The Road Episcopal Service Corps is located in the heart of Atlanta, a great city with amazing non-profits, stellar theology schools, vibrant faith communities, and wise and innovative leaders, teachers, and activists. We collaborate with many organizations and people for a transformative fellowship year.
The Diocese of Atlanta
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta is a vibrant and diverse Christian community and geographical area that includes metro Atlanta but also reaches from south of Macon to the Alabama line and north and east to the borders of Tennessee and South Carolina. The diocese of Atlanta is the ninth largest of 110 dioceses in The Episcopal Church.
In this diocese we think about “being the church,” rather than “going to church” and partnering with God to serve and heal God’s world. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Wright is a dynamic and visionary leader who insists on putting spirituality to work on the ground.
Road fellows partake of diocesan educational and leadership events. Spiritual mentors and directors for The Road come from around the diocese.
Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism
In addition to partnering with The Road and parishes throughout the diocese, the Commission for Dismantling Racism facilitates pilgrimages, discussions of books, film screenings and discussions, a repentance and reconciliation service, and a conference on the theologian and spiritual activist Howard Thurman.
The commission makes clear through all of its work that dismantling racism is a part of one's ongoing spiritual formation. The work is not finished at the end of a training session or a particular event. It is the work of a lifetime just as all other spiritual formation work happens to be.
Because racism is an issue that has to be faced in a straight forward, faithful and courageous manner there is no better place for this work to occur than in the church and ins spiritual community.
Emmaus House is an anchor in the historic Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta. Emmaus House historically served as an incubator for neighborhood-based organizing and empowerment, and gave birth to tenant unions as well as Atlanta’s first welfare rights organization. As a community center and worshiping community, Emmaus House and Emmaus House Chapel provide neighbors support and services for economic stability and promote the development and education of neighborhood children and youth.
Road fellows live in a house on the grounds of Emmaus House and are involved in programs for the children and youth of the neighborhood, arts programs, neighborhood events, and the Emmaus House Chapel.
The Road also partners with faculty from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Columbia Theological Seminary as well as with community organizers from Training for Change and other agencies.