ATLANTA – Jan. 21, 2015 – The Higher Ground Group, comprised of a dynamic assembly of four long-time Atlanta faith leaders who share common experiences and lead positive change, will culminate their five-year journey. The group, who has sparked new ideas and offered fresh perspectives on issues facing the metro area, nation and world is composed of:

§ Rev. Joanna Adams, pastor emerita of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Morningside and Trinity Presbyterian churches

§ Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

§ Rev. Joe Roberts, pastor emeritus of Ebenezer Baptist Church

§ Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, senior rabbi emeritus of The Temple

Since 2010, the exceptional foursome’s motto has been “Inspiring Positive Change.” Through a weekly blog, an active social media campaign, and interactive special event panels where the colleagues hold conversations with their inspired crowds, they have done just that. Faith-based but not faith-biased, the Higher Ground Group examines the issues and challenges of today and demonstrates that humanity can work together despite differences to create a stronger community.

An organization formed by The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the group discusses relevant conversational topics such as social justice, racial equality, homelessness, and discrimination, while also leading the way for the next generation to make their communities a better place through civic and social actions.

“Four faith leaders have shined their light across Atlanta and the metropolitan region for five years as Higher Ground. That light will live forever on The Community Foundation’s website. I encourage all who’ve benefitted from this dynamic group to continue to share their stories and inspire positive change,” Alicia Philipp, president, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Together, the group has won numerous awards for their advocacy including Emory University’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for “Innovation for Change.” They were frequent guest columnists for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and were the first group to discuss interfaith collaboration in Coweta County, an effort brought together by Newnan Presbyterian and The City of Newnan.

The entire collection of Higher Ground blog posts will be available for access on The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s website and will be categorized by author and topic. For further information, reach out to Kristin Dunstan at

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 Ground’s leaders speak with a distinctive, collective voice, helping to raise awareness and to inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community to effect positive change.

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