Check out all the good things happening around Atlanta during the month of October.
Sunday, October 6
- The Rev. Christopher Henry, senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, is the featured preacher Oct. 6 on “Day 1.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 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 and can be heard in Atlanta Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 FM and 750 AM WSB. For more information check Day1.org. A signal move in August means that 95.5‘s signal will be stronger in Douglasville, Griffin, Carrollton, and Peachtree City.
- The Madina Institute invites people of all faiths and backgrounds to the launch of The Book of Love on Sunday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. at the Carter Center. The volume presents the deeper guidance that lies at the core of all faith traditions. Shaykh al-Ninowy‘s book is filled with short teachings meant to be savored and pondered. The book shares the wisdom of our ancestors and prophets, Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jesus, and Muhamma. The launch will feature a reading by the author, greetings from community leaders, a light dinner reception, and a performance by the Al-Firdaus Ensemble from Granada. Tickets for $25 are available through EventBrite. For more information, contact Rosemin Omar at (678)249-8970.
Wednesday, October 9
- The Reimagine Charity Seminar, a distillation of 40 years of on-the-ground wisdom from Focused Community Strategies, is for groups passionately engaged in loving service in communities experiencing poverty that know that a better way has to be possible. Come to Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, 4329 Marietta St, Powder Springs 30127, and find that better way. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets here.
Thursday, October 10
- Ga. Council Against Domestic Violence has been serving our community for 40 years! Celebrate and network with folks passionate about this work. Live music, food, drinks, mystery boxes and more! October 10, 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mullins Rooftop Patio. Reserve your ticket here!
- Join Candler School of Theology and the Christian-Muslim Studies Network on Oct. 10, 6:15-8:30 p.m., for a reception and public lecture on “Law and Christian-Muslim Relations: Theology, Ethics, and Power” by Mona Siddiqui and Joshua Ralston, of the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity. Register for the lecture here. Interested in the full academic conference of the CMSN on October 11 and 12? The conference will highlight new research on Christian-Muslim relations, with sessions on theological ethics, interreligious politics, Black Theology, Eastern Christianity, and Islamic law. Contact deanna.f.womack@emory.
edu for more information.
- “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” by Barnhart Films/Presbyterian Disaster Assistance PC(USA), Thur., Oct. 10, 7 -10 p.m., $12.50, Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30306, followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers, Flint residents, and experts. Co-Sponsored by Green Lit Atlanta. How could this ongoing water crisis happen in a U.S.city? The PC(USA) is committed to story as a means to give voice to narratives that have not been heard and enable community engagement on relevant issues. Tickets here.
Friday, October 11
- Magnificat! Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip. The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra teams up with the Cathedral Schola to present one of J.S. Bach’s most celebratory works. Paired with it is Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, a spirited tour de force including the air popularly known as the “Air on the G String.” For more information call (404) 365-1050 or click here. Buy Tickets
Saturday, October 12
- Ser Familia event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and domestic violence. A health fair will feature many services at no cost. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 – 4 p.m., Holy Cross Catholic Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta 30342. Spaces are limited and registration is required. Please call (678) 363-3079.
- Magnificat! Saturday, Oct. 12, 4-6 p.m., St. David’s, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell 30076, a concert by the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra with the Cathedral Schola. For more information call (404) 365-1050 or click here. Buy Tickets
- Taste of Latin America Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. The Diocesan Hispanic Ministries Commission invites you to this annual celebration. Parishioners from 12 Hispanic Churches will bring authentic dishes from their cultures for a special potluck meal. There will be music, singing, dancing, a raffle, silent auction, and a piñata for the children. Admission is free, though donations will be used to help our friends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Come join the Fun!
Sunday, October 13
- The Rev. Matthew Ruffner, pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, is the featured preacher Oct. 13 on “Day 1.” Ruffner served four years as associate pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta before going to Preston Hollow in 2015. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 74 years and is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it in Atlanta on Sundays at 7:05 a.m. News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Hear this sermon now and find other resources at Day1.org.
