Each year, eight to ten Road fellows gather in Atlanta from diverse backgrounds, geographical areas, and walks of life. They bring passion and questions, energy and hope, curiosity and faithfulness to the collaborative, challenging, and creative work of building more just and compassionate communities—what Martin Luther King, Jr. and others have called the "Beloved Community."
The Road offers young adults the opportunity to make connections between faith and social change, commit to community and simplicity, and grow in capacity for compassionate, courageous, and imaginative leadership.
Every potential fellow must submit a general application, available here.
THE ROAD IS:
A community of hope and prayer. A path of justice and compassion. Training and formation for servant leaders, community organizers, and spiritual activists. The Road is a commitment to Beloved Community.
The Road beckons a diverse group of young adults to spend a year in community as companions on a journey of holy adventure and purposeful, active engagement with vulnerable and marginalized people in the city of Atlanta and on an adventure of heart, mind and spirit.
Fellows work 32 hours each week in settings committed to reconciliation, justice, advocacy and service. Road fellows also work 3 hours per week in one of the Emmaus House programs that serve the Peoplestown community. One day a week is devoted to spiritual discernment and reflection, leadership development, and community action in the neighborhoods of urban Atlanta.
The Road provides housing and utilities, health insurance, stipends for personal expenses, food, and public transportation and a bonus at the end of the year for successful completion of the fellowship year.
Road fellows live in one household, share resources, craft a rule of life together, and follow a regular rhythm of communal meals and prayer. Life in community is the foundation for a transformative year of service and engagement in the city and neighborhoods of Atlanta.
Justice and Compassion
Road fellows work 32 hours a week with agencies dedicated to seeking justice and compassion for all God’s people. Road fellows walk alongside and advocate for vulnerable people and bring to the center issues of justice, compassion and the common good. Road fellows gain real world skills, learn the nuts and bolts of ministry and non-profit work, and grow deeply in heart and spirit.
SPIRITUAL & THEOLOGICAL FORMATION
Road fellows gather regularly for theological reflection, study, and spiritual formation to inform and empower the challenging work in the community and to grow as spiritual activists.
Fellows receive training in servant leadership, community organizing and development, conflict transformation, and effective social change. The Road invites fellows to listen deeply for God’s call in their lives and equips them to respond through a life of service and leadership.
What is the best thing about Atlanta?
Atlanta has great weather, amazing restaurants, important history, vibrant faith communities, and tons to do on the weekends. Atlanta is also weighed down by poverty, segregation, income inequality, and a host of other issues that need more love. In other words, it is just where a discerning soul wants to be.
– Maris Kramer