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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

UPDATED: Join nonpartisan Vigil for Democracy Nov. 1 in Houghton

This is a non-partisan Democracy event. No signs for any candidate, party, or partisan political issue permitted. Signs encouraging people to vote and reminding all that every vote must count are welcome! Meet at 5:15 p.m. (EST) Sunday, Nov. 1, in parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church, 201 Isle Royale Street, Houghton.

HOUGHTON -- A peaceful, short, nonpartisan, socially distanced "Every Vote Counts" Vigil for Democracy will be held at 5:15 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, November 1, in downtown Houghton, for those who are worried about a contested election. Come out to send the message that no matter who you vote for, each person's vote must count.

Meeting location is the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church, 201 Isle Royale Street, Houghton. Gather at 5:15 p.m. Speeches at the Courthouse begin at 5:40 p.m. Those who prefer not to walk can meet at the Courthouse. See event map here. The vigil will end around 6 p.m. after brief remarks at the Houghton County Courthouse. Your participation is requested to show our local leaders that Every Vote Counts! Come out to be in community and to kick off election week on the right note.

Wear bright, reflective clothing or reflective tape; bring a headlamp, flashlight, or LED candle. Signs related to the message of the event are encouraged. (Please, no signs about candidates or parties.) Mask wearing and social distancing of 6 feet between households will be strictly required. We encourage those who consider themselves at high risk of COVID or who live with high-risk individuals to stay home. 

UPDATE: For those who cannot join the vigil in person Sunday, light a candle at 5:15 p.m. (EST) and join a livestream of the courthouse remarks at 5:40 p.m. at this link:

You may call into the event on telephone if you are unable to connect via computer or the Zoom app:
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 870 0366 1494

More details on Facebook at:

Monday, October 26, 2020

Webinar on "Keeping Disagreement Civil" to offer community conversation Oct. 27

Keweenaw Faiths United, along with Cooperative Campus Ministries, will host the webinar "Keeping Disagreement Civil," on talking with neighbors when we disagree, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. (Logo courtesy Keweenaw Faiths United)*

HOUGHTON -- As a community we disagree on matters of public interest. Stating our opinions and listening to the opinions of others are essential practices in a healthy community. As we all know, right now there are unhealthy conflicts in communities across the country. The Copper Country has wonderful examples of our community working together for the benefit of all. In the coming weeks, how will we keep our disagreements civil? Let's start by talking with one another.

Join this online community conversation webinar at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, as local law enforcement, clergy and lay leaders start the discussion on Keeping Our Disagreements Civil.

Panelists include Sheriff Brian McLean, Houghton County Sheriff; Chief Wayne Butler, Hancock Police Department; Chief John Donnelly, Houghton Police Department; Chief Brian Cadwell, Michigan Tech University Police Department; Sergeant Matt Djerf, Michigan State Police; and leaders of local faith communities.

Use this link to join the webinar:

* To learn more about Keweenaw Faiths United, visit their Web site or their Facebook page.