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Community Engagement

The Diocese of Atlanta is blessed with many faithful, highly motivated and skilled members who express their faith in action beyond our church walls through engagement with their communities.

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Children & Youth

Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so abused or neglected children can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. Watch this video and explore CASA Volunteer Opportunities.

Interfaith Children’s Movement – The Interfaith Children’s Movement is a grassroots, interfaith advocacy movement that is dedicated to improving the well-being of all children in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice for Children Committee – Chartered to (1) assist in the implementation of nationally recognized best practices in Georgia’s juvenile courts; (2) provide child safety, permanency, and judicial process measures for juvenile courts; (3) work toward ensuring placement stability and decreasing time to permanency for children in foster care; (4) work to improve outcomes for children with delinquency and status – offense cases; (5) advocate for improvements in juvenile law and policy; and (6) ensure technical compliance with federal grant requirements. Stay informed about the work of the Committee.

Murphy Harpst – An independent not-for-profit in Cedartown committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families. Support their work by volunteering or a financial donation.

Outcry Georgia – Outcry: Interfaith Voices Against Gun Violence, has come together to raise our voices as people of faith across Georgia in hopes of preventing gun violence in our state.

Restoration Rome and Center for Foster Care Services. Their mission is to bring public, private, and faith-based partners together to strengthen and restore children and families in Christ’s name. They are affiliated with Global Impact International Ministries. Learn more about these organizations on their websites.

Rocket Fuel – St. Teresa’s in Acworth participates in Rocket Fuel, a program designed to provide weekend food bags to children in need.

School Safety Movement – Learn how the Youth of the Diocese of Atlanta are responding to shootings in schools.

Starting Over Ministry – Volunteers at St. Julian’s in Douglasville serve as supervisors during court-ordered parent-child visits after children are placed in foster care.

Civic Engagement

The Episcopal Church believes we have an obligation to care for the most vulnerable, provide food to the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and care for the forgotten (Matthew 25:37-40). Loving our neighbor as ourselves means centering these obligations in our advocacy. Learn how you can act in concert with your faith.

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations – Advocacy

Disaster Assistance

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. Action alert on disaster relief funding.

Environmental Action

The Episcopal Church’s Creation Care.

Evangelism Initiatives by The Episcopal Church

Evangelism Initiatives. Through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name, and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people.

Health Enhancement

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. Action alert on COVID-19 stimulus.

Housing Resources

Atlanta’s Department of City Planning. As Atlanta’s population grows, so does its need for affordable housing. The Department of City Planning is committed to affordable housing for all of Atlanta’s residents. View the Affordable Housing Guide.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery–It is the exploitation of children and adults for commercial sex and labor. It touches every corner of the globe, and the state of Georgia has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the U.S. We want to raise awareness about human trafficking, signs of its presence, and ways to combat it. Change starts with awareness.

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Immigration Action

El Refugio is a hospitality house located at 655 Main Street in Lumpkin, GA 31815 – near the gates of Stewart Immigration Detention Center. They serve the family and friends of men detained and, thus, separated from their loved ones. Learn how you can volunteer.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). Founded to address the gap in legal services for unaccompanied children in the U.S. Learn how you can Get Involved.

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). A ministry of The Episcopal Church and one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. EMM has 12 affiliate offices in 10 states, including New American Pathways located in Atlanta. In 2020, EMM helped resettle 1,121 individuals from 29 countries. In addition to its long-standing work in refugee resettlement ministry, EMM is The Episcopal Church’s convening place for collaboration, education, and information-sharing on migration.

New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta. An interfaith, multicultural immigrant rights organization welcoming the participation of individuals and congregations. Learn about their guiding principles and advocacy.

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations. Statement on reported abuses of immigration enforcement and detention centers.

Provide Food to Those in Need

Crossroads Community Ministries. Provides food and more. Its Clyde’s Kitchen is open 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday and serves an average of 212 meals daily to our neediest neighbors. In 2020 the kitchen served 52,959 meals to 51,447 adults and 1,512 children. Crossroads also operates The Renewal Project, a 180-day stabilization program that provides mailroom services; employment navigation and resume building services; quality, work appropriate clothing; MARTA cards for employment-related and medical emergencies; and birth certificates from all U.S. States and Georgia state-issued IDs. Crossroads mobile documentation unit serves people at partner agencies The City of Refuge, The Salvation Army, Gateway Center, Living Room, First Presbyterian Church, ReStart 3:20 and Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

Five Loaves & Two Fish. A ministry of St. George’s – Griffin, the food pantry distributes groceries every month to about 1,500 to 1,800 households. Read more about it was started and how it operates.

Malachi’s Store House. An Outreach Ministry of St. Patrick’s – Atlanta, dedicated to addressing food insecurity by providing both groceries and hot meals for those in need of emergency support.

Red Door Food Pantry. Church of the Ascension’s best known outreach. Sharing Christ’s love by sharing food has always been an active ministry at the parish. Since 2013, Red Door has been part of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and we serve an average of 120 families a week. We also reach additional families at mobile sites the second and third Saturdays of the month.

Restoring Justice

A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy and the Death Penalty. Written by The Right Reverends Robert C. Wright, Diocese of Atlanta and Andrew Doyle, Diocese of Texas; retired Justice Norman S. Fletcher, Georgia State Supreme Court; and attorneys Stephen B. Bright and Susan Casey, this book presents arguments against the death penalty from their individual perspectives. Resources for further reading and involvement are included. Order a copy from The Cathedral Book Store.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Since 1958 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church has opposed capital punishment on a theological basis that the life of an individual is of infinite worth in the sight of Almighty God, and the taking of such a human life falls within the providence of Almighty God and not within the right of Man. Get more information and learn how you can take action here.

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. A statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to raise awareness about the death penalty with local chapters in Atlanta, Athens, and the Macon area. Become informed.

Healing Justice in Georgia. Formed by Episcopalians responding to a 2015 Episcopal Church resolution that expanded the church’s 57-year-old opposition to capital punishment and committed to providing information and tools necessary to work for the reform of our state’s justice system. Learn ways you can become knowledgeable.

Prison Fellowship Organization. Ministers to those affected by crime and incarceration with emphasis on justice that restores, empowering great wardens, ministering to families, supporting successful reentry, and advocating for restorative justice reform. Learn how you can work locally for prison reform. April is Second Chance Month, and Prison Fellowship invites you to participate in the Second Chance Challenge. By raising funds, you can help unlock second chances for returning citizens in your community.

Preach Teach Act Campaign. An Ending Mass Incarceration and Odyssey Impact initiative. Clergy and leaders, stand ready to reclaim our prophetic traditions, reify our belief in true justice, and redeem those who’ve been imprisoned and enslaved.

Supporting Military Members & Families

Episcopal Veterans Fellowship. Healing the Moral Wounds from War. Equips Christians for missional ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. Learn how their educational workshops, consulting, and coaching can assist your church in outreach to veterans living in your community. Follow this effort.

Georgia State Defense Force. A volunteer arm of the Department of Defense that works closely with the National Guard to care for the spiritual needs of our troops. Volunteer as a chaplain.

Support Our Troops. A charity providing millions of dollars’ in goods and services to our active troops. Learn how your support can strengthen the morale and well-being of our soldiers and their families.

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations. Learn how to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for military members, veterans and their families in your congregation.

Violence Reduction

Human Rights and Peacebuilding. The Episcopal Church supports legislation and policies that protect human rights, prevent atrocities, promote gender justice, and work towards reconciliation around the world. We also partner and work with provinces throughout the Anglican Communion. Learn how you can become more knowledgeable and take effective action here.

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