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Carthage College to host gay military chaplain Nov. 9-11

Carthage College will welcome high-ranking military chaplain Col. Karis Graham-Oliphant to campus for a series of public events Nov. 9-11.

At 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Campbell Student Union auditorium, Graham-Oliphant will give a talk titled, “Why Fit In, When You’re Meant To Stand Out?”

The union is located at the south end of the Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha.

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Graham-Oliphant serves in the Air Force Reserve as an individual mobilization augmentee to the chief, personnel, budget and readiness office of the chief of chaplains at the Pentagon.

Previously, Graham-Oliphant served as part of the honor guard as a chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery and chaplain for the 501st Combat Support Wing in the United Kingdom. She completed a doctorate in psychology and used her mental health training at camps in Iraq for several years. She is also a career civil servant with the U.S. Agency for International Development, in its Middle East Bureau.

Besides sessions with student groups, two other public events are scheduled during her visit.

She’ll participate in a talk-back session after a performance of “Afghanistan/Wisconsin: A Carthage Verbatim Theatre Project” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Her thoughts and personal trials are portrayed in the play written by Carthage student Laurel McKenzie. Admission is free, but a $15 donation to veterans’ service organizations is suggested.

In a talk during the Nov. 10 campus chapel service, she’ll share how she experiences God’s goodness and how faith brought her through difficult experiences. The service is held at 11:40 a.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

Carthage College hosts 3rd annual Diversity Summit

Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, is hosting its third annual Diversity Summit, with a series of activities and speakers focusing on the theme of religious tolerance.

The events are free to attend and open to the public. 

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, March 3, Charles Camosy discussing “Can Religion Contribute to Civil Discourse in an Era of Polarization?” at 7 p.m. at A. F. Siebert Chapel.Camosy teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University in New York. He attempts to dial down polarization and to fruitfully engage difficult issues like abortion, euthanasia, treatment of animals and health care distribution.

Thursday, March 5, Serve2Unite: Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis, at 7 p.m. at Campbell Student Union. Two men from vastly different backgrounds work together to promote peace through the organization Serve2Unite. Arno Michaelis was a founding member of what became the largest racist skinhead organization in the world and the lead singer of a hate-metal band. His love for his daughter and the forgiveness shown by those he once hated helped him to change and write “My Life After Hate.” Pardeep Kaleka is the oldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin when he was killed Aug. 5, 2012. A teacher and former Milwaukee police officer in the inner city, Pardeep Kaleka is no stranger to the battle against racism, bigotry, and ignorance.

Tuesday, March 17, Rachel Greenblatt discussing “To Tell Their Children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague,” at 6 p.m. at Niemann Media Theater (Hedberg Library). Greenblatt is an external residential fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and a lecturer in Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School.

Wednesday, March 18, Rabbi Irwin Kula discussing “Beyond Tolerance: The Indeterminacy of Truth and the Too Muchness of Our Identities” at 7 p.m. at Todd Wehr Center Room 128C. Kula uses Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life and relationships. He consulted with government officials in Rwanda, helped build cultural and interfaith bridges in Qatar, and met with leaders as diverse as the Dalai Lama and Queen Noor to discuss compassionate leadership. Across the United States, he works with religious, business, and community leaders to promote leadership development and institutional change. He co-wrote “Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.”

Carthage is a four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, the campus has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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Carthage College students protest anti-gay speaker

Students at Carthage College staged a rally Feb. 19 to protest the appearance of a speaker who condemns homosexuality as in conflict with “God’s design.”

The action, unusual for the liberal arts college in Kenosha, was organized after students learned that Shannon Marion was scheduled to address a conference of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. A student researched Marion and learned of anti-gay comments he’d made in the past, said Stephen Schreiber, who helped organize the response.

Schreiber said the discovery about Marion’s stance sparked a grassroots movement that coalesced in about 10 days. A dozen students formed a group called “Unity” and met with college officials and conference leaders to create a framework that would allow “both sides of the issue to be heard … in an equal and fair manner,” according to a Unity release.

The strategy included the rally, which drew about 65 students, as well as circulating a petition “in support of our message of accepting everyone,” Schreiber said.

The petition was signed by 460 students.

In addition, Unity was given a classroom near the conference, where students could drop in Feb. 20 to hear a message of pro-inclusion.

“I don’t know if any minds were changed, but I can definitely say that a lot of people walked out of that classroom with a better understanding of where everyone stood on the issue,” Schreiber said.

Unity’s organizers are considering turning their ad-hoc group into a permanent organization.

“I’m a senior, and in my three and half years here, we’ve never had this kind of vocal, grassroots action on campus,” Schreiber said. “That’s why it’s possible that this will continue.”

Carthage is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which welcomes LGBT members and permits ordination of gay ministers.