Book signing: During the 26th MJCCA Book Festival, New York Times bestselling author Reza Aslan will explore humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God. In his book “God: A Human History,” Aslan explores the origin of religion and how different ideas of God have both united and divided people. The book centers around the idea of a humanized god — a supercharged, divine version of ourselves. Tickets are $18-$25 each. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812- 4002, atlantajcc.org.
Special service: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Morris Brown College are invited to worship and fellowship during a special college day friendship service with the historic Friendship Baptist Church congregation. After three years of displacement, the new church home opened this summer and is located two blocks away from its former address. 10 a.m. Nov. 12. Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut St. S.W., Atlanta. 404-688-0206, fbcatlanta.org.
Shopping extravaganza: A fourth annual shopping extravaganza with an assortment jewelry, beauty items, seasonal gifts and more will be open to the public. noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3. Congregation Ner Tamid, 1349 Old Highway 41, Marietta. 678 264-8575, mynertamid.info.
Motivational speaker: Inky Johnson, former University of Tennessee football player, will share his story on suffering a serious, career-ending injury on the field. Johnson went on to earn a master’s degree in sports psychology, and devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youths. This event is free and open to all, but guests may contribute to an offering. 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Community Bible Church, 2001 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge. 770-914-0808, communitybiblechurch.com.
Holiday concert: The second annual concert, Festival Sounds of the Season, will feature Atlanta’s multicultural chorus, The Trey Clegg Singers, along with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Homeward Choir, Atlanta’s chorus for homeless men. Tickets, which are $30, can be purchased by visiting freshtix.com and entering “Morehouse College” and selecting “Georgia” in the search boxes. Visit thetreycleggsingers.org to learn more. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16. Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-215-2608, morehouse.edu/mlkchapel.
Update: The community conversation with Helen Prejean, nun and author of “Dead Man Walking,” and Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright has been rescheduled for Feb. 15. Additional information will be updated as available. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway N.W., Atlanta. 404-255-4023, holyinnocents.org.
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