Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki


and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation,
and God remains with you.
and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation,
and surrender to God.



Neshama Interfaith Center is happy to support the Atlantic Institute's program, in the 'Exploring Faiths' series:

The Baptist Branch of the Christian Family Tree with Dr. Loyd Allen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 7pm
Location: The Holiday Inn Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Come join us as we hear Dr. Loyd Allen, professor of church history and spiritual foundation at Mercer University speak on the different types of Christianity, how they came to be and explore in particular the Baptist tradition. What is Christianity? What are Baptists? How are they different? Where do they come from? If you are interested in the answers to any of these questions, then this event is for you!

Dr. Loyd Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Chair of Baptist History at Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Allen holds the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has taught in higher education for over twenty years and is the author of numerous publications, including the books You are a Great People and Crossroads in Christian Growth.  He has a particular interest in Christian spirituality, which he teaches at McAfee.  He serves as faculty for the Academy of Spiritual Formation and often leads retreats.

Light refreshments will be available followed by the lecture and then a brief Q&A session.  Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Seats are limited!  Please RSVP to the Atlantic Institute by clicking here.  


Sandy Springs Festival 

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, GA 

The 29th Annual Sandy Springs Festival returns to the heart of Sandy Springs this September offering two exciting days of fine art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more. 

The Sandy Springs Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing 30,000 attendees.  As the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit organization that saved the original “sandy springs”, it is dedicated to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs, this celebrated community tradition has something for everyone. 

NESHAMA INTERFAITH CENTER is proud to cosponsor a booth along with Compassionate Sandy Springs at the Festival. Please come and visit us at our booth, and enjoy the weekend's festivities!

For more information, directions and parking, and admission rates - please click here.


"PEACE : What Does It Mean To You?"
Exhibit at The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum

Now through October 5, 2014
Location: Inside the Selig Center, 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

"PEACE: What Does it Mean to You?" is a multimedia community art project featuring 'A Peace of My Mind', an exhibition by photographer John Noltner, that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With black and white portraits and oral histories, over fifty subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter. Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

The exhibition runs through October 5, 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of One Region Atlanta, part of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, there will be free admission to the exhibition on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 as it is the International Day of Peace.

The Breman Museum is located in the Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street, NW, across 18th Street from the Center for Puppetry Arts. Free parking is located in front of the building and can be accessed through a gate on 18th Street.

For more information, click here.


Book Signing and Presentation with Dr. John Cressler

Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Location: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.

Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Shadows tells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in the collapse of Moorish Spain.

Join us for an exciting evening when Dr. Cressler will make a presentation on his second novel and sign books.  
Refreshments will be served.