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East Lansing Interfaith Community Meets to Show Support for Muslim Neighbors

Monday, February 15, 2016

Last Friday, members of the East Lansing Clergy Association, an interfaith organization, met at The Islamic Center of East Lansing to show support for and solidarity with their Muslim neighbors.

The clergy presented a Resolution entitled “A Resolution Affirming the Shared Values and Intentions of the Interfaith Community of East Lansing, MI” to Imam Sohail Chaudhry of the Islamic Center. The Resolution, which was drafted by Reverend Margie Osborn of Eastminister Presbyterian Church, and signed by members of the East Lansing Clergy Association, states the following:

ELi on Earth: Winter Solstice

Monday, December 21, 2015

Image of the Newgrange passageway on the winter solstice, courtesy World Heritage Ireland

Winter solstice comes to East Lansing this year at 11:49 p.m. tonight, Monday, December 21. At that time, the earth’s tilt away from the sun (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) will be at its maximum. From that moment until the summer solstice in June, the Northern Hemisphere will tilt more and more toward the sun.

Rally to Condemn Hate Speech Draws Large Crowd

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Rally to Condemn Hate Speech took place last night, and the turnout was loud and large. The median on Grand River Avenue off of Abbot Road was filled to the brim with protestors uniting to condemn the statements made by those who refuse to accept refugees into the United States.

MSU Students Celebrate Hanukkah with fellow Spartans

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which began on the evening of December 6th and goes through the evening of December 14th this year. Hanukkah usually coincides with the busy time of the end of the fall semester, making it difficult for students to celebrate with their families.

Ingham County Expecting Hundreds of Refugees - Here's How to Help

Friday, December 4, 2015

For Judi Harris and her staff at St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services, supporting refugees in the greater Lansing area isn’t about politics. “This is a labor of love” she says. “This is serving our faith. This is feeding our souls.”

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Focuses on Unity and Gratitude

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The East Lansing Area Clergy Association will be hosting their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at The Peoples Church of East Lansing Monday, November 23, 2015, at 7:00PM with a reception to follow after the service.

Council Capsule: August 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Image: East Lansing paramedic/firefighter Matt Sterling who last night received the Paramedic of the Year Award.

Present: All members of Council were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, Ruth Beier, and Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: June 23, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Image: Project proposed for the corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues.

Listen to Council: You can listen to an audiotape of this week’s City Council meeting for yourself by clicking here, going down to the section on “City Council Work Sessions,” and clicking on “audio” for the meeting of June 23, 2015. Because this was called a “work session” and not a regular meeting, it was not live-broadcast nor was it videotaped.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Eva Mozes Kor

This Tuesday, June 9th, Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor and author of Surviving the Angel of Death and Echoes from Auschwitz, will be giving a talk at Shaarey Zedek synagogue in East Lansing.

Eva is widely known for her efforts to educate the world about The Holocaust and her advocacy for forgiveness as a healing method. She has been featured in the documentary “Forgiving Dr. Mengele," and in the more recent CNN production “Voices of Auschwitz.”

Caf Theology: Food, Faith and Philosophy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caf Theology participants from left to right: From Left: Rachel Rick (Student Leader), Tolu Odebunmi, Jenna Whitney and
Anthony Therrien-DeLine

Cafeteria, or “Caf” Theology offers a unique opportunity for college-aged adults and students to gather and talk about faith among their peers, and to build community over food. The weekly gatherings of students in Akers Dining Hall on Michigan State University’s campus and at Lansing Community College attract both believers and skeptics interested in exploring issues of spirituality, morality, and life.

ASK ELi: Managing Hannah's Use

Friday, February 13, 2015

Image: Hannah Community Center, courtesy City of East Lansing

This week, an ELi reader asked us to investigate the usage of the Hannah Community Center. Our reader was particularly interested in the question of whether City-run programs are given adequate priority over external groups that use Hannah. (Hannah is getting busy enough that space is sometimes tight, including in the parking lot.)

Unitarian-Universalist Church Likely to Move from East Lansing

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pending the successful resolution of several approvals and other legal matters, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing (UUCGL) will move to a new space in South Lansing in early 2016. Assuming that likely outcome, the church—which moved to its current facility (a former fraternity house) at 855 Grove Street across from the East Lansing Public Library in 1971—will relocate to the former Capital Area Academy building at 5509 S. Pennsylvania once all renovations are completed in approximately twelve months.

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