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

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Diocese of Georgia

Bishop Tom Breidenthal
Diocese of Southern Ohio

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Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce
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Bishop Bud Cederholm
Diocese of Massachusetts

Bishop Michael Creighton
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

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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

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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

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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

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Diocese of Michigan

Bishop Mary Glasspool
Diocese of New York

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Diocese of Virginia

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Diocese of Mississippi

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves
Diocese of El Camino Real

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Diocese of Eastern Oregon

Bishop J. Clark Grew
Diocese of Ohio

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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

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Diocese of North Dakota

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Diocese of Western Michigan

Bishop Barry R. Howe
Diocese of Southwest Florida;
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Bishop George N. Hunt
Diocese of Rhode Island

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Diocese of Virginia

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Diocese of West Virginia

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Diocese of Oklahoma

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Diocese of Virginia

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Diocese of Eastern Michigan

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Diocese of Bethlehem

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Diocese of Northwest Texas;
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Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Diocese of Rochester

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Diocese of Western North Carolina

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Diocese of Pennsylvania;
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Diocese of Milwaukee

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Diocese of Texas

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Diocese of Western Louisiana

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Diocese of Texas

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Diocese of Los Angeles

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Diocese of Easton

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Diocese of West Virginia

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Diocese of East Tennessee;
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Diocese of the Rio Grande

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Diocese of Upper South Carolina

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Diocese of Indianapolis

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Episcopal Churches in Europe

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Diocese of Kentucky

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Diocese of Long Island

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Diocese of Atlanta

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Diocese of East Tennessee

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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. 

 

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. 

 

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).


Disaster Preparedness & Response Reminders

With the possibility that some of our members have been or will be impacted during this hurricane season, The Rev. Paul McCabe, diocesan disaster planning and response coordinator, has prepared a list of resources that give information about how to best respond and volunteer in the event of damaging storms in our area. 

Three Key Things To Remember

  1. It is important to let the first responders do their jobs and not put ourselves in unnecessary risk taking situations.

  2. Pay attention to information going out from the state and other sources.

  3. Text messaging and social media are the best forms of communication rather than phones if circuits become over burdened. 
     

Resources

  • Diocese of Atlanta: Disaster Response ▸ Click here
  • Episcopal Relief & Development: Disaster Preparedness ▸ Click here
  • National Disasters Interfaith Network ▸ Click here
  • Episcopal Relief & Development: Ready to Serve Volunteer Website ▸ Click here
  • The Red Cross: Get Help ▸ Click here
  • Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ▸ Click here


Contact Rev. Paul McCabe if you questions or need assistance: rector@ecamarietta.org 
 


Grace-Calvary and Clarkesville FUMC Volunteers Ramp Up Service to Community

It seems a simple concept. Easy access from a home to the outside world. When a disability interferes, this simple exercise can prove to be a frustrating impediment. Thanks to a faithful group of community volunteers, led by Ray Rowell of Clarkesville, this challenge is being addressed – one ramp at a time. 

Eight volunteers from Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church and Clarkesville First United Methodist Church, on Aug. 29, dedicated a day to construct a 16-foot ramp for a Martin resident. An early start to the day to beat the summer heat found the group at the site unloading “boxes” that make up the framework of the ramp, along with deck boards that had been cut and assembled off site, said Walton Smith of Clarkesville, working with the Grace-Calvary group. “The group has a trailer that contains the tools and equipment of a mobile workshop,” Smith said. “All of this is set up near where the ramp is to be built. The only thing required on-site is one power outlet.” 

