Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing Video

The Diocese of Atlanta is proud to be home to a new resource for the worldwide Episcopal Church. Located at the Atlanta University Center among Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta campuses on the Westside of Atlanta, the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing will provide parishes and dioceses around the world with the support to address racism head-on through racial reconciliation and healing. The resource and training center is housed in what was known as the historic Absalom Jones Episcopal Center and Chapel building. The creation of the Center aligns with The Episcopal Church and our Diocese’s commitment to reach across the borders and boundaries that divide the human family of God.

Learn more at http://www.centerforracialhealing.org/


We Challenge Ourselves: 111th Annual Council

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How will you challenge yourself to love like Jesus? Representatives from our diocese’s 114 worshiping communities were asked that at the 111th Annual Council, hosted by the Northeast Georgia Convocation, Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. In his speech to attendees, our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, put forth ideas for how to go about living into this part of our diocesan purpose statement.

“We must look at every tradition and convention we have adopted as ministry groups, vestries, individual churches and clergy and ask ourselves and one another, does our current practice and reality square with what Jesus actually said? What he taught? How he loved?” Bishop Wright said.

Council began with Holy Eucharist. The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, was guest preacher and the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright celebrated. After the service, the 111th Annual Council convened to determine new members of diocesan leadership groups and consider four resolutions to help establish and strengthen partnerships and raise awareness about important issues.

New Leadership
Standing Committee
Lay: Tracie Jenkins
Clergy: Lauren Holder

Mikell Board of Governors
Andrew Gordon
Julie Gordon

Sewanee Trustee
Tammy Pallot

Resolutions Passed

  • R17-1 Establish a Companion Diocese relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana
     
  • R17-2 Reunification of the Episcopal Church in Cuba with the Episcopal Church

  • R17-3 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education

  • R17-4 Strong recommendation parishes and worshiping communities of the Diocese of Atlanta post the Georgia Anti-Trafficking Poster

After Council, activities concluded for the day, and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a service project. Partnering with Rise Against Hunger, our Council delegates worked together with a goal to feed 30,000 people.

Attendees also had the opportunity to sample BBQ from around our diocese at the Episcopal Community Foundation’s BBQ Competition. The winning teams won cash prizes for parish outreach. The winners included the following:

  • First place: The St. Elizabeth Holy Smokers, winning $5,000
  • Second place: The Smokin' Cats from St. Catherine's, winning $2,500
  • Third place: BBQ Is A Noun from St. Bartholomew's, winning $1,500

Reflections

This year’s Council theme echos our diocesan purpose statement, “We challenge ourselves…” Attendees reflected on the ways in which we challenge ourselves in our daily lives. Bishop Wright challenged attendees to find new ways to love like Jesus.

 “If we’re going to love like Jesus, we’re going to have to tell our real stories. Be curious rather than defensive. Forget perfection. Try new things. Acknowledge loss. Be more courageous. Reach deeper. Laugh from our bellies. Talk less. Sing louder. And trust God more. So there it is, “nos desafiamos a amar como Jesús.” We challenge ourselves to love like Jesus.” Bishop Wright said.

Bishop’s Cross Recipients

The first Bishop’s Crosses were awarded to two members of each convocation - one lay and one clergy - who embody the diocesan purpose statement. Recipients were nominated and recommended to the Bishop. The crosses were made from the Dogwood tree by Andy Schuyler, a member of St. Patrick’s parish.

NE Georgia Convocation
Lay nominee: John Andrews
Clergy nominee: Mary Demmler

Chattahoochee Valley Convocation:
Lay nominee: Martin McCann
Clergy nominee: Sandy McCann

North Atlanta Convocation
Lay nominee: Dr. May C. Brown
Clergy nominee: Ruth Pattison

SW Convocation
Lay nominee: Angela Mankin
Clergy nominee: Hazel Glover

Mid-Atlanta Convocation
Lay nominee: Tahir Murray
Clergy nominee: Mary Wetzel

East Atlanta Convocation:
Lay nominee:  Claudia Fedarko
Clergy nominee: Jenna Strizak

NW GA Convocation
Lay nominee: Lola Thomas
Clergy nominee: Janice Bracken Wright

Middle Georgia Convocation
Lay nominee: Julie Groce
Clergy nominee: Ben Wells

Northeast Metro Convocation
Lay nominee: Luis Ramos
Clergy nominee Nancy Yancey

Marietta Convocation
Lay nominee: Stephanie Timm
Clergy nominee: Lesley Ann Drake

 

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The Rev. Herschel Atkinson Honored

The Rev. Herschel Atkinson received a standing ovation from Council as Bishop Wright thanked him for his many years of service as Secretary of Council and announced that a scholarship at the Sewanee School of Theology is being created in his honor.

Contribution made payable to The School of Theology with a notation "Herschel Atkinson Scholarship" should be sent to:

Sukey Byerly
The School of Theology
335 Tennessee Ave
Sewanee, TN 37383

Donations may also be made through the Sewanee website. Be sure to complete the In Honor Of line near the bottom of the On-Line Giving Form. 


Help Malachi's Storehouse Win $5,000!

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Malachi’s Storehouse, Food Pantry of St. Patrick’s, Dunwoody, is participating in a $5,000 charity giveaway with other Atlanta nonprofits. They are in the final round and need your vote to win!

Malachi’s has been faithfully serving the community for 25 years and has provided groceries to 32,000 clients so far in 2017. The grand prize of $5,000 is a lot of money for Malachi’s, almost 25% of their annual budget. Winning this giveaway will allow them to provide groceries for 5,050 more people! Please take a moment and vote for Malachi’s Storehouse.

They are currently in the top 3 remaining nonprofits and they need your vote! Voting ends on November 27 at midnight.


