Category: Faith

Buckhead attorney sues Catholic archdiocese for alleged sexual abuse, claims cover-up

A Buckhead attorney is suing Atlanta’s Roman Catholic archdiocese on behalf of an anonymous client allegedly sexually assaulted by a priest in the 1970s, in a case that claims church officials are continuing to cover up abuse cases. The archdiocese recently released a list of clergy members it says were credibly accused of abuse — including the late Rev. John Douglas Edwards, who is the alleged abuser in the lawsuit. Attorney Darren Penn — who attends Buckhead’s Cathedral of Christ the King, the archdiocese’s mother church — says a goal of the lawsuit is to get a fuller picture...

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Holy Spirit’s traffic plan is coming soon; college aims to grow

A traffic mitigation plan for Holy Spirit Church and Preparatory School’s proposed Buckhead campus expansion into Sandy Springs was expected the week of Jan. 14 in a key attempt to sway neighbors who say the project would violate a 15-year-old zoning agreement. Meanwhile, there may be another wrinkle to the traffic talk. Holy Spirit College, another affiliate institution on the campus at Northside Drive and Mount Paran Road, reportedly has growth plans of its own and is enrolling a new class of 10 to 20 students this fall. Holy Spirit officials and residents with the Northside/Chastain/Mt. Paran Neighborhood Preservation Association...

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Sandy Springs students learn about Hanukkah with Davis Academy

Kindergarten students from Dunwoody Springs Elementary in Sandy Springs learned about Hanukkah from students from The Davis Academy, a local private school, during a recent visit. The schools have been partnering together for several years, giving the students an opportunity to learn from one another and build community, Davis said in a Dec. 20 press release. Throughout the year, students from both schools will visit each other’s campuses for special programming, the release said. For the first partnership activity of the 2018-2019 school year, Davis Academy students visited Dunwoody Springs Elementary Dec. 4 to share information about Hanukkah with...

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Indian consulate hosts Hanukkah celebration

India’s Atlanta consulate, based in Sandy Springs, hosted an annual Hanukkah celebration in the Indian tradition on Dec. 2. Among the many attendees were Indian Consul General Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni; Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer of Israel’s Atlanta consulate; and Dov Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Buckhead-based regional office. The event included a menorah-lighting and a minute of silence in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of a series of Islamic terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the Indian...

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Community Survey: Home for the holidays, or heading out?

When it comes to the holidays, 200 local residents say, they’re all about family. But traditions vary widely on how to spend that special holiday family time. Reporter Newspapers surveyed 200 residents, conducted by 1Q.com via cellphone, about their holiday traditions. The results are not scientific. More than half the respondents said they expected to be home with their loved ones this year during the best parts of the holidays. “The key is being with family,” a 44-year-old Atlanta man commented when responding to the cellphone survey of 200 adults who live in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and...

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Former local priests named in new Catholic Church sexual abuse list

Four former priests who served at local churches in the 1960s through 1990s have been named in a document listing sexual abuse allegations that was released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta Nov. 6. One of the priests has already been the subject of a lawsuit over abuse that allegedly took place in Stone Mountain. Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and people in other church positions have been widespread across the globe and has led to many allegations. The new Atlanta list shows priests were “credibly” accused at many metro area churches, including Buckhead’s Cathedral of Christ the King, which is...

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Brookhaven leaders ‘Pray for Pittsburgh’

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and Police Chief Gary Yandura were among those joining in a “Pray for Pittsburgh” memorial Oct. 30 at Chabad Israeli Center Atlanta and Congregation Beit Reuven on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. It was one of at least 10 memorials and vigils that were scheduled in Reporter Newspapers communities as a response to the anti-Semitic massacre of 11 people Oct. 27 during a service at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. At the Brookhaven service, candles were lit for those killed in Pittsburgh, and Ernst unveiled a plaque that added their names to a “Memorial Board.”...

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‘Stronger Than Hate’: Pittsburgh shooting victims honored at synagogue service

“Stronger Than Hate” was the theme of an Oct. 29 memorial service, held at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder. Rabbis Dr. Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj led a packed house of attendees in prayer, a candle-lighting and thoughts on the meaning of a holy community. It was one of at least 10 memorials and vigils that were scheduled in Reporter Newspapers communities as a response to the anti-Semitic massacre of 11 people Oct. 27 during a service at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. A service at...

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Local leaders decry hatred after Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder

Local leaders are decrying hatred and calling for “respect” and “civility” in the wake of a mass murder at a Pittsburgh, Pa., synagogue Oct. 27. Vigils and memorial services are being organized by various local synagogues and organizations. A gunman shouting anti-Semitic slurs killed at least 11 people, and wounded more, during a service at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation and was arrested by police, according to media reports. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in a written statement, denounced anti-Semitism and hatred and said her city stands with Pittsburgh and “our Jewish brothers and sisters around the nation.” “As...

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Dunwoody’s Kingswood United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years

Kingswood United Methodist Church celebrated 50 years of ministry on Sunday, Sept. 9, with a special worship service, including former pastors and charter members. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, leader of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, officiated and preached during the service. The church held its first worship service on Sept. 8, 1968, in a classroom in what was then Peachtree High School. The congregation was chartered with 76 members, eight of whom attended the Sept. 9 service. Before moving to its current location at the corner of Tilly Mill Road and North Peachtree Road in...

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Archdiocese to honor first responders at Buckhead church

The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its annual “Blue Mass,” a service that honors all public safety officials and first responders, at a Buckhead church on Sept. 11. The service will be held at 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of Christ the King, which serves as the mother church for the Atlanta Archdiocese. The church is located at 2699 Peachtree Road. The Mass has been held in Atlanta each year since 2015 to honor the service of public safety officials and first responders and to remember those who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the release said....

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Unitarian Universalist church proposes expansion as interest grows

The expansion of a Unitarian Universalist church in Sandy Springs is just part of the faith’s metro Atlanta growth at a time when some other religious congregations are struggling or shutting down. The Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located at 1025 Mount Vernon Highway N.W., is part of a Boston-headquartered religion that teaches from all major world religions and allows members to read any religious text. The city Planning Commission recently recommended approval of the church’s request to expand its footprint by 2,400 square feet to expand the sanctuary and build a fellowship hall. “One of our huge strengths is...

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