- On Sunday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m., the fabulous Ella Lewis will be putting on an organ concert for Sandy Springs Christian Church. This is a great opportunity to hear this talented organist and experience the upgrades that have been made to the organ. A love offering will be collected in appreciation for her performance, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs 30328.
Monday, October 14
- Jojo Moyes author of “The Giver of Stars” a new novel about five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Set during the Great Depression and based on real events, this book follows five women who become the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky, a group that traveled to deliver books as part of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s mission to bring reading to the masses. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job — bringing books to people who have never had any, and sharing the gift of learning that will change lives. Talk and signing Monday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.
Tuesday, October 15
- “Reforesting Faith: A Conversation about the Nature of God,” Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission, $15 student. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light friends are invited to be among the first to tour the new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. And, you’ll have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Dr. Matthew Sleeth, exec. Dir. of Blessed Earth, about what trees and all creation can tell us about the nature of God, the topic of his latest book. Building tours begin at 6 and the presentation at 7:30. More information & tickets here.
Wednesday, October 16
- Picturing Justice opening reception, Wed., Oct. 16, 6 – 9 p.m. Free and open to the public, at Atlanta Legal Aid’s downtown headquarters at 54 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta 30303. The annual exhibition explores how photography can illuminate the human stories that live behind such common shorthand as “case”, “client,” or “issue” so we can better experience, empathize, and advocate for the lives that are improved by the important work of Atlanta Legal Aid. Register.
Thursday, October 17
- The Blue Dove Foundation Interfaith Mental Health Conversation, Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 until 8:45 p.m. Panelists include Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai, Nabile Safdar, Islamic Speaker’s Bureau Atlanta, and the Rev. James Lamkin, Northside Drive Baptist Church. This is a free event; R.s.v.p. is required. Location will be on the confirmation. R.s.v.p. to www.bluedovefoundation.org/
Saturday, October 19
- 2019 Coastal Green Team Summit featuring Dr. Matthew Sleeth, Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $25 individual, $75 Green Team (up to 4 people). Georgia Interfaith Power & Light Second Annual Coastal Green Team Summit at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah. All Creation Care champions and environmental stewards from congregations across the state are invited to this celebration featuring an inspiring keynote address, educational workshops, and a sustainably-sourced lunch. More information & tickets here.
- Albert Nasib Badre will be at a book signing Sat., Oct. 19, 5:00 p.m., at Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta 30340. Free and open to the public. Suggested $5 donation. R.s.v.p. to email@example.com or call (770)936-8770. Refreshments provided. Books available for purchase. Co-sponsored by the American University of Beirut Alumni, Atlanta Chapter. “Looking West” is the story of a Lebanese boy who, in 1960, at the age of fourteen, emigrates with his family to the U.S. As he strives to adapt, he reads voraciously, becoming increasingly interested in religion and philosophy. His desire to make a meaningful contribution to society leads him from social activism to social work among New York City’s poorest, and in time, to graduate studies.
- Kickoff of the Johns Creek Chorale season! “The Road Not Taken “takes its title from the Robert Frost poem and explores the varied music of eleven different composers, including works by American, Estonian, Latvian, and Welsh creators. The intertwined ideas of the heady joy of love, the wistful love of separation, and the serene joy of faith are celebrated in the context of choices made. The Johns Creek Chorale is pleased to present performances not only by the full Chorale, but also the Tapestry Women’s Ensemble, and new for this season, the Chamber Choir. Oct. 19, 7 p.m. – Johns Creek UMC; Oct. 20, 3 p.m. – Kingswood UMC. Tickets.
- “The Trickster Archetype: A Lecture with Storytelling.” John S. Gentile Ph.D. Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, 30328. Liar, cheater, deceiver, thief! Meet the Trickster with a wicked sense of fun! Members free; non members $20; students $10. See www.jungatlanta.com for more information.
