A Second Chance for Georgians

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Georgia has the highest rate of correctional control facilities in the nation, yet no matter how long ago the conviction occurred, Georgia’s laws do not allow expungement. Under current Georgia law, only arrests that did not lead to a conviction, and certain misdemeanor convictions that occurred before the age of 21, can be removed. All other Georgia convictions stay on your record permanently, a lifetime of difficulty for people who have finished serving their time and are trying to pick their lives back up.

The 4.2 million people who have criminal records in Georgia face barriers to employment, housing, higher education, and other opportunities long after their sentence is over. If Georgia’s laws were changed so that certain misdemeanor and felony convictions could be restricted and sealed after a period of time, it would unlock opportunity for thousands of Georgians who have been rehabilitated and want to work, to rebuild their lives, and provide better futures for their families. Expanding the ability to seal criminal records also benefits communities by increasing public safety and helping employers fill open positions in Georgia's tight labor market.

As part of our commitment to Ending Mass Incarceration, The Diocese of Atlanta supports an effort being led by the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) and a broad base of diverse stakeholders to expand Georgia’s law and allow certain misdemeanor and felony convictions to be removed after a period of time.

Others endorsing this Second Chance for Georgia campaign include: The Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center, Georgia Center for Opportunity, United Way of Greater Atlanta, The Temple, Racial Justice Action Center, and Southern Center for Human Rights.

Learn more at: secondchancegeorgia.org

Register for the Second Chance for Georgia Campaign Kick-Off here.

Show Up For Shabbat 2019

Join the American Jewish Committee in honoring the memory of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims and standing up to antisemitism and all forms of hate by participating in the nationwide #ShowUpForShabbat campaign.

Last year, on October 27, we witnessed unspeakable horror at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. The following weekend millions of people of all faiths rallied around AJC’s #ShowUpForShabbat initiative, packing synagogues in what became the largest-ever expression of solidarity with the American Jewish community.

On the one-year anniversary, AJC is calling on all people of good conscience to #ShowUpForShabbat. Let us come together to honor the victims and raise our collective voice for a world free of antisemitism, hate and bigotry.

Here’s how you can Participate

1. Attend Shabbat services the weekend of Oct. 25-26.
Share your Shabbat plans on social media using the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat.  
Don’t usually attend services? Visit AJC.org/ShowUpForShabbat for help connecting to an area synagogue that will be welcoming guests.

2. Go to AJC.org/ShowUpForShabbat and add your name in support of this initiative.
Even if you are unable to attend services, you can still stand up to hate and antisemitism.

3. Urge others to join you.  
Last year, countless religious leaders, diplomats, elected officials, celebrities, people of all faiths and people of no faith participated in #ShowUpForShabbat. You can build momentum by asking friends and allies to join you.  

4. Dedicate October 27 to fighting antisemitism.  
Join AJC in designating October 27 as an official Day of Action Against Antisemitism, a day for educating others about this hatred and advocating more robust measures to combat it.

Learn more here.

Together, we can turn a global campaign of solidarity into a powerful force against hate.

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, as we celebrate a culture that has greatly enriched our nation.

Over the next four weeks, we will devote time and space on our public platforms to highlight and honor descendants from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America who comprise an important piece of the American fabric. We are humbled and delighted to recognize their significant and powerful contributions to our country -- a commitment we mean to carry forward not just this month, but every day of the year.

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Celebrating Ellen Ochona, October 13, 2019

To continue our celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, we’d like to highlight Ellen Ochoa, a trailblazing trailblazing figure in Hispanic history. Ochoa was an engineer who, after graduating with master’s and Doctorate degrees from Stanford University, was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1990. Three years later, she made history as the first Hispanic woman in space, serving as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Discovery. She later served as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center from 2013-2018. We thank Ms. Ochoa for paving the way for the many young Hispanic scientists, engineers, and astronauts following in her formidable footsteps.


