Explore the Arts Festival


All That Hath Life and Breath…Praise the Lord!

Friday, March 10 | 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Morningside Presbyterian Church
1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

FREE event for All Ages
Snacks and Lunch included on Saturday

Art, Playing with Art with Miranda Cearley
Art, Recycled Bottle Caps with Lucy Baum
Movement with Amanda Lower
Dramatic Reading with Matt Baum
Handbells with Dave VanderMeer
Writing Prayers with Baron Mullis
Hymn Text Writing with Michael Morgan
Hymn Tune Writing with Jonathan Crutchfield

This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

An Evening with Anne Lamott

Join us for An Evening with Anne Lamott 

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7 p.m. in Sanctuary
Book Signing to follow in Tull Hall

Bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches,  Anne Lamott offers a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it and how we can embrace it in her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. 

Those wishing to attend must purchase Anne’s latest book, Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy. You can pre-order from our event partner, Charis Books (click here) for $18 (plus tax & shipping) or purchase the book during the event.

If you wish to pick up the book rather than pay shipping, Charis Books is located at 1189 Euclid Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307.

Please support local bookstore and event parter, Charis Books. We ask that you do not purchase the book from Amazon.

Guest Speaker Gregory Ellison, Ph.D.

Sunday, Feb. 5The Invitation Committee is Pleased to Welcome Guest Speaker Gregory Ellison, Ph.D. to Central

Join us for “Who Cares? The Lost Art of Seeing the Invisible.”  

9:45 a.m.

Oglesby Atrium (OAC Lobby)

A product of Atlanta Public Schools, Ellison is a proud graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in West Atlanta. 

ge_emory_headshot-2015_loresIn 1999 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and was inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame. He was the first black male bestowed with that honor. Ellison furthered his education at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar. While here he received a Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology. 

Ellison returned to Emory in 2009 to join the faculty of the Candler School of Theology. In his second year of teaching he was awarded the Faculty Person of the Year Award (2010-2011). Three years later he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor.

In 2013, Ellison and a team of colleagues founded Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots initiative committed to creating spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations to see gifts in others, hear value in each others’ stories, and work for change and transformation in self and other.  

At present, Ellison is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Emory. Likewise, he is an ordained Baptist minister and has served on the ministerial staffs at both Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

In addition to Fearless Dialogues, Ellison is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. To learn more about Fearless Dialogues or Cut Dead But Still Alive by clicking on the links below: Fearless Dialogues Official WebsiteNPREmory MagazineChronicle of Higher Education

Women’s Retreat 2017

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Our annual Women’s Retreat will once again be held at Calvin Center March 3-5, 2017, with Martha Moore-Keish as our speaker. She’s writing a commentary on the book of James and will draw from her work on that for our sessions.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Watkins at annewatkins@bellsouth.net
Tricia Berrett at tbberett@aol.com
Molly McGinnis at mmcginnis@cpcatlanta.org.

Dinner and a Movie


Monday, Jan. 30 | Dinner and a Movie, Celebrating the Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Dinner at Rain Thai and Sushi Bar
followed by the movie ‘In Between’ (Bar Bahar) at Ua Tara Cinema
Meet 7 p.m.

Join the Events Committee for our first get together of 2017. Rain Thai and Sushi Bar is located next door to Ua Tara Cinema in the shopping center on Cheshire Bridge (at the intersection of LaVista Road and Lindbergh Drive).

*Please note the change in restaurant for dinner. Committee members recently dined at HAJIME Japanese Raman Noodle Bar and were concerned about staffing and the ability to service a large crowd Monday evening before the movie. The food, however, was “excellent”. 

‘In Between’ is the directorial debut of Maysaloun Hamoud. Winner Best Debut Feature Film at the Haifa International Film Festival.

This film has been praised as a “remarkable story of friendship, feminine power and the toll of patriarchal societies” telling the story of three Palestinian women who choose a life of freedom, fighting for the right to live on their own terms while sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. While ultra chic criminal lawyer Laila and lesbian disc jockey Slama spend their free time in the city’s underground bar scene, their decidedly more religious roommate Noor, a university student, manages her new found freedom with a different approach. “Struggling to be themselves while finding the right romantic partners, the developing sisterhood negotiates being Arab-Israeli in a predominantly Jewish society.”

Sign up on the Website (click here) or in Tull Hall during lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29.

We strongly recommend buying movie tickets in advance online at www.ajff.org.  Tickets are $13/person and can be printed from the Website.