Stanley L. Olsen
Stanley L. Olsen

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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Fall 2012

Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012
From: "Janet Blank-Libra" <blanklib@augie.edu>
To: "Everyone Everyone" <Everyone@augie.edu>
Subject: Chair of Moral Values Reading Group for Staff, Faculty, Administration

Dear Community,

I am writing to invite you to join a reading and discussion group this fall. Participants will read a chapter from The Heart of Higher Education, a book many of us read last year, as well as two articles that explore what it means to bring the full range of our human capacities to the work of inquiry and the building of relationships. (Please note that all three are attached to this email.)

The philosopher Martin Buber said that all real living is meeting. We are going to dialog--to listen to our own and each other's experiences--about times and ways teachers and classrooms have been transformative in our lives.

Please consider meeting with members of the community--staff, faculty,administration--this fall on the following four Tuesdays at 10 in a room TBA: September25, October 16, November 6, November27.

Truly,

Janet

Reading - as pdf files

The Heart of Higher Education - A Call To Renewal

The Moral Contours of Empathy

Can Politics Practice Compassion

P.S. If you're planning to join the group, I'd like to know. That said,
all are welcome--always. ---- Janet

E-mail address for Janet Blank-Libra: blanklib@augie.edu


From: Janet Blank-Libra <janet.blank-libra@augie.edu>
Subject: Reminder: Convocation on Thursday at 10 in Chapel
To: everyone@augie.edu

Special Convocation on Thursday, November 15, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Reconciliation

Should a public school with Jewish students close for a Jewish holiday, as they sometimes do for a Christian one? How should we respond when citizens try to stop the construction of a Muslim mosque? Can people of different faiths worship together? What are the rights of religious minority citizens in our democracy? The Rev. Dr. Marcia Sietstra, a Research Affiliate with Harvard University's Pluralism Project, will talk about questions like these on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Reconciliation. Americans are learning to respond to new tensions in civic life resulting from increased religious diversity. Sietstra writes case studies about real-life opportunities and dilemmas that challenge us to become problem-solvers. One of her case studies involves an Omaha organization that is building a multi-faith campus with a Jewish synagogue, a Christian church, a Muslim mosque, and an Interfaith Center--all on adjacent land.

- - - - - - - Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Chair of Moral Values

Rev Dr Marcia Moret Sietstra


Spring 2013

From: Janet Blank-Libra
Subject: Chair of Moral Values Activities
Date: 25 March 2013
To: everyone@augie.edu

Dear All,

Please consider coming to any or all of the following activities this spring:

April 10(W) and 12(F), 2-2:50, Room TBA:
Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra will work with students on a case study from Harvard's Pluralism Project. If you wish to come, either to participate or to see how the Pluralism Project works, please let me know. I will choose a classroom accordingly. I've pasted below biographical information about Rev. Dr. Sietstra and the work she is doing.

Studying interfaith dialogue through the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha: A Case Study by Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra

On April 12, 2013, the Augustana community was invited to participate in a session led by the Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra, a Clergy Research Affiliate for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. Sietstra led participants in a discussion about a case study on the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. For further information, please read the attached documents or visit http://trifaith.org/ .

Until four years ago, Marcia was a pastor in Sioux Falls, most recently at Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, where she served for 11 years. She had served previously in United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregations. Marcia earned her B.A. at Augustana College, a Master's of Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts.

Marcia's interest in writing case studies about dilemmas that occur as a result of increased religious diversity in American communities has led to work she is doing with and for Harvard's Pluralism Project, which began its work in 1991. On its website it notes that it is "through an expanding network of affiliates [that it] document[s] the contours of our multi-religious society, explore[s] new forms of interfaith engagement, [and] stud[ies] the impact of religious diversity in civic life." Marcia is one of those affiliates.

Marcia's work with the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has led to the Pluralism Project's publishing one of her case studies on the initiative and to Dr. Diana Eck's teaching two of her cases about the initiative at Harvard in fall 2012.

Tri-Faith Discussion Questions A

Tri-Faith Discussion Questions B

Handout Resources

TriFaith Invitation 1.A

TriFaith Invitation 1.B



April 18(Th), 10 a.m., Back Alley:
Inocente -- This film tells the story of a 15-year-old homeless girl in San Diego whose life is transformed by painting at ARTS--an acronym for "a reason to survive." The ARTS center in San Diego serves 800 homeless children a week. This year's Oscar for short documentary, the film is a compelling portrayal of both the crisis of homelessness and the power of creativity. The showing is sponsored by the Art Department, the Chapel, the Sioux Falls Homeless Coalition, and CMV.

April 24(W), 7 p.m., Chapel:
Q and A with Randell Beck, publisher of the Argus Leader: Journalism in a Digital World. Randell will respond to questions about the world of journalism in this time of tremendous change -- the ethics, the demands, the excitement, the perils.

April 25(Th), 10 a.m., Chapel:
A Panel Discussion: The Importance of Empathy from Diverse Perspectives. Participants include Olivia Lima, associate professor of psychology, Janet Philipp, chair of nursing, and Paul Rohde, campus pastor.

Olivia Lima Empathy Essay

Janet Philipp Empathy Essay

Paul Rohde Empathy Essay

May 16 (Th), Chapel:
Chair of Moral Values Lecture -- This fall, the Poynter Foundation published an article I wrote that points toward what I'll talk about in this final CMV lecture--and more specifically toward a model I've created. Here's the link:
Poynter Foundation - JBL paper

Everything wanted to gravitate to April. It will be, I am hoping, a kinder, warmer sort of month.

Truly,
Janet

Biographical Information on Marcia Sietstra:

Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra is a Clergy Research Affiliate for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. Until four years ago, she was a pastor here in Sioux Falls, most recently at Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, where she served for 11 years. She had served previously in United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregations. Marcia earned her B.A. right here at Augustana College, a Master's of Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Marcia's interest in writing case studies about dilemmas that occur as a result of increased religious diversity in American communities has led to work she is doing with and for Harvard's Pluralism Project, which began its work in 1991. On its website it notes that it is "through an expanding network of affiliates [that it] document[s] the contours of our multi-religious society, explore[s] new forms of interfaith engagement, [and] stud[ies] the impact of religious diversity in civic life." Marcia is one of those affiliates. Marcia's work with the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has led to the Pluralism Project's publishing one of her case studies on the initiative and to Dr. Diana Eck's teaching two of her cases about the initiative at Harvard this semester.


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