First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

Call: (404) 378-5570 or visit www.firstexistentialist.org
The former home of a black Baptist church that was escaped thanks to 1950s racial hostilities is now a come-as-you-are, Unitarian house of worship that places no deity above another. In addition to Sunday "celebrations of life," the church hosts philosophy discussions, yoga, movie nights, and more.

The Alchemy of Improvisation

Friday October 11, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
An evening of improvised music in a variety of styles.

Klimchak & Stuart Gerber Percussion Duet Three Way Mirror Sax, Tuba & Conga Jazz Trio Pink Lady Quartet Free Jazz from North Carolina

Cost: $10

Wally Shoup & Evan Lipson + Jeff Crompton & Kenito Murray

Wednesday July 25, 2018 07:30 pm EDT
Seattle saxophonist Wally Shoup joins Chattanooga bass player and Shaking Ray Levis cohort Evan Lipson for a night of improved music. It's rare for Shoup to make an Atlanta appearance these days, but his Southern roots run deep. "I got turned on to free jazz and improvisation through WREK, particula...
Cost: $10

Tom McDermott

Friday July 28, 2017 08:00 pm EDT
Cost: $10

Fiddler's Green Coffeehouse

Friday August 19, 2016 08:00 pm EDT
This month Elise Witt and friends will come out to entertain. Elise Witt’s concerts and workshops create and connect singing communities around the world. Born in Switzerland and raised in North Carolina, the Atlanta-based folk singer, songwriter and musician speaks five languages fluently, sings...
Cost: $8-$10

Edgewood Big Band

Friday May 20, 2016 08:00 pm EDT
Is there a better way to celebrate releasing your first 7-inch than by assembling a 12-piece ensemble to play a selection of your compositions from the last three decades? That’s the plan, according to saxophonist Jeff Crompton, who’s leading the Edgewood Big Band, featuring current and itineran...
Cost: $10

Sunday Assembly Atlanta Presents: Space Invaders - Citizenship in the Universe

Saturday February 20, 2016 07:00 pm EST
What happens to life in the universe when we find it?How fundamentally would our understanding shake if we found microbial life in our solar system, or if we heard an intelligent signal from a distant star? How should we even responsibly approach the search for such things when our investigations co...
Cost: FREE

Carla Ulbrich Concert

Thursday October 15, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
The Frank Hamilton Folk School proudly announces its first concert, presenting Carla Ulbrich. Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey. Carla tours all over the U.S. and England and has appeared on ABC, USA Network, the BBC, ...
Cost: $10 gen. adm., $8 AAFFM members. Cash, check or credit card at door.

Chamber Cartel / MAYA / Music of George Crumb

Friday September 4, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
The Goat Farm Arts Center present Chamber Cartel performing music by George Crumb, whose profoundly humanistic music includes programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements. On this concert will be performed some of the most beautiful works of the 20th century: An Idyll for the Misbegott...
Cost: $10 suggested

Chamber Cartel performs George Crumb / MAYA

Friday September 4, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
Cost: $10

Existential Moment Coffeehouse

Friday July 17, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
Existential Moment Coffeehouse with music by Scott Hooker & Janna Nelson, Janet Metzger, Shelia Pattee, Phyllis Free, Aviva, Craig Rafuse, Aubrey Cox, Ted Pettus.Spoken word by Alice Lovelace, Margo Smith, Anne Michelle Lynch, Brother Obediah. Emcee Gail Reeder. Food, drink, fun silent auction. Door...
Cost: $5 and up for adults -- sliding scale.

Shri Indradeep Ghosh (violin) with Gourisankar (table)

Saturday May 23, 2015 08:00 pm EDT
Cost: $20

3rd Friday Films

Thursday February 19, 2015 07:00 pm EST
THIRD FRIDAY FILM SERIESFirst Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta Friday, 2/20/2015, 7:30 pm Sponsored by First E's Social Justice Guild with Wells For Hope, Inc. (http://www.wellsforhope.org/) Philippe Falardeau’sThe Big Lie (2014) Feature film detailing some Sudanese orphans surviving bloody ...
Cost: $1-$10, sliding scale, no one turned away

