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Voices of Faith

Voices of Faith: God in the City

A Lunch and Learn Series, Monday through Wednesday, March 26—28
12:05—1:00 p.m. in Ellis Hall

God is with us, here, on the streets and in the relationships of our here and now. God is in the city. Yet, as Christians, we are not alone in seeking the divine life within this shared city space of Atlanta. This Holy Week, join us in an exploration of the perspectives of faith communities within the Abrahamic tradition of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Our intention is that, by listening for the insights of those beyond our framework of faith, we might find our own enriched, as we reflect together on the meaning of faith and of being a holy people, set apart to be God’s hands and feet in the world. God is on the move around and about us.

Rabbi Neil Sandler, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta

Monday, March 26
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Rabbi Neil SandlerRabbi Neil Sandler has served Ahavath Achim Synagogue as its Senior Rabbi since July 2004. He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He received a Master’s degree and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Upon ordination, Rabbi Sandler completed a Master of Science degree in Social Work at Columbia University. Rabbi Sandler is the Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, a board member of Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta, a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America Rabbinic Cabinet and a member of AIPAC’s National Council.

Rabbi Sandler gains his greatest contentment in the rabbinate from the sacred moments he shares with his congregants in their times of joy and sorrow. In recent years, he has devoted considerable effort to helping our congregation become a “kehillah kedoshah,” a sacred community that welcomes people and seeks to make a sustained difference in people’s lives.


Kemal Korucu, Southeast Islamic Community Center

Tuesday March 27
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Kemal KorucuKemal Korucu was born in 1969 in Turkey and came to the United States as a teenager. He received a BS in Computer Science from Georgia State University and is the president of the board of directors of Southeast Islamic Community Center. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Istanbul Cultural Center, Neshama Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Outside of his work for his own software development company, Kemal always gives generously of his time, is frequently invited to speak at programs such as this and volunteers for interfaith dialogue activities whenever possible. Through him, many of us have learned about Islam and Sufism, and commonalities with other faith traditions. In April of 2015 he was inducted by Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel into College of Ministers and Laity.


Dr. Dominic Erdozain, Author and Visiting Scholar Emory University

Wednesday March 28
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Dr. Dominic ErdozainDr. Dominic Erdozain is the author of The Problem of Pleasure: Sport, Recreation and the Crisis of Victorian Religion, his first book, published in 2010. He served as Lecturer in the History of Christianity at King’s College London (2006– 2013) and in 2014 taught “Finding Liberty: The Christian Roots of the Modern Conscience” as part of Regent College’s Summer Programs (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Dr. Erdozain’s second book, The Soul of Doubt: the religious roots of unbelief from Luther to Marx was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He currently teaches at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.


We hope you will join us for this three-part lunch series. A buffet lunch will be available each day for $7; the discussion with our invited faith leader will begin by 12:15 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend.

RSVP for each lunch on our website at, at the Parish Life table on Sunday mornings, or contact Lauri Begley at 404–267–4273 or

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