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Following the lectionary gospel readings for Lent (Year C), participants shall consider what makes the gospel of Jesus Christ scandalous, how that shapes us together as church and individually as Christians, and approaches to preaching that nurture and strengthen us for witness to this gospel.
Mr. Othman M. Atta, Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, and several of his students from the Salam School, will visit Lakeland to share their perspectives on Islam and their lives as Muslim Americans. The program will open with a presentation by Mr. Atta, but most of the evening will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience and conversation. A reception will follow the program in the Bradley lobby. The event is open to the entire Lakeland community and the general public.
Othman Atta is the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the largest Muslim organization in Wisconsin. He is also a representative of the Islamic Society on the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Othman has a law degree from Marquette University (1994) and maintains a private law practice. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Marquette University Law School. Othman earned bachelor degrees in biological sciences and international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received the 2003 Wisconsin Chapter - ACLU "Civil Libertarian of the Year Award" and in 2007 received the Wisconsin Law Journal's "Leader in the Law Award." He has taught at Cardinal Stritch University and teaches courses on Islam and Middle-East Politics for UW-Extension. He has been on the board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and is a Commissioner with the Milwaukee Commission on Police-Community Relations. He is sought after as a speaker at universities and on radio and television. He is a naturalized United States citizen of Palestinian origin.
An increasing number of Americans define themselves as "spiritual, but not religious." But what are some of the perils of this hazy statement of faith? Do organized religions really have little to offer contemporary forms of spirituality? Lillian Daniel responds by telling stories of people looking for God in the midst of everyday life, affirming that religion can be weird, wonderful - and well worth trying. While so-called spiritual life keeps people self-focused and vague, religious people have something that "spiritual" people do not: centuries of careful religious thought, ongoing meaningful debate, and, most important, a supportive community that challenges and strengthens their faith.
Lillian Daniel is senior minister of First Congregational Church, UCC, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and co-host for the television program 30 Good Minutes on WTTW in Chicago.
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