Sunday Assembly Atlanta

Saturday January 17, 2015 07:00 pm EST
The Sunday Assembly is a life-celebrating congregation without deity, dogma, or doctrine. Our motto: Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.The theme of this month's service is Mindfulness, and our featured speaker is Atlanta psychotherapist Dr. Norma Harris. For more information, check our website fo...
Cost: FREE

3rd Friday Films

Thursday January 15, 2015 07:00 pm EST
THIRD FRIDAY FILM SERIESFirst Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Friday, January 16, 2015;, 7:30 PM Sponsored by the Social Justice Guild Harry & Joe Gantz’sAmerican Winter (2013) Documentary feature film follows families struggling in the aftermath o...
Cost: sliding scale, no one turned away

Third Friday Film Series Presents *United in Anger*

Thursday November 20, 2014 07:00 pm EST
The Third Friday Film Series at First Existentialist Congregation presents Jim Hubbard’s *United in Anger: A History of ACT UP* (2012) on Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. at First E. This documentary won the Grand Jury Prize at the Milan International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Co-sponsored by ...
Cost: $1-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away.

An Evening of Storytelling at First Existentialist

Friday November 7, 2014 07:00 pm EST
“An Evening of Storytelling” at First Existentialist Congregation Saturday, November 8, 7-10:00 p.m. Storytellers Barry Stewart Mann, Dorothy Kirk, Gail Reeder, and Nita Roberts will spin yarns to move you to smiles and laughter, and special guest musicians Aviva and the First E Street Band will...
Cost: donations $15-$20 sliding scale

Winter's Bone

Thursday October 16, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
First Existentialist Congregation's Third Friday Film Series presents Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone (2013) Friday, October 17. An Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her crystal meth-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. 4-stars by Roger E...
Cost: Suggested donation $1-10.00 sliding scale; no one turned away.

Third Friday Film Series - Dirty Wars

Thursday September 18, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
First Existentialist Congregation's Third Friday Film Series presents Rick Rowley’s Dirty Wars (2013) on September 19. Documentary follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill into the hidden world of America's covert wars. Co-sponsored by Drone Task Force (https://www.facebook.com/dronetaskforce...
Cost: donations - $1 to $10 sliding scale No one turned away

The Great Existentialist Book & Bake Sale

Friday August 22, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
GIGANTIC First Existentialist Book and Bake Sale Saturday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Wide selection of BOOKS of EVERY GENRE donated by bookstores, philosophers, academics, collectors, publishers, a...
Cost: $1/paperbacks, $2/hardbacks and trade paperbacks

Third Friday Film Series - Good Night and Good Luck

Thursday July 17, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta presents George Clooney’s Good Night & Good Luck (2005) on Friday, July 18th, 2014 in its THIRD FRIDAY FILM SERIES at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Co-sponsored by Atlanta Democratic Socialist...
Cost: $1-$10.00 sliding scale, no one turned away

Third Friday Film Series Presents Persepolis

Thursday June 19, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
First Existentialist Congregation's Third Friday Film Series presents Persepolis, an animated story of a young girl's coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Doors open 7:00 pm, film starts 7:30 sharp. Donations $1-$10.00, no one turned away. Popcorn and refreshments available. Discussi...
Cost: Donation $1-$10.00, no one turned away.

Inequality for All

Thursday April 17, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
First Existentialist Congregation’s Third Friday Film Series presents Inequality for All, documentary following former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. The film puts a human face on the situation, focusing on several families wh...
Cost: $1-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away

Edgewood Saxophone Trio

Thursday March 13, 2014 08:00 pm EDT
Edgewood Sax Trio is the demented notion of Jeff Crompton, whose mad saxophone skills have graced stages across the city for decades, most recently with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra. Accompanied by Ben Davis (tenor sax) and Bill Nittler (baritone sax), Crompton has charted a harmonically enth...
Cost: $5-$12

Third Friday Film Series presents Arranged

Thursday February 20, 2014 07:00 pm EST
Third Friday Film SeriesARRANGED (2007) When Rochel and Nasira, an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim, meet as new teachers at a Brooklyn school, co-workers and students expect friction. But the women discover they have a shared expectation of arranged marriages. As they experience tension between their trad...
Cost: $1-10.00 sliding scale, no one turned away

