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Holy Comforter Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Our Vicar

Mike Tanner, a native of Mississippi, became a presbyter (priest) in the Episcopal Church after 30 years of studying and practicing law. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from the School of Theology, University of the South-Sewanee. His doctoral project is a qualitative and theological exploration of mental illness and the church, entitled Mental Illness & Belonging: A Pastor's Inquiry.  (For an electronic copy, send him a request by email).  He also holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and studied at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia.  He received clinical pastoral education at St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, and served Holy Comforter as seminarian and deacon for three years before becoming Vicar in 2006. His wife, Cozette, is from Kokomo, Indiana. They have five children and three dogs.  Fr. Mike welcomes appointments with parishioners, inquirers, and others.  The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it.  Call him at the church office (404-627-6510)  or send an email to

 From our Vicar:



Easter Early?

Abram's Long Lent

"Converse High"

God at the Margins

Eucharisticly Blessed!

Remember that you are baptized!

Birthing God Again

God the Partisan

Beginning with Our End

Live What You Hope!

The Great Wait

Jeremiad or Jubilation?


Unquenchable Fire

Waiting on God

God in the Room

The Fire That Consumes 

Bent toward forgiveness

Stewardship in the Land of Baal

Elijah, Violence, & Other Religions

Ugliness, Beauty, & the Trinity

The Macedonian Call




Called to Welcome People with Mental Illness


Commentary on Violence and Mental Illness



King Saul & the Stigma of Madness

No Blame, No Shame, No Wrath - Julian on Sin 

Scripture in the Book of Common Prayer


"Both Read the Same Bible" - Scripture & Culture

The Church as a Safe Place for Reconciliation 


O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

O living Spirit, O falling of God-dew,
    O Grace which dost console us and renew,
        O vital light, O breath of angelhood,
            O generous ministration of things good,
                Creator of the visible, and best
                     Upholder of the great unmanifest
                        Power infinitely wise, new boon sublime
                            Of science and of art, constraining might,
                                In whom I breathe, live, speak, rejoice, and write, --
                                    Be with us in all places, for all time!  
(Manuel Philes, 14th Century, tr. E.B. Browning)

                                                        Earth's crammed with heaven,
                                                        And every common bush afire with God:
                                                        But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
                                                        The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries ....   (
E.B. Browning)

                                         The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (G.M. Hopkins)

                        Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.  (The Seraphs, Isaiah 6)

For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing:

it also depends on what sort of person you are. 

(C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, ch. 10)



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