Celebrating Desi Arnez, October 7, 2019

Today’s #HispanicHeritageMonth historical figure is Desi Arnaz. Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born musician, actor, and television producer, best known for creating, writing, and starring in America’s beloved sitcom, “I Love Lucy,” with his then-wife, Lucille Ball. With their production company, Desilu Productions, Arnaz and Ball pioneered the lucrative concept of television series reruns, produced other popular shows like “December Bride” and “Star Trek” and, at the time, were two of TV’s most successful entrepreneurs. We are grateful for Desi Arnaz’s work in bringing laughter, love, and life to American television for decades.


Celebrating Sandra Cisneros, September 30, 2019

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, novelist, essayist, and children’s book author. Cisneros was born in Chicago and has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico. She is best known for her American Book Award-winning “The House on Mango Street,” the very first novel she published. This coming-of-age story follows a young girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago, and it has been widely adopted into primary school curriculums throughout the U.S. In it, her storytelling style weaves together multiple vignettes, infusing each piece with creative and vibrant imagery and metaphor. During #HispanicHeritageMonth, we are grateful for the gift of Cisneros’ beautiful writing.


Celebrating Sonia Sotomayor, September 24, 2019
In celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, we are paying tribute to Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor grew up in the Bronx as the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. At the tender age of 10, she was inspired to become an attorney by the television show “Perry Mason,” a path she began to forge with determination. Fast forward to the moment when Obama nominated Sotomayor in May 26, 2009. He remarked on her strength of identity: “She has never forgotten where she began. Never lost touch with the community that supported her. What Sonya will bring to the court then is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life’s journey.” Three months later, Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court. She was part of the ruling majority to protect the Affordable Care Act twice, and also participated in the majority ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states under the fourteenth amendment. We are thankful for Sonia Sotomayor’s  determination that inspires positive change and her commitment to providing justice in this country. 


We encourage you all to continue learning, sharing, and celebrating the many contributions that have been made by people of Hispanic heritage throughout history. Check out more resources, learning materials, and guides to Hispanic history below.

Both HispanicHeritageMonth.org and HispanicHeritageMonth.gov have a collection of exhibits, images, videos and resources.

Click here for a teacher’s guide for Hispanic heritage and history in the United States.

Click here for Penguin Random House’s list of nonfiction and fiction books by and about Latinx/Hispanic authors and characters from all over the world.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

October 12
Taste of Latin America

Strengthening Bonds Between The Diocese of Atlanta and the Episcopal Church in Cuba

By Harry Groce

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Harry with Ower Rodriguez, Director of the Proyectomanos Program (After School Program) at Los Arabos.

In July 2019, I had the incredible opportunity to complete my third trip to the island nation in the context of my Episcopalian faith. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of working under the auspices of The Rev. Dr. Donna Mote, Missioner for Engagement and Innovation in the Diocese of Atlanta, and with The Rev. Juan Carlos Diez Moreira of the Diocese of Cuba. Juan Carlos is rector of the three churches of the Los Arabos circuit in Matanzas Province, which encompasses the area around the towns of Los Arabos, Cuatro Esquinas, and Zorilla.

All three of these parishes are integral parts of their communities. Each church has a water filtration system that provides clean drinking water to the public. Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Church in Cuatro Esquinas provides a weekly breakfast for retirees and seniors, giving them a place to socialize and a guaranteed meal. Trinity Church in Los Arabos hosts an after-school program that educates children in the arts, from music and dance to painting and sculpting.

Father Juan Carlos with his son Jesus Alejandro examining records at the farm

Father Juan Carlos with his son Jesus Alejandro examining records at the farm

Thanks to the support of an Innovations in Ministry Grant from the Diocese of Atlanta, Trinity will soon lay claim to the only recording studio within 75 miles where religious music can be recorded at a reasonable cost.

