Notes From The Balcony

Progressive Reflections on Post-Modern Living in a Multifaith Age

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Notes From the Balcony was created in 2004 by John Montgomery as a personal blog  to share biblical and theological reflections on faithful living in a post-modern, interfaith world. This site seeks to provide helpful resources for progressive individuals and congregations seeking to make a difference in this world. In the words of Reinhold Niebuhr, We Take the Bible Seriously, But Not Literally. One need not “check one’s intelligence” to participate in conversations on this site.

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About John

Presently, John helps raise money for hunger causes in North Georgia.

He and his late wife (Judy Sparks Montgomery) moved with their sons. Tim and Matt to the Atlanta area in 1990. Before her death, Judy served as a mission executive with  the General Board of Global Ministries. In their early years as a family, John and Judy worked as staff of the Ecumenical Institute: Chicago and participated as members of the associated covenant community for 15 years. As part of the global faculty, John and Judy have lived and taught throughout the world including Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

John is a seminary trained lay person. He holds graduate degrees from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and Chicago Theological Seminary.

Matt is a sculptor and presently works as a recruiter of LaGrange College, where he earned two degrees. Timothy is a trained chef, presently living and working in the Tallahassee area.

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