City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps in Memphis, Tennessee

Grace-St. Luke’s and Church of the Holy Communion have partnered with four organizations that have been responding on the ground to the challenges of the city for a combined total of nearly 300 years: poverty, homelessness, unemployment, crime, health crises and racial inequality. We are building a program through Episcopal Service Corps that will put us on the ground with them, placing young people in these organizations to support their work and build relationships with the people of Memphis.

Starting in August 2015, Episcopal Service Corps interns in Memphis began work at the following organizations for one year:

Emmanuel Episcopal Center

MIFA (Memphis Inter-faith Association)

The Shelby County Public Defender’s Office

St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center

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GSL Welcomes New City Of Soul Episcopal Service Corps Interns

GSL Welcomes New City Of Soul Episcopal Service Corps Interns
In August 2015, Grace-St. Luke’s partnered with Church of the Holy Communion in launching a new Episcopal Service Corps program, City of Soul. City of Soul exists to offer young adults a year to serve in local partner agencies, live in intentional community with one another, and discern the kind of person they are becoming and want to become. This year’s community partners are the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office/Just City, Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA), and BRIDGES. 

On behalf of Grace-St. Luke’s, I am happy to welcome Ms. Chelsea Kapes, Ms. Christina Lopez, and Mr. Will Chaney, our 2016-2017 corps members. 

Mr. Will Chaney is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in The University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. While there, Will joined the Episcopal Church and became active in campus, parish, and diocesan ministry.  During college, he majored in History and Philosophy, graduating this May with honors. His studies concentrated on political theory and 19th century history. This spring ,Will completed a year long project and senior thesis “And Also with Y’all: Ordination of Women in the Diocese of Alabama.” His many interests include soccer, documentary films, and theology. Will will be interning with BRIDGES.

Ms. Chelsea Kapes is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where she studied English and Political Science.  She has spent the past two years working in an estate planning law firm, assisting families after the passing of loved ones.  Chelsea is originally from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and hopes to attend law school in the future.  She enjoys live music, classic literature, and exploring new places. She will be interning with the Public Defender’s Office and Just City, two entities committed to criminal justice reform in Shelby County and beyond. 

Ms. Christina Lopez is a native of Los Angeles, California, but spent the last four years living in Atherton, California, where she attended Menlo College. Christina credits St. John’s Episcopal Church in La Verne, California, and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles with her spiritual formation as a child, youth, and adolescent. Aside from being raised in a religious community, she also takes pride in coming from a large family. Being the fourth oldest of twelve children, Christina became accustomed to a life filled with lots of love and laughter. If she’s not talking about her church, family, or friends, she’ll often be telling stories of her mission trips or her trip to Istanbul, Israel, and Palestine this past December. Christina will intern with MIFA. 

Please remember the corps members as they settle into Grace-St. Luke’s, Church of the Holy Communion, their partner sites, and the richness and vibrance of Memphis. If you are interested in you and your family hosting an intern for dinner bi-monthly, please email the Rev. Broderick Greer at broderick [at] gracestlukes [dot] org