At the root of all of this community engagement is the Granito de Mostaza (Mustard Seed) Dairy Farm. The Cuban government owns all of the land on the island, but the Diocese of Cuba has a leasehold in the dairy farm operation itself. Administered by Father Juan Carlos, the farm has a contract to sell its milk to the government. This income is one of the few sources of revenue that the Diocese of Cuba has for program support and delivery. The income pays for almost all of the community programing for the Los Arabos area. The dairy operation employs several cowboys and houses them and their families, and the government resells some of the milk within the surrounding communities. When I first encountered Granito de Mostaza during the summer of 2018, the farm was facing grave financial difficulties due to poor land quality and an infestation of marabú, an invasive shrub overwhelming many parts of Cuba that can grow up to 23 feet tall. The marabú is covered in thorns, which renders land useless for grazing and cultivation.

In 2018 when the 79th General Convention in Austin voted to approve the return of the Diocese of Cuba to the Episcopal Church I was inspired to take action. So, on behalf of Reverend Juan Carlos and with the support of the Middle Georgia Convocation, I proposed a $25,000 grant from the sustainable development funds overseen by the Ministry Innovations Task Force. This past winter the grant was awarded.

Youth and Young Adults with Harry at Los Arabos Church

Youth and Young Adults with Harry at Los Arabos Church

Granito de Mostaza negotiated with the Cuban government to exchange its original property leasehold for a new leasehold on a better plot of land that is more accessible to transportation. With the sustainable development goals funds from the Diocese of Atlanta, church members have been able to rent equipment to clear the marabú that infested the land. The new parcel offers better conditions for workers, most notably electricity, which the old location lacked, and a better infrastructure for raising cattle. The new land also offers an opportunity to expand the farm’s scope to include raising pigs and growing food. The partnership between the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Cuba and offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen the connections between our two dioceses while simultaneously sharing the love of Jesus.

I encourage everyone in our diocese to prayerfully consider how God may be calling them to strengthen those connections and become involved in this exciting work of partnership and reconciliation.

Gracias a Dios! Thanks be to God!

Harry Groce
Member, Global Missions Commission, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
University of Georgia Master of International Policy Program C’20
University of the South C’18

News from Day1: Kirkpatrick to Preach

The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick, managing director of Leadership Education at Duke University Divinity School and head of Alban at Duke in Durham, N.C., will be the featured preacher on “Day 1” Nov. 3.  Kirkpatrick’s sermon “We Are All God’s Children Now,” is drawn from Luke 16:20-31, a portion of the Sermon on the Plain that begins with the “Beatitudes” and ends with the “Golden Rule.” Commenting on the use of the word saint to describe everyday people, he says, “The complexity of their lives helps us to nuance what we mean by saint. We do not mean the perfect. We do not mean the heroic. We do not mean just the self-sacrificing or the extraordinary.”

In addition to his roles at Duke Divinity School, Kirkpatrick is an associate priest at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, NC. He has preached and taught in churches around the U.S. and on three continents. Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Kirkpatrick graduated from Wake Forest University and Duke Divinity School.

Hosted by Peter Wallace “Day 1” is a nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program that has broadcast every week for over 74 years. Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour” this program features outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, and is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta. 

Access this program online at Day1.org and via podcast. For more information contact Peter Wallace, 404-815-0258, pwallace@day1.org or Ethel Ware Carter, 404-418-6770, ewcarter@day1.org.

Rev. Kim Jackson Receives Honor from Emory University


The Rev. Kim Jackson, a Candler School of Theology alumna, was recently named one of Emory’s 2019 "40 Under Forty". Jackson currently serves as Interim Vicar at the Church of the Common Ground, our church on the streets of downtown Atlanta that intentionally strives to build community and care for the spiritual needs of the homeless. Jackson, the first black LGBTQ+ person ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, previously served as chaplain at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and the Atlanta University Center, and as associate rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. She is currently running in the election for Georgia State Senate District 41.

This information is courtesy of Emory's Candler School of Theology.

United Thank Offering’s Camino Challenge Grant

The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the UTO Camino Challenge Grant to create the Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. UTO pledges to match donations up to the first $60,000.

