June 2017 Around Town

2017 Andrew J. Young 
International Leadership Awards 
& 85th Birthday Tribute

Join the City of Atlanta on June 3 at Philips Arena as we celebrate our global citizen Ambassador Andrew J. Young’s 85th birthday, and honor “next-generation leaders” from around the world who lead youth in the fight for civil and human rights.

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Love & Service Are the Center of a New Facility at Zion Hill Baptist Church

In the midst of times riddled by anger, fear, hate and disregard for the needs of people, a center of love and service has emerged on the campus of Zion Hill Baptist Church at 6175 Campbellton Road in the new city of South Fulton. Grand opening festivities for “The “Love Center” included facility tours, Christian education classes, food, music, giveaways, team sports and table games.

The Love Center is the vision of Dr. Aaron L. Parker who has served as pastor of Zion Hill for more than 20 years. Its name is derived from the church’s motto, “Living to Love and Loving to Serve.” The 46,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility marks the completion of Phase II of the congregation’s development plans for the area. Phase I of the plan was the erection of a new sanctuary that seats 2000 and a three-tier parking deck in 2010. Phase III entails plans for an intergenerational housing development.

“God made a way for us to get this facility built without having to decrease any of our outreach efforts to the community and without having to conduct a formal capital campaign—through the consistency of our giving back to God what we should, good stewardship over monetary resources and strong, on-time, seemingly miraculous bank financing, we have arrived at the eve of the opening of the Love Center.  To God be the glory!” Dr. Parker said.

The new facility houses administrative offices, smart and executive conference rooms and classrooms. It will also enable Zion Hill to expand its services to the community through its more than 30 outreach ministries, a new media center, gymnasium, dance studio, fellowship hall, kitchen, archives room, meditation garden and counseling area. The community will be served through sports leagues, Senior Citizens programs and services, after school, summer enrichment, athletics, recreation and wellness programs.

Captain Dave Bushy Spoke 
at the Aviation Community 
and Cultural Center

Captain Dave Bushy is a former Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at Delta Air Lines. Since leaving Delta, he has become an Executive Coach who is respected globally for his knowledge and expertise in the field of aviation. At a time when a ticketed passenger was forcibly removed from a well-known commercial carrier, it was opportune for attendees to ask questions of a noted expert about the airline industry. Dave Bushy was, without a doubt, one of the most prestigious speakers ever during the three-year existence of the Aviation Speaker Series.

The Aviation Community Cultural Center is located near the entrance to the Fulton County Airport – Charlie Brown Field (KFTY), 3900 Aviation Circle NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30336. The Aviation Speaker Series event is free and open to the public, but because seating is limited, plan to arrive early to ensure ample and adequate front-row seating. Parking is also free to the public. For more information, the Aviation Community Cultural Center can be contacted by phone at 404.612.8600 or FultonArts.org. For more information, visit the Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE) website at FlyAce.org or the Black Aviation Airline Pioneers website at BAAP.info.

ITC’s 2017 Women at the Cross 
Performing Arts Worship Service

As a programmatic component of “Souls of Black Girls,” a transgenerational action and education platform that highlights the lives of Black girls and women, The Women at the Cross Worship Performing Arts Worship Service (WATC) was presented in the Chapel on the campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center in April. The Sankofa Center at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, the Center for Afrikan Biblical Studies of First Afrikan church in Lithonia and the Office of Black Women in Church and Society at the ITC are the co-hosts of this annual performance arts worship service. The purpose of this Sacred Arts service is to contribute a responsive and relevant interpretation of the role and function of women in the ministry of Jesus while intersecting their lives with the lives of Black women.

The “Women at the Cross” worship service connects artistic liturgy and worship to reshaping our consciousness about the unjust realities faced by Black women and the uncompromising role in the majesty, beauty and glory of God’s presence in the world. Women at the Cross began in 1994 at Victory AME Church in Atlanta under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Debora Grant. It moved to First Afrikan Church with its developer, ltihari Toure, and has expanded in its ministry through the Center for African Biblical Studies and the Office of Black Women in Church and Society at the ITC. Currently, Women at the Cross is a collaborative worship experience of several Metro Atlanta churches (Rize Community Church, Sankofa United Church of Christ and Dream Life Fellowship Christian Church) and seminaries. Last year, the invited churches and organizations collaborated to create a dramatic performing arts worship service around the theme “Certain Women-Soul Sanctuary,” reminding us that despite those forces that successfully marginalize women, youth and children, our hospitality and ability to create safe space have become sanctuaries in less likely places. The women at the cross reminds us that identification with the margins is not who God made us to be, and it is the work of freedom that we must strive to achieve.