Poverty & Social Justice
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Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing is an intergenerational, faith-based organization. It provides curriculum, activities, and experiences so participants can engage their heads and their hearts in the daily work of dismantling personal prejudice and ending systemic racism.
Church of the Common Ground
As a “church without walls” on the streets of Atlanta, this worshipping community provides support for the pastoral and spiritual needs of women, men, and youth who live on the margins of our city. The Church of the Common Ground welcomes people of all faith backgrounds as well as those who seek a new connection to faith. Common Ground shares the good news with the urban poor and other underserved people and offers comfort and relationship through pastoral, social, and health care connections and referrals.
In 1967, Father Austin Ford, an Episcopal Priest and advocate for civil rights, moved into a dilapidated two-story home in Peoplestown along with two nuns and a seminary student. Under the leadership of Father Ford and subsequent executive directors, Emmaus House has evolved over the past 50 years into a valuable resource helping families move toward economic self-sufficiency. Emmaus House uses a two-generation approach to address the needs of the entire family – children and parents together – so they can experience academic achievement and sustained economic success.
Holy Comforter Church & Friendship Center
This inclusive community promotes the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and poverty. This ministry, located at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in the heart of Atlanta, it offers programs twice weekly for 75 -100 participants each day. Major programs are Greenhouse and Gardening, Wellness and Recovery, and Recovery through the Arts and Food.
We respect the dignity of every human being. Our faith community works toward a greater understanding of and for inclusion of all God’s children. We respect the dignity of every human being. LGBTQ+ ministries strive towards this end through the welcoming and affirming of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender within our diocese.
Multifaith Movement to End Mass Incarceration
The Diocese of Atlanta is partnering with interfaith partners on a national initiative to leverage spiritual power, people power and faith community resources to end mass incarceration in the United States. The Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) is focused on catalyzing a faith-rooted response to the issue in a way that adds value to existing work and furthers coherence in faith-rooted efforts. Our vision is for multifaith communities to exercise and amplify their calls for eliminating mass incarceration in a dedicated, savvy, and impactful manner.
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