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
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
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
27
9:00 AM09:00

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I Formation

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This foundational course for adults in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is preparation and study for serving the faith formation of children ages three to six years. This Level I course is once a month on Saturdays. All dates: January 27, 2018, February 24, March 17, April 14, May 19, August 18, September 22, November 3, December 8, January 19, 2019, February 16, March 9, April 13, and May 4.

The registration deadline for this course is January 22nd. Tuition is $500.00, but discounts are provided for the second participant from the same parish. Please call Karen Maxwell (404-580-2960) for registration details. You can make tuition checks payable to St. Catherine's Episcopal Church.

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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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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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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
2
9:00 AM09:00

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level III Formation

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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
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
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
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
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
15
7:00 PM19:00

A Case for Life: Death Penalty Book Release

Save the date!

Hear from Bishop Robert Wright and the co-authors of a new book on the death penalty 7 p.m. on February 15 at Holy Innocents'. This event is free and open to the public. 

Bishop Robert Wright and other community leaders have contributed to, A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy and the Death Penalty, a book discussing their perspectives on the future of the death penalty in America.

In addition to Bishop Wright, authors of the new book will share their personal experiences with the death penalty. The authors include:

  • Stephen B. Bright
  • Susan Casey
  • Bishop C. Andrew Doyle
  • Justice Norman S. Fletcher

Meet Sister Helen Prejean, author of the international best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, at the event where she will provide her perspective from the front lines advocating for the abolition of the death penalty since 1981.

Save the date for this event on February 15 at Holy Innocents'. More information to come. 

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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
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
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
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 has been moved to the International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center (also known as "Falcon's Landing").

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Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

Episcopal Veterans Fellowship 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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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Jan
13
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Patrick’s, Dunwoody

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
10
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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Dec
20
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Christmas

For many of us, Christmas is a tough time, and can be the occasion for “feeling blue” in the midst of the culture focused on being happy and celebrating. At such times, we need to take time to acknowledge our sadness, loss and grief.

The anguish of broken relationships, of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the loss of a loved one, and even the loss of a dear family pet—all can contribute to a feeling of being alone, of ‘feeling blue,’ in the midst of the season around us.

The Cathedral of St. Philip invites you to join us in sharing a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 20, at 6:30 PM in St. Mary’s Chapel. We invite you to move from “feeling blue” to experiencing the wonder and hope of Christmas.

For questions, contact the Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins, bharkins@stphilipscathedral.org or Canon Wallace Marsh, wmarsh@stphilipscathedral.org.

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Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Advent In Blue - A Gospel Music Celebration

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Come hear the sounds of rejoicing on Gaudete Sunday as the gospel choirs of St. John's and Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church present Advent In Blue, a short mini-concert of seasonal music sung in the rich gospel-music tradition.

The concert of songs and instrumental works will be followed by the singing of Gospel Compline, the ancient evening service known as the "good night" prayer of the church sung with the flair and soul of fine gospel music.

Members of Atlanta's local jazz community will join the choirs, featuring the sounds of saxophone and jazz percussion. Tom Elston and Allen Ries will lead the ensemble.

This free event is a not-to-miss opportunity for those interested in hearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and of course, something blue!

Please join us!

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Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

Advent Lessons and Carols

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Join us at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville on December 17 at 6:00 PM for Advent Lessons and Carols! This beautiful service, an Anglican tradition, is meant to help us prepare for Christmas. Scripture lessons will be read and Advent carols will be sung by the choir and the congregation. This year, the choir will highlight works by Beibl, Bruckner, Goldschmidt, Ord, and Pilkington. Please note that the service will include the use of incense. 

A nursery for children age 4 and under will be available by reservation. Please contact Cheryl Kelley at 770-536-0126 orckelley@gracechurchgainesville.org.

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Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas With The Trey Clegg Singers: Festival Sounds of the Season

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Festival Sounds of the Season features Atlanta's premiere, multicultural chorus, The Trey Clegg Singers, along with members of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Homeward Choir (Atlanta's chorus for homeless men). To learn more about The Trey Clegg Singers, visit https://www.thetreycleggsingers.org/.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased below. We hope to see you there! 

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Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

New Thoughts on Newtown

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In remembrance of the mass shooting five years ago in Newtown, Connecticut, Faith in Public Life and Outcry Georgia will hold a prayer vigil, followed by a call to action for people of faith in Georgia to create a state with safer gun laws.

Bishop Wright will speak at this interfaith event along the lines of his recent Prayer is A Prelude to Action and Let’s Not Pray messages on reactions to gun violence:  a very direct and passionate call to action arising out of our faith.

