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2021 Atlanta 500: Religion, Nonprofits, & Advocacy

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and religion.
Erin Swenson

When Erin Swenson transitioned in the 90s, a close vote kept her ordained as Presbyterian minister. Her new podcast tells her story.

Erin Swenson was the first Presbyterian minister to transition and remain ordained. Her new podcast, So Much More than Gender, shares her story.
Brother Philip Holy Spirit in Conyers

“A part of me had to die, to open up to newer life.” A monk shares his calling

"Every monk has a unique story, and it all begins with the call." Meet Brother Philip, one of 26 monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
21st Century Plague: 17 Atlantans on what coronavirus has done, and what it still can do

Pastor Dock Hollingsworth: “How do we understand God in the midst of crisis and suffering and fear?”

For our 21st Century Plague project, we spoke with 17 Georgians about the toll of COVID-19.
2020 Atlanta 500 Religion Nonprofits Advocacy Piedmont Park

2020 Atlanta 500: Religion, Nonprofits, & Advocacy

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and religion.
Atlanta 500: Religion opener

2019 Atlanta 500: Religion, Nonprofits, & Advocacy

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and religion.
Salem Camp Meeting

Each summer, faithful flock to Covington, Georgia for one of the country’s oldest Christian revivals

Salem Camp Ground in Covington, site of one of the country’s oldest Christian revivals, started out as a brush arbor—a few poles draped with tree branches to give worshipers shade from the summer sun. That was in 1835. The Civil War was still a generation away. Covington was a new town with a fledgling square a few miles down the road from Salem.

Editor’s Note: A welcome tonic

The knock against journalists—well, one of the knocks against journalists—is that they’re cynical. Too focused on what’s wrong, not near enough focused on what’s right. For most of my career, my reaction to the criticism was pretty standard.
Worship fitness

Worship workout: Atlantans combine faith and fitness

They say the body is a temple, and some people certainly treat the gym like a church, following the workout of the day like it’s one of the Ten Commandments. But these days, some Christian church­goers are doing more to combine faith and fitness, placing a premium on the health of the body as well as the soul.

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