New Beginnings 41: Lend Me Your Eyes

New Beginnings offers a chance for middle school youth to reflect on the important relationships in their lives and consider what "New Beginnings" they can take on in their own lives. Often, New Beginnings is the first opportunity for a young person to pause and reflect their life and God.

On March 22-24, New Beginnings 41 was held at Camp Mikell. With the theme Give Me Your Eyes, we focused on putting the world in perspective and looking at life through the eyes of someone else. Our youth spent a busy weekend meeting new friends, playing some games, exploring their faith, and getting to sing songs with the Diocese of Georgia while they hosted their New Beginnings weekend.

The weekend wouldn't have been possible without our dedicated adults, energetic young adults, our always enthusiastic high schoolers serving on team, and most of all the participants. 

United Thank Offering

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This Message is about how to process the Blue Boxes and UTO Envelopes gathered at the UTO In gatherings and where to send the funds.

Parishes collect the Blue Boxes or UTO Envelopes. The Parish Coordinator or Parish ECW Treasurer count the funds gathered and write one check made out to United Thank Offering.  The memo line should have Diocese of Atlanta and the name of the parish.  If there are any individual checks make sure they are made out to United Thank Offering with Diocese of Atlanta and the name of the parish on the memo line.
The check(s) is(are) sent to:
Diocese of Atlanta
Attn UTO
2744 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305


I , Joy Boyden, am the United Thank Offering Diocesan Representative for the Diocese of Atlanta.  If you have questions on the processing of the donations and where to send them, you may reach me at jjboyden45@gmail.com.  

Georgia, Fulton and Gwinnett Issue Second Chance Month proclamations

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The State of Georgia, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County are declaring April as Second Chance Month this year!!

Fulton County will be proclaiming the month of April as Second Chance Month on Wednesday, April 10th, during a presentation at 10:00 am in the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor Street in Atlanta, GA.

Gwinnett County will be proclaiming the month of April as Second Chance Month on Tuesday, April 16th during a presentation at 2:00 pm in the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA.

Second Chance Month is part of the ongoing work of Prison Fellowship, a ministry partner with The Diocese of Atlanta. Learn more about Second Chance Month at https://www.prisonfellowship.org/

#SecondChanceMonth #RememberThoseInPrison

Church of the Common Ground Summer Internship

Are you interested in exploring ministry? Do you wish to live out your discipleship on the street? Would you like a summer ‘job’ that is very different from ‘work’?

The Internship

  • Full-time, 10 weeks, $2000 Stipend

  • Work with a cohort of young adults (age 18-28)

  • Full participation in the ministries of the church

  • Intentional immersion, supervision, discipleship, retreats

  • Flexible start, but required Leadership Retreat June 12-15, 2019 in New Orleans

  • This internship is funded in part by a grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration and intends to support discernment toward ministry for those who have not yet entered seminary.

Summer Schedule

  • Sunday 11am-3pm Worship and ministry

  • Monday 9am-3pm Morning Prayer, supervision, ministry

  • Tuesday 8am-2pm Common Soles Foot Clinic, debriefing

  • Wednesday 9am-4:30pm Morning prayer, cohort luncheon, Bible Study

  • Thursday/Friday 9am-3pm Alternating days for special ministries/events/formation

RETREAT

  • Depart Wednesday, noon.

  • Conference Thursday, noon, through Saturday, 1pm.

  • Return Saturday by 10pm

Please contact The Very Rev. Monica Mainwaring to express interest to make application at vicar@churchofthecommonground.org.


Church of the Common Ground is a church without walls, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, communicating God’s love to all who are experiencing homelessness in downtown Atlanta: www.churchofthecommonground.org

Campus Ministries Receive Innovation Grants

Campus ministries in Macon and Atlanta are among 21 from across The Episcopal Church selected to receive grants for innovative programs.

In Macon, The Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Fellowship, will use its $4,850 grant to connect international and LGBTQ students at Wesleyan College to the local community, said Campus Missioner Dena Hobbs.

“We will be having a weekly lunch gathering and Bible study on the Wesleyan campus and monthly nights out where we provide money, transportation, and volunteers to take to the students out for movies, dinner, plays, etc.,” Hobbs said. “This is important because half of students at Wesleyan don't have a car and the international students don't know their way around.”

