For Our Nation


One Fourth of July in the 1990s, I visited Philadelphia. I first touched the Liberty Bell and stood inside Independence Hall on that visit. It was hot and humid, and I imagined being in that un-air-conditioned space in the several layers of clothing worn by the 18th-century signers of the Declaration of Independence.

This year on Independence Day, having visited Philadelphia again last fall for training for our National Fund for Sacred Places grant, I have a fresher and somewhat cooler sense of Independence Hall and that big, cracked bell. I'm praying for our country, for all those who hold the public trust, and for all of us. If you'd like to join me, here's a great prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, p 258, "For the Nation":

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Padre's Blog A la Mote
Posted by The Very Reverend Donna S. Mote, PhD

Our 34th rector, Dr Mote, was installed by Bishop Eaton on Saturday, June 5th, 2021.  Prior to joining St Paul's, she served as the Vicar of ATL (Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).  With Bishop Robert C. Wright she authored, The Go Guide: 10 Steps for Innovations in Ministry from Luke 10. Beginning in 2016, Donna served on the bishop's staff as Missioner for Engagement and Innovation in the Diocese of Atlanta, to consult on, coach, strategize, support, promote, and provoke innovations in ministry in Middle and North Georgia.  She was also Chaplain to the Georgia State Defense Force and the 76th Support Brigade.

Donna earned degrees from Shorter College (BA), Southern Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion (PhD) and completed Anglican studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. Donna was raised up for ordination by the parish of St Bartholomew’s, Atlanta. She is an Associate of the Order of St Helena.  Donna is married to Rebecca England, and they have two sons, Anderson and Jordan.

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