Shrines of the Black Madonna - Atlanta
The Year of Restoration -  Redefining and Celebrating Who We Are

SHRINE ATLANTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Sunday Worship at 11:00 AM ET

2017: Encouraged by our Past; 
Excited about our Present
“Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your father, and he will inform you..” Deut. 32:7
 
 
At the close of 2016 many in America were disheartened, disappointed and disillusioned after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America. African Americans were not exempt from the pervasive feeling of anxiety that covered much of the country like a thick, blinding fog. The election marked the resurrection of unbridled racism, resuscitated through institutions long unsympathetic to the conditions and underdevelopment of African Americans.  Although much progress has been made, African Americans rightfully fear that it will be a severely daunting prospect to continue holding onto and building upon the hopes of our ancestors in light of the fact that the new administration will be made up of individuals who have historically demonstrated anti-African American sensibilities.

We have reason to be alarmed about the direction the leadership of this country is leaning because their decisions will profoundly shape life in our communities and foreign relations around the world. Alarm, however, must be balanced with an understanding of the rich, deep, and resilient history of our people in this country and what we were able to accomplish even in the face of systemic government- sanctioned racism. The history of African Americans is full of individuals whose faith in God and love for community propelled them to use mind, body and available resources to create an alternative existence that was a counter narrative to the hopeless conditions all around them. 
 
Therefore, we are called upon in this age to reflect on our past, but not to get stuck in it; not to get handcuffed by it, but rather to be encouraged and instructed by the lessons it teaches.  These lessons can help us develop strategies and a kind of Can Do mind-set required to successfully confront the challenges facing our communities today. Our past creates within us a degree of confidence that the same creative intelligence that was accessible to our ancestors is still available to us now.   There is no real need to fear the future. Our task as we move into a new year is to enthusiastically embrace the present moment that we are called to live in.  However, in this space that we call the present, we have to do the sacrificial work necessary that makes a future possible for the generations that will come after us. The future is nothing but the manifestation of all the past work and present decisions coming together in a particular space in time.  
 
We have a great cloud of witnesses who encourage us to fight on.  Ancestral individuals like Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune and Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman (Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr.) faced, what could be argued, more overt racism then contemporary African American will ever know, yet they accomplished so much in moving black people forward. These and others in the glorious and gruesome history that is ours demonstrate that external conditions can't foreclose on what God has promised. Our past prompts, pushes and propels us to remember that whatever we put our minds to, and back with our commitment, and invest in with our own resources, can and will become reality. Let’s enter into this New Year, Encouraged by our Past; Excited about our Present.
 
Peace,
Bishop Randy “Mwenda” Brown

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UPCEN

UPCEN is a group that provides pre-college workshops for junior high and high school students.  The meetings are held at the Shrine. The students in the picture are deporting from the Shrine for a college visit.

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Shrine Cultural Center & Bookstore 
A Bookstore & So Much More!
 
946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-549-8676
 
Wed. - Sat. 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tours and special bookings available upon request. 
 
 
 Bookstore Advisory Committee
 
 Rev. Milton “Ahdwele” Fann.......................................................Chair & Administrator
 Sis. Uwimana Olabisi.................. Merchandise Manager; Book Orders; Book review
 Mother Migozo......................................................................................Staff Manager
 Bro. Linc......................................................................................Policy & Procedures
 Sis. Haqikah...............................................................................Finances, Bill, Taxes
 Rev. Velma “Maia” Fann.................................................................Event Coordinator
 Elder Ifetayo.....................................................................................Staff and Advisor
 Sis. Kandia.......................................................................................Staff and Advisor
 Sis. Amanika....................................................................................Staff and Advisor
 

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WOMEN OF WORSHIP (WOW): "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
 
 
In WOW we are creating an environment where women can listen to each other and grow into a greater confidence about what [We] intuitively know what we need and what our communities need.  Women’s History Month (March) provided an excellent opportunity to honor the discipleship of women pioneers.  The African woman has administered great and mighty nations, led determined and capable armies into battle and founded splendid and enduring royal dynasties, schools, companies and spiritual movements.  Through WOW we take time to reflect upon what God has done and how God continues to use women in the expansion of Kingdom Building. 
                                  
FEED THE HOMELESS MINISTRY: The ministry is looking for committed members that are willing to serve. The ministry provides a hot breakfast to those who may otherwise not receive a meal all day. The meals are prepared and delivered every other Saturday. If you would like to become a part of this ministry please sign-up in the lobby of the Shrine sanctuary.