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Apr
7
to Apr 30

11th Annual Stations of the Cross: Walk the Art

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Walk the 14 Stations of the Cross created by parish artists. Now in the 11th year and sponsored by the St. Bartholomew's Guild of Ten Talents, the stations will be set up in the nave until Maundy Thursday and then in the Meeting Room. Anyone can view these during the church's open hours. Plan to join the artists for the Stations of the Cross liturgy on April 16 at 6:30 pm, followed by a light reception.  

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Apr
26
to May 3

Join the 2019 Pilgrimage to Cape Coast, Ghana

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

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

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

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May
16
to May 19

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

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


Meetings

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

Accommodations  

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

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

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

Meals

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

Organizers

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

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


Conference Agenda

Thursday

5pm Arrival, Meet & Greet

6pm Dinner

7pm Executive Directors’ Roundtable; New Leaders’ Roundtable

9pm Prayers

Friday

8:30am  Breakfast - preparing and feasting together

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

12:30pm  Lunch - preparing and feasting together

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

4:30pm  Context-specific ministries; a discussion

6pm  Dinner – preparing and feasting together

Saturday

8am   Continental Breakfast

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

2-4pm  Workshop:  _____________________

4-6pm  Affinity groups and snacks

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

Sunday

8am  Continental Breakfast

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

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

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

1pm Church of the Common Ground Worship Service

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

4pm Departure for your return home

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May
31
to Jun 2

One River Wisdom Retreat: Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
16
to Jul 24

SUMMA Debate Camp

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SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16–24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!

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At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!

At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. Past resolutions include:

  • "Churches should be gun free zones,"

  • "In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,"

  • “Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God,”

  • "Euthanasia is morally justified," 

  • "Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God," 

At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship.

For all students, the cost of SUMMA is partially defrayed through donations, grants, and an endowment. The cost to parents is $750, which includes room, all meals, and all materials.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.

For more information and to apply, visit summa.sewanee.edu, or contact recruitment specialist Walker Adams at hwadams@sewanee.edu.

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Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Gifts from God: A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality and Sexuality

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

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

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

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Nov
1
11:30 AM11:30

2019 United Thank Offering Grant

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

The 2019 Grants are due on the following dates:

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

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

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Walking the Way of Love: Praying with the Stations of the Cross A Lenten Quiet Day

Praying with the creative paintings of the Stations by Virginia Roach Munroe as well as with other images, scripture, poetry and readings about the Passion and walking the Labyrinth.

Guided by The Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler and Ms. Lea Robinson, R.N., M.S.N.

$40 (Scholarships available) and includes lunch.

Please call 770-938-9797 ext. 27 to register for the day.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Seedtime & Harvest Gardens & Greenhouse Plant Sale

If you have been waiting for more stable temperatures to plant your spring garden, the Seedtime & Harvest April Plant Sale is for you. We have over 30 varieties of tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, and melons. Try a lilac bell pepper or a fiery hot little pepper called Datil; a Raspberry Lyanna tomato or a Red Rubin basil, one of six basil varieties available. Perennial and annual flowers, indoor plants for bright light or low light, strawberries, everbearing raspberries --everything is organically grown, and every purchase helps to provide a job for a gardener in our supported employment program.

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Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11

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

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


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

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

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

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Experiencing Poverty: An Interactive Simulation Event

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

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

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


Schedule

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

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

FAQs

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

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

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

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Apr
5
to Apr 7

Courage to Lead Retreat: The Soul of Aging

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

Scholarships are available! Please contact us for more information.

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

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

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

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

The registration fees are $365/$465.

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

The Rev. David Hodges to Preach on Day 1

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The V. Rev. David Hodges, president of The Saint Francis Foundation in Salina, Kan., is the featured preacher March 31 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.

Hodges also serves as dean of Christ Episcopal Cathedral in the Diocese of Western Kansas. Earlier he served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Holy Comforter in Charlotte, and as interim rector of St. Luke’s in Jacksonville, Ala. A graduate of Samford University, Hodges earned an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Alabama and an M.Div. from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Tex.

“Return as Far as You Can,” Hodges’ sermon for March 31, is based on the beloved parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15.  “All of us feel separated or estranged at some point – from someone else, from ourselves, or from God,” he says. “Each of us experiences periods of desperately wanting and needing to be found; wanting and needing to know that we are loved, accepted, and looked for.”

The program includes interviews with Hodges conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. 


“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for more than 72 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, http://day1.org.

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Mar
31
10:20 AM10:20

Rector's Forum: This Child of Faith, Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World

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We’re excited to welcome Sophfronia Scott, author of This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, and her son Tain Gregory to All Saints' on Sunday, March 31. Tain is a survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which began a profound journey of healing and faith. They will discuss questions like, “How can we help children and teens have real faith in the world we live in today?” and “Why bother with religion in this increasingly secular world?”

