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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

The National Weekly Ecumenical Radio Program produced by the Alliance for Christian Media

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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New Book Marks 150 Years of History at St. Paul's

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As part of the 150th anniversary celebration of St. Paul’s Church, Macon, a new book has been published highlighting the church’s history with special emphasis on its stained glass windows.

Since 1869, St. Paul’s Church members have glorified God in worship spaces enhanced by an eclectic collection of the finest in stained glass windows. In the beginning, a magnificent round window helped transform a rude antebellum warehouse into a sacred space. The beautiful Gothic Revival-style church building, occupied in 1884, is graced by a remarkable trio of authentic Tiffany & Co. windows along with fine examples of Victorian-era art glass by English and German designers. The historic Beckwith Chapel in the nearby parish house is now filled with an exceptional array of modern stained glass. Full-color photos of all windows are included.

For mail orders, please include a donation of $30 per book to cover shipping costs. Please write “Windows book” on the “For” line of your check. Send your request to the church office, 753 College Street, Macon, GA 31201. For more information, please call 478-743-4623.

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension celebrates 175 years

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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension celebrated their 175th year anniversary kick-off last week by hosting a celebratory reception with mayoral proclamation on Thursday.

Mayor Matt Santini was present to proclaim that on November 6, 1844, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia chartered an Episcopal mission on the banks of the Etowah river west of Cartersville; and was consecrated in the community on June 22, 1845. He further proclaimed that on that the current campus of the Episcopal Church (moved to its location on the corner of Bartow Street and Cherokee Avenue in the Spring of 1874), which is also know in the community as “the church with the red doors”, is a historical community treasure. The proclamation reads, “I, Matthew J. Santini, Major of the City of Cartersville, Georgia, do hereby proclaim, Ascension Day, Thursday, May 30, 2019 A.D., as a day of celebration in honor of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension 175th Anniversary and call upon the people of Cartersville to join in recognizing and participating in the special observance.”

Parish members, local clergy and Bartow County officials were present for the celebration, which was held at the historic home of one of the founding members of the church; the Stiles-Knight family.

The church will continue a year of celebration in honor of their rich history and place in the community of Cartersville.

Episcopalians Take Stand for Humane Treatment at U.S. Border

CORRECTION: The original version of this article did not properly credit vigil organizers Indivisible. We regret the error.

Episcopalians were among the many hundreds of Georgians who gathered July 12th at vigils around the state protesting the treatment of children and families seeking asylum at our nation's Southern border with Mexico.

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The Lights for Liberty vigils were held on five continents and in nearly 600 locations. Georgia vigils took place in several cities and were organized by many different groups in addition to Episcopalians, such as the Columbus chapter of Indivisible.

The Rev. Fabio Sotelo of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church said he and others helped organize the vigils because they are “outraged that migrant children have been denied the most basic of necessities and that these egregious violations of their human rights have gone unchecked.”

One of the largest Georgia events was held in Chamblee at the Plaza Fiesta Shopping Center where more than 300 heard speakers demand humane treatment of asylum seekers.

Juan Sandoval, Archdeacon at the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, spoke at the Plaza Fiesta vigil. Both urged those present to demand that immigration officials follow the examples and teachings of Jesus to welcome the downtrodden.

“Remember that our objective is to do the work that Our Lord Jesus Christ has shown us and has given us the example to follow,” said Sandoval, who had traveled to the border to assist migrants.

Meeks, who earlier this month gathered clergy and laity at the Absalom Jones Center to plan actions to assist immigrants, urged the crowd to donate gasoline debit cards to El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality that gives families lodging for visiting loved ones at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.

Meeks and Sandoval were among more than 20 speakers at the event organized by The Rev. Tom Hagood, Chair of the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian-Universalist clergy, led prayers for detained immigrants and advocates for immigration reform said those at the event have the power to change unjust systems.

