Magnuson gives keynote address
MARQUETTE – Jon Magnuson, M.Div., M.S.W. will be presenting the keynote address for the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library, Marquette.
His keynote address is entitled Religion and the Public Square: Faith Politics, and the First Amendment.
The talk will examine the historical roots that lie under our often troubled experience of religious tolerance and freedom in the ever-unfolding Great American Experiment.
Magnuson is a former Peace Corps volunteer and parish pastor. As a licensed psychotherapist, and university chaplain, he has taught with Native American Studies and Social Work departments at the University of Washington, Oregon State University and Northern Michigan University. He is an ordained Lutheran clergyman and has published over fifty articles on spirituality, ethics, and the environment. He currently serves as Director for The Cedar Tree Institute, a nonprofit organization in Marquette that provides services and initiates projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and environment.
Peter White Public Library has received a grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association in support of programming surrounding the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf- a collection of twenty-five books and three documentary films, a DVD of short films as well as a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. The collection will be showcased at the reception and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Margaret Boyle 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
‘The Butterfly Mosque’ discussion
MARQUETTE – A public book discussion of “The Butterfly Mosque” by G. Willow Wilson will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library, Marquette.
The Butterfly Mosque is Wilson’s memoir about growing up an atheist, middle-class female in America.
In college she studied Islam, converted, and moved to Cairo to teach English. There she fell in love with and married Omar. She writes of how the couple builds connections through art, love, hard work and compassion yet how stereotypes and cultural and political differences hinder understanding.
Together they forge a hybrid culture in a post 9/11 world. Wilson is a journalist, novelist and comic book writer.
This is part of a monthly book discussion series of five titles from the library’s Muslim Journeys/Bridging Cultures program. For more information, call 226-4309 or visit the reference desk on the 2nd floor.
‘Your Health’ lecture at NMU
MARQUETTE – The next “Your Health” lecture will be titled “Does Your Community Impact Your Health?” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Reynolds Recital Hall at Northern Michigan University, Marquette.
The lecture will be presented by Dr. Greg Holzman, associate chair of preventative medicine and medical director of the Family Medicine Network at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Holzman will explore the undeniable link between community and personal health, why access to health care doesn?t necessarily lead to a healthy population and whether more resources should be focused on prevention. In his former capacity as chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health, he advocated smoke-free legislation and sought funding for a statewide trauma system.
Potato Sausage Sale on Thursday
NEGAUNEE -A potato sausage sale will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell United Methodist Church, 207 Teal Lake Ave, Negaunee. A limited amount will be made so orders must be placed before Jan. 30. To order, call Chuck Johnson 475-4759.