, May 18, August 24, October 5, and November 2.

Formation Leaders for this course are Karen Maxwell and Lynne Worthington. Participants attending this course will need to have completed CGS formation in Levels I and II in order to participate in this course.

The registration deadline is January 29th. Tuition is $600.00. Please call Karen Maxwell (404-580-2960) for registration details. You can make your tuition checks payable to St. Catherine's Episcopal Church.
 

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Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk and Book Signing with The Rev. Peter Wallace

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Join Hart Readers for an evening of conversation around Getting to Know Jesus (Again) with author The Rev. Peter M. Wallace. The Rev. Wallace is the author of previously published titles: Living Loved and The Passionate Jesus. This brand new book by Wallace includes fifty-two meditations to encourage personal spiritual growth during the Lenten season.

The Rev. Wallace will be signing his books immediately following his discussion with the group.

Please ensure your seat at the talk by registering in advance.

Hart Readers is a community reading group sponsored by The Cathedral Book Store. On first Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 PM, readers from the church parish and the broader community gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. The February meeting will be held in the Gould Room.

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Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

Interfaith Children's Movement Celebration of Children Conference: Creating Hope in Georgia's Children

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On February 1, 2018, Interfaith Children’s Movement (“ICM”) will host its sixth annual Celebration of Children, an educational conference, at Marietta First United Methodist Church. ICM strives to provide the community with affordable access to quality information and opportunity. The discounted fee of $10.00 includes registration and lunch.

Celebration of Children is a kickoff event for ICM’s child advocacy season. Each year, the conference brings together thought leaders and the broader community (faith-based, grassroots, advocacy, child-serving agencies, etc.) to explore major issues facing Georgia’s children. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope in Georgia’s Children,” and will highlight the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how the larger community can instill hope in children who experience traumatic stress.

“We have a jam-packed agenda that promises to make this conference one of the best, yet,” says Kay Vaughn, planning committee member.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Judge Maureen Wood, Rockdale County Juvenile Court; Trauma 101 training from the Child Welfare Training Collaborative; and a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on creating hope for children in the midst of trauma. Panelists include: Carlis V. Williams, Southeastern Regional Administrator, U.S. Administration for Children and Families (Region IV); Dr. Sarah Vinson, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry; Lane Pease, Program Director, Kate’s Club; and Rev. Dawn Britt, Childhood Trauma Advocate.

“We hope that the forum will help people within the interfaith community understand the needs of Georgia’s children and empower them to take action,” responded Mamoodah Rehman, planning committee member. 

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Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

St. Martin's Episcopal School Admissions Open House

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St. Martin’s Episcopal School will host a campus Open House on Sunday, January 28 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Families are welcome to come explore our science labs, computer labs and classrooms and experience all that we have to offer for preschool-8th grade students.  Tour our campus with engaging student ambassadors and meet our dedicated and friendly teachers. Alumni and current parents will also be on hand for an open forum in the Middle School Atrium. Please join us to learn more about St. Martin’s!

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Jan
27
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. James, Marietta

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 8:00 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
20
7:00 PM19:00

Kinnara Ensemble Concert at Grace Church

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On Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 PM, you are invited to join renowned professional chamber choir Kinnara Ensemble on a musical journey from darkness into light. Featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Henry Purcell, Morton Lauridsen and selections from Shawn Kirchner’s Heavenly Home. 

Comprising some of the nation's finest ensemble and solo singers, under the direction of J.D. Burnett, who also serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, Kinnara Ensemble performs a wide variety of standard choral repertoire from all eras. Now in its 10th anniversary season, Kinnara Ensemble released its first commercial recorded album, Provenance, in late September 2017 on the Affetto label, distributed internationally by Naxos. 

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Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival

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The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is traveling throughout the country offering a series of revivals. The Diocese of Georgia revival is based on Fearless Faith and Boundless Love.

Lunch Trucks will be serving food at Honey Creek Retreat Center starting at noon and the main event, Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love, begins with fellowship at 12:00 PM and the service starting at 1:00 PM.

Please register for this event by January 15th.

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Jan
20
to Jan 22

Old City Flower Festival

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The 7th Annual Old City Flower Festival will be held January 20-22, 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of College and Forsyth Streets in Macon. With a theme of “Consider the Lilies of the Field,” the festival will showcase the work of flower guilds from more than 15 Macon churches. The show will be open, at no charge, on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sunday, January 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, and on Monday, January 22nd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Parking is available behind the church Parish House (753 College Street).

Complementing the show will be free, mid-day organ recitals Saturday and Monday, an evensong service Sunday at 5:00 PM with special music, an art exhibit and gift shop, and a free flower arranging workshop Monday at 10:00 AM. Reservations, $10, are required for luncheons on Saturday and Monday.

The Old City Flower Festival began in 2012 by St. Joseph Catholic Church as part of their “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.”

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Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Called to Lead: Leadership Training for Parish Lay Leaders

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Called to Lead is a day of lay leadership development. Bishop Wright teaches the model of Adaptive Leadership to parish vestries, wardens and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop.