A first priority is to connect the landing portion of the ramp to the home. “This is normally the slowest part of the onsite work,” Smith said. The landing is attached to the house and supported by 4x4’s, the ramp is attached to it, sloping at 5 degrees down to ground level. The 4x4 posts are either put into post holes or placed into heavy concrete footings. The landing and ramp boxes are then attached to the house and the posts with nails, bolts and screws. As each box is put into place, pre-cut deck boards are nailed and screwed down to it. Then 2x4’s are attached to the posts to enclose the ramp in a strong, protective railing. Finally, a top board is attached over the top rail and the posts, thus tying the whole structure together. The main Martin ramp needed two additional small ramps in order to be useful. “A short ramp, also at 5 degrees of incline, was built at the house entry and another where the walkway met the driveway so as to permit easier transitions by a wheelchair," Smith said. 

Rowell has four ramp projects in the pipeline, with the next scheduled construction day set for September in Homer. This ministry is an example of what can be started by one person, said Father Sam Buice, rector of Grace-Calvary. Ray Rowell began building ramps in the area many years ago, Buice said.

“He has built this ministry and can know that it will be here long after he stops building ramps himself,” he said. “The group that has formed around him is equally committed to this work. As a person who spent three months in a wheelchair myself, I can say, first-hand how important a ramp can be and what it means to have someone build one for you.”

For more information, email sueandrayrowell@windstream.net to be placed on the mailing list for notices of upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

Photos: Walton Smith


Michael Battle to preach on 'Day 1' October 8

Michael Battle to preach on ‘Day 1’
Director of Desmond Tutu Center and professor at General Theological Seminary

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York City, is the featured preacher Oct. 8 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at Day1.org. Day 1 is heard in the Atlanta area on WSB News 95.5 and 750 a.m. on Sunday morning at 7:05. 

A graduate of Duke University, Battle received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Duke. Before coming to General Theological Seminary he served churches in North Carolina, California, and South Africa, and in other seminaries. He is the author of numerous books including his latest “Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation.”

Battle’s sermon “God’s Kind of Apocalypse” is drawn from the parable of the wicked tenants found in Matthew 21: 33-46. “Jesus tells parables for a purpose,” he says. “Jesus tells parables to invite us into God’s point of view instead of our limited one.” 

The program includes interviews with Battle conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. 

“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 72 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 220 radio stations across America and overseas and via various podcast platforms. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, http://day1.org.  

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VIDEO OF DIOCESAN DAY ON IMMIGRATION

Amid all of the public turmoil about immigration, how do Christians respond in a way that allows them to live into their baptismal promise to respect the dignity of all persons and the imperative from Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves?

That is one of many questions participants wrestled with during an August 30 discussion at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA.

The event included presentations by priests and Christian lay leaders from the Atlanta area actively involved in responding to the needs of our immigrant neighbors. Episcopal bishops Robert Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta and Jose McLoughlin of the Diocese of Western North Carolina provided theological guidance and practical ways Christians can respond to this hotly debated issue. 


Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the lives of millions of people in Texas and Louisiana. Hear from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on ways to help those impacted.

Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. "Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us," he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters.

In our recent days, we have watched and witnessed the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.

As our fellow Episcopalians minister to those in need they need our help not just now or in the short term, but for the long haul. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, keep in your prayers for the people in Texas and Louisiana whose lives have been forever changed by Hurricane Harvey.

Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us not to send food, clothing or other items because affected dioceses have limited or no capacity to receive, store or distribute goods. It is more efficient and better for the local economy to make a donation.

Together we are the human family of God and our efforts in times like these truly help bring God's love and ours to our sisters and brothers in great need.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church

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Miriam's Gift Award

The Commission on Human Trafficking is aware that many congregations have programs that help prevent the trafficking of children, even though that may not be the primary purpose of the program. To highlight these programs and celebrate their work with children, the Commission has created an award called “Miriam’s Gift.” A cash award of $500 will be given to the program that best demonstrates concern for children at risk for being trafficked and the award will be presented at Annual Council in November.

The award is named for Miriam, the sister of Moses, who created a way to save her infant brother when Pharaoh ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys. Years later, she led the Hebrew women through the Red Sea to freedom from slavery in Egypt. Because of her courage and creativity, many people found new life.