Church of the Common Ground Gives Thanks for Devotion of Retiring Vicar Mary Wetzel

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With grateful hearts and hope for the future, Church of the Common Ground parishioners are giving special thanks for the faithful leadership and dedicated pastoral care of Vicar Mary Wetzel, who will retire at the end of November. The search for a new vicar has been in progress.

Church of the Common Ground is a church community on the streets of Atlanta and a worshipping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Its members are people who have no permanent place to live, and who struggle at the margins of urban life. Common Ground ministries—weekly worship, Morning Prayer, Bible study, and a foot clinic—depend on contributions and volunteers from Episcopal churches throughout Middle and North Georgia. Worship with Holy Eucharist takes place every Sunday at 1:00 PM in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. All are welcome.

Reverend Wetzel came to Church of the Common Ground in 2010 as an assistant priest; she became vicar in 2011.

"I have seen up-close the joy of acceptance, love, and connection on the faces of the faithful at Church of the Common Ground,” said Bishop Robert C. Wright. “We thank and commend Mary for sharing her gifts and passion with our Diocese, and for showing what it looks like to love like Jesus and serve compassionately on the streets of Atlanta. Common Ground lives the Good News that we are all God’s beloved children."

To volunteer at Church of the Common Ground, or to make a contribution, please visit www.churchofthecommonground.org.


Bishop Wright’s Address to the 111th Annual Council

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Our shared purpose in the Diocese of Atlanta, as agreed upon at Annual Council 2015 is: 

We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately and grow spiritually.

Nos desafiamos a nosotros mismos y al mundo para amar como Jesús: mientras adoramos con alegría, servimos con compasión, y crecemos espiritualmente.
 

Last year, we explored the first word in our purpose statement, “We.” We considered what “We” means and could mean as people convened by faith in Jesus of Nazareth, through the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia. Using “We” as our theme last year was trying and yet providential, given the political climate last year and ever since. My prayer is that some new clarity and commitment to what it means to be a Christian community in the world, but not of the world, was gained. And, that maybe we might see that the church is a trans-political organization, in politics but beyond politics. When we say “We,” part of what we are saying is that our primary citizenship is in the Kingdom of God and that this vision of citizenship informs our citizenship in this world. So then, we are a "We” imagined, authored, guided and sustained by God in all of our glorious messiness. “Es bueno que Dios sea un genio paciente.” It’s a good thing that God is a patient genius.

This year, we return to our purpose statement for the theme of this Annual Council and beyond. You could say this year we have come to the heart of our purpose statement. What purpose does Jesus hold out for His followers?

“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:12

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Love your enemies and do good to them….” Luke 6:35

These and countless quotables from Jesus give us a glimpse of the love Jesus taught and lived. The purpose He holds out for His friends/followers. And so, as His people, “We challenge ourselves… to love like Jesus.” “nos desafiamos a amar como Jesús.” As you know, the first part of our actual statement says, “We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus….” But, before we challenge the world to love like Jesus, it seems right to challenge ourselves first. So here are a few thoughts.

Challenge is at the very heart of a life with God. Some folks prefer the word invitation rather than challenge, but invitation, to my ear, doesn’t adequately name or account for the sacrifice necessary to make one’s life even vaguely resemble Jesus’ life. We remember here that the symbol of our faith is the challenge represented by the Cross. Challenge speaks to the work of the piercing personal reflection necessary to acknowledge the ways in which our lips and our lives betray the words we pray. Challenge is what leads us to accept our shared responsibility for the world and the church as it is. Challenge better speaks to the daily worshipful exertion required to be neighbor-centered, when self-centered is the status quo. Why challenge ourselves to love like Jesus? Because our Love is not God’s love. Examples abound. The uncomfortable truth is many of us don’t love well. It’s not entirely our fault. We haven’t been loved well, and so we don’t love well. There are holes in how we love. The good news is at the center of this challenge is Jesus who yearns to teach us to how to love through a life lived.

Because of the quality of the love Jesus embodies and teaches and the love we have received at the hands of those who love Jesus, we desire to replicate Jesus’ love, not simply to venerate it. The love we experience in Jesus and His friends inspires, heals, humbles, compels, penetrates, buoys, changes, encourages, instructs and gently corrects us. A love whose height, depth, length, relevance, efficacy, and durability exceeds our expectations, confounds and compels us. Jesus’ love maps the convenient and sad boundaries we’ve inherited, established and regularly maintained. His love cajoles us out of our socially acceptable commitments to smallness, separateness, and superiority. And coaxes us away from euphemism, denial, and despair. Jesus’ love is courageous. Candid and still kind. Bold and not arrogant. His love teaches but doesn’t infantilize. Pioneers but values partnership. Is a ringing alarm for our selfish sleep. His love democratizes leadership and prioritizes just behavior over title, station, gender, pedigree, religious tradition, age or ethnicity. Jesus’ love has the capacity to embrace the bloody babies of Sutherland Springs, Texas, the broken man who murdered them, and the shoulder-shrugging policymakers equally! That we are being loved in this extravagant way right now, individually and as members of Jesus’ church, pleads to us to increase our capacity to love. Doesn’t it?

While there is no quid pro quo in God’s love, Jesus invites us to join Him as partners in His love enterprise. And so if you and I will accept this challenge we can face the question that is implicit in all that I have said so far: What if any, resistance or reluctance do we harbor to new or deeper expressions of Jesus’ love in our lives? To love like Jesus may be first to discover and name the impediment to His love within us.

While challenging ourselves to love like Jesus is a deeply personal journey, we remember it’s an individual challenge with institutional impact! The institution of the church cannot be more like Jesus than the individuals that comprise the institution aspire to be. Therefore, we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus because we want Jesus’ church to accurately reflect His message and nature.

"Nos desafiamos a amar como Jesús porque queremos que la iglesia de Jesús refleje con precisión Su mensaje y naturaleza.

