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REV. DONNA MELCHER

JOHN PRUITT

Donna is an ordained minister with the Center for Sacred Studies whose mission is to sustain ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all living beings.  Her special interests are the environment, racial justice and personal acceptance/growth.    In Donna’s 30 years as a Unitarian Universalist, she’s served in many leadership positions, including many Sundays in the pulpit.  Her topics range broadly and alchemize deep thought, inner transformation and unique action.

Donna is active in her community. In 2021, Donna helped organize a project to put a solar roof and state of the art battery system on ante-bellum  Mimosa Hall, the “Oldest Net Zero Home” in Georgia and the Nation.  For a year before COVID, she co-led the Roswell chapter of Coming to the Table for brave racial discussions.

From 2014-2018, she was part of a multicultural team creating four free Unity Concerts with contemporary Native artists and their international allies in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  In prayer, the Elders gathered to find good ways to speak for their sacred lands.  

Donna retired in 2014 after almost 30 years from International Business Machines (IBM) as a Global Executive Project Manager. During this time, she lived and worked in India and Australia.  She did many large global projects for Fortune 100 companies, including applications for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 

She loves to hear the rushing water from her balcony overlooking Vickery Creek as it winds to the Chattahoochee.  Now, she fills her day in Roswell, Georgia and beyond with dancing, kayaking, exploring, watching birds, playing bridge, reading, swimming, having adventures, doing yoga, staying healthy and having fun with family and friends. Collaborating with John Pruitt on Harmony and Hope Ministries as been one of the greatest joys of her life.

John is a life-long musician who make melodies and sings for the joy of it.  He plays acoustic guitar at various restaurants and stores near his home in Roswell, Georgia and is now turning his focus to worship music. 


His musical journey began as the number one fan of Granddaddy Pruitt, an accomplished guitarist and singer who occasionally provided worship music at his church.  Young Johnny loved to use any surface as his drum.  When he asked for a drum set, his mother suggested that he play guitar instead, just like his granddaddy. The lesser of evils maybe?


John found Unitarian Universalism in 2018, and regrets that it took so long to find his spiritual home.  He is active in his local UU church, singing in the choir, and occasionally providing music for worship services, just like Granddaddy Pruitt.  


John retired in 2018 after a 40-year career in information technology.  The high point of this career was replacing BellSouth’s antiquated 9-1-1 emergency response system with a more reliable modern system, an assignment that was a unique blend of vocation and public service.

 
John loves to spend time in nature.  Whether it be kayaking, hiking, forest bathing, photographing birds, or watching the shadows rise in the east as the sun sets in the west, he finds endless joy outdoors.  
John also enjoys travel, dancing, gardening, crafting videos, teaching Bridge, and working to stay fit.  He loves to play guitar, writing new arrangements for familiar songs, finding new ways to express himself, including finally learning to play drums.  John is thrilled to be collaborating with Donna Melcher on Harmony and Hope Ministries, an exciting opportunity to explore the blending of spirituality and music in new and creative ways.  

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