There are many factors that combine to put children at risk for sex trafficking:
 incest and abuse
 domestic violence
 children who are runaways or “thrown away” by their parents
 foster care
 drug and alcohol abuse
 low achievement in school
 poverty
 belonging to a vulnerable immigrant community
 feelings of worthlessness
 LGBTQ children

Programs that address children and youth who are at risk for trafficking are eligible for the award. Examples of such programs are after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer programs, healthcare, sex education, meals and housing. All programs like these strengthen children and help to keep them from falling prey to sex traffickers. Enclosed is a brief application form that allows the Commission to be aware of the good work in which you are already engaged on behalf of at-risk children. The Commission on Human Trafficking wants to honor programs that provide protection and care for at-risk children and help lead them into a full life in the Spirit.

Please fill out the form and return it by Monday, October 2, 2017. “Miriam’s Gift” will be announced by Bishop Wright at Annual Council in November. For further information, please call Lisa Venable Herring, chair of the Commission on Human Trafficking, at lisa@wgherring.com or 404-394- 8521.


Head of School Installation Ceremony

Brookhaven, Ga. -- St. Martin's Episcopal School celebrated the formal installation of Dr. Luis A. Ottley as its third Head of School on Sunday, Aug. 27 at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Brookhaven.  The installation was presided over by the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and Ottley's father the Right Rev. James Ottley of Miami.  Dr. Luis Ottley began his tenure with St. Martin's in early July. 

Dr. Luis A. Ottley and his wife, Carrie Eagles, along with the Right Rev. Robert Wright.
 (l-r) the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Dr. Luis A. Ottley, the Right Rev. James Ottley


Youth Service Day Retreat and Eclipse

YOUTH SERVICE DAY RETREAT

On August 26th, over 100 youth representing 15 parishes came together for the annual Youth Service Day Retreat. During this day, youth get the opportunity to not only serve but to also learn from no less than 5 service organizations. The day started with a Teen Refugee Panel Discussion hosted by Refugee Ministries of All Saints' Atlanta. 4 amazing teens representing 3 countries shared their experience of being a refugee including how they got to America and what their life is like now. After each story was shared, the youth of our Diocese asked their own questions about being a refugee. Throughout the remainder of the day, our youth learned about serving with Emmaus House, Freedom School Macon, Midtown Assistance Center, Threads, and Crossroads Ministries. Together our youth collected 500 clothing articles, 500 canned goods, and 200 books. They also assembled 100 hygiene packs and 1,500 sandwiches. It was a great day filled with love and what it means to serve compassionately. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Jason Startt of St. Columba's Johns Creek

Eclipse at camp mikell

On August 21st, Camp Mikell saw no less than 500 people on the property for the Solar Eclipse. The 500 included 4 buses from the Westminster Schools! Many photos were taken of the Eclipse at Camp Mikell including this one! 


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey: Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.

[August 29, 2017] From Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:

Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. "Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us," he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters.

In our recent days, we have watched and witnessed the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.

Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us not to send food, clothing or other items because affected dioceses have limited or no capacity to receive, store or distribute goods. It is more efficient and better for the local economy to make a donation.

Episcopal Relief & Development already has actions in place for assistance.

• To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event, check here. 
• Sign-up on the Ready to Serve database to register as a possible volunteer in the future. Episcopal Relief & Development staff share these lists with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers. 
• Bulletin insert for use this Sunday is available here. 
• The latest Episcopal Relief & Development program updates are available on Facebook and Twitter @EpiscopalRelief and here.
• Check the Episcopal Church website for updates and important information.

As our fellow Episcopalians minister to those in need they need our help not just now or in the short term, but for the long haul. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, keep in your prayers for the people in Texas and Louisiana whose lives have been forever changed by Hurricane Harvey.

Together we are the human family of God and our efforts in times like these truly help bring God's love and ours to our sisters and brothers in great need.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

 

 

El Obispo Presidente Michael Curry sobre el Huracán Harvey:
Nuestros hermanos y hermanas de Texas y Luisiana necesitan nuestra ayuda. 