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So then we challenge every community and system that bears His name in our diocese to better reflect His essence. What that means practically is we must look at every tradition and convention we have adopted as ministry groups, vestries, individual churches and clergy and ask ourselves and one another, does our current practice and reality square with what Jesus actually said? What He taught? How He loved? We are called to be and bear God’s incandescence in the world, and this is how we do it! We are hewn from a love shaped pattern, and we are not ourselves until we give love the space it demands in our lives, our families, our endeavors and our churches. If we have anything to say to the world about love, let it at least be, God has come near to us in the person of Jesus, and we in turn must draw nearer to the world.

How might we challenge ourselves to love like Jesus in the days and months ahead? Two words: be proximate. Individually and collectively. That was Bryan Stevenson’s challenge to us some months ago. And that is what God did two millennia ago and ever since. Draw near. To love like Jesus is to reject separateness in the forms of fear, indifference or contempt. To love like Jesus is to love how, what and those that Jesus loved and loves. Remember, “the precondition to contact is vulnerability.” Another way to say that is “For God so loved the world, God gave His Son.” If the church is unwilling to be this presence in the world, then let her die, and let us have a glorious funeral! But, I have to say, that there are enough spiritual adventurers in the Diocese of Atlanta that encourage me to believe that we are up for Jesus’ challenge to love! Yes, this is about spiritual maturity. And yes, this is about living into the purpose Jesus holds out for us. Because of the presence and assurance of this love we can boldly face every challenge understanding “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

With all that said, you might be asking, what do we do now? Where do we go from here? Good questions! If we’re going to love like Jesus, we’re going to have to tell our real stories. Be curious rather than defensive. Forget perfection. Try new things.  Acknowledge loss. Be more courageous. Reach deeper. Laugh from our bellies. Talk less. Sing louder. And trust God more. So there it is: “nos desafiamos a amar como Jesús.” We challenge ourselves to love like Jesus…

This is my sixth Annual Council as the bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, and I remain encouraged!

Thanks be to God.


ECF Grants $88,600 to Fight Poverty and Oppression Locally

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Today the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) announces it will grant $88,600 to eight organizations that are lifting people from poverty and oppression in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The grants – which go into effect this month – will be made to Calvary Refuge, Inc.; the Cathedral of St. Philip; Central Outreach and Advocacy Center; Church of the Ascension; Macon Volunteer Clinic; New American Pathways, Inc.; Nicholas House, Inc.; and Sandy Springs Mission, Inc.

“With this current round of grants, ECF continues to support strong parish ministries throughout the Diocese of Atlanta that work to combat issues related to poverty and oppression,” said the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. “These programs exemplify work that demonstrates and encourages Episcopalians to compassionately serve the community and grow spiritually.”

ECF’s fall 2017 general grant recipients:
Calvary Refuge, Inc. has received a grant of $8,000 to provide mattresses and a washer and dryer for its new facility which will allow Calvary Refuge to serve an additional 44 clients each night at their homeless shelter. The new facility was built to address the specific need of bed space for males 11-17 accompanied by their mother, fathers with children, and married couples. Calvary Refuge has a close to 25-year partnership with the Episcopal parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Morrow. The parish continues to provide financial support, in-kind donations, evening meals for clients, volunteer labor, and has engaged Calvary Refuge’s executive director, Tawana Tarno, in several education series at the parish.


Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (Central OAC) has received a grant of $10,000 to provide ID services in partnership with Church of the Common Ground. Central OAC works with men and women who do not have identification when they are released from prison; identification is required for employment and housing, and without these critical components the risk of recidivism is significantly increased. The unique partnership between Central OAC and Common Ground provides an opportunity for people recently released from prison to receive both vital services as well as pastoral care that acknowledges the specific needs and challenges of this community.


Church of the Ascension in Cartersville has received a grant of $30,000, one of the largest ECF has ever granted, to expand the reach of their Red Door Food Panty with mobile pantry service to the Allatoona area. Through newly created partnerships with BLESS (a faith-based volunteer organization in Cartersville) and the Allatoona Resource Center (an organization managed by Bartow County Government), Red Door Food Pantry has made a ten-year commitment to provide resources, education, and information to the Allatoona community in south Bartow County (32% living below poverty level) in addition to Red Door’s services already provided in downtown Cartersville.


New American Pathways, Inc. has received a grant of $10,000 to expand their vocational counseling program for refugees. This program offers clients career counseling, workshops, professional mentoring, school/training program enrollment assistance, and advanced skill job placement services. Since starting this program in 2014, New American Pathways has noticed a higher-than-anticipated demand among refugees who received employment services as new arrivals and are ready to pursue higher career goals. New American Pathways has partnered with the Refugee Ministries Program at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta for over a decade, which not only co-sponsors refugee families, but also mentors parishes new to co-sponsoring.


Nicholas House, Inc. has received a grant of $15,000 for case management services at their housing programs. These case management services will be provided alongside funding from the City of Atlanta for rental support, providing services for homeless families and children to obtain housing and support over the next year. Nicholas House was founded as a mission of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, and the parish continues to be deeply involved with Nicholas House through financial support and significant volunteer opportunities, including providing meals and tutoring for the families at Nicholas House.


Sandy Springs Mission, Inc. has received a grant of $7,000 to implement a new program which provides ESL and computer training courses to parents of low-income Hispanic students, specifically with the goal of helping the parents better communicate with their children’s schools and assist with homework. Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Hispanic mission of Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (HECC), was founded out of the community brought together by Sandy Springs Mission, which was a longtime ministry partner of Church of the Atonement (precursor to HECC).

