St. Matthew’s made 100 Anglican rosaries for use in the ministry of Atlanta Airport Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Donna Mote. Rev. Donna blessed them during the services at St. Matthew’s on December 6th, and they will be given away to travelers at the Atlanta Airport.
Read more below about her ministry and how you can help further the work of God at the Atlanta Airport. If you missed the Forum where we showed the video about what she does, click here for an excellent and encouraging overview by filmmaker Anne Hopewell Graner, a parishioner from St. Paul’s, Newnan.
The Episcopal Chaplaincy at ATL
Rev. Donna Mote was commissioned by Bishop Robert Wright as Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning November 1, 2013. Her assignment is to be an active, visible, positive presence at the world’s busiest airport, representing the Diocese of Atlanta, the Episcopal Church, and the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Chaplain Mote collaborates with other chaplains, currently representing nine Christian denominations, Conservative Judaism, and Sunni Islam, through the Interfaith Airport Chaplaincy (IAC). ATL chaplains work with airport and airline employees (over 63,000 in number), passengers (an average of 265,000 daily), and service members and respond to urgent and emergent situations on the 4,700 acres of the airport. They staff three chapels (in the atrium outside security and on Concourses E and F), and they make regular rounds on all seven concourses (T-F) in the nearly 10 million indoor square feet at ATL.
You can read more about Chaplain Mote’s work in the article, “The Airport Chaplain, Now Offering Earthly Aid,” which appeared on the front page of The New York Times print edition on March 3, 2014.
Since January 2014 Barbara Pendergrast, a parishioner at the Cathedral of St Philip and a board-certified chaplain endorsed by the Episcopal Church, has brought her gifts to the ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta at ATL by volunteering two days each week. Bishop Wright visited in December 2013 and in September 2014 and enthusiastically supports this “winsome Anglican witness” in the world’s busiest airport. Two newly trained lay people in the diocese have joined the corps of chaplains at ATL in 2015, and three Sewanee seminarians completed ten weeks of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the airport in summer 2014, supervised by Chaplain Mote. The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta was ably represented at the airport for some twenty-five years by Peggy and the late George Beal, founding members of St Augustine’s, Morrow. Jackie Berlin, a Delta retiree and matriarch of St John’s, College Park, serves an afternoon each week staffing the chaplains’ office.
How YOU can help
This ministry receives no funding through the diocesan budget. (A motion that that the ten convocations of the diocese support the chaplaincy at ATL as convocations was tabled at diocesan council in 2014.) Chaplain Mote itinerates around the diocese to promote the airport ministry and solicit the financial, prayer, and in-kind support of laity and clergy in each parish. In addition she promotes and encourages other innovations in ministry in the Diocese of Atlanta.
The Reverend Mote reports directly to Bishop Wright, and the majority of financial support for this work in its initial two years has come through the Bishop of Atlanta’s Trust Fund (not the same as the diocese or diocesan budget).
The number one need of the ministry besides financial is ongoing prayer support. Other ways to be involved include financial contributions to support purchase of prayer books and Bibles made available to service members, employees, and travelers who request them, financial contributions to cover personnel and training costs, making Anglican rosaries for distribution, and identifying individuals and groups that wish to sponsor a certain aspect of the airport ministry.
Financial contributions may be made in two ways: 1) by check payable to the Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta and sent directly to the Office of the Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Please indicate “ATL Chaplaincy” in the memo line of your check.) 2) through the diocesan web site here
Stay Connected and Learn More
You can follow the work of the Episcopal Chaplaincy at ATL on Chaplain Mote’s Facebook page Vicar Of ATL and on Twitter @VicarOfATL. You can contact Chaplain Mote directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct message on Facebook or Twitter.