September 3, 2020
Dear Friends,
Unlike my Cherokee “circle keeper” ancestors gathered around sacred fire circles, I am not a natural with a talking piece. I often wait on the sidelines, debating when (or whether) to jump into a dialogue. Conversations are hard when I’m stuck in my own head, worrying about what I will say, or worse—how I look on Zoom. Ambivalence distracts my brain... 

  • Is there a center to this grid-spaced "talking circle"? 
  • How do I pass the virtual mic without dredging up another's dread? 
  • Are we listening to one another or simply waiting for a turn to speak?

The New York Times recently highlighted how our social skills atrophy during periods of human isolation. What once was unique to polar explorers, hermits, prisoners, and astronauts is now psychological terrain familiar to all of us—socially awkward, anxious, impulsive, or intolerant feelings are common in this pandemic. At work or at home, rollercoaster emotions and screen-fatigued eyeballs leave us longing to escape quarantine spaces where waking hours drag on.

I'm craving a break from self-consciousness right about now, especially the sort conjured by storytelling magic around a campfire. (If you missed All Saints’ recent sizzling campfire singalong, you still can catch its cool luminosity here). When my “little light” feels ready to give out, I like to imagine us all together around such a fire, singing and taking turns telling stories.

With God as our trusted circle keeper, gathering us into sacred space with loving welcome, what parts of ourselves might we dare to bring—stories, silences, sorrows—to the One who is present wherever two or three are gathered?
With gratitude for sacred stories alive in each of you,
The Rev. Sarah Stewart
Associate Rector for Young Adults and Innovation
TONIGHT
Jesus as a Radical Revolutionary
Monthly Young Adult Formation Series
Continues on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion on social justice. Our Slack channel will post content salient to our ongoing conversation. This Young Adult fall formation series, held every first-Thursday-of-the-month, invites us to explore topics of revolution, dissent, disruption, and change in society and the church.

These discussions begin at 7:00 p.m. and are followed by Compline prayers at 8:00 p.m. Click here to sign up and Justin Averette will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
Compline
Virtual Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for our weekly peer-led prayer group, as we lift up the needs of our world and all whom we love.

All are welcome! Many thanks to all who have been leading this group over the summer. Click here to sign up and Justin Averette will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
Congratulations!
Saints UnTapped "Saints Take on Atlanta" Trivia Night Winners
Megan Wyman, Sam Osakue, and Juliana Fritts
Coming Up:
Saints Untapped Virtual Potluck, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our virtual potluck send off for Yanique DaCosta, as she tackles interstate pandemic relocation. Showcase your favorite dish as we gather in virtual space for an pre-autumnal equinox community celebration!

Click here to sign up and Michael Asmussen will send you the Zoom meeting link and password, or, click the link below to connect directly via Zoom.
Service Opportunity
New All Saints' Virtual Tutoring Program
LEARN MORE
Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Join All Saints' parishioners John Pinkard and Steve Heckler who will speak about Refugee Ministries new goal for Fall 2020: developing 50 Zoom tutors, who will be asked to commit to working with children for 12 sessions each, to help bridge the educational gap with online schooling for former refugee kids in our program. 

While the Sunday series registration link spans August 23, August 30, and September 6, if you're interested in this new tutoring program, you're welcome to come simply for the session on Sunday, September 6! Contact Louisa Merchant, Director of Refugee Ministries, at louisam@allsaintsatlanta.org with your questions.
This Sunday
The MICAH Project
Adult Formation Series
Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

Our Mission IConversation And Healing about race in our lives, in the church, and in our country. Open to everyone in the parish, The MICAH Project offers educational programs that stimulate dialogue; sponsors training in recognizing and dismantling racism; and organizes small-group conversations about race.

In fulfillment of Micah 6:8, we nurture racial healing as a part of our spiritual formation, seeking as a church community to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.

Here's is information about the next event:

One Step Beyond Caution: The Ministers’ Manifesto of 1957 with Ethel Ware Carter

  • Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

An Atlanta pastor asked how the pulpits could be silent when the Georgia Legislature was discussing closing the public schools rather than integrating them. A group of ministers responded publicly changing the climate in the city. Join Ethel Ware Carter to learn more about this pivotal moment in history.

Please click here to sign up for the discussion.
Virtual Brunch and Bible
Monthly Young Adult Formation Series
Begins on Sunday, September 13 at **11:00 a.m.**
Gather ‘round our virtual/communal table the second Sunday of each month, starting September 13, for a lively bring-your-own-brunch conversation with peers and mentors.

You only need a posture of respect and generosity (and a suitable mobile device) to be in the “Zoom Where It Happens” as we explore God’s Living Word in scripture and in the unfolding texts of our lives.

Click here to sign up and Mark Kolojejchick-Kotch will send you the Zoom meeting link and password.
NEW Fall 2020 Small Groups
All Saints’ Connects small groups will foster dynamic, facilitated, conversational environments for 6-8 adults to journey together for a season (60 min. weekly, 4 weeks at a time), as we seek to...

Center our lives around Jesus Christ
Care about one another
Converse about topics that truly matter 
Create transformative community
through listening and sharing stories of faith 

Register here for the next session, which begins in early October. And feel free to contact Sarah Stewart at sstewart@allsaintsatlanta.org with your questions.
Resources for Personal Prayer in Daily Life
CONNECT WITH PRAYING PEERS via Young Adults @ All Saints' Slack Channel: youngadultsallsaints.slack.com #prayers






Pray As You Go (Ignatian Prayer)

Daily Disconnect Podcast (Carmelite Prayer)

Livestream of Taize’ Prayers with the Brothers in France (9:30 p.m. ET every night on Facebook)

Compline by Candlelight from Trinity Wall Street:
For more information contact The Rev. Sarah Stewart