ECF’s Q3 2017 Small Acts of Charity recipients:
The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta has received a grant of $4,500 to fund transportation costs related to the 2017 Homeless Requiem which took place on November 1, 2017. The Cathedral’s Homeless Requiem and Dinner remembers those who have died while homeless in Atlanta; the event offers hospitality to and builds bridges with neighbors who are homeless and the organizations who serve them. With recent changes regarding the Peachtree-Pine shelter in downtown Atlanta, which previously funded transportation, ECF’s funding provided bus transportation to the Cathedral’s homeless guests, creating an opportunity for even more organizations to partner with the Cathedral than in years past.


Macon Volunteer Clinic has received a grant of $4,175 to cover diagnostic services for its patients, particularly Hepatitis C patients who have received donated medication and require extensive testing over the 12-week treatment period. The Macon Volunteer clinic provides free primary medical and dental care, as well as medication assistance, to uninsured, working adult residents of Bibb county. The clinic has a robust partnership with St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon which supports the clinic financially and provides many volunteers to both work with clients at the clinic and serve as ambassadors at events around Macon. 

About ECF’s Grant Programs:
ECF awards General Grants twice a year and Small Acts of Charity (capped at $5,000) quarterly. Applications for the Q4 Small Acts of Charity are dueNovember 15, 2017, and LOIs for Fall 2018 General Grants are due March 31, 2018. Those interested in applying for funding should visit ECFimpact.org/grants for information regarding both funding opportunities as well as links to the applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact Lindsey Hardegree with any questions they may have regarding eligibility or their applications.

About Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia
Founded in 1982 as the Episcopal Charities Foundation, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) provides funding, leadership, and resources to enable Episcopal parishes and nonprofit partners to lift up people facing poverty and oppression and to achieve significant, long-lasting impact in the Diocese of Atlanta. Since its inception, ECF has donated more than $4.4 million to promote thriving and spiritually strong individuals, families, and communities locally. Learn more at ECFimpact.org.

About The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
The Diocese of Atlanta was created in 1907 and serves the cities, towns, and communities in Middle and North Georgia. Led by the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, it is comprised of 114 welcoming worship communities. Our purpose is to challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Learn more at episcopalatlanta.org.
 


111th Annual Council

Photo from 2016 Annual Council

Photo from 2016 Annual Council

We are looking forward to the 111th Annual Council, hosted by the Northeast Georgia Convocation. Learn more.

Diocesan Evensong
Grace Church, Gainesville • Nov 9
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church for early arrivals. Dr. Patrick A. Scott, assistant organist-choirmaster at St. Philip’s Cathedral, will play a pre-service recital beginning at 6:30 p.m.

ECF BBQ Competition
Grace Church, Gainesville • Nov 10
Join the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia for dinner, BBQ, and fun after Council on Friday, Nov 10! Teams will cook Boston butts to compete to earn a prize, which will be awarded to their parish for outreach.

  • $5,000 – 1st Place
  • $2,500 – 2nd Place
  • $1,500 – 3rd Place

The event will begin after the Friday Annual Council activities have concluded, and attendees will have the opportunity to taste BBQ from around the Diocese. In addition to tastings, a BBQ buffet dinner will be provided by the Episcopal Holy Smokers in the parish hall with delicious food and great desserts (vegetarian option available). To round out the fun, we'll also enjoy the music of Peachtree Station Bluegrass Band. Suggested donation: $5 online, $10 at the door. Register for dinner at http://ECFimpact.org/BBQ 

We still have space for a few more BBQ teams. The registration fee is $100/team. Only one team per parish may enter. Teams will need to bring their own pop-up tent, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, and food supplies. If you are interested in registering, please contact Lindsey Hardegree at lhardegree@episcopalatlanta.org or 404.601.5362.

Competing teams:

  • Holy Smoker (Church of the Resurrection)
  • BBQ is a noun (St. Bartholomew's)
  • BBQ Bees (St. Benedict's)
  • The Smokin' Cats (St. Catherine's)

 

Soul's Afire (St. Edward's)
St. Elizabeth (Holy Smokers)
Haitian Hope (Macon: Christ Church, St. Francis, St. Paul's) 

Service Project
First Baptist, Gainesville • Nov 10
At last year's Annual Council, our Diocese came together with Stop Hunger Now to feed 20,000 people all over the world. This year, we are partnering with Rise Against Hunger with a goal of feeding 30,000 people. We invite everyone at Council to serve in this effort. Is your parish up to the challenge? On Friday evening, we are asking between one and two delegates from each parish to give 1-2 hours to help us.

Our goal is to have 100 delegate volunteers. We also ask each parish to prayerfully consider pledging a contribution of $100. This amount will cover feed 500. You can pledge online today. You may also mail a check to the Diocese earmarked Annual Council Service Project. Please email Easton Davis, youth and young adult missioner, for details and to pledge your support. Learn more.

 

Youth Lock-In at Annual Council
First Baptist, Gainesville • Nov 10-11
Every November, we gather at Annual Council as an entire Diocese. The youth segment is no different. We start our night by feeding 10,000 with Rise Against Hunger. After packaging the meals, we get "locked-in" at Council where we play games, sing songs, have midnight mass, and end the night with a movie on our the big screen. The next morning, we lead worship for over 500 folks! Register today.


Kudos to St. Anne's Buildings & Grounds Committee!

Accepting the award, from left to right: Facilities Manager Pat Cobb, Rector Rev. Licia Affer, Senior Warden Claire Davis, and Buildings & Grounds committee member Merrill Ellis.

Accepting the award, from left to right: Facilities Manager Pat Cobb, Rector Rev. Licia Affer, Senior Warden Claire Davis, and Buildings & Grounds committee member Merrill Ellis.

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Under the leadership of its Buildings & Grounds Committee, St. Anne’s has garnered a Fulton County 2017 Environmental Award for its green ministries. Four representatives from St. Anne’s participated in the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 18, at the Fulton County Government Center.