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Mar
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sister Elizabeth Johnson - "Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?"

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Candler welcomes Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., author and Distinguished Professor of Theology Emerita at Fordham University, to present a dean's lecture on Wednesday, March 27 in Room 252 of Candler's Rita Anne Rollins Building. A boxed lunch will be provided for all who register by March 20 at 5:00 p.m. 


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Nineteenth-century naturalist John Muir raised this question. It launches Johnson's exploration of human relationship to the natural world within the context of the dangerous ecological crisis our planet faces. Drawing from evolutionary science and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí, she presents the challenge of loving Earth and its species as an intrinsic part of faith in God, and of acting for ecojustice as essential to Christian spirituality.

Johnson has authored numerous books and articles, including She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse, and most recently Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and also of the American Theological Society, she has served on the editorial boards of major journals and seen her work translated into thirteen languages. Johnson was awarded the Fordham Teaching Award in 1998 and Professor of the Year Award in 2011. She has mentored dozens of doctoral students who are now themselves professors. The recipient of fifteen honorary doctorates and numerous other accolades, she has been deeply involved in the life of the church, including serving on the national U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and the Vatican-sponsored dialogue between science and religion.

For more information about this event, contact Antonio Alonso at antonio.alonso@emory.edu.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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Mar
22
to Mar 23

Giving Freedom: A Right-Side-Up Approach to Church Fundraising

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What if church fundraising started with serving a community's financial needs and goals instead of feelings of guilt and scarcity?

Consumer culture, a lack of financial skills, and market injustices lead thousands to the brink of bankruptcy every year. Seventy percent of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. Many feel unable to pay their bills, much less increase their tithes and gifts to the church.

Giving Freedom turns traditional fundraising models right-side-up. Rather than just seeking donations or launching capital campaigns, Giving Freedom means that church fundraising starts by leading people toward financial freedom in their own lives. Giving Freedom means that church fundraising begins by building trust through best practices in church financial management and leadership. Giving Freedom means joy-filled, empowering, and mission-driven fundraising.

This right-side-up approach to fundraising is rooted in acts of service and habits of sufficiency rather than feelings of guilt, envy, and scarcity. Right-side-up fundraising helps congregations tithe from the top instead of the bottom. And right-side up fundraising helps Christians to be faithful stewards of God's resources.

This conference is sponsored by the Faith and Finance Program at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and made possible by generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

On Saturday, seven guest speakers will present: Kerry Alys Robinson, founding executive director of Leadership Roundtable; Olu Brown, pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta; James Jordan, adjunct professor of church financial management at Candler; Mandy Sloan McDow, pastor of Los Angeles First United Methodist Church; Shannaan Dawda, financial coach, author, and founder of True Financial Coaches; Starsky D. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation; and Audrey Hindes, pastor of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, California. 


Please register at the link below by March 15. The cost is $30 for standard entry, $70 for a ministry team (4 tickets, 40% off standard), and $10 for seminary students. Cannon Chapel is located on the campus of Emory University, at 515 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322.

For more information on this event, contact Justin Latterell at jlatter@emory.edu.

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Mar
22
to Mar 24

Three-Day Lenten Centering Prayer Retreat

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

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

The registration fees are $365/$465.

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Seedtime & Harvest Gardens & Greenhouse Plant Sale

If warm weather and spring blossoms have you ready to plant your garden, the first Seedtime and Harvest plant sale, March 16, is for you. We'll have perennials for sun and shade; cilantro, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; hot peppers, sweet peppers, eggplant, and more than thirty varieties of tomatoes in all colors, shapes and sizes -- from Fox Cherry to Big Rainbow, Black Beauty to Green Giant, Roma to Arkansas Traveler. Come find your favorites.

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Mar
15
to Mar 17

Literature and Spirituality: Common Ground - Common Good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

Presenters

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

Jon Sawyer
Founding Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Codi Norred
Program Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

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

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

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Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

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

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

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Shameless

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

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

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

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

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Mar
1
11:30 AM11:30

2019 United Thank Offering Grant

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

The 2019 Grants are due on the following dates:

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

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

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

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

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

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

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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

CNN Hero Becca Stevens to Preach

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

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

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

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

The program includes interviews with Stevens conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. 
“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, check the program’s website, http://day1.org.  

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Human Trafficking: The Battle Continues

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

Panel members include:

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

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

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

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

  • Shawn Smash-Jett, Wellspring Living

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

This event is free and open to the public.

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Dead Man Walking - The Opera

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

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

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

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

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Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

HEART & SOUL 4TH ANNUAL HIGH TEA AT HOLY FAMILY

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

"Big Love" Valentine Benefit Art Show

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

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