The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center (AJEC), located within the Atlanta University Center, began as the Canterbury House in 1957. First established by the Diocese of Atlanta and Black Episcopalians to help recruit black students for the Episcopal priesthood, the mission and ministry has transformed over the years.
Through various forums, we continue to actively engage, inform, and organize students around issues of social oppression and injustice. In partnership with several community-based organizations, we explore issues involving Israel and Palestine, chronic homelessness in Atlanta, and capital punishment. We strive to make AJEC a place for students, faculty, and staff to come when they need a gathering space for unionizing and organizing (the cafeteria workers of Morehouse and Clark-Atlanta continue to use our space). While continuing to be a safe-space for LGBT students, we promote AJEC as a place for all students. We also intentionally engage broader questions regarding human sexuality through Bible studies, workshops, panel discussions and classes.
Above all, our aim is to form faithful leaders for the Church and the world. The two worship services offered each week, regular opportunities for spiritual advising, confession, and opportunities to engage the Church on the Diocesan and Church-wide levels assist in this mission. Our partnership with the Men’s Club of Holy Cross provides students with examples of faithful men striving to deepen their relationships with God. We also offer support and guidance as students discern vocation callings to both lay and ordained ministry. Students are encouraged to think critically about how to live ethical and faithful lives in their future vocations.