The vision for the Anglican Pilgrim Centre is “to provide a place for the 100,000 Protestant pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela each year to have a place to end their pilgrimage by celebrate the Eucharist together,” said Sherri Dietrich, UTO board president. The Centre will welcome pilgrims of all faiths, encouraging youth development, spiritual formation and interfaith dialogue, by providing space for pilgrims to process their journey together and share their experiences. “An Anglican Centre in Santiago will show the continued strength and faith of the Spanish Reformed Church in Spain, and UTO is grateful to be a part of this project,” Dietrich added.

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is one of the most ancient routes of pilgrimage in Christianity, and Santiago de Compostela was the third most holy site in Christianity in the Middle Ages, after Jerusalem and Rome. Plans for the Anglican Pilgrim Centre have been in development since 2015, and UTO now joins in the work.

This October, the UTO pilgrims will be walking part of this ancient route and will end their journey in Santiago de Compostela. Follow their progress on the UTO Facebook page and webpage, or on the Friends of the Anglican Centre Facebook page and webpage.

Episcopal Youth Ministry in ATL Podcast

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The Office of Youth Ministries invites all that work with youth to tune in and listen to their podcast Episcopal Youth Ministry in ATL. The purpose of the Podcast is to provide spiritual nourishment and formation for those working with youth in the Episcopal Church. Each episode will tackle a topic related to working with youth in the Diocese of Atlanta, approaching the topic from three different perspectives. Wallace Benton, Matt Bowers, and the Rev. Ashley Carr serve as the hosts. Listen now on Apple, Google, and Spotify.

Announcing New Podcast: A Brave Space with Dr. Meeks


The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing has launched a new podcast called A Brave Space with Dr. Meeks. The podcast will support the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing’s mission of creating brave space where the truth can be told.

Podcast episodes will explore various topics that address the intersections between slavery, lynching, the prison industrial complex, the death penalty and 21st century police killings and the ways in which these issues prohibit racial healing in America.

Absalom Jones Center Director Dr. Catherine Meeks will engage with a wide variety of guests on the show, centering the discussion around the crucial topic of racial healing.

Chelsi Glascoe, AUC Campus Missioner, will host. Podcast available for download on Apple, Google, and Spotify.

Diocesan Pride Events 2019


The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is proud to support several events during Pride 2019. The LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta observes Pride activities each October. This year Pride will take place October 12 and 13. The Diocese of Atlanta is known as a welcoming community to LGBTQ+ folks and is an official sponsor of Pride. Please join us in this ministry. You are welcome regardless of your race, age, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, sexual orientation, economic status, or any of the factors that often divide us.

Kick off Pride 2019 on October 10 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church for Integrity Atlanta’s 31st Annual Pride Eucharist with a service lead by The Rev. Donna S. Mote, PhD, and The Rev. Zachary Nyein.

Members of the diocese will have an information Booth at the Pride Festival in Piedmont Park on Saturday and Sunday. Come staff the booth and meet people who are looking for a faith community that welcomes them regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression/identity. Pride-Booth-Sign-Up

Pride Parade, Sunday October 13, 2019
The Episcopal Contingent is usually one of the most popular in the parade. Participants are needed to help hand out souvenirs and carry signs with the names of welcoming and affirming parishes in the diocese. Carry a sign or just walk with us! Sign up here 2019 Carry a Sign in Pride Parade.

Week of Action for Refugees

 On October 1, a presidential determination could dramatically reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States to less than 15,000, or even to zero. In response, All Saints’, St. Luke’s, St. Bede’s, Christ Church Norcross, Holy Trinity Parish, and St. Michael and All Angels have formed the Diocesan Refugee Advocacy Consortium. The Consortium’s mission is to encourage advocacy for refugees as an act of faith, rooted in the gospel. As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has said, “When we welcome the stranger, we welcome the Lord God himself. We welcome Jesus.”

