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Religion and Public Life Fellow: Rev. Joanna Adams and Rep. Kathy Ashe 2012-2013

Rev. Joanna Adams is a founding member of The Higher Ground Group, a multi-faith group including Imam Plemon El-Amin, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, and Rev. Joseph Roberts.  Joanna is a retired Presbyterian minister, who has served as pastor of Morningside and Trinity Presbyterian Churches in Atlanta.  As part of the Higher Ground Group she works with the other members of the Higher Ground Group to explore how religious communities and individuals can be productively involved in addressing the issues that challenge Atlanta.  She is particularly acitive in organizations that combat homelessness.  For further information see the following sites (  and



Rep. Kathy Ashe (Democrat, District 56) has been the representative for District 56 I(the district in which GSU is located) since 1992. She sits on several committees, including the Higher Education Committee. She recently announced her retirement, so she will step down from the state legislature in January 2013. For further information, see the following sites ( and ).






Service Day with Religion & Public Life Fellow Kathy Ashe

Students from Religious Studies and several GSU student organizations volunteered at the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (COAC) to learn about their work on behalf of Atlanta’s homeless population on April 5, 2013. They prepared lunch, played games, and learned from several COAC staff members and guests about the challenges Atlanta’s homeless community members face and ways that GSU can help. For more about the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, go to Special thanks to the COAC staff members who went the extra mile to make sure GSU students had a great experience!