Hobbs said volunteers from St Francis Episcopal Church will make connections with students by providing rides to nights out events and St. Francis’ worship and community events.

At Georgia Tech, Episcopal Campus Missioner Kathryn Folk said the, $14,000 grant will be used to create a program to expand and strengthen the joint Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry.

“Stepping Toward Wholeness is a multi-year tiered approach to ensure there are people, processes, and systems in place as the staff progresses to each level,” Folk said. “In addition, the program provides a set of checks and balances using a board of advisors to ensure goals are met before advancing to the next level.”

“The grant also allows us to host campus-wide events and training opportunities,” she said.

The Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta provide support for the Tech campus ministry, but Folk said extra funding was needed to reimburse travel for speakers, host events at larger space on campus, and create a host of training opportunities, including for certification as  Professional Christian Life Coaches, Stephen Ministers, suicide prevention and mental health first aid.

The two Georgia grants are among 21 programs from across The Episcopal Church receiving grants from Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry. The grants provide funding for dioceses, congregations, and community college/tribal college/university campuses that are engaging or seek to engage ministry with young adults on and off college campuses.
 
The Diocese of Atlanta operates campus ministries in Athens at The University of Georgia; in Atlanta at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta University Center, Emory University; in Rome at Berry College, Georgia Highlands College and Shorter University; in Macon at Mercer University and Wesleyan College; in Kennesaw at Kennesaw State University; in Milledgeville at Georgia College and State University;  and in Dahlonega at the University of North Georgia.

Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action

Registration is now open for “Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action,” a two-day interactive training for clergy and laity interested in developing or improving their advocacy skills and having the opportunity to advocate directly to members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees.
 
Sponsored by the Office of Government Relations in partnership with Episcopal Migration Ministries, “Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action” will be held Thursday-Friday, June 27-28, in Washington, D.C., with the option to attend the One Journey Festival on Saturday, June 29. This day-long festival, held on the grounds of the National Cathedral, celebrates refugee contributions.

Program overview

On Thursday, June 27, the focus is on building advocacy skills, including: intensive and in-depth media and messaging training for advocacy, briefings on current urgent issues affecting refugees, and an Advocacy 101 educational session to prepare for congressional visits on Capitol Hill and advocacy work at home. 
 
On Friday, June 28, participants will put these skills into action, meeting directly with their senators, representative, and/or their staff to advocate for specific U.S. policies to protect refugees.
 
Open to both Episcopalians and the Church’s ecumenical partners, this training presents an opportunity to learn from working together, strengthens our ability to influence policy regarding protections for refugees, and builds community and relationships that will continue on after the training ends.

Registration information

To register, please visit episcopalmigrationministries.org/LGLN.  Space is limited, so please submit your registration as soon as possible.  Registration is $75 and includes all training, programming, and materials and lunch on Thursday. Beverages and snacks will also be provided. Participants are responsible for all other expenses including housing and transportation.
 
Registration deadline is May 17 at 5:00 pm Eastern. Please contact Melissa Coulston, coordinator for Love God, Love Neighbor at: lovegodloveneighboremm@gmail.com with questions related to this training.
 
The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. This office aims to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All of its work is grounded in the resolutions of General Convention and Executive Council, the legislative and governing bodies of the church. Connecting Episcopalians to their faith by educating, equipping and engaging them to do the work of advocacy through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) is a key aspect of this work. 
 
Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 13 resettlement affiliates in 11 dioceses.

Applications Accepted for 2019-2020 United Thank Offering Julia Chester Emery Internship

In 2015, the United Thank Offering (UTO) Board began an internship program for young women, named for the organization’s founder, Julia Chester Emery. This program supports the work of UTO in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. UTO is now seeking a fourth Julia Chester Emery intern for 2019-2020.
 
The internship will be in conjunction with Jasmine Road, a Thistle Farms Affiliate, in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Jasmine Road exists to offer women who are trapped in a cycle of sexual exploitation and addiction a path to freedom, a haven for healing, and the opportunity to flourish, leading to generational change and the betterment of the Greenville community. Modeled after Thistle Farms, Jasmine Road offers a transformative two-year residential program with an innovative social enterprise component.
 
