Friday, October 17, 2014

Concerned Clergy invite public to Benediction at Eagle Mine entrance Oct.18

Poster courtesy Concerned Clergy of Marquette.

MARQUETTE -- Interfaith "Concerned Clergy of Marquette" encourages everyone to participate this Saturday, Oct. 18, in events about sulfide mining operations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday the public is invited to a Liturgy of Loss and Hope Benediction: Prayers at the front gate of Eagle Mine on County Road Triple A in Michigamme/Powell Townships. Meet at 11 a.m. at Big Bay Outfitters in Big Bay and a guide-car will lead you to the site.

This is a communal opportunity for reflection and meditation on the commencement of mining activity on the Yellow Dog Plains.

Participants / speakers will include the following:
Kathleen Heideman, poet
Michael Waite, songwriter-musician
Rochelle Dale, Jan Zender and Cynthia Pryor, Yellow Dog Watershed residents
Nancy Railey, classical pianist
Guests from Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Tesshin Paul Lehmberg, Soto Zen Buddhist priest
Jon Magnuson, Lutheran ELCA pastor
and other leaders from the region’s faith communities. 

Two organizers spoke with ABC 10 WBUP - CW 5 WBKP, noting residents who live near the mine no longer enjoy a quiet, clean and peaceful existence..

It's a chance to balance the equation, Marquette Lutheran Pastor, the Rev. John Magnuson of Marquette, executive director of the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, told ABC10 in a recent interview.*

"'There has been a lot attention about the economic development and the revenue the new (Eagle) mine is bringing in Powell Township,'" Magnuson said in the interview. "'But there's not been an equal amount of attention given to the grief and the loss of what's happened to the people that live near this new mine and to the wetlands and the forests and the wildlife."'

"Benediction means looking backward and forward," said Soto Zen Buddhist Rev. Tesshin Paul Lehmberg in the ABC10 interview.

At 7 p.m. Saturday  evening, a candlelight service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette.

* Click here for the ABC 10 interview.

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