Erskine Clark to discuss his latest book
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In 1834, Leighton and Jane Wilson left Savannah for a 17-year odyssey in West Africa. The Wilsons had freed their inherited slaves and were to become the most influential American missionaries in West Africa during the first half of the nineteenth century. While Jane established schools, Leighton fought the international slave trade and the imperialism of colonization.

As the Civil War approached, however, they heard the siren voice of their Southern homeland calling. They sought to resist its seductions; but the call became more insistent and, finally, irresistible. In spite of their years of fighting slavery, they gave themselves to a history and a people committed to maintaining slavery and its deep oppression—both an act of deep love for a place and people, and the desertion of a moral vision. 

A sweeping transatlantic story of good intentions and bitter consequences, By the Rivers of Water reveals two distant worlds linked by deep faiths.

This Bancroft Award winning book will be discussed by former Central affiliate and Columbia Seminary professor, Erskine Clarke, on Sunday, October 26 at 9:45 a.m. in a combined Adult Sunday School Class. Invite your friends and don’t miss it!

Advent Text - Talk With Kathleen O'Connor

Ellen logo for Calvin 2014 shadowCentral has once again received a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Worship for the 2014-2015 program year, titled Living in the Presence of God.  One of the four components of our grant is “Experiencing God in the Text.” This component will include a series of “text-talks” that will give participants the tools for delving deeper into our Advent scripture texts for this year.

The first event in the series will be on Monday evening, October 20. Kathleen O’Connor, Old Testament Professor Emerita at Columbia Theological Seminary, will give us the tools to dig deeper into our Advent texts by hearing, reading, and studying together. No cost – great fellowship! Come and share your thoughts and insights! All are welcome! For more information on time and location, contact Sandra McDonald by email or phone 404.601.3137 or Dave VanderMeer by email or phone 404.601.3138

Join us for an evening of learning, informal bible study, and fellowship! Bring a friend, too!
Zimbabwe Artists Project on display in Tull Hall Gallery
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Our current art exhibit in Tull Hall is from the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) – “Making Human Connections Through Art”. ZAP is a non-profit organization created at the request of the Artists of rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. ZAP’s goal is to “foster self-respect and self-reliance through collaborative projects." Through education, sale of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps the artists become economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for their families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities.  

ZAP has helped Weya artists create their own cooperative association, by assisting with constitution writing and the fundamentals of bookkeeping. These artists have used proceeds from their artwork to rebuild fragile houses, meet major medical emergencies, care for AIDS orphans, and enter teacher-training college.   ZAP has completed a clean water project in Weya and is engaged with the people of Weya in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

In 2008, Central hosted the ZAP art exhibit, and the Learning Committee purchased artwork for our children’s Sunday School Classrooms and for rooms on the Ground Level occupied by Central Outreach and Advocacy Center.

All artwork on display is for sale, and is sponsored by the Music & Liturgical Committee. For pricing please email Sandra McDonald or Dave VanderMeer.

For additional information please visit ZAP’s website.

Cheers for Change 2014
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Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Monday Night Brewing

Plan to join us on Sunday, November 9 from 3 to 6pm at Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave, Atlanta) to support the work of Central Outreach & Advocacy Center! There will be great beer, delicious food, good music, brewery tours, trivia and prizes, and a chance to learn more about Central OAC's important work.
 
We had a blast at this event last year, and it's the perfect opportunity to introduce your friends and family to the transformative work Central OAC is doing to help reduce homelessness in Atlanta.

Bring yourself, tell your friends, and get ready to have a great time for an even better cause. We hope to see you there!
 
Purchase tickets to this event by clicking here.
Welcome to our new Residency Program Coordinator

On October 1 we will welcome our new Residency Program Coordinator, the Rev. Jamie Butcher.   An integral player in our residency program, the Program Coordinator is responsible for mentoring our resident pastors both as leaders within this congregation and preparing them to be leaders in the greater Presbyterian church. Learn more about Central's program by clicking here.  To learn more about the Lilly Endowment, click here.

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Meet Jamie

Jamie grew up in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and has lived in Atlanta for five years. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Jamie also holds degrees from the University of Virginia, and Appalachian State University. Jamie comes to Central from Alpharetta Presbyterian where she served as an Associate Pastor for four years, after working as a chaplain in the Emory Hospital system.  Jamie is married to Ryan Bonfiglio, a visiting professor at Columbia Theological Seminary.  They have a seven month old named Leo.

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