Convention 155

About our Convention Theme

Water is life – the good and the bad of it, the strength and the fear of it, the calm and the chaos of it. When we are weary, when the road seems long and hidden, when we wake up from a long night to the dawn, water is refreshing.

As we journey together as a diocese toward our revival and our vision of a world healed by love, we need to be refreshed. Building off of a deep tradition of water imagery in scripture, John the Revelator paints a striking image of the River of Life in Revelation 22 as “bright as crystal” and bringing life to and through the City of God, cleansing people and satisfying their deepest thirsts.

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.

And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift

Come. Be refreshed with us as we journey together as a diocese with Jesus.

Our Featured Speaker: Dr. Catherine Meeks

A headshot of Dr. Catherine Meeks from the shoulders up. She's smiling toward camera and wearing a white shirt, white stacked necklaces, and white-rimmed glasses.Catherine Meeks, PhD, is Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center’s opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Catherine brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.

Catherine is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. She characterizes herself as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth. She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross cultural stories and other books of wisdom.  But her greatest teacher is rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart.  She is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and other radio and television programs. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD and is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and PhD from Emory University. – Image and bio from

You can find the latest book from Dr. Meeks, The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing, at the links below.

Church Publishing
Better World Books

Convention 155 – Videos

Bishop Duncan-Probe's Convention Address

Dr. Catherine Meeks' Keynote Address

Budget Presentation

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