For details of St. Anne's green ministries:
http://www.saintannes.com/faith-in-action/green-ministries/


Bishops Visit Diocese to Dedicate New Resource for The Episcopal Church

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The Diocese of Atlanta is proud to be home to a new resource for the worldwide Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Michael Curry was on hand for the Oct. 11 ribbon cutting for the new Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing.

Located at the Atlanta University Center among Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta campuses on the Westside of Atlanta, the center will provide parishes and dioceses around the world with the support to address racism head-on through racial reconciliation and healing. The resource and training center is housed in what was known as the historic Absalom Jones Episcopal Center and Chapel building. The creation of the Center aligns with The Episcopal Church and our Diocese’s commitment to reach across the borders and boundaries that divide the human family of God.

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“We shall either learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish together as fools. The choice is ours, chaos or community,” said Presiding Bishop Curry echoing the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “This center really does seek to address the polarities and divisions occasioned by our racial history, but also the polarities and divisions that are either directly or indirectly related to that.”

“I thank you and your Bishop together for what you are doing here in Atlanta that is typified by this Center,” Curry said. “I thank God for that leadership because we need it. Not only in our church but we need it in our country.”

Dr. Catherine Meeks is the founding executive director of the Center and chair of the former Diocese of Atlanta’s Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. The Center will replace and expand upon the work of the Commission within the Diocese of Atlanta. It will provide training and help bring energy and enthusiasm to the work of racial reconciliation.

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She hopes that people from parishes across the country and world will visit the center to begin the work of learning how to create brave spaces in their own communities. The idea is to foster environments where people can feel comfortable talking about their experiences with race – both good and bad. Meeks says that it is only through conversations and learning about our history and acknowledging our own prejudices that we can discern and decide how we want to shape our present and future together.

The Center will suggest book studies, film screenings, and planning pilgrimages to sites that are historically significant within the context of racial reconciliation. Among the first events to take place at the Center will be a gathering of people from Southeastern dioceses in January. Following that, representatives from all of the Church’s 99 dioceses will be invited to Atlanta in the spring.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony our bishop, The. Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, spoke frankly about the importance of addressing racism as Christians and Episcopalians.

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“The Episcopal Church lent the institution of slavery its support, justification, and after slavery was abolished, continued to support segregation and discrimination. These are the facts,” he said. “In the words of Rabbi Heschel, however, we gather here to say some are guilty, but all are responsible. So, we repent of our complicity in systems of slavery and repression, and to commit ourselves to opposing the sin of racism in our personal and public lives, and to strive for the ongoing creation of the Beloved Community.”

That community is a vision Dr. King spoke about in which racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. As Episcopalians, we can undertake this work through the lens of living into our baptismal promise. Also on hand for the celebration was Bishop Victor Atta-Baffoe, Bishop of Cape Coast in the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast.

To read more about work being undertaken at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and across the Diocese of Atlanta, pre-order your 2017-2018 edition of Pathways magazine today. Issues will be delivered in late-November.


The Diocese of Atlanta Launches Pathways Magazine

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 issue of Pathways magazine is now available for pre-order. This award-winning publication shares inspiring stories of people that are challenging themselves to love like Jesus. Magazines will be delivered in late November.


Episcopal Bishop joins honor guard for fallen Green Beret

Photo: (right to left) Episcopal lay Chaplain Barbara Pendergrast, Bishop Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Chaplain The Rev. Donna S. Mote.

Photo: (right to left) Episcopal lay Chaplain Barbara Pendergrast, Bishop Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Chaplain The Rev. Donna S. Mote.

Episcopal Bishop Robert C. Wright on Monday joined Episcopal Chaplains The Reverend Donna S. Mote and Barbara Pendergrast at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to welcome the remains of Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio. Johnson is one of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed Oct. 4 in Niger when a joint US-Nigerien patrol was attacked.

Bishop Wright said he was honored to be part of the ceremony, an ongoing welcome for deceased service members regularly conducted by a volunteer group of Delta Airlines employees accompanied by airport chaplains.

Wright, who served for five years in the U.S. Navy, added “even Jesus marveled at the discipline and dedication of those who wear a uniform.  We owe our service men and women much more than occasional moments of silence and our prayers."

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is part of the Interfaith Airport Chaplaincy (IAC) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) that was founded in 1980 and throughout the intervening years has provided inter-religious emotional and spiritual care to passengers and employees at the world’s busiest airport.

Episcopal lay people of the Diocese of Atlanta were among the original chaplains of the IAC. The Reverend Donna S. Mote was assigned as Episcopal chaplain to ATL by Bishop Robert Wright in November 2013. Since January 2014, Barbara Pendergrast, a board-certified chaplain endorsed by the Episcopal Church, has volunteered with the IAC.

Along with three other IAC chaplains, Mote and Pendergrast, at the invitation of Delta Airlines, accompany military remains as they terminate in or transit through ATL on Delta. On average, Delta handles two service members’ remains daily in Atlanta. The chaplains bear witness to the dignified transfer of the remains and accompany the official military escorts throughout their time at ATL.

The Delta Honor Guard renders honors to the fallen who pass through ATL under the direction of Coordinator Brian J. McConnell, Sr, a 35-year veteran of Delta who has overseen the Honor Guard for 12 years and handled the remains of some 6,000 US military personnel. The Delta Honor Guard members are volunteers from work areas across the company; most of them are veterans, have a child or sibling currently serving, or both.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest airport in the world in terms of passengers every year since 1998. In 2016 104 million passengers traveled through ATL, an average of more than 275,000 daily. ATL is also the largest single site of employment in Georgia with over 63,000 employees.

The Diocese of Atlanta includes 114 worshiping communities located throughout middle and north Georgia. It is the ninth largest diocese of the 109 dioceses in the Episcopal Churches, which was founded in 1789.  