[El 29 de agosto, 2017] Del Obispo Presidente Michael Curry:

Hace mucho tiempo el profeta Malaquías enseñó que todos somos hijos de Dios en virtud de haber sido creados por el mismo Dios. “¿No tenemos todos un solo padre?, ¿no nos creó un mismo Dios?”, preguntó (2:10). Jesús enseñó lo mismo cuando contó una historia sobre un buen samaritano. De hecho, somos todos hijos de Dios. Y si todos somos hijos de Dios, entonces todos somos hermanos y hermanas.

En los últimos días, hemos visto y presenciado la devastación a raíz del huracán Harvey. Nuestros hermanos y hermanas de Texas y Luisiana necesitan nuestra ayuda.

La Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo nos indica que no enviemos comida, ropa u otros artículos porque las diócesis afectadas tienen limitada o ninguna capacidad para recibir, almacenar o distribuir bienes. Es más eficiente y mejor para la economía local hacer una donación.

La Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo nos dice qué podemos hacer para una ayuda de primera emergencia.

• Para donar al Fondo de Respuesta al Huracán Harvey a fin de apoyar a las diócesis afectadas para que satisfagan las necesidades de sus vecinos más vulnerables después de este evento, consulte aquí
• Inscríbase en la página Listo para Servir para registrarse como posible voluntario en el futuro. El personal de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo comparte estas listas con las diócesis cuando están dispuestas a reclutar a voluntarios externos
• El inserto de boletín para su uso este domingo está disponible aquí 
• Las últimas actualizaciones del programa de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo están disponibles en Facebook y Twitter @EpiscopalRelief y aqui. 
• Visite el sitio web de la Iglesia Episcopal  para obtener actualizaciones e información importante.

Mientras nuestros compañeros episcopales sirven a los necesitados, necesitan nuestra ayuda no sólo ahora o a corto plazo, sino a largo plazo. Nuestro apoyo a la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo es una forma tangible, práctica, eficaz y confiable de hacerlo, recen porlas personas de Texas y Luisiana cuyas vidas han sido cambiadas para siempre por el huracán Harvey.

Juntos somos la familia humana de Dios y nuestros esfuerzos en tiempos como estos realmente aportan apreciable ayudaa nuestras hermanas y hermanos en gran necesidad.

El Rvdmo. Michael B. Curry
Obispo Presidente y Primado
Iglesia Episcopal


Where do we go from here: chaos or community?

“In this moment – when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land, and when hope, frankly, sometimes seems far away, when we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love like young Heather Heyer – it may help to remember the deep wisdom of the martyrs who have gone before.” – Presiding Bishop Curry 

In this inspirational video posted by the Episcopal Church earlier this month, Presiding Bishop Curry adds that the moment of crisis and struggle is also a moment of decision making. Standing in that moment today, which do we choose: crisis or community?  


All Saints’ Parish is Proud to Announce Its Ninth Rector: The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring

The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring has been called to serve as the ninth rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Simon is married to Monica, who is also an Episcopal priest, and with whom he has three children: Elliott, 10; Euan, 8; and Annie, 6. Simon is originally from England and was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Birmingham where he earned a Ph.D. in biblical theology. He comes to All Saints' from St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea in San Diego, California where he had served as rector for the past seven years. He also served the Diocese of San Diego as dean of studies at the Diocesan School for Ministry and was president of the diocesan standing committee. Simon has ministered in schools, hospitals, and parish churches, and is also the author of two books, a number of journal articles, and his blog God at the Beach. Besides writing, he enjoys time with his family, cycling, painting and cheering on his beloved English soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur. Simon and Monica are thrilled to join the diocesan community in Atlanta.


