Headed To Turkey

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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 [...]

A Special Message from Higher Ground

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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) [...]

Concluding Reflections Concerning Race

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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 [...]

Apples and Honey

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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 [...]

Small Chips and Broad Shoulders

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One reason why we may have so many conflicts in our city and nation on almost any subject is because we are talking more and listening less!
Too many of us carry a chip on our shoulders all of the time. We dare anyone to knock it off. Sometimes we are bluffing, hoping nobody will take [...]

Tayyibah Felicity Taylor

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The city of Atlanta, our nation, and the Muslim world experienced a huge loss this past week with the passing of Azizah Magazine Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-chief, Tayyibah Taylor. Azizah Magazine is published to showcase the extraordinary talents, accomplishments, resources, and diversity of Muslim American women. The format and quality rivals the top publications in [...]

Anger Management

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During one of the heavy downpours of rain this week, I found myself caught for an hour in a traffic jam of historic proportions.
Later, I discovered that lightening had struck a traffic light a mile or so from where I sat imprisoned in my car and worried about arriving late to an important family dinner.
Thirty [...]

When the Ordinary Becomes the Extraordinary

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Just over four-and-a-half years ago, I received a diagnosis of a leukemia called CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia).
Some people can live for two decades or more without any problems, thus the description – chronic. But my case was different because I had a more aggressive form.
A year after what the doctors call “W & W” (Watch [...]

Peachtree and Auburn Avenue Really Need to Get Acquainted

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Gary Pomerantz’s 1996 book, “Where Peachtree Meets Auburn Avenue” has provided a springboard surrounding race relations between blacks and whites here and throughout our nation. In spite of all the accounts about a city too busy to hate, racial tensions are mounting here daily.
Of course, we are proud of some genuine progress over the past [...]

It’s Just Not Right

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My blog posting is quite late this week. I was intentionally avoiding this subject because it requires much more space than what we comfortably impose upon our readers, and to some it will be somewhat polarizing rather than unifying and uplifting. But it kept getting in the way of every other message and subject that [...]

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