Teresa Tomlinson, former Columbus mayor, and Ted Terry, Clarkston mayor, decried current government policies. Both Tomlinson and Terry are Democrats taking on incumbent U.S. Senator David Perdue in 2020.

“Asking for asylum is not a crime, being a child immigrant is not a crime,” Tomlinson said. And noting that ICE raids on migrant families are expected to begin on Sunday, July 14, Tomlinson asked people to pray for peace, justice and for mercy.

Terry said being the mayor of a city with one of the highest number of refugees in the country makes Clarkston a “stronger, safer and more compassionate” community. The administration has made it their business to take on the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” Terry said

Episcopal clergy and laity from several parishes attending the Chamblee event included Christ Church, Norcross; St. Patrick’s, Dunwoody; St. Teresa’s, Acworth.

The Atlanta Resistance Revival Chorus, which included the Rev. Licia B. Affer of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, sang We Shall Overcome as the event transitioned from rally to a silent candlelight vigil, symbolically bringing light into the darkness of U.S. immigration policies.

In Macon, the Lights for Liberty event drew several dozen to the steps of the Macon-Bibb County Government Center. Among those speaking were Episcopal Archdeacon Janet Tidwell and other clergy and activists from Middle Georgia.

A smaller, but enthusiastic crowd gathered in Alpharetta, which included several Episcopalians. Among them, Archdeacon Carole Maddux and Deacons Victoria Jarvis and John Ray.

Other Georgia events were held in Clarkston, Cumming, Holly Springs, Lawrenceville, Athens, Blueridge, Columbus, Dahlonega, Madison, Macon, Savannah, Statesboro and Watkinsville.

Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, a co-founder of Lights for Liberty, said the idea for the vigils began with a series of tweets which “shared the horrors that one of our co-founders, attorney Toby Gialluca, had seen inside the camps.

“Since then, we’ve watched thousands of ordinary people come together to organize events and fight back worldwide,” McLaughlin said. “We intend to be here for as long as it takes, until every last detainee, in every last camp, is free.”

Information on future events can be found at lightsforliberty.org.

Diocese Co-Organizes Book Drive for Georgia's Imprisoned

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Can you imagine being shut up in a cell without anything to occupy your mind? While several studies show that access to books in prison contributes to lower recidivism rates, many of Georgia's prison libraries have a limited number of books for inmates. And, after years of zero funding from the state for literacy programs of any kind, most of the books already in stock are quite damaged.

Several parishes across the Diocese, along with some local book clubs and the Smyrna Toastmasters, have teamed up to organize a book drive for the state's prison libraries. Together they have collected close to 1500 books and magazines which will be distributed to the neediest libraries.

Books will be picked up this Friday, July 12 from St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Smyrna.

For more information, please contact Kristine Anderson at 770-435-0208.

Nowhere to Lay Our Heads

A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo by LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images.)

A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo by LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images.)

By Don Plummer

Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta the Rt. Rev. Robert Wright addressed the crisis at our southern border in his weekly For Faith devotional on Friday, June 28.

Wright, who has frequently spoken out on other issues such as gun violence, access to healthcare, and prison reform, said of his devotional message that "the Christian Gospels compel believers to think, pray and act when groups or governments take actions that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth."

In his recent For Faith piece, “Nowhere”, Wright reflects on the Biblical passage in which Jesus says that he and his followers will often be at odds with the values of those focused on their own welfare over that of others.


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Jesus remarked he had, “…nowhere to lay his head.” There’s a haunting sadness in that phrase. He said it after being turned away by two villages. He said it to warn his friends that following him would lead to nowhere for them. Recently we’ve seen images of small children sleeping on cold cement floors without blankets or pillows. Some say they deserve “nowhere to lay their head” because they’re “immigrant detainees.” Jesus’ life and teachings offer a window into the mind of God and a critique of the world we’ve created. Therefore, the gospel is always political but never partisan. Always an indictment lying beside an invitation.      