Emmaus House 50th Anniversary

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Emmaus House has come a long way over the years, from humble beginnings with Father Austin Ford in the 1960’s. We’re grateful for our partnership with the residents of Peoplestown and look forward to celebrating all that we have accomplished together over the past 50 years during a three-day celebration September 15 - 17, 2017. 

In recognition of this milestone, Emmaus House will host a cocktail reception in Ezzard Hall to kick off a weekend of festivities. Please join us to reunite with old friends and to share stories of how Emmaus House has impacted your life. 

Forward from 50 Anniversary Reception
Friday, September 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Please join us for a celebratory cocktail reception in Ezzard Hall at Emmaus House. This is an opportunity for friends who have been touched by Emmaus House over the years to reconnect, meet new friends, and share stories of their experiences. Tickets are $20. Learn more. 


Open House, History Walk, BBQ & more.
Saturday, September 16, from noon to 4:00 PM
In partnership with the annual Peoplestown Reunion, we will join our neighbors for an open house, a history walk including 50 years of highlights, and a barbecue sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. We’ll be collecting stories from those of you who have been around Emmaus House over the years, so come prepared with your best experiences. Or, come and make some new memories. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of our years of transformational service in the neighborhood. This event is free and open to the public.


Festive Eucharist
Sunday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.
The Episcopal Chapel at Emmaus House will celebrate a Festive Eucharist to recommit ourselves to God's work in Peoplestown and beyond. All are invited to worship with us on this very special day. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.


The New Contemplatives Exchange gathers in Snowmass, Colorado

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Last year, at the invitation of renowned Christian contemplative teacher Fr. Thomas Keating, four of the most prominent living western Christian mystics gathered in Snowmass at St. Benedict’s Monastery. In addition to Fr. Keating (founder of Contemplative Outreach (CO)), three others gathered in respectful friendship: Fr. Richard Rohr (founder of Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC), Albuquerque, NM), Lawrence Freeman (founder of World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), London, UK), and Tilden Edwards (Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington, DC). 

United by their shared commitment to the Christian contemplative tradition and concern for the healing of our world, after their week-long dialogue, they determined it was important to gather a group of younger contemplative leaders.

So, August 14-18, 2017, I joined twenty other “younger” contemplatives at Snowmass, along with the four founders who invited us. We were organized in groups of five according to the founder we were representing.  The entire gathering was funded by a gracious grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process.  

As you can imagine, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. I was so honored to be included in the meeting, and upon arrival was greeted by some of the brightest and most compassionate Christians I’ve ever met. 

And while it was obvious that we were not the only younger leaders on the contemplative landscape, it was apparent that our relationship with the founders was one of trust. We had been invited out of the inspiration that emerged among the founders the year prior. They wanted to identify a few younger contemplatives who could be entrusted with their wisdom lineages in order to nurture and advance the movement in the coming years.

Following are the members who gathered:

  • Sabina Alkire, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Bachelard, Canberra, Australia
  • Thomas Bushlack, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Adam Bucko, Nashotah, WI
  • Sicco Claus, Haag, Netherlands
  • Leonardo Correa, Porto Alecre, Brazil
  • Rafael Dickson Morales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Phileena Heuertz, Omaha, NE
  • Stuart Higginbotham, Gainesville, GA
  • Erik Keeney, Snowmass, CO
  • Mark Kutolowski, Thetford, VT
  • Justin Lanier, Bennington, VT
  • Bo Karen Lee, Princeton, NJ
  • Mark Longhurst, Williamstown, MA
  • Rory McEntee, Madison, NJ
  • Kirsten Oates, Sausalito, CA
  • Karen Pedigo, Frankfort, IL
  • Jessica Smith, Washington DC
  • Gabrielle Stoner, Ada, MI
  • Vladimir Volrab, Decin, Czech Republic
  • Matthew Wright, West Park, NY


During the course of four days we began each morning at 6:30 for meditation, followed by grand silence through breakfast until beginning our dialogue for the day at 9:30 am. Two more meditation or silent prayer sits punctuated the days, in addition to prayer and Eucharist with Fr. Thomas’ Cistercian, Trappist, community.