Sunday, October 20
- Redeemer Lutheran Concert Series presents a Piano Ensemble concert, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2:25-3:30 p.m., 731 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30308. Mary Brown Hinely conducts eight pianists at four grand pianos in this free family friendly concert.
- JustFaith Atlanta Workshop, Sunday, Oct. 20, 4-6:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4755 N. Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338. Free. Please register here. Curious about what JustFaith Ministries programs can bring to your community? Learn more about how over 50,000 people and 1,500 churches and communities have answered this call to compassion. Its small group programs challenge participants to explore social issues while building lasting relationships through prayer, scripture, engaged reading, thought-provoking dialogue, and direct engagement. Bring a friend and come for a dynamic and inspiring conversation to learn more with JustFaith Ministries founder Jack Jezreel, M.Div.
Tuesday, October 22
- In 2018, Harlem’s Apollo Theater staged a live reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning book, Between the World and Me. The show has been reimagined for Atlanta and will be at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with a roster of local celebrities. This profound work pivots from the biggest questions around racism and police violence to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son. It offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and what it means to be African American in America. The Community Foundation supports the performances and community discussion around this seminal work. To learn more about the Atlanta performances, click here.
- “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment.” One of the foremost concert organists of his generation, David Briggs is particularly noted for his ability as an improviser. He will provide spontaneous accompaniment to the 1920 Paramount film. Get in the mood for Halloween at this family event. Popcorn will be served! All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Tuesday, October 22, at 7:30 – 9 p.m. , 634 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta 30308.
Wednesday, October 23
- Every fall people from many religious traditions, united in being called to protect vulnerable children, come together for a Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Interfaith Children’s Movement. This year youth will speak about intolerance. The 19th Call to Action Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, October 23, 7 – 9 a.m., The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St, Atlanta. Tickets
Thursday, October 24
- Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel invites you to a luncheon presentation with the Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Churches for Middle East Peace. “Growing Alliances in Atlanta, ” Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Ellis Room (next to dining hall), Columbia Theological Seminary, Richards Center, off S. Columbia Dr, on Kirk Road, Decatur 30030. R.s.v.p. to Sarah Humphrey by October 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 26
- Registration is open for a day with Lerita Coleman Brown, Oct. 26, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, “From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman.” Come for a day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman and dipping into his contemplative practices. $60/person includes lunch, and group discounts are available – $55 for 4 or more people. More information and registration.
Sunday, October 27
- Join in the Atlanta Children’s Shelter Bury Poverty 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Beltline. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 8, and a 1K beginns shortly after. Come with your family, pets, and costumes! Volunteer opportunities are available, sign up here. Registration for the 5K is $40 and $30 for the 1K.
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is partnering with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States to screen the film El Gusto on Sunday, October 27th. The film tells the story of an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart by war over 50 years ago, reunited for an exceptional concert. It should be a lovely afternoon, beginning at 2:00 PM for a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and a viewing of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Exhibition, snacks, and mingling, before the 3:00 PM screening and remarks. Full details about the event and the film itself can be found here.
Tuesday, October 29
- A Morning with Judy Heumann – international disability rights activist presented by Ga. Council on Developmental Disabilities. Since her fight as a child to be included in her local school system, Heumann’s efforts have resulted in systemic change to global human rights legislation and policies benefiting children and adults with disabilities. A question and answer session will follow her talk. This is a free event; registration is required. Atlanta Friends Meeting House, Decatur, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register.
Thursday, November 21
- Come sing with the combined choirs for the 15th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062. This dynamic evening is filled with humor, music, and inspiration— celebrating both unity and diversity. Any singer may join! No preparation necessary! All skill sets welcome! Just show up for three fun rehearsals. Details are here on our website.
