The Towel Brigade

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Back in the day, it was customary hospitality to offer guests water to wash their feet after they had walked in sandals on dusty roads, but the host would never be the one who did the washing.  A servant maybe, but never the host.
Thus, it was astonishing to the disciples of Jesus, their host at [...]

Dead or Alive

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For those of us who possess a so-called ‘smart’ phone, chances are our contacts on that phone are filled with contact information for family, friends, professional associates, etc., etc.
What happens when a family member or friend among those contacts dies?  What do we do with the entry that contains their name, e-mail and mailing addresses, [...]

Three Bags Full. Really?

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Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame.
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.

This simple rhyme has fascinated and haunted me for the past three weeks. After some reflection, these three questions came to mind:

Do each one of us [...]

Faith Leaders Speak at “An Evening with Higher Ground” at The Glenn Institute

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Panel Discussion Encourages Interfaith Dialogue to Inspire Change
ATLANTA – March 27, 2014 – Higher Ground announced, today, The Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning of The Westminster Schools’ special spring speaker event “An Evening with Higher Ground” taking place on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
The Institute’s work encompasses six programs that serve the [...]

ONE REGION

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For the past year, besides enjoying a somewhat elusive retirement, five grandchildren, World Pilgrims, and my blog partners at Higher Ground, I have also been involved with a wonderful initiative called One Region. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta provided matching funds and its expertise to partner with a donor that was interested in increasing [...]

“I Know How to Be Where I Am”

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I am not exactly certain where I encountered the title of this message.
To the best of my recollection, I was with a small group of friends and we were talking about the incredible fast pace of living that touches so many of our lives today.  Add to that the insane pace, the constant pulls of [...]

We Are the Life We Live

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February was a month of funerals for me. A decade ago, I reached the age where the obituaries became required daily reading, and this month was filled with synopses of the lives of friends, acquaintances, mentors, and family, who transitioned beyond this realm. Death claims lives we’ve shared, people who made impressions upon us and [...]

What’s On the Menu Today?

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There is a great seafood restaurant near the church I serve. Every couple of weeks, my yearning for a just-like-New Orleans oysterpo’boy or tangy shrimp taco gets the best of me and over I go.
A few days ago, after my lunch companion and I had placed our food order, our server asked us whether we [...]

Sleet, Snow, Freezing Rain and Michael Sam

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After SnowJam ’82,  a lot of us were not expecting the wintry mix that I am observing now as I look out my window.  Nor were many of us expecting Michael Sam to come out as a gay football player planning to enter this year’s NFL draft.
It is important to note that both these events [...]

Finding Our Voices Through Compassionate Involvement

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At present, we are in the middle of severe snow storms in many parts of our nation. We Atlantans were grossly unprepared for this storm, but we have learned it’s easier to endure difficult times if we all pool our resources and work together, a beautiful example of what we could be year round.
Snow storms [...]

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