Rev. Caroline MaGee: Living a Life Surrounded by Faith

Growing up in California, Rev. Caroline MaGee didn’t think she would impact the world, but the U.S. Navy opened her eyes. It was in the Navy where she met people whose religion was different than hers. MaGee served as a Surface Warfare officer before moving to Atlanta to become an attorney. 


“In the Navy, we all worked together. It completely changed my life,” MaGee said. “In that time of my life, I cared so much about the safety of my unit.” MaGee’s time with the Navy pushed her into the realm of social justice. 


Whether it is protesting in the streets or working in an English Second Language program at her Church, Magee is always advocating for God’s people. As assistant rector of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, MaGee focuses much of her attention on youth and adult spiritual growth. 

MaGee deeply cares about the St. Bede’s community and explained that the reason she feels at home is because of their acceptance and desire to engage with other faiths. Every Tuesday, you can find her, her children and her community helping children of parents who are learning English do their homework and play games.


“I just love it,” she said. “My experience of being part of a faith community makes the political environment less challenging and toxic. We certainly have folks who vote differently, those experiences may seem small, but we’re creating safe spaces and that’s what energizes me.”


Placing your child in harm’s way is one thing the Navy doesn’t prepare you for, Magee says. As the mother of teenage daughter and two sons, the pastor worries tremendously about the threat of mass shootings.


“A weapon is a weapon wherever it is,” MaGee said. “My time in the service [forces me to ask] how can anyone be casual with weapons, if we professionally treated these weapons with so much respect.”


On November 5th, 2017, 26 lives were lost at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This caused her entire faith community to shiver in fear.


“Over time, all the words during prayer feel inadequate when you’re including a different shooting every three weeks,” MaGee said. “[I’m aware] of what it feels like to be caught in systemic sin and the cause of suffering and yet still have confidence that there is a change coming.”


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