Higher Ground Group Blogs

Formed in 2010, Higher Ground was born of a unique relationship between four long-time Atlanta faith leaders, the Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman. Faith based but not faith biased, through a weekly blog, quarterly events and select media appearances, for five years Higher Ground's leaders spoke with a distinctive, collective voice, helping to raise awareness and to inspire action on key issues to effect positive community change. Enjoy searching and reading this inspired collection of blogs.

Rev. Joanna Adams

Imam Plemon El-Amin

Rev. Joseph Roberts

Rabbi Alvin Sugarman

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A Parting Word

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Plemon

May I add my 'thank you' to Alicia Philipp and The Community Foundation for the enriching five year excursion of thoughtful exchange, interaction, and friendship with Joanna, Alvin, and Joe. Higher Gr

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Fear and Hope in the Here and Now

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Joanna

“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 dow

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'Tis The Season

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Alvin

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” bec

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Our Kinship

Posted on December 5, 2014 by Joe

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

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Say Grace

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Joanna

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

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Season of Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Alvin

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

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Post-Electoral Reflections

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Alvin

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

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Return from Turkey

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Plemon

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

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No Words

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Alvin

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.

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Christians, Jews and Muslims: Let's Talk.

Posted on October 24, 2014 by admin

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

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