At a time when many churches and organizations are already feeling overwhelmed by the humanitarian crisis on the southern border and the devastation of the recent asylum ban, joining the Consortium might feel like too much, but as Meghan Vesel of St. Bede’s and the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta (NSMA) states, “We have to work together. These issues aren’t separate and these massive humanitarian crises in different parts of the world are stemming from the same source: fear and misinformation. NSMA hopes to be a part of the effort to reclaim our place in the world in showing compassion towards refugees.”

Ashley Coleman of New American Pathways says, “At a time when there have never been more globally displaced people in need of safety and refuge, it’s extremely disconcerting to see the U.S. abdicate its role as a leader in refugee resettlement. Reducing the cap of our new refugee arrivals is not only a betrayal to the 40,000 ‘travel-ready’ refugee families who have been promised a new life in the U.S., it signals a further reduction in capacity for the program that will have devastating consequences for years to come.”

Jonathan Tonge, leader of the Refugee Ministries program at St. Luke’s, explained why his parish decided to join the Consortium, “We can't give into despair. America may abandon millions around the world who instantly come to mind when one considers the least of these. But we don't have to accept that fate in silence. We don't have to acquiesce. We can still do everything in our power to create a different world and a different decision.”

The Consortium will host four events during a Week of Action for Refugees. The first three will take place at parishes to write postcards and make phone calls to lawmakers to ask them to support the refugee resettlement program:  

1. Wednesday, September 25, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Shaffer Room at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (634 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308). Dinner before starting at 5:00 p.m.

2. Thursday, September 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030). Lunch provided.

3. Thursday, September 26, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Lunch provided.

The week will culminate with the Rally for Resettlement: A Solidarity Event for Refugees and Agencies on Saturday, September 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Clarkston International Bible Church (3895 Church St, Clarkston, GA 30021), to honor World Relief, a refugee agency that must close due to the reduction in refugee arrivals, as well as other agencies whose services will be reduced. There will also be a community building activity to create new networks of service for people in Clarkston.

To learn more, contact Louisa Merchant, Director of All Saints’ Refugee Ministries, at louisam@allsaintsatlanta.org. 

RSVP for the Rally for Resettlement here.

St. Luke's Announces Fall Arts & Crafts Schedule

St. Luke’s, Fort Valley, will be hosting several arts and crafts events on Saturdays throughout this fall season. Classes are FREE and open to the public. All classes are taught by local volunteer crafters and artisans. All sessions have a 10-person limit. Supplies and materials fees are determined by the instructors.

Fall Schedule of Saturday classes:

September 28
Bracelet Making by Edwina, 3-4 PM
Supplies: students must bring 2 strings of beads on fishing line; can be purchased at Walmart or craft store. Edwina will bring clasps and string.

October 26
Card Making by Annette, 3-4:30 PM
Supplies: 2-sided adhesive tape or $7 to purchase; Annette will bring other items.

November 9
Hair Braiding (cornrows, braids, extensions) by Shekera, 3-5:30 PM
Optional supplies: mannequin, comb, brush.

December 7
Pre-Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale; 10 AM-2 PM
Vendor's Fee: $20

For information about registration for classes, instructors and vendors, email kariba911@hotmail.com 

Resolution Cements International Diocesan Partnership

A resolution was recently passed to establish an official partnership between St. Margaret’s of Carrollton, GA and St. Teresa of Avila, in Cape Coast, Ghana. Through a global relationship between two parishes, both will continue to receive expanded knowledge and understanding of histories, cultures, and ministries. A shared connection through monthly video chats, adding the partner parish to Prayers of the People, and shared celebration, will promote spiritual growth.

Experience Love in Action at Revive ATL in January


Our world is hurting, so we must come together to sow the love of Jesus in a broken world. At ReviveATL, Episcopalians, friends, and seekers will open hearts, minds, and doors to the concerns of our state and country. The event will be led by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, the Royal Wedding Preacher, and Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta. Together, we can respond to the call to serve Jesus, and to love as he does. To love the unwelcome, the disenfranchised, the lost, and the found. Presiding Bishop Curry has stirred the whole church to take its place in The Way of Love: the community of people who follow Jesus and form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, their neighbors, and the environment.

