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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams is a retired Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor serving as Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. 

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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams

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First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams is a retired pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA. She formerly served as pastor of Morningside and Trinity Presbyterian churches in Atlanta and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

She is also one of the founders of Higher Ground, an interfaith group based in Atlanta.

Ordained for more than thirty years, she is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Adams holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Davidson College and was awarded an Alumni Association Medal of Honor from Emory University.

She  serves as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church Foundation and as Co-Chair of the Joining Hearts and Hands Mission Initiative of the PC(USA). Formerly, she was a trustee of Agnes Scott College, chair of the Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary, and an editor-at-large for Presbyterian Outlook. In 2007, she was named Georgia Woman of the Year and was featured in Atlanta Magazine as one of the forty-five most loved Atlantans. She is known for building bridges both in the community and the church. Over the years, she has been especially involved in initiatives to combat homelessness and to build interfaith relations. 

She and her husband of forty years, attorney Alfred B. Adams, have a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.


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Joanna Adams: In Touch Too Much

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

 

Not all of us, but many, are busy. We live according to calendars that are overflowing with commitments.

Thanks to technologies like email, Facebook, texting, tweeting, and voicemail, we also lead lives that are constantly in contact.  I actually like being in touch in these various ways, but I do get frustrated when trying to figure out how much is enough.

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Joanna Adams: Red Boots

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

 

Recently, I learned of the impending closing of two shelters/transition centers in Atlanta: Jefferson Place which serves men and Springdale Place which offers support and housing for women and children. Both have been run by Fulton County, and the County has decided it cannot fund them any longer. I am concerned about the people who depend on these two facilities for survival, as well as for all the dedicated employees at those facilities who will lose their livelihoods.

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March 01, 2014

Joanna Adams: What's on the Menu Today?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Meanness is hard to avoid out there in the world – sometimes within the circles of personal and family relationships.
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January 25, 2014

Joanna Adams: Preach It, Johnny

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Georgia legislature is considering broadening the state’s concealed weapons rule so that under various circumstances, guns would be allowed in bars, houses of worship, and on college and university campuses. Not a good idea.
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September 26, 2013

Joanna Adams: YOLO

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Today’s texting and tweeting world is experiencing an unprecedented, and rapidly spreading, epidemic of acronyms. One of the most frequently used is LOL, which can mean either “lots of love” or “little old lady,” depending on the context. For the record, I am too tall and too young-spirited to fit into the latter category.
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August 27, 2013

Joanna Adams: In Kindness We Trust

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

I hope most Americans still trust in God, but I am concerned that many of us are losing faith in one another and in the institutions that have long provided the underpinnings of our society.
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July 26, 2013

Joanna Adams: Tenderness

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Welcome, royal baby! I know that British royalty is really old school, but let’s face it: the July 22nd arrival of Kate and William’s first born has reawakened tenderness in the hearts of millions of people around the world.
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June 26, 2013

Joanna Adams: Say It's Not So, Paula Deen

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

I have never met her, but I have always liked Paula Deen. For one thing, she is Southern to the core, and I am too.
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June 01, 2013

Joanna Adams: With This Ring...

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

How about a shout-out for the month of June? Named for the Roman goddess of marriage, June has been the go-to month for weddings since ancient times.
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May 09, 2013

Joanna Adams: For Men Only?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

At present, at least half of American Protestant denominations do allow for the ordination of women, but that has been the case for a relatively short period of history. When I was a young girl, a vocational path toward ministry was not in the realm of possibility, and hey, I am not that old!
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April 10, 2013

Joanna Adams: School Days

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

I believe that public schools are the most important institutions in America. If they are broken, let’s fix them, but let us never allow cynicism or negativity to carry the day.
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March 12, 2013

Dr. Joanna Adams: What About the Bandits?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

One of the familiar stories of the Christian tradition has to do with a man who was beaten within an inch of his life. The poor fellow had been traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho when he “fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him for dead.” (Luke 10)
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January 07, 2013

Dr. Joanna Adams: The Blame Game

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Last week’s round of acrimonious decision-making in Washington sent me back to the Bible in search of a more elevated view of human nature. In the beginning, I found little comfort.
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December 06, 2012

Joanna Adams: Beat the Clock

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Unless you have been vacationing on a desert island in a faraway ocean, you are probably feeling a bit of time pressure yourself this December. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, December 25th is coming upon us at break neck speed. We have fewer than three weeks to shop, wrap, bake, decorate, entertain, assemble bicycles, address cards, hang the mistletoe, sit on Santa’s lap, and stuff the turkey. Time will have its way.
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November 17, 2012

Dr. Joanna Adams: Behave Yourself

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

I am not in favor of sending out morality squads to scrutinize leaders with regard to their personal conduct, but I do believe that any time people in positions of power and authority decide that they are in a separate category from everyone else, bad stuff can happen.
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October 02, 2012

Joanna Adams: A Voice from the Grave

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

Is it too late to step back and think about the ethical attributes we want in our next President? On the eve of the first debate between President Obama and Governor Romney, I have been pondering the qualities of character I want in the leader of our nation. Here are my top five
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September 25, 2012

Joanna Adams: Going to Extremes

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

I am convinced that extremism in the name of religion is the most destructive force in the world today. We have seen its negative, even deadly effects as waves of protest and violence have washed across the Middle East in recent days.
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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams - Day1 Prayer Breakfast

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams speaks to our prayer breakfast crowd about the challenges, and forward looking excitement, of embracing change.
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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams discusses a wide array of issues facing the Church and her own life. The two discuss the future of the Church, women in the priesthood and the changing world of worship in today's world.
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The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace and discusses some of the major changes in her life as a retired pastor, being a "loved Atlantan," the things that bring her joy, and the emergent Church.
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January 10, 2010

God Believes in You

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

As the church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, the Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams reflects on our own baptism, and how it shapes and empowers us to serve in the world.
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January 03, 2010

Should There Be a Clock in the Sanctuary?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams launches the new year with a thought-provoking look at the times and seasons of life, and the many changes that confront us.
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Day 1 Podcast Extra- Adams

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

In this podcast extra, the Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams, pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, shares her personal insights and experiences.

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July 01, 2007

The Predicament of Freedom

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams reminds us that by the will of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, freedom and responsibility belong together in our lives and in the life of our faith communities.

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February 19, 2006

Why Can't We Pull Up the Weeds?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams is pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. In her sermon "Why Can't We Pull Up the Weeds?" she takes a look at Jesus' parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13:

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February 12, 2006

Clarity About Your Calling

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams, pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA, examines the story of Moses' call in Exodus 3 and offers some "Clarity About Your Calling."

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March 20, 2005

A Beautiful Mind

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams is pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA.

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June 14, 1998

As Through a Glass, Darkly

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May 31, 1998

Can We Talk?

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)

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May 10, 1998

Treasure in Clay Jars

The Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams (PCUSA)