March 2016: A Discussion on Religion and Faith

Dakota County Library: A discussion on Religion and Faith (Event 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 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.

Our Faiths Interacting

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
6:30-8 p.m.
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley

Learn to sensitively interact with people of other faiths. Discover historical events that have shown religion to be divisive as well as times when faith has brought people of different religions together to work for common causes.

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.
  • John W. Matthews: Senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley and an adjunct instructor of religion at Augsburg College.
  • Mariam Mohamed: A Somali-born Muslim who has lived in the U.S. since 1985.  She is a member of Governor Dayton’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and a former program officer at the McKnight Foundation. Her work focuses on early childhood, parenting and financial management programs.

Our Faiths on the Issues

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:30-8 p.m.
Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Dr., Lakeville

Join our panelists for a discussion on how their religious beliefs influence their views on current issues such as immigration, climate change, the role of women and religious extremism.

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.
  • John W. Matthews: Senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley and an adjunct instructor of religion at Augsburg College.
  • Mariam Mohamed: A Somali-born Muslim who has lived in the U.S. since 1985.  She is a member of Governor Dayton’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and a former program officer at the McKnight Foundation. Her work focuses on early childhood, parenting and financial management programs.

Attendance at all events encouraged but not required. Programs free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search religion.