ReviveATL: Love in Action, an Episcopal Church Revival will be January 22, 2020 at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena.

Registration is now live, for guaranteed seating please register before November 1.

Don't forget to get your ReviveATL T-Shirt to wear to the event! Available for purchase when you register.

Grace House Joins Georgia Tech’s Inaugural Suicide Prevention Week

In conjunction with Georgia Tech’s inaugural Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, Grace Coffee House will present events that highlight fellowship, student service and suicide prevention.


September 8
Grace Coffee House will host a Career Fair interview course at 7 p.m. and resume critiques by local professionals from 8-10 p.m. Open to all Georgia Tech students about to embark on a career search.

September 9
On Monday, Grace House will kick off its new ministry programs with their #wellgowithyou, Random Acts of Kindness, and Weekend Food Pantry campaigns, as well as new faculty and staff support groups.

September 10 and 12
QPR Training will be offered from 7-9 p.m. QPR Training teaches people how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help.

September 12
On Thursday, Grace House will host a Notes of Encouragement Writing Campaign from 1-6 p.m. during their Coffee House, followed by an interfaith prayer service at 6 p.m.

September 13
From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, volunteers will distribute the Notes of Encouragement to students on the Tech Walkway. Art therapy will be offered by Sabrina Samuel at 3 p.m. and the Weekend Food Pantry will be open 3-5 p.m. at Grace House, encouraging any student experiencing food insecurity to come by and fill up their grocery bag.

Grace Coffee House is a joint ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We proudly serve the Georgia Tech community in Atlanta, Georgia. Grace provides students with an opportunity for friendship, spiritual direction, an authentic community, community service, and a home away from home.

To learn more, contact Kathryn P. Folk, Campus Missioner, KatPierce@gmail.com

New Campus Missioners


Laura Birch has accepted the call to serve as Campus Missioner of Georgia College and State University.

Laura is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up attending Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur. She currently attends St. Stephen's in Milledgeville, where she volunteers as a youth leader. Laura’s background in education will greatly enhance her ability to serve the students of GCSU.


Wallace Benton has accepted the call to serve as Campus Missioner of Kennesaw State University. Wallace grew up attending St. Matthew's in Snellville. Wallace currently also serves as the Director of Youth Ministries of St. David's in Roswell, as the New Beginnings Lay Director, and is a host on the Podcast Episcopal Youth Ministry in ATL. Wallace has a strong background in formation work of the Episcopal Church that will serve him well in his new position.

Simon Mainwaring to preach on Day1

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The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, will be the featured preacher Sept. 15 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and via podcast. 

“Leaving Egypt,” Mainwaring’s sermon for Sept. 15, is based on Exodus 3:7-14, the story of the golden calf. “It matters, doesn’t it, where we plant our feet,” he said. “I am an immigrant in this country, so I know how it feels to plant your feet in two places at once. It doesn’t work.”

Originally from England, Mainwaring was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, where he earned a PhD in biblical theology. He arrived at All Saints' two years ago from St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea in San Diego, California, where he had served as rector for 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.”

 The program on Sept. 15 will include interviews with Mainwaring.

 “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly under the title, “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. 

 The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta. For more information, check the program’s website.


Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty Host Annual Fundraiser

Episcopal Priest Joseph Shippen, Board Chair for Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFAPD), will host the Mary Ruth Weir Dinner, GFADP’s annual fundraiser, at Central Presbyterian Church.

"Working to end the death penalty is not easy and there are not always successes we can easily point to. It is good to get together once a year to celebrate the many legislative and legal victories that are in fact there and the lawyers, activists, and other heroic people who are making them happen," said Shippen.


This year's Martina Correia Courage Award recipient and guest speaker is Dave Atwood. Mr. Atwood is the founder and first President of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP).  He is also the Past-President of the Houston Peace and Justice Center and a former board member of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Currently he is Director of the Texas Catholic Campaign to End the Death Penalty (TCCEDP) and has developed the Beloved Community Project. He is the author of Detour to Death Row, a memoir of his decision to leave his engineering job to devote himself full-time to anti death-penalty and justice work.