“Jasmine Road is an example of what can happen when God’s people work together to participate in God’s mission,” says the Rev. Canon Alan Bentrup, canon for evangelism and mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. “We are excited to partner with UTO and Jasmine Road on this opportunity.”
 
Sherri Dietrich, UTO board president notes, "The UTO Board has benefited so much from working with our interns—their energy, interest, and perspectives enliven our discussions and keep us ever mindful of the future of our work. We are eager to meet our next intern, to teach and learn from her, and to work with her and Jasmine Road, a UTO Grant Site."
 
“We are so excited about this partnership with UTO as it provides much needed operational support as we continue to grow and expand our residential program and social enterprise,” states Beth Messick, Executive Director, Jasmine Road. “We also feel it will be transformative not just in the lives of our residents but also for our intern. Together they will experience relationship and community and this truly is the heart of our rooted in love Jasmine Road community.”
 
For the 2019-2020 internship year, in addition to work with Jasmine Road, the intern will participate in the UTO Pilgrimage to Spain in October, represent UTO as support staff for The Episcopal Church delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City in March, attend one of the Thistle Farms Training Conferences, join UTO Board Meetings or events planned during the year, and travel to speak at public events regarding work with UTO.
 
Applicants need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team.  Applicants need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
 
The internship begins on September 20, 2019 and includes: housing at Vista House, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring.
 
The intern will need their own vehicle for local travel in South Carolina, a current passport, a personal laptop and insurance.
 
More information, applications and instructions are available here.
 
Applications are due June 1, 2019 to the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, staff officer for the United Thank Offering, hmelton@episcopalchurch.org.


The United Thank Offering is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur Provides Interpreters

Interpreters for members of the congregation who are deaf are regularly scheduled for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services and for other services and events upon request. Interpreters have been provided for  DOK meetings, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Christmas services, English teas, ordinations, funerals, forums and discussion groups.

An invitation to ‘Take the Pledge’ and care for God’s creation 1,000 pledges sought by Earth Day, April 22

Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.
 
Building from the Episcopal Vision for Care of Creation statement developed by the Presiding Bishop’s Office and the Advisory Council on Stewardship of Creation for the 79th General Convention, this pledge, and the accompanying Reflection Guide, is a tangible and practical way to show love for God’s world.
 
“We hope people understand this is more than adding your signature to a petition,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. “Pray with the pledge and the Reflection Guide during Lent. Think about what you love in God’s Creation, where your heart breaks over environmental injustice, and how you’d like to simplify your life – consume less, share more.”
 
The three overarching elements of both the vision and the pledge: loving, liberating, and life-giving, arise directly from understanding ourselves as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement and as people who live the Way of Love:
 
     We long to grow loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation. In this
     urgent moment, we pledge to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home.
     Together, we commit to specific actions, trusting we can do more as a body than any person
     could alone.
 
          LOVING: We will share our stories of love and concern for the Earth and link with others
          who care about protecting the sacred web of life.
 
          LIBERATING: We will stand with those most vulnerable to the harmful effects of
          environmental degradation and climate change – women, children, poor people and
          communities of color, refugees, migrants.
 
          LIFE-GIVING: We will change our habits and choices in order to live more simply, humbly
          and gently on the Earth.
 
The accompanying Reflection Guide was created in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of California and includes meditations, prayers, scripture and action steps related to each element of the Pledge. The same diocese is launching a related creation care opportunity: a Carbon Tracker that helps individuals, congregations and entire dioceses to assess and reduce energy use and climate impact. Discover more about the tracker and other resources at http://www.diocal.org/climate.
 
“This isn’t a new curriculum you need to jam into an already busy Lent,” said Amy Cook, head of the Episcopal Diocese of California’s faith formation working group. “For lots of us, Lent is naturally a time for reflection and simplicity. We hope the pledge and the reflection process around it will lead people to deep discernment and commitment to new life this Easter and beyond.”

Statement on Methodist LGBTQIA+ Vote

On February 26, 2019, a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in St. Louis adopted a proposal to strengthen the enforcement of prohibitions against gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages. 

Bishop Wright's Statement

“I was sorry to learn that at the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church a plan was adopted to strengthen the enforcement of prohibitions against LGBTQIA+ ordination and marriage.”