"Prayer with no corresponding action is a useless and vain exercise. Most importantly, prayer without action is not the faith Jesus practiced!" – Bishop Robert C. Wright

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Blue Christmas Service

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Blue Christmas Service at 6:30 followed by free dinner: The world would have us believe that Christmas is all about perfection with immeasurable bounty and joy, that loss and disappointment do not exist, and that the Christmas season is just for shopping. This Advent season, join us at our Blue Christmas service to acknowledge what we all know – that sometimes this season is difficult and isolating for just about all of us, and that God brings light to illumine our dark places.

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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Blue Christmas Worship

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Blue? Yes, blue as in "the blues". As in "I am feeling blue." Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people. 

Join us in the chapel of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville on Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 PM for a service that remembers that, and offers time for reflection and acceptance, and healing and hope in times of darkness. All are welcome.

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Dec
9
4:30 PM16:30

Vivaldi 2X: The Choral Guild of ATL Sings Vivaldi's Gloria & Magnificat

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Antonio Vivaldi's two great canticles of the Christmas season—the Gloria and the Magnificat—is "must hear" holiday music. The Choral Guild Of ATL, the city's oldest community choral ensemble, will present both pieces, which are replete with choruses, solos, and small ensembles, along with string orchestra. After the concert, performers and concert-goers are invited to a holiday reception in honor of the CGA, which will be held in the parish hall immediately after the performance. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Advent Quiet Day

Jingle Bells! Deck the Halls! Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

As early as Labor Day, Christmas decorations and paraphernalia can be found in box stores and major chains. The Christmas Craze only grows from there and it can be overwhelming. Implicit in this mania is the message that this protracted Christmas season demands of us only happiness, energy, joy, and effervescent glad tidings. 

But the truth is, the holiday season brings with it hard memories and challenging emotions for most of us. In addition, most of us cannot maintain the high level of Christmas enthusiasm recommended, even commanded, by our society. We need spaces to grieve loved ones who are not with us at the holidays, to acknowledge the changes and losses that have occurred from one year to the next, and times to be quiet for meditation and reflection.

With these needs in mind, we invite you to join us for an Advent Quiet Day on December 9, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Our rector, The Reverend Mary Demmler, will guide us through reflections based on the Blue Christmas service she has led for several years before coming to Saint James. We will pray together, meditate, have moments of fellowship, and reflect together on the challenges of the season that lead us to embrace the hope that is so much a part of this season.

Coffee, donuts, and snacks will be provided. If you plan to attend, please let us know. If you fail to sign up, please do not let that stop you from joining us. This is an event that is open to the whole parish as well as the whole community. All are welcome, even if you don't realize you want or need to come until that morning.

Please RSVP to saintjames@windstream.net or 706-782-6179 by December 7, 2017.

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Dec
9
to Dec 17

Nativities Exhibit

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For the twenty-second holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday, December 17—days and times vary. 

Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.

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

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Dec
9
9:30 AM09:30

Advent Quiet Day - Preparing the Heart in Advent

Come spend time preparing your heart for the birth of Wisdom at an Advent Quiet Day, Saturday, December 9. The heart is a doorway that can be prepared to welcome the Christ, born in the poorest corner, in the most unlikely place. This day will include opportunities for wisdom practices that prepare and open the heart for transformation: chant, extended silence for individual reflection with readings, the labyrinth, creative expression, and body prayer.

The Quiet Day will be led by Lisa Persons, M.Div., who is a spiritual director and coordinator at Amerson House Spirituality Center behind St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She studied intensively with the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault for several years and has been an active associate of Green Bough House of Prayer since 1996. She has organized monthly Taizé prayers in the Atlanta area since 1992.

The Quiet Day will take place in the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, December 9. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Please register before December 4 online or by contacting Jeannie Mahood,jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or 404-365-1031.

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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Smells & Bells: An Evening Of Advent Music & Worship

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Please join us for Smells & Bells! Our Handbell Ensemble presents a short mini-concert that features a variety of approaches to ringing handbells, from change-ringing to peals and squeals as their beautiful tones ring the rafters. Members of the ATL Schola Cantorum and the St. John's Choir lead us in the singing of Candlelight Compline, the ancient "good night" prayer of the church. Hymns, chants, psalms, and responsories will resound in the church's splendid holiday setting. This is an evening of wonderful high-church Advent music you will not want to miss. And it's free!

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Holiday Gift Market

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Finish your holiday shopping in one place. Join us for a Holiday Gift Market featuring one-of-a-kind artwork: jewelry, painting, weaving, bowls, pens, and more—all made by the artists at Holy Comforter. We will also have organic plants, hot pepper sauce, jams, and jellies. Grab a cider, some cookies, and shop for gifts while supporting our church.

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Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

DISMANTLING RACISM TRAINING

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.

