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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A discussion on religion and faith. Dakota County Library to host religion and faith series.

The Dakota County Library, partnering with several religious organizations and Lakeville Area Community Education, will present an informative series designed to promote dialogue and understanding of religion and faith. Each session highlights a facet of interfaith literacy and supports living together peacefully in a diverse society.
 
Tom Duke, Ph.D. will moderate the three programs. He is currently coordinator of programs for the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN), a volunteer interfaith dialogue and networking group hosted by Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. Duke is an ordained Lutheran pastor (retired) and served for 15 years as Executive Director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.
 
The programs include:
 
Our Faiths
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:30–8 p.m.
Heritage Library
20085 Heritage Drive
Lakeville
 
Gain a new understanding of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity by discussing their history, rituals, holy writings and holidays with our guest panelists. Discover and explore the similarities and unique qualities of these traditions. Audience participation is welcome.
Panelists
Satya Balroop: A full-time volunteer at the MN Hindu Milan Mandir, which she co-founded with her husband, Bharratt, in 2001 and is now recognized as a branch of Bharat Sevashram Sangha.
 
Holly Brod Farber: A director at the Jewish Community Relations Council since September 2002 and member of the Beth Jacob Synagogue.
 
Reverend Grant Abbott: A retired Episcopal priest and former director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.
 
Abdirashid M. Shire, Ph.D.:  A Somali-native American whose Muslim faith influences his busy life as an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  He has lived in several countries, including England, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. Currently on sabbatical, he and his wife are raising five children.

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