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Jesús comentó que no tenía, "... ningún lugar para recostar su cabeza". Hay una tristeza inquietante en esa frase. Lo dijo después de ser rechazado por dos aldeas. Lo dijo para advertir a sus amigos de que seguirlo les conduciría a ninguna parte. Recientemente, hemos visto imágenes de niños pequeños durmiendo en pisos de cemento frío sin mantas o almohadas. Algunos dicen que no merecen "ningún lugar para recostar la cabeza" porque son "detenidos inmigrantes". La vida y las enseñanzas de Jesús ofrecen una ventana a la mente de Dios y una crítica del mundo que hemos creado. Por lo tanto, el evangelio es siempre político pero nunca partidista. Siempre una acusación al lado de una invitación.

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The chosen passage, Luke 9: 51-62, designated to be read in Episcopal Church services and those of many other Christian denominations on June 30, is part of The Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of weekly Bible readings used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States.

The Diocese of Atlanta is fully committed to welcoming all, including those fleeing oppression, war or violence, Wright said. “We provide immigrants with direct services and referrals to qualified immigration programs.” For more information, click here.

Wright said an example of sustained action being taken to address the needs of immigrants include regular visits by members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus and other area parishes to El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality to the families of men detained at one of the nation’s largest immigrant detention centers in Stewart. 

Other examples, Wright said, are the Diocese's partnerships with New American PathwaysPath to ShineNew Sanctuary Movement of AtlantaChattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministries, a dozen thriving Hispanic congregations, as well as free mental health support services for Immigrants.

"Faith without works is hollow and a disservice to the message brought to the world by Jesus," Wright said. "I pray daily that I and others avoid the lure of comfort and pomp that leads us astray from the fingernail dirty ministry that our Savior modeled."

The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright is the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta which is comprised of 118 worshiping communities in middle and north Georgia.

Bishop Wright's weekly For Faith devotional is based on the week’s Gospel reading designated for use throughout the Episcopal Church.

Don Plummer is The Diocese of Atlanta's Media and Community Relations Coordinator. Don can be reached at dplummer@episcopalatlanta.org.

Camp Craddock Arrives at Holy Family's Campus

On June 17, more than two dozen rising second and third graders descended upon the 40-acre campus of the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper, GA, ready for fun, sun and laughter aplenty. For a full week, 37 volunteers from Holy Family joined with Craddock Center staff to ensure a thrilling summertime adventure for these youngsters, as part of a pilot program to bring the regionally beloved Camp Craddock to Jasper. 

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For eight weeks every summer, Camp Craddock, based out of the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA, propagates its message of “happiness and hope” by way of mobile summer camps for young children who are living in trailer parks and low-income residences in nine counties across north Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

This pilot program in Jasper came to fruition thanks to an innovative partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia/Pickens County, the Craddock Center and Holy Family.

Activities for the kids included storytelling, singing, group games, nature walks, puppet shows, delicious meals, and more. Over the course of a week, the pavilion and parish hall transformed into hubs of lively conversation and friendship building, while activity tents galore sprouted up all across the grounds. 

And, over just a handful of days, the camp’s trails got more use than they had all year!

The Craddock Center was founded by the late Dr. Fred Craddock, (Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University), and his wife, Nettie, after they retired in Blue Ridge in 2001. Their mission is to enhance the lives of children in southern Appalachia through music, storytelling, movement, and a focus on preschool literacy. 

We can safely say that, as far as Holy Family is concerned, that vision was fully realized through the weeklong camp this June.


For more information, visit www.craddockcenter.org, www.bcgng.org, and www.holyfamilyepiscopalchurch.net.

Remembering a Titan: Recollections of Bishop Frank Allan, 1935–2019

By Alexis Hauk

When the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, the Rt. Rev. Frank Kellogg Allan, died on May 24, he left behind him a wealth of stories that could easily take years to collect and distill.

