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Georgia State University Department of Religious Studies Announces Higher Ground Event Feb. 6, 2013

Moving Atlanta to Higher Ground: How Religion Inspires Positive Change

ATLANTA - Dec. 19, 2012 - As the religious landscape of Atlanta becomes more diverse, the "city too busy to hate" must continuously seek to improve its civility and enrich the tapestry of its people through interfaith efforts. To that end, the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University announces the Higher Ground Group Rialto event, "Moving Atlanta to Higher Ground: How Religion Inspires Positive Change."

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 from 5:00-7:30 p.m., the Higher Ground Group, composed of the four Atlanta faith leaders, the Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman will gather and speak with a distinctive, interfaith voice to help inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community. Moderated by WXIA anchor Ted Hall, the faith leaders will discuss the following topics:

  • What are religion's roots and obligations to civic engagement?
  • What is religion's role in the public sphere and in shaping our legislation?
  • How can religion combat the biggest challenges facing Atlanta's community today?
  • How can interfaith dialogue and inter-religious relationships contribute to a better Atlanta?

    Sponsored by One Region and the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, the night will include interfaith sacred sounds, providing a sensory-based reception in the lobby of the Rialto and will continue in the auditorium for the main event. Groups and individuals from all types of institutions, organizations and schools are encouraged to come.

    About the Georgia State University Department of Religious Studies The Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, established in 2005, offers degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The program offers a broad range of courses, with a particular focus on religion and public life as well as comparative religion. Our faculty members are known internationally for their scholarship and have received numerous teaching awards. Graduates have gone on to serve Atlanta in business, non-profit leadership, health care, education, law, the media, and ministry.

    About the Higher Ground Group
    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. Though they come from different faith backgrounds, the founders of Higher Ground share common experiences and legacies built as leading voices for their congregations and for positive change in their communities. Now together, Higher