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A Weekend for Peace

Join us this September as we welcome The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason to All Saints’. Dr. Mason is a Methodist minister who spent 27 years in parish ministry in Belfast where he played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process, and who now directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called “Rethinking Conflict.”

In his lecture, Dr. Mason will address the needs of Atlanta in seeking a peaceable common life, touching on racial identity, the legacies of slavery and the ongoing struggle for civil rights, economic disparity, the impact of gentrification, and the more positive heritage of Atlanta as a city that has been “too busy to hate.” Stay with us that evening for Songs of Peace, a concert of music, poetry and other performances, in collaboration with various high schools and collegiate communities in Atlanta as well as professional artists.

On Sunday, Dr. Mason will deliver the sermon at the 9:00 a.m. worship service, and then he will lead a discussion in the Rector’s Forum with a panel of our youth about hopes the generations of the future might have for peace in their time. The weekend will conclude with a closing luncheon when Dr. Mason will deliver the keynote address.

We excitedly look forward to this weekend of peace. We hope you’ll plan to join us.


Saturday, September 22
Public Lecture: Peace in our City
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, 5:00 p.m., Ellis Hall followed by a reception in the Kennedy Courtyard. What are the needs of our city of Atlanta in seeking a peaceable common life?

Songs for Peace Concert
7:00 p.m., church
A concert of word and music featuring nationally renowned vocal soloist Laura English-Robinson and one of Atlanta’s leading cellists, Charae Krueger, as well as performers from the Lovett School Fine Arts Department and the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Sunday, September 23
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason
9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Church

The Rector’s Forum: Peace for the Future
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason and All Saints’ Youth, 10:15 a.m., Ellis Hall
A dialogue with youth exploring the hopes their generation might have for peace in their time and what matters to them about reconciliation.

Closing Lunch and Keynote Address:
Peace through the Church
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, 12:30 p.m., Ellis Hall
How might the church live into its vocation to reconcile the world to God and people to one another and how we at All Saints’ might carry on the work of reconciliation in our city and beyond?
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