Individuals and parishes can buy tickets for $55 each, $25 for students, or you can contribute by purchasing a ticket for someone else who cannot afford a ticket but who would like to come to the event. (If you do that, just please let Joseph know by emailing him at jshippen@gmail.com, so he can give your ticket to someone else.)

The Mary Ruth Weir Dinner is one of the primary ways that GFADP raises the resources needed to work for the elimination of the death penalty in favor of policies that will make Georgia a more just state. 

For more information, click here.

If you would simply like to help as an individual or as a parish by joining and contributing to GFADP, you can do that at: gfadp.org/take-action

GPADP is building their membership in order to build their power as an effective statewide organization. The church is a crucial component of this movement because it is a group of people who understand that the death penalty is unjust and immoral.

Parishes Raise Over $24K to Fight Hunger Through EC Foundation Grants


On April 28, 2019, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and local faith organizations for the 35th Annual Hunger Walk Run. Episcopalians walked, ran, or volunteered for the Diocese of Atlanta, with 26 teams formed in support of ECF. Prior to the 5K walk and run, more than 100 youth and adults attended a Eucharist service celebrated by The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright.

“We are proud of the commitment that the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta have consistently shown towards ending hunger,” said Lindsey Hardegree, Executive Director for the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia. “There are 23.2% of Georgia children who live in food insecure households. That’s one in four children! We are honored to grant funds this year to efforts which are working directly to combat childhood hunger.”

The 2019 Hunger Walk Run was an incredible event, and through the immense fundraising efforts of parishes around the Diocese, ECF has received more than $24,000 to support local hunger-related ministries and organizations. ECF is dedicated to funding opportunities for Episcopal parishes to work with their local community and nonprofits to serve the poor and oppressed. With that in mind, ECF has provided grants to the following outreach ministries:

• Action Ministries, who partners with Church of the Good Shepherd (Covington), has received a grant of $12,000 to support the expansion of their SuperPack program which provides weekend food for hungry children.
• St. Patrick's Episcopal Church (Atlanta) has received a grant of $15,000 towards renovating the kitchen space of its Malachi's Storehouse food ministry.

This year, Bishop Wright issued a challenge for the Bishop’s Cup – the parish that raised the most funds for the Hunger Walk Run would receive the coveted award trophy as well as a gift of $3,500 to be used for the parish’s outreach ministries. Defending their title from 2018, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta) prevailed by raising a whopping $18,595 winning the Bishop's Cup for the second time! St. Bartholomew's came in second place with $6,685. Special recognition goes to the following parishes who each raised more than $1,000 to fight hunger in our Diocese: St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church (Smyrna), The Church of Our Saviour (Atlanta), St. Catherine's Episcopal Church (Marietta), Christ Episcopal Church (Norcross), and St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church (Stone Mountain).

This year's parish fundraising efforts were truly incredible! Special thanks to the following individuals who each raised more than $500 and were a part of the Hunger Walk Run Champions Circle:

• Shirley Lee, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Sophie Hylton, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Michael Blakley, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Richard Wood, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Connie Bergeron, St. Catherine's Episcopal Church (Marietta)
• Jennifer Boutte, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Belinda McIntosh, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Carla Scruggs, Christ Episcopal Church (Norcross)
• Cynthia Allen-Peterson, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Heather Dickenson, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church (Stone Mountain)
• Guy Douyon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Beverly Lloyd, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Clover Hall, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Josephine Reed-Taylor, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Veronica Ridenhour, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church (Morrow)
• Karen Douyon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)
• Benita Nobles, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)

Please save the date for next year’s Hunger Walk Run on March 15, 2020. For more information about the Hunger Walk Run, including how you can create a team to support the event in 2020, please contact Lindsey Hardegree at 404.601.5362 or LHardegree@episcopalatlanta.org.

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 www.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 atwww.episcopalatlanta.org.

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