During the first complete day, the left brain came out in full force with each group proposing important issues of concern for the future of the contemplative movement. Chief among the issues included addressing two elements in the movement’s shadow: one that is dominated by white middle and upper-class Christians and lacking concerted action for social change. Several recognized the poverty of our friendships and the need to join with leaders of color to be able to do the collective healing our world needs. Other issues brought into focus included: 

• The phenomenology of contemplation from impasse (domination paradigms) to prophecy (communion paradigms)
• Networking: how to connect and harness the wisdom of the contemplative spectrum?
• Formation and Educational Models. Congregations, communities, etc. as schools of contemplative embodiment.
• Contemplative Action: prayer, service, activism. How action becomes contemplation.
• Mindfulness and Christian contemplation.
• Body and incarnational contemplation.

By the second day, a significant shift occurred. The right collective brain awakened (no doubt due to our collective prayer sits). This day was marked with vulnerability, deepening friendship, and a commitment to supporting one another.

Being located in the sacred valley of Snowmass, drenched in solitude, silence, and stillness and years and years of collective prayer, and participating in a minimum of ninety minutes of meditation each day, served to help open us to the intuitive, spiritual dimension of our collective body. So that by the final day, we were grounded in friendship and deeper trust and unified in a collective desire to work together in service of the healing of our world.

But of course, four days for a group of unfamiliar people is hardly enough time to tackle the challenges before us.

So, by the final day, with the left and right hemispheres of our collective primary brain united, and the secondary brain (our intuitive gut) energized, and with the insights and wisdom of our founders, we agreed to a few modest commitments: 

• Select a representative from each of the four groups who will be responsible for connecting us to the larger body.

• Continue to nurture the small group entities (organized by the founder we were representing) for deepening friendship, mutual support, and possible initiatives.

• And to look for ways in which we can all collaborate at greater levels, keeping in view the larger contemplative landscape and its leaders who were not in attendance at this meeting.

This is only the beginning. 

Since the founding of Shalem in 1973, CO and CAC in 1986, and WCCM in 1991, we have spanned over 44 years. These renowned Western mystics and their respective organizations have determinedly helped to renew the Western Christian contemplative tradition for our time. And in all those years of sacrificial service, 2016 was the first year all four of the founders had ever been all together. 

2017 marks a huge shift in connection, friendship, networking, and support for the contemplative movement. It seems only natural that we can anticipate a compounding effect of our meeting this year—the beginning of a commitment to unite contemplatives everywhere in our shared desire to be of service to the evolution of consciousness and to heal our world through contemplative practice and compassionate action.

Any who want to learn more are invited to The Circle gathering at Grace beginning Sunday evening, September 17, at 6:30 pm in the Chapel.  For those who cannot travel to Gainesville, Fr. Stuart is more than willing to explore a gathering in metro Atlanta soon to share conversation and dreams.

This article was originally written by Phileena Heuertz, a participant in the New Contemplatives Exchange, who, with her husband Chris, serve Gravity, a non-profit centered on contemplative activism.  


Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11–13, 2017

Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit the Diocese of Atlanta, October 11 – 13.  As our Chief Evangelist, Bishop Curry will bring his passion for the Jesus Movement to Atlanta. The events below are open to the public. View the event schedule below:

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community.” There will also be a panel discussion including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, Associate Rector at All Saints, Atlanta. This event is open to the public, with registration required by Oct. 9 at http://tinyurl.com/Presiding-Bishop-Curry.