Frank Allan’s roughly half-century career spanned an era of accelerated social progress — including desegregation in the South, and the Episcopal Church’s ordination of women and expanded embrace of the LGBT community. An article about Frank’s life published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 2 succinctly laid out the highlights of his bold initiatives, which included setting up a network of safe homes for children during the Atlanta child murders of 1979-1981, starting the Folk School at Camp Mikell, and launching the nonprofit Work of Our Hands.

There’s also the crucial work Frank and his wife, Elizabeth, did upon their arrival in Macon in 1968, a volatile year bookmarked by the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy—a time when the “whole world was watching” as protesters were beaten viciously at the Democratic National Convention, and when the Vietnam War was raging, seemingly without end.

During those challenging times, as rector of St. Paul’s parish in Macon, Frank and Elizabeth “demanded inclusion,” as longtime friend Joni Woolf put it. During the Allans’ nine-year tenure at St. Paul’s, Woolf said Frank strived to remind the comfortable, predominantly white congregation that “there’s a world out there” — and that the church and parishioners should wake up and get to work trying to help that world.

In a testament to the breadth and reach of his impact as priest and then bishop, a post he served from 1989 to 2000, some 450 mourners attended Bishop Allan’s memorial service at the Cathedral of St. Philip on June 1, with countless others tuning in to the livestream from around the world.

Since Frank’s death, Elizabeth has marveled at the outpouring of gratitude and admiration people have shared with her—stories about how her late husband, her partner for more than six decades, changed their lives.

“I’ve been reading a lot of notes with things people said he said or did that I never knew about, because he was very private about that,” she said.

As true of many epics, a dynamo love story lies at the core of Frank’s biography, an intertwining of two souls that spanned just shy of 62 years.

Elizabeth and Frank Allan not only worked as a teacher/minister dynamic duo across Georgia and Tennessee, but they also managed to raise four children together: John, Michael, Libby and Matt — all born in quick succession in five years. And Elizabeth and Frank would later delight in their nine grandchildren.

Frank and Elizabeth met during summer school at Emory University.  Elizabeth Ansley was a student at Agnes Scott College, the women’s school in nearby Decatur, and decided, almost on a lark, to enroll in some summer classes because “a coed school might be kind of fun.”

She sat down on the first day of her modern Russian history class at Emory, and almost immediately a dapper young man dressed snappily in a white dress shirt took the seat next to her and struck up a conversation. About halfway through their chat, he asked her out. That man was Frank Allan, an English major with a penchant for history, a perfect yin to Elizabeth’s yang as a history major with a voracious appetite for literature.

Their Russian history class turned out to be less a tutorial in what was then the Soviet Union, and more a look back on the works of Dostoevsky — a romantic atmosphere primed for this flourishing new love. And yes, Elizabeth added with a smile, “I had read the textbook and Frank hadn’t, so I made an A and he made a B.”

Before too long, Frank had worked enough hours at his afternoon teaching job with a nearby elementary school to save up for an engagement ring.

Although they had both grown up Presbyterian, Frank had begun to feel drawn to Episcopalianism. Despite his early ideas about becoming a lawyer after graduation, he decided to pursue seminary at the School of Theology at The University of the South, and together, Frank and Elizabeth pivoted into living through faith on a more tangible level.

Their wedding at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur took place almost exactly one week after Elizabeth graduated from college. It was a simple affair, with the ceremony at 7 p.m. followed by a brief reception with fruit punch, wedding cookies, and green and pink mints. That’s just how things were done then.

One of the first of many moves in response to Frank’s calling, Elizabeth remembers, was a summer seminary post in Interlachen, Florida, where Elizabeth taught Vacation Bible School. It was a tiny, dusty town where alligators glided “back and forth across the sandy road.” 

Not born to stay put, they then moved Dalton, where all of the Allan kids were born. Then up to Tennessee. Then finally to Macon, where destiny stepped in.

Rev. Martha Sterne, the first female priest Bishop Allan ordained after becoming bishop, delivered the homily at his funeral. Don’t call it a “eulogy,” she explained, because of the grandiose, overwrought speeches of glory Frank felt that particular word implied.