The Diocese of Atlanta was created in 1907 and carved from the Diocese of Georgia. The oldest church in the diocese is Christ Church in Macon, which was organized in 1825. The newest are Christ the King, Lilburn, and St. Benedict's, Smyrna, organized in 2005 and 2006. 

As part of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Atlanta is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion of 70 million people in 38 provinces. The diocese has special companion relationships with several dioceses in Africa and South America. 

 

By Don Plummer

Don Plummer is media and community relations director for the Diocese of Atlanta and attends St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church in Acworth, GA


Prayer is A Prelude: A Letter from Bishop Wright on Las Vegas

Prayer is a prelude.

Good Evening Brothers and Sisters, in the aftermath of the horror of Las Vegas, I am heartened to know that you’re gathered to remember and pray for the souls of those who have died, including Mr. Paddock. I am heartened that you have gathered to comfort one another with the comfort we find in Christ Jesus. Were I not traveling today, I would be blessed to be with you. Holy Scripture reminds us that we are to “…rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Tonight we weep. Tonight is an important part of what makes us human. Even
though Las Vegas is more than fifteen hundred miles away from Georgia, we are nevertheless connected with the men and women struck down and the loved ones the left behind by our ability to empathize and have compassion.

So, we pray. We reach to God in familiar words to remember the dead and send our positive psychic and spiritual energy to those still in shock and who will grieve for years to come. But let us remember also, Jesus was a man of prayer and of action. Prayer, for us, is a prelude to action. Prayer with no corresponding action is a useless and vain exercise. Most importantly, prayer without action is not the faith Jesus practiced!

My sincere prayer is that the lives of those killed in Las Vegas will not be in vain. I still have the audacity to believe that America is a great country! I still believe we can accomplish great things together. I believe we can affirm the Second Amendment, protect the rights of hunters and sportsman and enact common-sense gun laws and put into practice intelligent safety measures.

This is not a partisan sentiment. Morgues and cemeteries are not divided by political affiliation. And families do not cry red or blue tears. This is about coming to the realization that moments of silence and prayer will not, of themselves, make our culture safer. What will make our culture safer is ordinary people like you and I, from every political stripe, finding the courage to act.

Jesus often asked men and women he encountered, “What do you want?” As you are gathered to pray and remember tonight, I put his question to all of us, What do you want? I want an America where we are less afraid and more neighborly. An America where it is more difficult to get a semi-automatic weapon or high capacity magazines than it is to get a pack of Sudafed or Nasonex. I want an America where special interests like the NRA don’t control our elected officials with campaign donations and render them spineless.

I want an America where law enforcement officers are better equipped to keep us safe than criminals are equipped to do us harm. These are not Democratic dreams or Republican dreams, this is an American dream that can save us from our present American nightmare. What makes these kinds of dreams a reality is when you and I, by prayer and strengthened by the Sacraments and our fellowship together, take seriously the words our post Communion prayer:

“…Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart"

You are always in my thoughts and prayers, please let me be in yours.

Your brother and bishop,

Robert C Wright


Change Makers Awards Gala is pleased to announce that Bishop Wright will receive the Building Bridges Award

The Change Makers Awards Gala is pleased to announce that Bishop Robert C. Wright will receive the Building Bridges Award. Active in civic affairs Bishop Wright was named among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2015. Bishop Wright actively supports interfaith dialogue and helped to host a number of interfaith events.
 

Please join the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta for the 2017 Change Makers Awards Gala on November 4, 2017 at the beautiful Cobb Galleria at 6:30 pm as we recognize and celebrate the contributions of leaders in the metro Atlanta area. These leaders are making Atlanta what it is today. This will be an opportunity to network, celebrate accomplishments, and unite as one community. Sponsorships for the Change Makers Award Gala are available here
 

Get your tickets here.


Heart & Soul Annual Barbecue at Holy Family Church a Huge Success in Spite of Hurricane Irma

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Holy Family Church in Jasper held its Annual Barbecue September 23rd despite damages to the church's outdoor Pavilion! Hurricane Irma came through Jasper a week before the annual event and did major damage to the church roof and to the Pavilion which normally housed part of the event.

The barbecue was moved inside to the Church's Conference Center. Holy Family's volunteers delivered over 100 barbecue lunches to local businesses and served dinner to 200, all to make a difference in local charities like ACES, CARES, Good Samaritan, Boys and Girls Club and Angels on Horseback. Each of these agencies fulfills an important role in their community!

100% of the proceeds will go to these charities! The Resource Ministry will continue the Heart & Soul fundraising theme this year by securing a booth in the upcoming Holiday Market on November 17th & 18th, 2017 at Chattahoochee Tech in Jasper! Please plan to stop by and see the beautiful and artistic creations of church members and supporters. 


Diocesan Youth Worker Gathering

From September 18-20, the Office of Youth Ministry of our diocese was given the honor of hosting the annual gathering of Diocesan Youth Ministers. Almost 40 dioceses were presenting for the 3 days of networking, formation, and continuing education. On the last day of the Conference, Bishop Wright led a discussion on Adaptive Leadership and Youth Missioner Easton Davis introduced our new Beloved Community: Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum.  


An Open Letter to Trump and Congress on DACA

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“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing so, some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:1)

President Donald Trump and Members of Congress,

As bishops of the Episcopal Church we implore you not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. To do so would endanger the lives of thousands of young people and their families and run contrary to the faith and moral traditions of our country.

It is unfair to threaten the well-being of young people who arrived in our country as children through no choice of their own. Ending DACA without a similar replacement program will force these young people to face the future in this country with little access to education and employment, and ultimately, could very well lead to sending them to countries where they did not grow up, have few support structures, may not even speak the language and may be vulnerable to violence and persecution.

Any of these scenarios, we believe, is cruel.

