Hospitality and Resistance in Metro Atlanta


The Open Door Community is a residential community in the Catholic Worker tradition (we’re sometimes called a Protestant Catholic Worker House). We seek to dismantle racism, sexism and heterosexism, abolish the death penalty, and proclaim the Beloved Community through loving relationships with some of the most neglected and outcast of God’s children: the homeless and our sisters and brothers who are in prison.

We serve breakfasts and soup-kitchen lunches, provide showers and changes of clothes, staff a free medical clinic, conduct worship services and meetings for the clarification of thought, and provide a prison ministry, including monthly trips for families to visit loved ones at the Hardwick Prisons in central Georgia. We also advocate on behalf of the oppressed, homeless and prisoners through non-violent protests, grassroots organizing and the publication of our monthly newspaper, Hospitality.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on January 29th, 2012. See photographs by Kari and Carlton Mackey.

Learn more about our work by watching a video celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Recently WABE interviewed Terry Easton about his book, Raising Our Voices, Breaking the Chain, which tells the story of the 1990 Imperial Hotel Occupation spearheaded by the Open Door Community. Listen to the clip here.