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    Invite Welcome Connect

    This training equips and empowers clergy and lay leaders to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging rooted in the Gospel imperative to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). It is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship, and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church’s hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout the Episcopal Church and, to date, has been presented in conference formats in 50+ dioceses, three Episcopal seminaries, and in three universities. Invite Welcome Connect has also been presented among the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and to the Anglican Church in Canada.In the last seven years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations and dioceses across the country have attended this dynamic training and report measurable results after using the materials. This transformational relational evangelism method has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained real growth where the essentials of Invite Welcome Connect are followed. Event cost: $15.00Register by September 19, 2019

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    Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of African Slavery in America

    The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to America in 1619. In partnership with the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta invites the community to gather in remembrance and engage in conversation to acknowledge and address the legacy of slavery in this country. The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, rector of All Saints’, will moderate a panel conversation on the topics of justice and race with The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing; and Joel Thompson, Atlanta-based composer, pianist, conductor, and educator. After the conversation, join us for a worship service featuring music from African American composers, including Joel Thompson’s “Draw Us Near.”

    Sister Helen Prejean Book Signing of Dead Man Walking Prequel

    Join Catholic death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean as she reads from and signs copies of her new book River of Fire. Sister Helen calls River of Fire the prequel to her New York Times bestselling Dead Man Walking.Sister Helen Prejean’s work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen grew up in a well-off Baton Rouge family that still employed black servants. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph at the age of eighteen and was in her forties when she had an awakening that her life’s work was to immerse herself in the struggle of poor people forced to live on the margins of society.Sister Helen writes about the relationships with friends, fellow nuns, and mentors who have shaped her over the years. In this honest and fiercely open account, she writes about her close friendship with a priest, intent on marrying her, that challenged her vocation in the “new territory of the heart.” The final page of River of Fire ends with the opening page of Dead Man Walking, when she was first invited to correspond with a man on Louisiana’s death row.River of Fire is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion.Event cost:One seat, one book $30.00. Two seats, one book $40.00Deadline to register is August 23
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    Magnificat!

    A concert by the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Julie Andrijeski, artistic director & concertmaster, with the Cathedral Schola, Dale Adelmann, conductor.The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra once again teams up with the Cathedral Schola to present one of J.S. Bach’s most celebratory works. Prepare for a dazzling display of solos and choruses enhanced by a colorful array of instruments including trumpets, timpani, woodwinds and strings. Paired with the Magnificat is Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, a spirited tour de force including the soulfully atmospheric Air popularly known as the “Air on the G String.”Presented by Friends of Cathedral Music and the Atlanta Baroque OrchestraEvent Cost:Concert Patron: $150 in advance (includes 2 tickets & unreserved 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 concertFor more information: call (404) 365-1050 or click here.
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    Open House for The Boyce L. Ansley School

     We have lots of news to share with you as we begin a new year at The Boyce L. Ansley School. Please join us for coffee, Q&A, and a tour of the School.To register please email Assata Hatch at a.hatch@theansleyschool.org. Deadline to register is Aug 27, 2019.

    Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty Host Annual Fundraiser

    Please join your fellow members of the Diocese for the Mary Ruth Weir Dinner, a fundraiser for Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and one of the primary ways in which the organization raises much-needed resources in their work toward eliminating the death penalty in Georgia. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner, access to the silent auction, and opportunities to meet other activists and organizations working to end the death penalty in Georgia and nationwide.To read more about this event click herePlease register by September 11.
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    Pilgrimage of Trust in Atlanta

    Pilgrimage of Trust in Atlanta. Treat your soul and your senses to an evening of discussion, prayers, music and candlelight. Join the Cathedral of St. Philip for a special visit with two brothers from the ecumenical, monastic Taizé Community in France. The evening will include a brief introduction to the Community of Taizé. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019 7 P.M. – Conversation with brothers émile & john8 P. M. – Taizé prayer serviceJoin us for any part or all evenings of this small pilgrimage of trust in our city. To learn more about ongoing Taizé prayer in Atlanta go to www.taizeatlanta.me. To learn more about the Taizé Community in France, see www.taize.fr.Tuesday, October 1Central Presbyterian Church, Rand Chapel, 201 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Street parking. Or lot at Enter chapel on Washington Street. 7:30 pm Taizé Prayer followed by welcome of Br. John and Br. Émile to AtlantaContact: Vicki Fey, vfey@cpcatlanta.org Wednesday, October 2Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, The Gould Room, 2744 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 303057:00 pm Conversation around themes of “Taizé and Hospitality”8:00 pm Taizé Prayer, Mikell ChapelContact: Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@cathedralATL.orgThursday, October 3St. Thomas More Catholic Church 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 300307:00 pm Conversation around themes of “Pilgrimage and Building Trust”; 8:00 pm Taizé PrayerContact: Andy Otto, aotto@ignatiushouse.orgFor more information, click here

    Heart and Soul Annual Barbecue

    The famous “Holy Smokers” are at it again!  They’ll provide onsite and delivery meals!  This year’s meal includes barbecue and bun, Brunswick stew, coleslaw and cookie. Enjoy ice tea and lemonade to wash it down! $12 per person and children 10 years and under are free! Music provided by Sock Monkey Duo! Free Raffle Prize! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits & other charitable organizations!  11-12:00pm Barbecue will be delivered. 11:30-2:30pm enjoy Barbecue on the church campus. A wonderful North Georgia event!Tickets are $12 each, Children 10 years and younger free. Call Church office for tickets 779-893-4525

    Discussion of A House United with author Allen Hilton

    St. David’s Common Purpose group will host Allen Hilton, author of the best-selling book A House United: How The Church Can Save The World. Allen Hilton, Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of House United, a non-profit initiative that helps groups collaborate across theological and political differences. He speaks, writes, and leads people into new habits of dealing with theological and political disagreement with their neighbors.“Americans are more divided politically than we’ve been since the Civil War. We feel the rift in our bones, as it blows up our Thanksgiving dinners, puts strain on our friendships, divides our churches, and stymies the U.S. government. Sadly, divisive Christianity is part of the cause to all this.” Allen Hilton helps churches ask: “How can we help?” He helps us to live into Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “that they all may be one”. Through his inspirational lectures and habit-changing conversations, Allen helps pave the way for God to transform Christians into a part of God’s solution. Hilton began as a professor at Yale Divinity School, shifted in the mid-2000s to formation ministries in large churches across the country, then started House United in 2016. Allen lives in Austin, TX with his beloved wife, Liz, and his teenage boys, Sam and Isaac.We will begin with the pot-luck meal, followed by the feature presentation, and end with small group discussion. Please register for this event no later than Friday, September 6, by sending an email with your name, the number in your party to: commonpurpose@stdavidchurch.org  This is a pot-luck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.

    All Saints’ Concert Series: The Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

    Comprising twenty-three men and women, the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, is one of the UK’s leading mixed collegiate choirs, with a world-wide reputation based on its extensive touring, its exciting program of concerts and broadcasts, and highly acclaimed CD recordings. Their program will feature classic favorites from the treasury of English church music, as well as sacred and secular works from different countries.Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students with i.d. Children under 18 years of age may attend at no cost.Purchase tickets at the door or online here For more information, please click here

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