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Ecclesia Ministries Conference | Come & See: Race, Poverty, & Homelessness


  • All Saints' 634 West Peachtree Street Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30308 (map)

Ecclesia Ministries Network and Atlanta’s Church of the Common Ground host a weekend of conversation, sharing, feasting, and seeing (sites, need, and church) with a special emphasis on racial reconciliation in our churches and in our work.  The weekend is meant to help us collaboratively think critically and constructively about our leadership of street churches, that we might be encouraged to seek justice and love mercy, walking humbly, outside, with God.


Meetings

All meetings and most meals are in “The Attic” of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, ADA accessible, and across the street from the North Avenue MARTA station, which is the train you can take directly from within the airport.  Parking also available, though public transit is preferable.

Accommodations  

Staying in the Attic (meeting rooms-turned dorms; floor or couch sleeping; bring your own sleeping bag; bathrooms, with individual showers, full kitchen where group meals will take place):  $15per person per night.

Crown Plaza Midtown: Group rate reserved across the street from All Saints’ at $169/night if you book by 4/17/19.  Mention you are with Church of the Common Ground. Book your room online or contact the central reservations department at (877) 684-9381.

Airbnb and other hotels:  Midtown is full of options, and full of scooters and Lyft/Uber drivers and MARTA to get you to-and-fro.  30308 encompasses Midtown, Atlanta. We advise not staying too far out as Atlanta traffic is a force to be reckoned with.

Meals

Most meals are shared:  Please indicate your dietary needs upon registration.  You will self-pay for dinner out Saturday night as a group and for lunch/dessert Sunday.

Organizers

Liz Magill pastorlizm@gmail.com; and Monica Mainwaring vicar@churchofthecommonground.org

Early-bird Registration (before April 1):  $125; Registration (after April 1): $150


Conference Agenda

Thursday

5pm Arrival, Meet & Greet

6pm Dinner

7pm Executive Directors’ Roundtable; New Leaders’ Roundtable

9pm Prayers

Friday

8:30am  Breakfast - preparing and feasting together

10am-noon   Racial identity and Racial Reconciliation, a participatory and self-reflective conversation lead by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation

12:30pm  Lunch - preparing and feasting together

1:30pm  Outings:  A. Center for Civil and Human Rights ($22); B. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and Memorial (free); C.  Downtown walk (free)

4:30pm  Context-specific ministries; a discussion

6pm  Dinner – preparing and feasting together

Saturday

8am   Continental Breakfast

9:30-1pm   Symposium on Race, Poverty, and Homelessness at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, hosted by Church of the Common Ground (lunch included); or, free time for exploring Atlanta

2-4pm  Workshop:  _____________________

4-6pm  Affinity groups and snacks

6:30pm  Dinner out in Midtown (self-pay)

Sunday

8am  Continental Breakfast

9am  Attend various churches in downtown/Midtown.  Teach or share about ministries in forums in local churches.  Or, rest. Luggage can be stored at All Saints’ or in Church of the Common Ground’s offices within St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, four blocks southeast.

11am Optional gathering at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to observe or participate in CCG’s preparation for worship

12:15pm  Optional gathering at Peachtree & Auburn for Common Ground’s coffee hour

1pm Church of the Common Ground Worship Service

3pm Lunch/dessert at Landmark Diner (self-pay) or back at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

4pm Departure for your return home