  • 7:00 p.m. Keynote address: “Racial Realities and the Beloved Community"
  • 7:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
  • Venue: Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322 See Map

 

Holy Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Friday, October 13, 2017

Presiding Bishop Curry will join us in service, worship, and conversation at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He will preach at Holy Eucharist. Choir members from parishes throughout the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia will augment the Festival Choir under the direction of St. Luke’s director of music, Arlan Sunnarborg, D.M.A. Learn more

  • 12 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Presiding Bishop Curry to preach; Bishop Wright to celebrate
  • Venue: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 See Map

 

Annual Vergers’ Guild Conference

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Presiding Bishop will give the Keynote Address which will highlight the ministry of the Verger and our part to lead the Church in the Jesus Movement. A long-standing tradition of the MEG Chapter Assembly Meetings, the Bishop gathers the vergers, sits among us, and teaches in the ancient tradition. Some jokingly refer to this as “Stump the Bishop,” but there is a much deeper, intimate feeling to this type of interaction. Formally, this event is called “Dialogue with the Bishop.” Bishop Curry has consented to join in this tradition and it is our fond hope that the events of the day will inspire meaningful exchange, divine meaning, and lasting memories.

  • 2:45 p.m. Keynote Address by Presiding Bishop Curry
  • 3:30 p.m. Bishop’s Forum with assembled Vergers
  • This event is for Vergers who have registered; Clergy may attend the keynote address and Bishop's Forum
  • Venue: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 See Map

"Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.” ― Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus

What is the Jesus Movement?

We’re following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth.

How do we join?

First, we follow Jesus. We are simply the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, seeking every day to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). Just like Jesus.

What’s our work?

We’re working on simple practices for each priority area – if it’s a Movement, then we should all be able to grasp the ideas and get on board. Then we’re mapping a strategy that inspires and equips all of us to join God and make a difference.

 

For the Episcopal Church, it calls us to focus on three specific Jesus Movement Priorities: 

EVANGELISM

Listen for Jesus' movement in our lives and in the world. Give thanks. Proclaim and celebrate it! Invite the Spirit to do the rest.

  • INSPIRE Episcopalians to embrace evangelism
  • GATHER Episcopal evangelists
  • EQUIP all to be evangelists
  • SEND all as evangelists

RECONCILIATION

Embody the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus with each other

  • TELL the truth about church and race
  • REWRITE the narrative
  • FORM Episcopalians as reconcilers
  • REPAIR & RESTORE institutions & society

CREATION CARE

Encounter and honor the face of God in creation

  • DEVELOP creation care resources
  • GROW local eco-ministries
  • PURSUE eco-justice at church-wide and local levels
  • CONVENE conversations around climate and faith

EYE17 Reflection

EYE, Episcopal Youth Event, is a triennial gathering and the largest gathering of Episcopal youth in the Episcopal Church. In mid-July, the Diocese of Atlanta sent a delegation of 16 youth and 4 adults to experience Oklahoma City and to learn different Pathways to Peace - the focus of EYE17. Hear first hand from Owen Snape on how impactful EYE was for him. 

 

Forever Remember
By Owen Snape, St. Catherine's


EYE was one of the best weeks of my life. I had just gone to my first Happening a couple months prior, so I knew many of the youth attending. When we first arrived, I met others from Guam, Haiti, and many other states. It amazed me how far some people had come to this event, and it made me realize how special EYE really is. 

As the week progressed, it became obvious that everyone I met was so different and had their own stories to tell. The most memorable part of the week was during Oklahoma City day. We had traveled to different museums and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, enjoyed the Red Dirt Carnival and had all gathered back at the memorial for Compline. The whole service was so deep and full of love, and the place we were worshipping made the service even more special. I remember as the sermon started, I began to look around past the memorial. I saw the beautiful painted sunset behind a building, the lights on top of the skyscrapers, and then I looked up at the sky. I laid down on my back and gazed at the stars while listening to the incredible sermon. For some reason, that sky made me feel so small and insignificant, and it was humbling. Never before had I felt this sensation, and all along the ride back to campus, I thought about how I wanted to just lay there forever. I could feel God that night enveloping all of us with a starry, pitch black silhouette. I will forever remember how much love saturated the air during that special, special service.