The winking wit and humor evinced in Martha’s words about her dear friend and colleague — “Frank stories,” as she put it — evoked the complexity, depth and warmth inherent in encounters with him.

She remarked: “He opened new doors for women. He could not carry a tune in a bucket -- and didn’t seem to know that. He showed up at parishes when the going got rough… He learned from his dogs. He preached and taught spaciously, not prescriptively. He could laugh at himself. This worked best if he laughed first.”

With Work of Our Hands, Martha Sterne wrote, “He and Elizabeth found together that making art stirs the holy and creative spirit in thrilling ways that cross all boundaries and walks of life.”

One of the greatest difficulties during the last few years of Frank’s life, as he struggled with illness, was the erosion of autonomy. He was used to simply getting things done — even down to cutting his own hair for most of his life.

Of course, he didn’t just do things himself but motivated others to act with the same autonomy and conviction. Joni Woolf, the parish secretary when Frank started at St. Paul’s in Macon, sums up his legacy this way: “He was prophetic.”

Part of his ability to get things done, and to urge those around him to follow suit, may have derived from his gift of language. “He was, for many of us, and I’ve never heard anybody contradict me on this, the best preacher I’ve ever heard,” Joni said. “He never preached a bad sermon. Never.”

“He wasn’t a touchy-feely person at all, but he was so righteous. Without being self-righteous,” she said. “He was willing to be almost spit-upon to do what he believed was right. When somebody’s that committed, you say, he must believe in something bigger than himself.”

That commitment to something bigger — call it the Gospel — led him to welcome refugee families to community in the name of Christ and to encourage the leadership of children and youth in church. (Such as the “folk mass” Frank held with youth in the community, complete with banjos and guitars and even tie-dyed robes.)

St. Anne’s in Buckhead is where Andy Smith first encountered the Allans when Frank transitioned there from Macon in 1977. Andy’s wife, Glenna, was Frank’s parish administrator at the church and then continued to work for him when he became Bishop. The Allans and Smiths over the years became steadfast friends.

But their first interaction as priest and pastor wasn’t run-of-the-mill. It occurred under high-stakes circumstances, when the Smiths’ second daughter, born with a septal defect of the heart, was undergoing life-saving surgery. Frank joined Andy and Glenna at Egleston Children’s Hospital during the agonizing early morning hours when their infant’s life hung in the balance. He stayed with them, prayed with them, and ached with them.

“That’s when you really get to know someone,” Andy Smith said. “As a parent, you’re just scared to death. And he greatly comforted Glenna and me. He stayed the whole morning she was in surgery.”

Andy and Frank later worked together on building Saint Anne’s Terrace, a 100-unit residence for the elderly which took seven years to turn into a reality — from 1980 to 1987, when the facility finally opened, after multiple proposals and town hall meetings and architectural plans and interactions with HUD and financial backers and zoning issues.

The process could often get depressing, Smith said, but Frank maintained that all the effort would be worth it. Andy said, “He always had this notion that things are going to get brighter. It might seem dark now, but it’s okay. This is the way it happens. I think he figured out a way to make what was seeming like punishment into reinforcement. And he was right — it always worked out.”

Once Frank retired in 2000, he and Elizabeth had the chance to travel more. They bought a Volkswagen Eurovan and drove along the Lewis and Clark Trail, following the path of the Missouri River and making friends along the way. They traced their family roots across Europe.

Their symbiotic partnership had always been founded, Elizabeth said, upon a general understanding that they were on the same page; they were a team: “It was basically ‘say yes as much as you can,’” she said.

In fact, when asked to recall what they argued about, Elizabeth said the biggest squabble in her memory occurred during their honeymoon: “We had this big discussion about praying—either sticking to the prayers from the prayer book or just having a little spontaneous prayer — and I was for spontaneous prayer.” She stops and laughs. “Kind of boring, isn’t it?”