There will be two opportunities for Called to Lead; the first will be on Saturday, January 20th at St. Teresa’s, Acworth from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here to register. 

St. Teresa's Episcopal Church
5725 Fords Rd NW
Acworth, GA 30101


The second opportunity will be on Saturday, March 17 at St. Andrew's in the Pines, Peachtree City from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here to register.

St. Andrew's in the Pines
316 N Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Please register by January 17th. Lunch is included.

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Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Advocacy Workshop

Advocacy for Anyone! Make a difference by sharing your story.

If you are concerned about issues like mental health, criminal justice, mass incarceration, the death penalty, domestic violence, equal rights, racism and immigration to name a few, now is the time to get involved.

The Georgia Legislative Session begins January 8th, 2018. Be prepared to contact your policy maker with calls, emails and in-person meetings. Learn to tell them the issues and facts important to you so they will listen and act. Speak up for those who struggle to speak for themselves. Not interested in politics? You can be an advocate in many venues—learn the skills and see where they lead you!

Join us at one of our two sessions, held January 10th and 17th from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Light refreshments and resource handouts will be provided, free of charge.

Please contact Tommie Thompson by January 10th and let him know if you're coming (tommiet@pobox.com or 678-481-6025). 

 

 

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Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Adult Enquirers’ Class

Are you considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church? Are you new to the Episcopal Church and wish to know more about what is happening in Sunday morning worship? Or maybe you’re a long-time Episcopalian, seeking a refresher course. Either way, this could be a class for you. Join The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring on Wednesday evenings at All Saints' Episcopal Church. For more information or childcare, contact Pat Kiley at patkiley@allsaintsatlanta.org.

Come early and join us for great food and fellowship at our catered Wednesday Night Suppers! Served 5:00-7:00 PM in Ellis Hall. $10/adult, $5/university student, $4/child ages 3–12. Email Lauri Begley at lbegley@allsaintsalanta.org to RSVP before 5:00 PM on January 17th.

All are welcome!

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Jan
16
to Jan 18

All Our Children: The Church's Role in Education Equity

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Hear the Call.  Build the Movement. Join All Our Children National Network and the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina for a national learning event January 16 - 18, 2018 in Columbia, SC.

All Our Children: The Church’s Role in Education Equity is an ecumenical learning event focusing on the urgency of quality public education for all children and lifting up how communities of faith are already strengthening public education in their cities, states, and across the nation. This three-day gathering will include informative, interactive workshops and plenaries led by practicing educators, experienced community leaders, and hands-on researchers. Our time together will focus on specific steps you and your congregation can take to build Beloved Community through local partnerships, action, and service, with time for conversation, idea sharing, and networking.

Participants can expect to develop a deep understanding of Christian faith foundations for public education support, engagement, and advocacy and to leave the conference with specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed action plans to share with church and community leaders in their home cities and states.

Keynote speakers:

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D - Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University - Founder, Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland; the Teaching Excellence Network; and the Community Responsive Education Group.

The Most Reverand Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church - Born in Chicago, IL, on March 13, 1953, Presiding Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo. Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice. In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Presiding Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in Crisis Control Ministry, the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, the Absalom Jones initiative, creation of networks of family day care providers, creation of educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods.

Registration includes lunch & dinner for two days. Sign up by 12/15/17. Learn more. 

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Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

St. Catherine's Concert Series

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The Summit Trio is the second in St. Catherine's Sixth Annual Concert Series and the first to be offered on a Sunday afternoon. The Friends of Music at St. Catherine's present these concerts, free of charge (a freewill offering will be taken) and open to the public, to enable all in our community to enjoy excellent musicians, experience an increased love of music, and offer a hope that young people will consider music as a possible choice for their lifetime career and enjoyment. All of the concerts offer "living footnotes", where the musicians share their thoughts about the music with the audience, and the post-concert reception, where the audience has an opportunity to meet and speak with the artists.

The Summit Trio is made up of  three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia.

Helen Kim, violin, joined the music faculty at Kennesaw in 2006 with a stellar performance background. At age 6 she had her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and recently joined the Atlanta Chamber Players.

Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras. As Cello Professor at Kennesaw State University and member of the KSU Faculty Trio, she recently appeared at the Highlands Chamber Music Festival with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil and pianist William Ransom. She has played numerous concerts throughout the eastern U.S. and in Europe, including concerts at New York City's Merkin Hall, Rockefeller University, Brown University and MIT. Her quartet commissioned and championed a number of new works and appeared frequently on Boston's new music scene at Composers in Red Sneakers and the Boston Microtonal Society.  She has also played in a jazz string quartet, several alternative rock bands and has recently appeared on albums of Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill and Natalie Cole. 

Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Hailed as a "consummate artist--brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise", he has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with tours in the United States, England, Nova Scotia, and Italy.  He has appeared with such notable conductors as Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles and Stefan Sanderling. In response to Hurricane Katrina, he coordinated and performed in the 2006 "Pianists for New Orleans" tour of the United States, raising over $100,000.  He is currently Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University, Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Assistant Director of the Atlanta Boy Choir, and Artistic Director of the Great Performances Concert Series" in Highlands, NC.

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