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Reclaiming Hope through Remembering: Pilgrimages to Georgia Sites of Martyrdom

Without memory, our existence would be barren and opaque,
like a prison cell into which no light penetrates; like a tomb
which rejects the living.... If anything can, it is memory
that will save humanity. For me hope without memory is
like memory without hope.

―Elie Wiesel, Nobel Lecture 1986

Memorial Pilgrimage to Athens

The Beloved Community:  Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing invite you on a pilgrimage to the historic Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Athens on October 28, 2017. The day's activities will include a Liturgy for Martyrs at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where the Rev. Naomi Tutu will preach. Following the service will be a screening of the documentary film 13th, as well as a tour of the Chestnut Grove School(founded in 1887) and the cemetery containing graves of folks who had been held in slavery.

For pilgrims leaving from Atlanta, a bus will be available departing from St. Augustine's Episcopal Church at 1221 Morrow Road, Morrow, GA at 7AM. For those pilgrims traveling from other locations, plan to meet at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church (610 Epps Bridge Parkway) at 8:45AM. The memorial service will begin at 9:00 and the day's activities are scheduled to conclude around 3:30PM. The cost is $10.00 which includes lunch. Please see the link below to register.

Register Here for Pilgrimage 
Register by October 15.


Dr. Angela D. Sims, Lecture

All Saints Episcopal Church
634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta Georgia
September 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism and the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing extend an invitation to you to attend a lecture which will be given by Dr. Angela D. Sims. She is the Dean of Academic Programs, Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Chair in Church and Society, Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas. She is the author of Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror. In this book she explores many powerful and thought provoking themes while “revealing much about the bond between memory and moral formation. She discovers the courage and hope inherent in the power of recall.” The book is based upon the stories of those who witnessed lynchings or who were almost lynched themselves  and by “tending to the words of these witnesses, Sims exposes not only a culture of fear and violence but the practice of story and memory as well as the narrative hope within  a renewed possibility for justice.”

Dr. Sims' lecture will be instructive, passionate and thought provoking, a talk that you will not wish to miss. She is inspiring and a very powerful resource in helping to create the space for brave conversations on our racial history which can lead us to healing in the present moment.

We are grateful for the collaborative support provided for this event by our sisters and brothers at All Saints Episcopal Church. The event is free but registration is required. Follow the link.

Register Here for Sims Lecture 


—Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., chairs the Beloved Community: The Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia. She is a member of St. Augustine’s, Morrow.