Elizabeth and Frank Allan, courtesy of Elizabeth Allan.

Elizabeth and Frank Allan, courtesy of Elizabeth Allan.

 
 
Wooden bowl & fruit, made by Frank Allan.

Wooden bowl & fruit, made by Frank Allan.

Hispanic Youth Event A Huge Hit in Austell

On Saturday, May 18, Spanish-speaking congregations from around the Diocese teamed up to hold a fun event for Hispanic youth in our community. 

Held at Iglesia del Buen Pastor (Church of the Good Shepherd) in Austell, GA, more than 30 youth participated in the event. Throughout the day, these young parishioners spent time singing, playing games, and working in small groups to discuss the Diocesan Youth Purpose Statement: “Forming disciples through the all inclusive and unconditional love of Jesus Christ.”

We all had a wonderful time, and the best part was getting to see these enthusiastic smiles at the end of the day!

FORMER BISHOP SUFFRAGAN OF DIOCESE OF DALLAS IS ASSISTING IN THE DIOCESE OF ATLANTA

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Bishop Paul Lambert, former Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Dallas, will be assisting both Bishop Wright and Bishop Wimberly for Sunday parish visitations. His full schedule will be posted after July.

About the Bishop

Paul E. Lambert was elected the seventh Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Dallas on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at The Cathedral of St. Matthew’s, in Dallas.  For the previous six years he had served as Canon to the Ordinary in Dallas under Bishop James M Stanton. For fifteen years prior to his becoming Canon to the Ordinary he served as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, in Texarkana.

Lambert was born in Reno, Nevada on May 19, 1950 and spent the first 10 years of his life in Reno and Fallon, Nevada. For two years his family lived in the Lake Tahoe, California area before moving to Oxnard, California where he graduated from high school. He then attended Ventura Community College for one year before transferring to the College of Sequoias in Visalia, California. Upon completing his studies he transferred to California State University, San Francisco where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts.

Lambert then attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity. Two days later he married Sally Lynne Nicholls before moving to his first Cure at St. Paul’s in Modesto, California and St. Matthias in Oakdale, California. Their twin daughters, Claire Marie and Rebecca Anne were born in 1976. The family then moved to Taft, California, where Lambert served as Vicar of St. Andrews. Two years later, he was called as a Curate at the Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, Texas.

In 1978, Lambert was called as Rector of St. John’s, Great Bend, Kansas and later yoked St. Mark’s, Lyons, Kansas. After three years, he was called as an Assistant for Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Plano, Texas. It was from there he was called as Rector of St. James, Texarkana, Texas, in 1987, serving until 2002, when Bishop Stanton called him to serve as Canon to the Ordinary.

Lambert has served the Diocese of Dallas as a member of the Standing Committee for two terms including as President; Member of the Executive Council; President of the Ecclesiastical Authority; Member of Committee for the Nomination of a Bishop; Strategic Planning Committee; Cursillo Spiritual Director; and other commissions in the diocese. In addition to these, he has served as a deputy to General Convention and as Chair of the Deputation. He also served on the Interim Committee on the State of the Church for the House of Deputies, and as a member of the Committee on Social and Urban Affairs for the House of Deputies.

Paul and Sally have three children: Claire Marie, Rebecca Anne and Megan Elizabeth. They have five grandchildren, two boys and three girls.

Holy Cross celebrates its 65th Anniversary

Holy Cross Episcopal Church at 2005 S. Columbia Place, Decatur, is celebrating its 65th anniversary with a series of events, most of them free, open to the public to showcase what has become one of the most multicultural and multinational congregations in South DeKalb.


Founded June 20, 1954, as a mission of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Decatur, the parish has evolved with the changes in the area, but is still marked by a unique campus with a modern octagonal sanctuary with an altar in the center and a cross that is suspended from the high ceiling above.  The sun pouring through the sky light above creates a worship space that can carry an emotional impact.  An addition for Christian Education and administrative offices was completed within the last decade. Two years ago, the campus was used for the filming of “Boy Erased“ based on the book of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.


