A Conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor and Plemon El-Amin

WHAT: Join Barbara Brown Taylor and Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, as they discuss aspects of her newest book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. Book signing follows.

WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 2019. Registration and book sale at 6:30 PM. Program at 7:00 PM 

WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in Child Hall)

 The event is free and open to the public. Please CLICK HERE to Register.

The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.

Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey begun in Leaving Church of finding out what the world looks like after taking off her clergy collar. In Holy Envy, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students' eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.

Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present. Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is. 

Throughout Holy Envy, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions--even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God--a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.

An Evening with Asha Gomez

WHAT: Join celebrated chef Asha Gomez, author of My Two Souths, as she shares her story, conducts a cooking demonstration, and serves up delightful food that reflects the blending of her two southern cultures.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:00 PM. When purchasing your ticket, choose between a chicken or vegetarian dinner.

WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

COST: $15 per person. When purchasing your ticket, choose either the chicken or vegetarian dinner. Last day to purchase tickets is Friday, May 3.

CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket(s). Last day to purchase tickets is Friday, May 3. Event is Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 PM.

 Bio for Chef, Entrepreneur, & Global Poverty Fighter Asha Gomez

Asha Gomez is the author of the cookbook “My Two Souths” with Running Press (Perseus Books), which launched in 2016. My Two Souths has received rave reviews from the Washington Post, Garden and Gun, and The New York Times, to name a few. My Two Souths was nominated as a finalist for a James Beard Award in the American Cooking category and won the prestigious Piglet Award for best cookbook. In addition, the cookbook was a finalist in Gourmand's World Cookbook Awards. In 2017, Asha was featured in a profile piece in the New York Times named “A chef's quest in India,” chronicling an incredible trip to Kerala, India. She is most passionate about her advocacy and policy work in reducing global food insecurity as a global chef ambassador for CARE, as well as her work with the United Nations and the James Beard Foundation. Throughout her career, Asha has used food as a platform to connect people across countries and cultures, and has seen firsthand how food and nutrition can enhance the lives of those facing poverty. Her engaging demeanor and remarkable ability to translate wonkish research into compelling personal narratives makes her a highly sought after speaker, panelist, and moderator, including most recently her involvement with the United Nations' Global Nutrition Summit, which was held in partnership with a number of international stakeholders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Most recently, she is featured in Chef David Chang's web series “Ugly Delicious,” currently streaming on Netflix.
Asha Gomez launched Cardamom Hill Restaurant in January 2012 in Atlanta. Cardamom Hill was named one of Bon Appetit’s 2012’s 50 Best New Restaurants, was on the 2013 James Beard Semi-Finalist List of 20 Best New Restaurants, and one of Southern Living’s 5 Best Restaurants in the South. Asha was also named as one of the 2013/2014 Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef – People’s Choice" semi-finalists. She has also been showcased in feature stories in the Wall Street Journal, Conde-Nast Traveler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and numerous other national publications, and her recipes have appeared in issues of Food & Wine, Bon Appetite, Country Living, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and numerous other publications.

Asha Gomez founded and runs The Third Space, a culinary studio and multi-functional event space in Atlanta, GA, where she regularly hosts intimate dinners for guests and focuses on corporate team building through food experiences. She is also working on here second cookbook featuring global cuisine.

Here favorite endeavor is raising her 13 year-old son Ethan to be a world changer.