“There is no higher achievement in all the world than to be a person in community….This is the most creative and difficult work to which any of us will ever be called…We are to be builders of liberating communities that free love in us and free love in others.” (Elizabeth O’Connor)
The Road, a program of Emmaus House (www.emmaushouse.org), beckons a diverse group of young adults to spend a year in community as companions on a journey of holy adventure and purposeful engagement with people overcoming the barriers of poverty in the city of Atlanta. Fellows will work 32 hours each week in settings committed to reconciliation, justice, advocacy and service. In addition, fellows will spend 2-3 hours per week volunteering in one of several Emmaus House programs serving neighborhood children and families, which include after school tutoring, family literacy, parenting classes and Saturday STE(A)M. One day a week will be devoted to spiritual discernment and reflection, leadership development, and community action in the neighborhoods of urban Atlanta.
The Road Fellows
We want Fellows who can bring their passion and questions, heart, mind, and spirit, energy and curiosity to collaborative work and to the endeavor of building more just and liberating communities. Ideally, Fellows at The Road will be from many walks of life who have experienced the world in different ways, allowing the gifts of differences to challenge and enrich a year of inner and outer growth.
Road fellows are young adults who want to explore the connection between faith and social change, commit to community and simplicity, and grow in capacity for compassionate, courageous, and imaginative leadership. We welcome Fellows who are intrigued and inspired by these values and wish to inhabit them more fully:
• Building Spiritual Community
• Advocacy for Marginalized and Vulnerable People
• Radical Hospitality
• Servant leadership
• Imagination, Experimentation, and Holy Adventure
• Prayerful Reflection, Discernment, and Study
• Engagement with children, adults and families in the context of a vibrant inner-city neighborhood
The Road is grounded in these values and in a regular rhythm of communal meals, communal prayer, reflection, celebration and service.
We partner with church and community leaders, teachers, and activists from the larger Atlanta area, who share their wisdom and experience with issues of social justice, poverty, and the related concerns: homelessness, education, healthcare, unemployment, incarceration, immigration, and addiction.
A journey with The Road offers support, mentoring, transformational practices, and unexpected discoveries and joys. We welcome those discerning vocations in ordained ministry and equally those discerning vocations in the world Christ came to heal and save.
Our Neighborhood and City
Fellows will live together at Emmaus House (www.emmaushouse.org), an Episcopal parish and community-based ministry in the Peoplestown neighborhood. Peoplestown and the city of Atlanta share a rich and profound history in the civil rights movement and in community organizing, which provides an important context for the year.
Atlanta is a vibrant city with energetic arts, theatre and music scenes, several historic universities, great weather, beautiful trees, and always interesting politics!
The Road was chosen for many reasons. It resonates with journeys of faith in the Scriptures—on the roads to Jerusalem, Damascus and Emmaus. It reminds us of the common journey we all share as God’s children, journeys of faith and doubt, certainty and confusion, joy and sorrow, searching and finding. It recalls those roads which were key in the history of civil rights and of seeking justice for all in our nation—from Selma to Montgomery, from places of powerlessness to Washington D.C. God invites us to travel together on new roads that open us to new possibilities for understanding, for service, and for transformation which we may never have imagined. We are all about the journey, the road, and companionship along the way.
Our Mission and Hope
The great activist and spiritual leader Rabbi Joshua Abraham Heschel once said that true joy is found in the toil to reach beyond ourselves and “shatter our own smallness”. Our mission at The Road is to do the work, find the pathways, seek out the encounters, and live in our city in ways that do indeed shatter our smallness and create liberating communities.
Emmaus House Values Statement
“Emmaus House stands for justice and equity, rooted in faith and a deep respect for the dignity of every human being. We harness the power of community, education, hope and love to dismantle poverty, racism, and other barriers to opportunity in the lives and communities we serve.”