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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Christians, Jews and Muslims: Let’s Talk.
Atlanta’s Higher Ground Group Travels to Newnan, Ga., to Discuss Opening the Dialogue Amongst All Peoples of Faith
ATLANTA – Oct. 14, 2014 –The Higher Ground group, comprised of four long-time Atlanta faith leaders who share common experiences and lead positive change, will explore what it means to be a person [...]
God-willing, this Sunday I’m traveling with 30 other Atlantans to Turkey as part of a World Pilgrims experience. We have organized these adventures for the past 12 years throughout Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Canada, and even to the Grand Canyon. The objective has very little to do with sightseeing, even though fascinating [...]
Since the founding of Higher Ground four years ago, the four of us have striven to communicate in ways that are respectful toward different faith traditions and encourage honest and open dialogue among them.
Thus, our reaction toward the anti-Semitic graffiti/swastika incident at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house at Emory University (a predominately Jewish fraternity) [...]
For the past few weeks, we have used Gary Pomerantz’s historical novel, “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn” as a metaphor for white and black relationships in Atlanta.
First, we tried to listen more carefully to each other and to appreciate our histories. We soon discovered that we have more in common that we realize.
In the spring [...]
I am not exactly the right person to be wishing everyone a Happy New Year in the month of September. For Christians like me, the new year begins with the first Sunday in the season of Advent, which is not until late November. I am hoping, though, that the Jewish community will allow me to [...]