Thank you and Farewell

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As I write these words, no amount of gratitude would suffice to express my thanks (and I know I speak for my three Higher Ground colleagues as well) to Alicia Philipp for bringing us together and to Elyse Hammett and her team for all the PR support given to our efforts.
I must admit I am [...]

Atlanta’s Higher Ground Group Concludes in February

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ATLANTA – Jan. 21, 2015 – The Higher Ground Group, comprised of a dynamic assembly of four long-time Atlanta faith leaders who share common experiences and lead positive change, will culminate their five-year journey. The group, who has sparked new ideas and offered fresh perspectives on issues facing the metro area, nation and world is [...]

Fear and Hope in the Here and Now

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“Be not afraid,” the angels admonished the shepherds who were tending their flocks in the fields the night Jesus was born. Easy for angels to say. Mere mortals have a hard time tamping down fear. Indeed, the reality of fear lies at the heart of the human experience and shows up in a variety of [...]

‘Tis The Season

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O yes, ‘tis the season for my Christian friends. 
As somewhat of an outsider looking in on the joys experienced by Christians at this time of the year – I say “somewhat” because as a Jew I feel a deep connection, not only because of the vast amount of scripture that we share, but also because [...]

Our Kinship

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For the past few weeks, our dear Rev. Joe has been recovering from illness. During this time, we’ve asked that he do not submit a blog post and instead focus on his health until he’s made a full recovery.  To pay tribute to his years of sharing wise words – behind the pulpit and via [...]

Say Grace

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Thanksgiving came in the nick of time this year. After an especially acrimonious political season, it was time for some comfort food.  Please pass the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy, and let the only disagreement around the table be about whether or not oysters would have made the dressing tastier. (My answer? No.)
Did we evermore [...]

Season of Thanksgiving

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I really don’t wish to appear greedy. Be that as it may, I wish for myself and you that every day would be Thanksgiving Day. Before I say anything else, however, I must offer a disclaimer.
I know that some of you reading these words are undergoing great suffering, perhaps from the loss or difficulties of [...]

Post-Electoral Reflections

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Now that we’re a little more than a week after mid-term elections, where do we go from here?
Let’s take a moment to look back at the tenor of the various campaigns both here in our own state and across our country. The money that flowed into the sheer volume of political advertisements must have been [...]

Return from Turkey

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Last week, I returned from an 11-day journey through Turkey with 29 other Muslims, Christians, Jews, and a Buddhist. Many of our friends and relatives worried about our safety while traveling in that part of the world, in fact one potential pilgrim cancelled out of family fears. We experienced no threats or security issues whatsoever.
We [...]

No Words

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It is true no words can capture what it means to a parent when they lose a child. Words of comfort can only attempt to convey the love and sorrow that others feel for the grieving parents and family. 
As I walk the path of sorrow along with the parents and grandparents of my precious [...]

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