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Joy to the World: Preparing to Welcome God and One Another in Advent

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Advent Retreat

Preparing for Christmas entails more than buying gifts, planning worship, and baking fruit cake—it's about making space for joy. The Rev. Ryan Kuratko will be leading an Advent Quiet Day on this topic with reflections that emerge from his work in comparative theology. The event will be spiritual, practical, and at least a bit joyful.

The retreat begins Friday evening (6:00 - 8:45 PM) with a light supper, reflection by Ryan, and shared prayer and practice. Saturday begins at 9:00 AM and continues until 3:00 PM, closing with a Eucharist. Reflections, prayers, quiet, and friendly conversation will focus on God as the source of joy, the joy we find in others and in ourselves, and living joyfully in a time of anxiety. Come enjoy some time set aside for you.

The retreat will be held at David and Becky Lockman’s house, 1241 Brittain Estates Drive, Watkinsville 30677. Cost is $15, which includes 2 meals as well as childcare on Saturday at St. Gregory's, if needed. If childcare is needed, please contact Karen Kassinger (706-549-3631) no later than Saturday, November 25. 

Registration deadline is Saturday, Nov. 25. Or you can print out a registration form and mail it in with check. All registration payments are due by Nov. 25.

Please make check out  to St. Gregory's w/ "Advent Retreat" in the memo and mail to St. Gregory's at 3195 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605.

We hope to see you there!

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Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Atlanta Symphony Brass Holiday Concert

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s brass section has been venerated as one of the finest in the country for the last twenty-five years. These musicians hail from all corners of the United States and were selected to be a part of this long-standing tradition of excellence by way of audition and a panel of ASO Brass alongside the Music Director. They have worked tirelessly as a team to maintain the highest standards of brass playing throughout their careers and to unify their sounds into a beautiful array of colors.

This winter they will bring to you some of the best arrangements of holiday and symphonic music written specifically for brass ensemble and percussion. Program highlights will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Bruckner’s Ave Maria, traditional holiday chorales, and several standards from the symphony orchestra repertoire. It will be an evening of delightful music and great brass playing, not to be missed!

Program: 
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Movements from Nutcracker Suite
Anton Bruckner, Ave Maria
Dmitri Shostakovitch, Festive Overture
Richard Strauss, Also Sprach Zarathustra & Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare
Domenico Gabrieli, Canzon Duodecimi Toni & In Ecclesiis
G.F. Handel (arr. Travis Miller), For Unto Us a Child Is Born
G.F. Handel (arr. Anthony DiLorenzo), Joy to the World
Eric Whitacre (arr. Travis Miller), Alleluja
arr. Roger Harvey, Adeste Fidelis & Coventry Carol & Fantasy de Noel
Leroy Anderson (arr. Travis Miller), Sleigh Ride
John Rutter, Ding Dong Merrily on High
Engelbert Humperdinck (arr. Roger Harvey), “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel

Concert Patron: $150 in advance (incl. 2 tickets & unreserved seats in preferred seating 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   Tickets:www.stphilipscathedral.org/concerts or the Cathedral Book Store (404) 237-7582

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Nov
22
to Nov 25

Thanksgiving at Lake Logan

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Eat, drink, and be thankful at Lake Logan this year! Join us for feast, family, fellowship, football, and fun. You don't have to cook, clean, or entertain. That's certainly something to be thankful for!

Participate in as many or as few of the activities offered as you like. Stay two nights, three nights, or more - or just come for lunch on Thanksgiving Day. Rooms are also available earlier and later in the week if you'd like to extend your stay. Learn more.

Call 828.646.0095 to reserve your space. Online registration coming soon.

 

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Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Come to St. Anne’s for a Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. We’ll pray, give thanks to God, and offer up our individual stories of gratitude as we make our way through a creative Thanksgiving Seder (Hebrew for “order”).  We’ll taste specific foods rooted in stories found in our scripture which speak to the spirit and holiness of this special gathering. A reception with baked goods cooked by our new interfaith community cooking team will be offered following the service.

Don’t miss this unique worship experience and fellowship with neighbors!  Nov. 19, 6:30 pm, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne’s Lane, Atlanta, GA 30327;  Questions?  Call St. Anne’s at 404.237.5589.

Sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Christ Covenant Buckhead, New Hope AME, Northside Baptist, Northside United Methodist, St. Anne’s Episcopal, and Trinity Presbyterian.

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Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Debut of Natalie Twigg’s Mass Setting and Thanksgiving Potluck

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HTP’s Artist-in-Residence has written an all-new mass setting for Holy Eucharist and given it to the church as a 125th anniversary gift! We will pray with this music for the first time on Sunday, November 19. Gather at 6:30 PM to hear the music, followed by a potluck dinner at 7:00 PM, then on to the Nave at 7:30 PM for the service. We hope you can join us!

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