An Evening of Southern Storytelling

Friday November 8, 2013 07:00 pm EST
An Evening of Southern Storytelling with storytellers Maryann Hopper, Dorothy Kirk, Gail Reeder, and Nita Roberts, and singer Tia Rix at First Existentialist Congregation on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm. Drinks and snacks available. $10 donation, more if you can, less if you can't. Benefit for First ...
Cost: $10.00 donation, sliding scale

Tatsuya Nakatani & Michel Doneda, Victor Pons, Bradley Bailey

Thursday May 9, 2013 08:00 pm EDT

Dave Brubeck Quartet Tribute Concert

Friday March 22, 2013 08:00 pm EDT
Four Atlanta musicians, Alan Dynin - piano, Marshall (Mac) Isseks - saxophones, Scott Glazer - bass and Adrian Ash - drums, team up to honor the late, great jazz ambassador Dave Brubeck. An afternoon of top-notch jazz.
Cost: $10

Bob Stagner, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Roger Ruzow, and the Edgewood Saxophone Trio

Friday March 1, 2013 07:00 pm EST
This concert was meant to feature the Shaking Ray Levis and the Edgewood Saxophone Trio. But the unexpected death of Dennis Palmer meant that it was not to be. Bob Stagner of the Shaking Rays, the amazing improvisers Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, who have played and recorded with the Shaking Rays...
Cost: $7

Third Friday Film Series: For Colored Girls

Thursday August 16, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
The film based on Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking prose-poem-theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.
Cost: $5

Edgewood Sax Quartet

Friday July 20, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Jeff Crompton leads Bill Nittler, Ben Davis, and Eric Fontaine through a set of free jazz originals, along with a few numbers by Ornette, Lacy, Monk, and Bird.
Cost: $7

Third Friday Film Series - Stonewall Uprising

Thursday June 14, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
Co-Sponsored by the Atlanta Pride CommitteeDocumentary about the way it was back in the 1960’s & the Stonewall riots that started the modern gay rights movementDoors open 7:00 pm – film starts at 7:30 pm sharpPopcorn and refreshments availableWe welcome donations - $1 to $10 sliding scaleNo one turn...
Cost: 1.00 - 10.00

Faith Healer

Friday March 23, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
A play about a traveling faith healer who piles his trade among the abject souls in the rural areas of the British isles.
Cost: $16-$20

Third Friday Film Series - Capitalism: A Love Story

Thursday March 15, 2012 08:00 pm EDT
Michael Moore’sCapitalism: A Love Story (2009)Co-Sponsored by First E SJG and Occupy Atlanta Everyday People!What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Nominated for Best Documentary at seven film festivals Doors open 7:00 pm – film starts at 7:30 pm sharpPopcorn and refreshment...
Cost: $0 to $10

Third Friday Film Series - A Jihad for Love

Thursday February 16, 2012 07:00 pm EST
A documentary on gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims around the world(12 countries and 9 languages)Winner for Best Documentary atThe Milan and Torino Lesbian & Gay Film Festivals& the 2009 GLAAD Media AwardDoors open 7:00 pm – film starts at 7:30 pm sharpPopcorn and refreshments availableWe welcome...
Cost: $1 - $10 donation

Chamber Cartel

Saturday December 31, 2011 07:00 pm EST
The debut of this experimental music ensemble. Percussionist/founder Caleb Herron, pianist Ipek Brooks, and flutist Colleen McHugh perform Morton Feldman's haunting, 90-minute Crippled Symmetry
Cost: $10


Thursday December 15, 2011 07:00 pm EST
An award-winning film about love between women in modern India. Refreshments available. A discussion will be held after.
Cost: $1-$10

Dancing with Doria: A Charis Circle Fundraiser

Friday December 2, 2011 07:00 pm EST
Join Charis Circle friends, staff, and board for a benefit concert with Doria Roberts followed by a post concert dance party with DJ Lynnee Denise. Kick off the holiday season shake your groove thing for a good cause. Enjoy light refreshments, great music from one of our favorite Atlanta musicians, ...
Cost: $15-$25
470 Candler Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-5570
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