“As we mark the 400th anniversary of Africans in America this year I am obligated to speak against any plan or proposal by any church, especially my own, that intends to make some of God’s children an inferior class of baptized people. In the beloved community that is present, and on the way, there are no second-class citizens, only siblings. I know I hold this view in common with many people across denominations and expressions of faith."

“To my LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters, the Episcopal Church is not a perfect church, but know that you are welcome in the congregations of The Diocese of Atlanta.”


Timeline

In 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared that “homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.” Since then, faithful Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all of God’s children.

In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.

For more information on ministries of the Diocese to and with members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, go to: https://www.episcopalatlanta.org/lgbtqministries/

The Diocese of Atlanta includes the cities, towns and communities in Middle and North Georgia, reaching from south of Macon to the Alabama line and north and east to the borders of Tennessee and South Carolina. We are the eighth largest diocese in The Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1789.

There are 116 welcoming and worshiping communities in this diocese. Find one at: https://www.episcopalatlanta.org/ChurchDirectory/

Go! Summit: Racial Healing in a Changing World

The Global Missions’ annual Go! Summit on February 16 explored racial reconciliation and healing on a local and global level. Held at the Cathedral of St. Philip, this one-day event featured speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, using the companion relationship between the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Cape Coast Ghana as a lens through which we can explore how to address our past and embrace our future.

We welcomed special guests including our keynote speaker The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and our very own Bishop Wright. The Rev. Raphael Warnock is nationally known, having been invited to speak at the Obama White House, among other honors. Bishop Wright engaged in conversation with our special guest regarding his vision for racial healing and reconciliation within our own Diocese, and how our relationship with Cape Coast Ghana may play a part in that vision.

United Thank Offering

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It is time to Express our thanks in the various ways our parishes choose.  The Blue Box was created to remind us to give thanks daily and for all things.  A Blue Box placed anywhere can serve as a visual reminder to offer blessings large and small.  It represents the heart of the United Thank Offering ministry and is a pathway between our prayers and the mission of The Episcopal Church.  It is a symbol that allows us, during the week, to be linked to our Christian way of praying, recognizing that blessings come from God and being present to JESUS in the world by helping others in need.

Many parishes use the Blue Boxes as the old fashioned “Mite Boxes” during Lent.  The Parish coordinators distribute the boxes at the churches.  They may put short articles taken from information in the “ Handbook for Diocesan and Parish Coordinators/Organizers” found on the UTO website UnitedThankOffering.org, in Sunday bulletins or monthly newsletters.  The UTO Envelopes may be used for checks from parish members made out to United Thank Offering. You may have a second ingathering in the fall or just one in the spring.  I will address the ingatherings in my next message.    

I , Joy Boyden, am United Thank Offering Diocesan Representative for the Diocese of Atlanta.  If you have questions on the use of the boxes or envelopes, you may reach me at jjboyden45@gmail.com.  

Happening 71: Love Unstoppable

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Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers, for teenagers with the help of clergy and lay adult leadership. It seeks to achieve this purpose by bringing young persons and adults to fuller personal knowledge of and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to a deeper level of commitment and apostleship.

Our most recent weekend, Happening 71, was February 15-17, 2019. Led by St. Patrick’s senior, Autumn Toms, 175 youth and adults gathered for a renewal weekend at Camp Mikell. With the theme Love Unstoppable, the youth met both in small groups and as one body to discuss topics like piety, sacrificial love, apostles, how to bring the love back down the mountain, and many more. 

A big thanks to Autumn Toms, Rector, Sophie Alexander, Observing Rector, Spiritual Directors, Rev. Bonnie Underwood and Clayton Harrington, Lay Directors, Sally Benton and Matthew Bowers, and especially to all our youth that served on team for this transformational weekend! It couldn’t have been done without all of these dedicated people!

Circle of Stewardship Workshop Dates have been Announced

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The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta have announced upcoming Circle of Stewardship dates, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders.

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • Scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship

  • Practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program

  • Designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups

  • Reasons for giving

  • A detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program

  • A systematic approach to membership growth

  • Ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

 There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

Be an Everyday Hero

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You can provide invaluable service to children in your local community by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)!