From Earlier This Month…
Tuesday, October 1
“The Other Side of Immigration” screening & panel in observation of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, presented by We Are Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m., 184 S. Candler St., Decatur 30030, $5 suggested donation. This documentary asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through a subtle and thought-provoking approach, this documentary provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions
The Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust is this week, Oct. 1-3, three nights of prayer and conversation with two brothers from the ecumenical Taizé community at Central Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Decatur. All details are here.
Wednesday, October 2
Degrees of Difficulty: An Evening with Julie E. Justicz and Emily Saliers, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., 184 S. Candler St. Decatur 30030. Charis welcomes the novelist for a wide ranging conversation about art, music, and activism with musician Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Justicz will share pieces of her novel, Degrees of Difficulty, which tells the story of Ben, a boy with multiple seizure disorders, and his siblings and parents who struggle in various ways to connect with him and care for him. Justicz will sign books and light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5.
Thursday, October 3
The 2019 Clark Atlanta University Open Forum on Church Music is Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. The discussion for this year is “The Effectiveness of Music in the Black Church: Why We Do What We Do.” Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, Atlanta 30314. Participating in the discussion are Dr. Raymond Wise, Indiana University’s African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, and the Rev. Joshua Lawrence Lazard, C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement and Interim Director of Religious Life at the Duke University Chapel. For information email email@example.com.
Friday, October 4
Fourth Annual Green Mass with Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III, Friday, Oct. 4, 12:10 p.m. with lunch to follow, the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta 30303. The Archdiocese of Atlanta began celebrating the Green Mass annually after Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. All are welcome to attend and those whose work or volunteer activity is connected to environmental protection and sustainability are especially invited.
Two of France’s most celebrated, visible, and prolific twenty-first-century musicians, Jean-Baptiste Robin, organist of the Royal Chapel at Versailles, and international trumpet soloist Romain Leleu, bring to the listener the thrilling clarion style that is the hallmark of the French Baroque and also popular standards of the trumpet repertoire and great innovation in the new compositions.in concert, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission / $10 students, available for purchase online click here or at the door.
Atlanta Master Chorale All Creatures Great and Small, Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Inspired by the phrase, “All creatures great and small,” from the poem by Cecil Frances Alexander, the first concert of the season is an exploration of music about birds, animals, and all manner of assorted fauna. You might be surprised to discover how much music has been written about the animal kingdom and what “all creatures great and small” might teach us about ourselves. Tickets here.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be at Decatur First UMC, for three performances, Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. No tickets necessary, the show is free and family friendly, refreshments will be served. If you can bring a gently used coat for the “Dreamcoat Donation” to benefit those in need. Find out more at www.decaturfirst.org/drama.
Saturday, October 5
Attic Sale at Brookhaven United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1366 North Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta 30319.
Saturday’s the day The Do Good Challenge. After doing good all day, teams will celebrate at the Post Party at The Collective, a venue right on Peachtree. Learn more and register at www.meetorchard.org.
Come looking for bargains and for lunch at the Sandy Spring Christian Church Bargainata, Saturday, Oct. 5, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta 30328, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the SSCC Scholarship. Sale items include jewelry, art objects and paintings, knitted items (perhaps), home decorations, classes in cake decoration and cooking, babysitting deals, lunch and more. Framed photographs by Laura Prescott will be featured. Her work is displayed through Sept. 28 at the Sewell Mill Cultural Arts Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta 30068, and Oct. 10-31 at The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066.
The Rev. Kevin Lyle Strickland will be installed as the fourth bishop Southeastern Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30305, Oct. 5, 2:00 p.m. This is not a ticketed event but early arrival is advised. The synod offices are in Atlanta.
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light invites us to the second annual Family Garba, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., Tickets are $5 per person, ages 2 and over. All are invited to celebrate Navratri, an autumn Hindu festival, with music, dancing, and delicious food. Food from the event sponsor, Tabla, will be available for purchase and pizza for children will be available for a nominal charge. This Garba is for all ages. More information & tickets here.