Georgia Great-Grandfather Earns 8th College Degree
It’s fair to say that Hurl Taylor loves to learn.
The 77-year-old Ellenwood great-grandfather and prominent attorney on Monday earned his eighth degree, this time a Master of Religion in Public Life from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
The program is not for someone interested in ordination, but rather someone who wants to be more effective in their work or volunteer lives.
“I’m really excited because I think sometimes, senior citizens kind of pine away,” said Taylor, who still practices law. “They don’t do a lot. Going back to school, for me, keeps the old mind very active and I like academics.”
After graduation, Taylor, who shows no sign of slowing down, plans to go to Germany for three weeks with other Candler students and faculty members as part of a study trip to examine the place of contemporary religion in Germany ahead of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The group will meet with Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders and will also engage issues around the religious response to the refugee crisis.