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City of Soul celebrates inaugural year


Five young people, five organizations, 12 months in a southern city

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Cara Ellen Modisett

Memphis, Tenn. – Next summer, City of Soul celebrates its inaugural year: Five young people, five organizations, 12 months in a southern city on the Mississippi River.

City of Soul is the name for one of Episcopal Service Corps’ newest sites – Memphis, Tennessee. ESC is a national network of sites, connecting and supporting young adults who spend a year of intentional living, faith formation and transformative service work in communities across the country. Two Memphis parishes, Grace-St. Luke’s and Church of the Holy Communion, are collaborating to bring the program here, and are now recruiting five young people who will commit a year to working in five Memphis organizations starting next August.

Three interns, sponsored by Grace-St. Luke’s, will be at BRIDGES, St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center and the Shelby County public defender’s office. Holy Communion will sponsor interns at Emmanuel Center and MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association).

Each site will develop its own job description and training, and the interns will serve as links between the organizations and the parishes. The Reverend Hester Mathes will oversee Holy Communion’s involvement in the project, and a clergy member of Grace-St. Luke’s will serve as program director and mentor for all five interns.

Service sites and the parishes will fund the interns’ housing, food allowance, insurance, transportation and stipends. Interns will be recruited locally and nationally, and they do not have to be Episcopalian. Links to applications and more information can be found online at

For more information or interviews, contact Cara Ellen Modisett, Minister of Communication at Church of the Holy Communion, at or (901) 767-6987.

Posted by James Seacat at 10:59 AM