History Of The Road
our third program year, we welcomed nine fellows to Atlanta and The Road community. Each year we have grown in our capacity to host more fellows, in the scope of the justice work in which fellows are involved, and opportunities for leadership and community organizing training. We maintain our deep commitment to spiritual formation and intentional spiritual community.
In 2014 we also launched our first class of second year Road Fellows fellows. In the second year, Road fellows deepen their leadership capability and continue in their path of spiritual inquiry and growth. Second year Road Fellows serve for 32 hours per week in either the same site placement for a second year, or in a new site placement. In addition to their site work, they serve in a leadership role with The Road for 12 hours per month.
The Road Episcopal Service Corps began as a conversation with a diverse and energetic group of people about building a dynamic young adult formation and leadership program in the Diocese of Atlanta.
In 2011 The Road procured a seed grant to begin the ministry and hire a director. The Rev. Laura Bryant came on board as our first director in late 2011. The Road was formally endorsed by the bishop and an Advisory Board was formed to guide and support the ministry. Emmaus House enthusiastically agreed to host The Road by providing housing for the fellows and office space for The Road director.
The first group of six Road fellows arrived in late summer 2012. In August 2014, the beginning of
What is the best thing about Atlanta?
People joke that Atlanta is “the New York City of the South,” and while I don’t think that’s exactly true, it is a great metropolitan city with a rich history. There is so much to do in Atlanta: a great art scene, lots of green space, breweries, sports teams, coffee shops an international district and festivals of all kinds every weekend. It’s a locavore’s paradise with a million restaurants of all different types. Because Atlanta is the capital of a “purple” state, there is vibrant political dialogue on all kinds of topics, ranging from city development, to Medicaid, to the justice system. Atlanta is also the hub of some pretty amazing American history, including the home of many civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis. What’s not to love?!
– Ciara Rowley