The alternative for us as a country is to move forward, to celebrate and benefit from the presence of these ‘Dreamers’ and to provide a pathway to citizenship that enables them to remain and strengthen our country.

The Episcopal Church has long advocated for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reforms that prioritize family unity and humanitarian concerns. It is time for Congress to develop long-term solutions for immigrant families.

In front of most of the Episcopal Churches across the country is a sign that says, ‘The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.’ We have this sign because we are followers of the way of Jesus of Nazareth, and our Christian tradition shares with many other faith bodies the absolute importance of welcoming the foreigner in our midst. Throughout the centuries this tradition has brought us great wisdom and strength as the foreigner among us has become a part of the fabric of our country’s life.

In recent years, our congregations throughout the United States have witnessed firsthand the benefits that the young ‘Dreamers’ have brought to our community programs and life. We have been inspired by, and gained much from, their American spirit.

We urge you to enact permanent, meaningful legislation that will protect ‘Dreamers’ and enable these young people to remain a part of our country—which is also theirs.

Bishop Michael Bruce Curry
XXVII Presiding Bishop

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
XXVI Presiding Bishop;
Diocese of San Diego

Bishop Frank T. Griswold
XXV Presiding Bishop;
Diocese of Chicago

Bishop Gladstone B. Adams III
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Bishop Laura J. Ahrens
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Bishop J. Neil Alexander
Diocese of Atlanta

Bishop Craig B. Anderson, Ph.D.
Diocese of South Dakota

Bishop Marc H. Andrus
Diocese of California

Bishop David E. Bailey
The Episcopal Church in Navajoland

Bishop David C. Bane, Jr.
Diocese of Southern Virginia

Bishop J. Scott Barker
Diocese of Nebraska

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Diocese of Indianapolis

Bishop John Bauerschmidt
Diocese of Tennessee

Bishop Nathan D. Baxter
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Bishop Mark Beckwith
Diocese of Newark

Bishop Barry L. Beisner
Diocese of Northern California

Bishop Patrick Bell
Diocese of Eastern Oregon

Bishop Larry Benfield
Diocese of Arkansas

Bishop Scott A. Benhase
Diocese of Georgia

Bishop Tom Breidenthal
Diocese of Southern Ohio

Bishop Gregory O. Brewer
Diocese of Central Florida

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce
Diocese of Los Angeles

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde
Diocese of Washington

Bishop Joe Goodwin Burnett
Diocese of Nebraska

Bishop Bud Cederholm
Diocese of Massachusetts

Bishop Michael Creighton
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Bishop James E. Curry
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Bishop Clifton Daniel
Acting Dean, Cathedral Church of
Saint John the Divine, NYC

Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche
Diocese of New York

Bishop Joe Morris Doss
Diocese of New Jersey

Bishop Ian T. Douglas
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Bishop C. Andrew Doyle
Diocese of Texas

Bishop Philip M. Duncan, II
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, Ph.D.
Diocese of Central New York

Bishop Peter Eaton
Diocese of Southeast Florida

Bishop Thomas C. Ely
The Episcopal Church in Vermont

Bishop Douglas Fisher
Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Bishop Jeff Fisher
Diocese of Texas

Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Diocese of Hawaii and
the Episcopal Church in Micronesia

Bishop R. William Franklin
Diocese of Western New York

Bishop Alan M. Gates
Diocese of Massachusetts

Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
Diocese of Michigan

Bishop Mary Glasspool
Diocese of New York

Bishop Susan E. Goff
Diocese of Virginia

Bishop Duncan Gray
Diocese of Mississippi

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves
Diocese of El Camino Real

Bishop William O. Gregg, Ph.D.
Diocese of Eastern Oregon

Bishop J. Clark Grew
Diocese of Ohio

Bishop Matthew Gunter
Diocese of Fond du Lac

Bishop Sanford Z. K. Hampton
Diocese of Olympia;The Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Bishop Michael Hanley
Diocese of Oregon

Bishop Gayle E. Harris
Diocese of Massachusetts

Bishop Dena Harrison
Diocese of Texas

Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr.
Diocese of Texas; Diocese of Fort Worth

Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld
The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple
Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop Herman Hollerith
Diocese of Southern Virginia

Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Diocese of Ohio

Bishop Harold A. Hopkins
Diocese of North Dakota

Bishop Whayne M. Hougland, Jr.
Diocese of Western Michigan

Bishop Barry R. Howe
Diocese of Southwest Florida;
Diocese of West Missouri

Bishop George N. Hunt
Diocese of Rhode Island

Bishop David Colin Jones
Diocese of Virginia

Bishop Russell Kendrick
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

Bishop W. Michie Klusmeyer
Diocese of West Virginia

Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely
Diocese of Rhode Island

Bishop Chilton R. Knudsen
Diocese of Maryland

Bishop Edward J. Konieczny, D.Min., DD
Diocese of Oklahoma

Bishop Stephen T. Lane
Diocese of Maine

Bishop Edward L. Lee, Jr.
Diocese of Western Michigan

Bishop Peter James Lee
Diocese of Virginia

Bishop Ed Leidel, Jr.
Diocese of Eastern Michigan

Bishop Edward S. Little II
Diocese of Northern Indiana

Bishop James B. Magness, D.Min., DD
Diocese of Southern Virginia

Bishop Paul Marshall
Diocese of Bethlehem

Bishop J. Scott Mayer
Diocese of Northwest Texas;
Diocese of Fort Worth

Bishop Dorsey W. M. McConnell, DD
Diocese of Pittsburgh

Bishop Jack M. McKelvey
Diocese of Rochester

Bishop José Antonio McLoughlin
Diocese of Western North Carolina

Bishop Rodney Michel
Diocese of Pennsylvania;
Diocese of Long Island

Bishop Steven A. Miller
Diocese of Milwaukee

Bishop Hector Monterroso
Diocese of Texas

Bishop Robert J. O’Neill
The Episcopal Church in Colorado

Bishop Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D., DD
Diocese of Western Louisiana

