Category: Faith

Dunwoody church to host month-long food drive

Dunwoody’s First Baptist Church Atlanta plans to host a month-long food drive in June to help Atlanta Community Food Bank to help feed those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drop-offs can be made on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church at 4400 North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody. Donors have options in making a donation. They can: Deliver food in a no-contact drop-off at the church; Use a local grocery app to donate directly to First Baptist Atlanta, or; Donate directly to that Atlanta Community Food Bank. Atlanta Community Food Bank says that $1 can provide...

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Sandy Springs mayor, Fulton judge to join speakers discussing the Ten Commandments

A judge sharing expertise on false testimony. A family lawyer discussing adultery. A doctor warning against murder The mayor of Sandy Springs’ thoughts on honoring parents. They’re among the speakers who will each comment about one of the biblical Ten Commandments in a two-night virtual discussion hosted by the Congregation Beth Tefillah synagogue in Sandy Springs. Dubbed the “TED Commandments” after the TED Talks online lecture platform, the event on May 25 and 26 is a pre-celebration of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, whose traditions include all-night study of the Torah. The first event on May 25 will feature...

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Some major Christian denominations ask worshipers to stay away during coronavirus

Some of Atlanta’s major Christian denominations have asked worshipers not to attend some services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta on March 13 dispensed all faithful from attending Sunday Mass on the weekends of March 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. The archdiocese also said people who are ill should not attend Mass. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead said it will keep the cathedral closed on Sunday, March 15 and host a livestream video service instead on its website and Facebook page. Childcare and Sunday School are canceled as well. “Thus, I...

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New Atlanta Roman Catholic archbishop is named

Rev. Gregory John Hartmayer will be the new archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, Pope Francis announced March 5. Hartmayer, currently serving as bishop of Savannah, will be installed on May 5, according to the archdiocese. He succeeds Rev. Wilton Gregory, who left in May 2019 to become the archbishop of Washington, D.C. Hartmayer, 68, is a native of New York state and is a Conventual Franciscan friar, according to the Georgia Bulletin, the archdiocese’s newspaper. The Atlanta archdiocese covers the northern half of Georgia. Its mother church is the Cathedral of Christ the King in...

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Sandy Springs’ Temple Emanu-El to host discussion on treatment of asylum-seekers

A Jan. 26 community event in Sandy Springs featuring many nonprofit groups and places of worship aims to raise awareness about the treatment of asylum-seekers in Georgia and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Three immigration experts will speak at the nonpartisan event, called “Bearing Witness: A Humanitarian Crisis,” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive. There will also be a “resource fair” of nonprofit organizations. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend, but registration is required by clicking here. “The goal of the day is two-fold: to shine a light on and...

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Shuttering Sandy Springs church could see other religious uses; sale is ‘worst-case scenario’

As Sandy Springs’ Highpoint Episcopal Community Church heads toward its final Sunday service Jan. 12, its vicar says the building could return to religious use – possibly as another church — and that the property would be sold only as a “worst-case scenario.” “I know there’s a lot of interest internally in this property,” said Rev. Lang Lowrey, who is vicar of the shuttering Highpoint congregation and a top advisor to the Atlanta bishop and the national Episcopal Church on real estate developments. “…Probably by summer we’ll have decided the direction we want to go, but we’re hopeful we...

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Sandy Springs’ Highpoint Episcopal church to close; property’s future unclear

Highpoint Episcopal Community Church is closing after serving more than a half-century as a place of worship and a community center for Sandy Springs’ High Point neighborhood. In the wake of failed, four-year effort to rebrand and resurrect the former Church of the Atonement amid a dwindling congregation, the church will hold its final Sunday service on Jan. 12. The future of the 7.5-acre property at 4945 High Point Road is said to be unclear beyond that. Officials with the church and the Buckhead-based Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta did not immediately respond to comment requests about the closure, which...

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More than 1,000 stand together against anti-Semitism at Sandy Springs event

More than 1,000 people gathered at City Springs in Sandy Springs on Jan. 6 to stand together against anti-Semitism. The Jewish Atlanta Solidarity event was held by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Atlanta Rabbinical Association and the Jewish Community Relations Council. “How glorious is it when brothers and sisters gather together as one?” said Rabbi Adam Starr of the Congregation Ohr HaTorah, a synagogue in Atlanta. “This is the Atlanta Jewish community at its very best.” The event was held in the wake of a Dec. 28...

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Jewish Federation to hold ‘solidarity event’ in wake of New York attack

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta will hold a “community-wide solidarity event” on Jan. 6 in the wake of a Dec. 28 stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y. during a Hanukkah celebration.  The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. the Byers Theatre in the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs.  The event encourages the Atlanta Jewish community to come together in solidarity following the attack, according to a press release.  “We will stand together in hope and unity, across denominations, organizations, geographic neighborhoods and all else that can divide us, because...

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Around Town: An activist and grandmother writes her memoir

Sherry Frank wears a small gold necklace. The unobtrusive chain displays a single word: bubbe. It means grandmother, or, more specifically, a Jewish grandmother. “I wear it every day,” Frank said, smiling when the word draws notice. “Bubbe fits me.” Others may see the 77-year-old Sandy Springs grandmother as an energetic activist who has lived a very public life. But her jewelry proudly proclaims she’s also the kind of woman who likes to bake cookies for her grandkids. Still, she’s no homebody. She served 26 years as executive director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She...

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Dunwoody approves policy that bans all religious symbols from City Hall

Dunwoody City Hall will not be decorated with any religious symbols this holiday season as part of a new policy approved Nov. 18 by the City Council. But a list defining which religious symbols were to be banned was scrapped after some residents said including menorahs on the list could be discriminatory. The council began discussing in October a policy to ban religious symbols in common areas of city buildings after a resident wanted to put up a Nativity scene in City Hall. The city’s legal staff suggested banning all Christian, Jewish and Muslim symbols including crosses, the menorah...

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TV documentary to feature Sandy Springs Latter-day Saints temple

A TV documentary series about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in north Georgia, debuting Nov. 15, will feature a temple and church in Sandy Springs. The documentary is part of a series about various faiths produced and aired by AIB Network, an Atlanta-based interfaith religious and educational programming channel. Previous series have looked at such religious traditions as Buddhism and Wicca. According to AIB Network president-elect, Audrey Daniels, the AIB Network is dedicated to creating original content that “educates the mind, strengthens the body, and inspires the spirit of viewers.” “We believe it is important to...

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