“Holy Cross has a unique congregation within the Episcopal church in Atlanta,” said the Rev. Dennis Patterson, its pastor. “At any given worship service, you will hear the accents of the American South and New York as well as those of the Caribbean and several African nations. We have counted as many as twenty-one nations in the origins of our parishioners, a diversity that probably accounts for the welcoming nature that our visitors often comment on.”  South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, worshipped regularly at Holy Cross several years ago when he lived in Atlanta while teaching at Emory University.


The church has been home to a community food bank which it has operated for more than twenty years in collaboration with the Atlanta Food Community Bank.   The most recent ministry, established by the congregation in the fall of 2017, is a mentoring program for primary school aged children. 


The following is a schedule of anniversary events for June: Community Bingo at 7:00PM on June 21, 2019 which will be a free event and a Gospel Concert at 7:00 PM on June 22. The weekend will end with a worship service at 9:30 AM on Sunday, June 23. The Right Reverend Phoebe Roaf, Bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee will be the guest preacher.  

Episcopal Youth Event 2020

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Owen Snape, a rising senior from St. Catherine's Marietta, has been selected to serve on the Planning Team for EYE 2020. EYE, Episcopal Youth Event, is the triennial gathering of Episcopal Youth and Youth Leaders from across the Episcopal Church. No less than 1,500 people gather for 4 days of worship, fellowship, and formation. EYE 2020 will take place at Howard University in Washington D.C. 

Owen is incredibly involved in his parish and in diocesan youth ministry. He currently serves on the Diocesan Youth Commission, and he attended EYE 2017 a  part of the Diocese of Atlanta delegation. Keep Owen and the rest of the EYE 2020 planning team in your prayers as they prepare for a spirit-filled event.

Something Fresh and Fun in Adult Christian Education

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Dr. April Love-Fordham has authored The Disorderly Parable Bible Study Series for use in personal and group study and would love to volunteer her time teaching or speaking at your church or gathering.

The Disorderly Parables are not your ordinary Bible studies.  Each book is a parable – a modern day story – wrapped around a biblical commentary. These stories will make you think about ancient scripture in new ways, provide insight into what is happening in the world today, surprise you with laughter as you catch a vision of the journey ahead, and energize you to live out your faith on paths you never anticipated taking.

April often gets asked about the name, Disorderly Parables. Well, Jesus used parables—stories of everyday people and things—to illustrate spiritual truths. His parables were not nice tidy stories. They were disorderly and subversive.  They were meant to dismantle ideas the listener thought were truth, but were not. With the Disorderly Parable books, you will learn like Jesus taught, through stories of everyday people and things. You will walk away with both a story that will challenge you and a thorough understanding of the scripture. The books contain a discussion guide designed for groups who want read the book together, as well as spiritual practices to explore.

At this time there are three books in the series and they can be read in any order. 


James in the Suburbs, awarded five stars by the Reader’s Favorite Review, uses the antics of a soul searching, fun loving, suburban Bible study group of men and women living in the suburbs of Atlanta whose lives were turned upside down by the teachings of the Epistle of James. 

Dismantling Injustice uses the story of an African-American congressman coming of age during the civil rights movement to illustrate the Song of Solomon. He learns that love is the one thing that can transform both the oppressed and the oppressor.

St. Francis and the Christian Life uses the mystical life of St. Francis, as uncovered by April on a hundred mile pilgrimage hike to Assisi, to illustrate the lesson of how to live guided by the Spirit rather than by a set of religious rules – the teaching found in the Epistle to the Galatians.

April was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and pastored three churches, but when she began writing full-time six years ago, she unexpectedly and joyfully found her way home to the Episcopal Church.  Read more about her and her books at aprillovefordham.com. The books are available at the Cathedral Bookstore and any on-line bookstore. April can be reached at loveford@gmail.com.