Collective Wisdom

  Dear Friends, Those of you that were at worship this past Sunday know that my voice was going, going and almost gone. The combination of a virus and a lack of power in our Sanctuary (which meant that I had to speak very loudly without the help of a microphone) resulted in strained vocal cords and a suggestion from […]

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Getting Too Busy

  Dear Friends, It was when I first moved to Atlanta to attend college in the late 1970s that I encountered the slogan that our city was one that was “too busy to hate.” It’s my understanding that Atlanta claimed this description because of the progressive views of some of its political and civic leaders in the 1950s and 60s, […]

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On the Threshold

Dear Friends, I gathered from several comments I heard during this past Sunday’s service that I’m not the only one that is feeling cheerful at the prospect of spring. The daffodils, poking through the ground with yellow blossoms waving bravely in the breeze, are the usual harbingers in Atlanta. The crocuses in the front yard under our ancient cherry trees […]

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On the Threshold

Dear Friends, I gathered from several comments I heard during this past Sunday’s service that I’m not the only one that is feeling cheerful at the prospect of spring. The daffodils, poking through the ground with yellow blossoms waving bravely in the breeze, are the usual harbingers in Atlanta. The crocuses in the front yard under our ancient cherry trees […]

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Gratitude for a Concerto

Dear Friends, I think it is safe to assume that we were all astounded this past Sunday by the talent of two fine musicians – our own talented pianist Grace Tian Meng and her friend Sophie Tang, whose violin performance blew me away. Many of you expressed similar feelings of exhilaration. As I wrote in one of my papers when […]

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Holes of Hope

  Dear Friends, Yesterday, I joined a few members of Northwest’s Earth Ministry team at the Outdoor Activity Center at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance for a morning of sunshine and community service. As some of you know, our Earth Ministry team has formed a partnership with this nonprofit organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life within […]

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In Your Hands

  Dear Friends, In the wee hours of Saturday morning, we were awakened with the deafening sound of a hard rain on the roof. Our bedroom is located in what was once our old house’s attic, so there is a thin barrier between us and the pounding drops, gusting wind and thunder. In addition to the storm flashing and pelting […]

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Personal Belonging

  Dear Friends, Brrr! Tuesday morning the temperature was 6 degrees. As I was gratefully staying warm with wooly socks and a steaming cup of tea, I read in paper about a community of men and women sleeping in tents under I-20 – and that many of them prefer this arrangement to being herded off to a shelter (as police […]

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Rare Sightings

  Dear Friends, This week, the Sandy Springs City Council met to discuss the once-rare but now more frequent sightings of coyotes in this area. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources were present to explain coyote behavior and safety precautions. Coyotes aren’t a new addition to the metro Atlanta suburbs, but they do seem out of place for […]

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Saying Grace

Dear Friends, On Thursday in this country, thousands of people will gather around various dining room tables in small and large groups for what has become America’s tradition of eating and expressing thanks. Thanksgiving holiday is, like many traditions we celebrate, grounded partly in fact and partly in myth. I imagine many of us learned that the first Thanksgiving occurred […]

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