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 [...]

Love and Fear

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The skies over Atlanta have been especially noisy in recent days as news helicopters hovered over two ambulances making their way from Dobbins Air Reserves to Emory University Hospital.
On board were two patients from Liberia – one, a physician and the other, a missionary – each being taken to a special isolation ward at the [...]

Adams to highlight interfaith dialogue, change

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Original article written by: Mary Lee Talbot
 
“People are dying to be exposed to faith in a way that builds bridges of understanding,” said the Rev. Joanna M. Adams, chaplain for Week One at Chautauqua Institution. “They want to experience religion in a hopeful way.”
Adams will preach at the 10:45 a.m. Service of Worship and [...]

Arms Around Their Shoulders

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Retirement affords my wife and me the opportunity to visit the congregations of ministers who grew up in Ebenezer and now serve elsewhere. I am so proud of the progress God is making through them and their congregations.
We visited a church led by one recently, where encouraging signs of sensitivity to the world of God [...]

Fasting Insights

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We have crossed the midway point of the 30 day fast of Ramadan. I’m reminded of the two swimmers who challenged each other to an endurance race across a huge lake. Well past the halfway point, one said to the other, “I’m tired, you win, I’m going back.” The other laughed and said, “It’s too [...]

In Touch too Much

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Not all of us, but many, are busy. We live according to calendars that are overflowing with commitments.
Thanks to technologies like email, Facebook, texting, tweeting, and voicemail, we also lead lives that are constantly in contact.  I actually like being in touch in these various ways, but I do get frustrated when trying to figure [...]

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