CASA volunteers are everyday heroes from all walks of life who advocate for the well-being of children in foster care by giving them a voice and a chance for a better life.

Being a CASA volunteer allows you to provide service to children close to home! Georgia CASA’s 47 affiliate CASA programs across the state serve 151 of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Volunteers receive a 40-hour, pre-service training, including court observations, along with ongoing supervision by CASA staff once they are sworn-in and assigned to serve children.

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Those who have served as CASA volunteers say it is one of the most rewarding services that a person can provide to the community. Oftentimes, the lives of CASA volunteers are changed and impacted as much as the lives of the children they serve.

To learn more about Georgia CASA and the CASA organization, visit https://www.gacasa.org.

To get started exploring the CASA volunteer opportunity, visit https://www.gacasa.org/get-involved/#become-a-volunteer. You can complete the online contact form and be connected to an affiliate CASA program in your community.

For more information, contact Diocesan Community Engagement Facilitator Don Plummer at dplummer@episcopalatlanta.org.

Scott Gunn, E.D. of Forward Movement, to preach on Day1

The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, is the featured preacher March 10 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.

Gunn is the executive director of Forward Movement, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. An independent agency of the Episcopal Church, Forward Movement publishes books and pamphlets and offers a variety of ministry resources for clergy, lay people, and churches. Gunn served churches in Rhode Island before coming to Forward Movement in 2011. A frequent church and conference speaker, he spends Sundays when he is not on the road at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati where he is an honorary canon.

“My Life Has Never Been the Same,” his sermon for March 10, is based on the story of the temptations of Jesus found in Luke 4:1-13. “We are still very early in this season of Lent. There is still plenty of time to decide how you might use this time to turn to Jesus,” he says. “If you don’t yet have a plan, perhaps you will take a suggestion. Find a Bible. Or find a Bible app or a Bible website.”

Gunn is co-author with Melodie Shobe of two books, “Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices” and “Faithful Questions: Exploring the Way with Jesus.” A graduate of Luther College, he earned M.Div. and M.A. degrees from Yale divinity school, with Anglican Studies at Berkeley Divinity at Yale. He also earned an M.A. from Brown University. 

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


“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “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, Ga. For more information, check the program’s website, http://day1.org

Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution

The Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) was met with an abundance of volunteer support from parishes around the Diocese of Atlanta on January 26, 2019. At All Saints’, volunteers partnered with S.O.A.P Project, founded by human trafficking survivor Theresa Flores, to wrap soap with the national hotline number and deliver soap and educational material to the hotels around the Mercedes Benz Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl. It is believed that these efforts helped saved multiple adolescents from being trafficked.

For more information about the S.O.A.P Project and the impact of human trafficking check out this article from AJC.

Bishop Wright Inducted to Atlanta Magazine’s Top 500 Leaders List

We are proud to announce our very own Bishop Robert Wright was recently inducted to Atlanta Magazine’s inaugural 500 most powerful leaders list. This first-of-its-kind guide celebrates the metro area’s top executives and influencers in a myriad of industries. This guide includes local experts in a variety of fields that are making an impact in the metro Atlanta area. To compile this list, editors at Atlanta Magazine have consulted dozens of experts in various fields, studied corporate and community boards, gathered relevant data and relied on their own institutional knowledge. Atlanta Magazine has a long and storied history at the center of Atlanta’s business community with humble beginnings in 1961. The Magazine, started by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, was created for the sole purpose of driving business and commerce to the Atlanta area.

Bishop Appoints New Campus Missioner

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We are pleased to announce that Bishop Wright has appointed Ms. Chelsi Glascoe as Campus Missioner for the Atlanta University Center, which covers Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

Chelsi is a vibrant scholar and teacher from Silver Spring, MD. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University and matriculated through college serving most notably as Miss Clark Atlanta University 2014-2015. In 2020 she will graduate from Mercer University with a Masters of Divinity degree. Her favorite things to do include traveling (she has studied cross-culturally in India and several countries in the Caribbean) and swimming. Chelsi teaches with an upbeat and down to earth tone, and reaches young adults through simple but un-sugarcoated presentations. She is passionate about nurturing the God given call on the lives of young adults and is committed to loving, leading, and laboring with students.