Robert Franklin at First Congregational

Dr. Robert Franklin spoke in November at First Congregational Church. Dr. Robert M. Franklin was the inaugural James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology, where he challenges students to explore the concept of moral leadership in the 21st century in different cultures and contexts in the United States and around the world. Now in his second term at Emory, Franklin is a former Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, both at Emory, he is also the founding director of Candler’s Black Church Studies program from 1989 to 1995 and a senior advisor to the Emory University president, as well as for Community and Diversity at Emory. 

Franklin served as director of the Religion Department at Chautauqua Institution from 2014 to 2017, president of Morehouse College from 2007 to 2012, and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta from 1997 to 2002.

Community Baby Shower

3D Girls, Inc. hosted its 9th Community Baby Shower through their T.E.A.M. (Teens Engaging As Mothers) Project. The shower, held in Southwest Atlanta, provided moms-to-be with baby care necessities, such as diapers, wipes, clothing and toiletries. Additionally, each mother went home with a brand new convertible car seat, booster seat and certified Safe Kids training on car seat safety at no cost to them. The event was hosted by Mo Quick of Streetz945 and community partners from Fulton County Board of Health, Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. Positive Transition Services assisted with mobilizing resources to moms in need.

Founded in 2012, 3D Girls’ mission is to “educate and empower young women to be advocates for themselves and their families.” The T.E.A.M. Project is one third of the programming offered by the organization, created by Raioni Madison-Jones. Her vision is “to empower mothers before, during and after their transition into motherhood.”

For more information about 3D Girls, Inc. and how you can support their initiatives, visit or email

Serenbe Fellows Present a Timely Conversation with Amy Trauger

Amy Trauger, Geography professor at the University of Georgia, focuses on issues related to political and cultural economies of food, agriculture and sustainability, paying particular attention to race, class and gender.

Amy Trauger recently published We Want Land to Live: Making Political Space for Food Sovereignty with UGA Press, presenting her research on food sovereignty. Trauger is currently pursuing a project on agricultural chemicals and human health in North Central Minnesota and is developing a new project on ecological transitions in the Caribbean.

Trauger will present an overview of her work ranging from outreach with women farmers to work on food sovereignty to her more recent projects and connect them through the theme of power and autonomy in the food system.  The event takes place on December 14, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at The Hawthorne Room at The Inn at Serenbe. This free event is open to the public but tickets are required.

Serenbe Fellows is a program of The Serenbe Institute that brings together cultural and environmental thought leaders and eminent scholars for short-term residencies at Serenbe.