Bishop George E. Packard
Armed Services and Federal Ministries

Bishop Claude E. Payne
Diocese of Texas

Bishop William D. Persell
Diocese of Ohio; Diocese of Chicago

Bishop Kenneth L. Price, Jr.
Diocese of Southern Ohio

Bishop Brian N. Prior
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano
Diocese of Long Island

Bishop Rayford J. Ray
Diocese of Northern Michigan

Bishop David Reed
Diocese of West Texas

Bishop Gretchen Rehberg
Diocese of Spokane

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Diocese of San Joaquin

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Diocese of North Carolina

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Episcopal Churches in Europe

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Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Bishop Victor A. Scantlebury
Diocese of Central Ecuador

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Diocese of Iowa

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Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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Diocese of Mississippi

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Diocese of Easton

Bishop Allen K. Shin
Diocese of New York

Bishop Prince G. Singh
Diocese of Rochester

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Diocese of East Carolina

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Diocese of Kansas

Bishop George Wayne Smith
Diocese of Missouri

Bishop Kirk Stevan Smith
Diocese of Arizona

Bishop John S. Smylie
Diocese of Wyoming

Bishop Douglas Sparks
Diocese of Northern Indiana

Bishop William H. (Chip) Stokes
Diocese of New Jersey

Bishop John T. Tarrant
Diocese of South Dakota

Bishop John Harvey Taylor
Diocese of Los Angeles

Bishop Martin G. Townsend
Diocese of Easton

Bishop Mark Van Koevering
Diocese of West Virginia

Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg
Diocese of East Tennessee;
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Bishop Michael L. Vono, DD
Diocese of the Rio Grande

Bishop W. Andrew Waldo
Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Bishop Cate Waynick
Diocese of Indianapolis

Bishop Pierre Whalon
Episcopal Churches in Europe

Bishop Terry A. White
Diocese of Kentucky

Bishop Geralyn Wolf
Diocese of Long Island

Bishop Carl W. Wright
Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Bishop Robert C. Wright, DD
Diocese of Atlanta

Bishop George D. Young, III
Diocese of East Tennessee

For more information, contact The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org


Emmaus House Re-Affirmed a Jubilee Center

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Emmaus House celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, September 17 by recommitting to its good work in Peoplestown and re-affirming its designation as a Jubilee Center of The Episcopal Church. Vicky Partin, Diocesan Jubilee Officer, invited the staff, board, vestry, and clergy to affirm the ministry of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people, to meet basic human needs, and to build a just society. Emmaus House was designated a Jubilee Center in 2008. There are ten other Centers throughout the Diocese and over 600 in the Church

Diocesan Pride Events 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is proud to support these events during Pride 2017.  Click here to learn more about LGBTQ+ Ministries.

 

Shower of Stoles Display
View this extraordinary collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items, celebrating the gifts of LGBT persons who serve God in countless ways while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The collection bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that the church has brought upon itself because of its own unjust policies. Learn more.

  • The display will be shown from October 10-15, 2017
  • Click here for more information on this project.
  • Venue: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree ST, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 See map
  • This event is free and open to the public. 

 

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Integrity Atlanta’s 29th Pride Eucharist
Integrity Atlanta will host its 29th annual Pride Eucharist. The preacher for the service is the Reverend Doctor Tommie L. Watkins, who is the only African American priest in the Diocese of Alabama and the only Black gay priest to be ordained in that diocese.  The celebrant for the service is the Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson, Associate Rector, All Saints’ Episcopal Church.  The organist for the service is Trey Clegg who will be bringing the Trey Clegg Singers to lead the music. Learn more.

  • Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
  • Venue: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree ST, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 See map
  • This event is free and open to the public. 

 

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Diocesan Booth at Pride Festival
The Diocese of Atlanta will sponsor an information booth during the Pride Festival in Piedmont Park on October 14 and 15.  This booth provides an excellent opportunity to share information about The Episcopal Church and our work as “Jesus People.”  Volunteers get to meet people from all over the southeastern United States. Learn more.

  • October 14-15, 2017
  • Click here to register to volunteer to staff the booth.

 

Walk (or Ride) in the Pride Parade
The Pride Parade will step off from the Civic Center MARTA Station (not the Civic Center itself) at noon on Sunday, October 15.  We will have a Diocesan contingent in the parade, including a float.  We encourage as many as possible to walk with us.  For those with mobility issues, we will have some seating on the float.  We also carry signs representing the parishes in the diocese that are welcoming and affirming to LGBTQ+ folks.  The Episcopal Contingent is always one of the most popular in the parade each year.  All are welcome to participate without regard to sexual orientation, gender, gender expression/identity, race, creed, color, etc.  ALL are welcome! Learn more

  • Sunday, October 15, from 12-3 pm
  • Begins at Civic Center MARTA Station and ends in Piedmont Park. 
  • Click here If you would like to sign up to carry a sign.

Final Reminder - ECF Accepting LOIs for Spring General Grants until September 30

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The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia is currently accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for our Spring General Grants - the deadline is September 30, 2017!

ECF (formerly Episcopal Charities Foundation) partners with Episcopal communities to serve the poor and oppressed throughout Middle and North Georgia. In recent years, ECF has shifted its grantmaking focus to encourage larger, more impactful grants, and our process is aimed at helping Episcopal parishes and their nonprofit partners create proposals that seek to engage in deeper work in their local communities.

Those interested in applying for funding should visithttp://ECFimpact.org/grants for instructions and the link to the LOI form. Applicants are encouraged to contact Executive Director Lindsey Hardegree with any questions they may have regarding eligibility or their applications (LHardegree@episcopalatlanta.org).