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The MICAH Project

Would you like to talk about race in the context of our faith? That’s our goal in The MICAH Project. Our Mission Is Conversation And Healing about race in our lives, in the church, and in our country. Open to everyone in the parish, The MICAH Project maintains a mailing list for those seeking information about relevant publications, films, upcoming events, and other resources. To join the email list, please email Nancy Wade at TheMICAHProjectAS@gmail.com.

Guided by a steering committee, 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.

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The MICAH Project Steering Committee:

  • Sarah Hill
  • Mimi Spang
  • Gabi Castro-Diaz
  • Lynda Herrig
  • Dante Hudson
  • Virginia Schenck
  • Nadia Fountain
  • Nancy Wade
  • Alvin Moore
  • Ann Stuart Pearce
  • Vance White
  • John Pinkard
  • Suzanne Wakefield
  • Carl Walker
  • Emily Schunior

Upcoming Events

Racial Healing In This Time of Pandemics: Where To From Here?

  • Sundays, November 15 and 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET

As we confront the multiple pandemics of COVID-19, social and racial unrest, and a very angry environment, what is the best way forward? In spite of it all that is before us, we are challenged to search for the reason to have hope. As we strive to find the way forward, where can we find help? Join Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, to call upon scripture, poetry and story to help us engage our questions and concerns.

Click here to view the recording from session 1 (November 15) >>

Please click here to register for this series (or click “Register” below).

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous—therefore judgment comes forth perverted…Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights.” Habakkuk 1:2-4, 3:17-19


Coming Soon: Sacred Ground Small Groups

The Episcopal Church has declared a church-wide initiative of racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Called “Becoming Beloved Community,” the initiative includes a 10-session curriculum entitled “Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith.” The Sacred Ground curriculum consists of videos, assorted writings, discussion, and two core books, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up White by Debby Irving. The MICAH Project (TMP) plans to initiate Sacred Ground dialogue circles composed of parishioners committed to approximately six months of learning, listening, and engaging one another in a brave space to talk about race and faith. To learn more about Sacred Ground, click here.

In order to gauge interest in these small-group dialogue circles (no firm commitment needed yet), we ask that you add your name to the list by emailing us at sacredground@allsaintsatlanta.org.


Past Events

The MICAH Project: Introduction to Sacred Ground Series with Sarah Hill

  • Sundays, October 18, October 25, and November 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Would you like to take part in small group conversations about race and our faith journey? The Episcopal Church has created a 10-part curriculum of small-group study, listening, and sharing called Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith. As an introduction to Sacred Ground, The MICAH Project offers three classes that sample the curriculum’s readings and films. Each class includes opportunities for conversation about the material as it relates to race and faith in our lives.

“For what does the Lord ask of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

 

 

Remembrance: A Non-Violent Protest

  • Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Keith Willey and Schaune Griffin have been following and supporting the work of the Equal Justice Initiative for over a decade. With the opening in April, 2018 of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which commemorates victims of lynching in America, EJI expanded from its work in prisons and courtrooms to a mission to acknowledge our history of racial terrorism and advocate for racial justice. The Memorial to Peace and Justice challenges visitors to carry the work of truth and reconciliation from the Memorial in Montgomery to their own communities and take on this work at the local level. In their presentation, Schaune and Keith plan to discuss what drew them to participate in the NAACP DeKalb Remembrance Committee and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition and to describe their work and experiences as members of these organizations.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

Please click here to view the recording (or click “Watch the Recording” below).

 

 Black Lives Matter: The Rebirth of a Movement with Dante Hudson

  • Sunday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Join parishioner and vestry member Dante Hudson to explore how the Black Lives Matter movement is essentially the child of the Civil Rights movement, but with a focus on policing and criminal justice reform.

“[Jesus said,] Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

Please click here to view the recording (or click “Watch the Recording” below).

 

 

 

Redlining in Atlanta and Its Legacies with Elliot Watts

  • Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Join Elliot Watts for an important discussion of the legacies of redlining, and its implications for the intergenerational transfer of wealth, health outcomes, and poverty, with strong implications for racial justice in our city.

“[God said] Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

Please click here to watch the recording (or click “Watch the Recording” below). Please click here to download the slides.

 

 

Becoming Beloved Community with Ruby Sales

In 1965, Episcopal Seminarian Jonathan Daniels was working for civil rights with 17 year old Ruby Sales, and other activists in Hayneville Alabama. When a shotgun-yielding county deputy tried to shoot Ruby, Daniels pushed Ruby aside and took the full blast, giving his life to save hers. Now 55 years later, Ruby joins us to share that story, and the impact it has had on her life. Please click here (or click “Watch the Recording” below) to watch the recording of this conversation from August 23, 2020.

 

 

Deep in Her Heart: A Tribute to Connie Curry with Bob Miller

Connie Curry, longtime All Saints’ member, was our most “boots on the ground” civil rights activist. Connie was an honors graduate of Agnes Scott College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fulbright Scholar, but she was and is better known as an unrelenting force for civil rights. Among many other things, she was the only white member of the Executive Committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when it was founded in 1960 during the sit-in movement. Please click here (or click “Watch the Recording” below) to watch the recording of this conversation from August 30, 2020.

 

 

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

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 (or click “Watch the Recording” below) to watch a recording of this conversation from September 6, 2020.


Race and Atlanta History

On February 16, 23 and March 1, we hosted a series of three Adult Formation classes about the 1906 massacre called “The Atlanta Race Riot.” During the first session, Bob Miller described the events that reshaped Atlanta’s race history with “The Sidewalks Ran Red: The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot.” In the subsequent two sessions, Atlanta actors Chris Kayser and Neal Ghant reenacted the unprecedented conversation that took place after the massacre between Carey Wilmer, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at the time, and W.E.B. DuBois, the famous scholar and founder of the NAACP.

Click the links below to watch the recordings from these three classes:

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