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June 1, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Award-winning author, poet, essayist, and educator Rabbi Rami Shapiro will hold speaking engagements at the Congregation Sons of Abraham Saturday, June 13 and at Viterbo University Sunday, June 14.

Rabbi Shapiro will present “Seeking Wisdom: Recovering the Divine She in Scripture” at 7:30 p.m. June 13 at the Congregation Sons of Abraham at 1820 Main Street in La Crosse. He will also present “Following the Way of the Prophet” as the first Earl Madary Memorial Lecture in Justice and Peace at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14 in room 127 of the Viterbo D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology.

Rabbi Shapiro teaches religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University and directs One River, a not-for-profit educational foundation devoted to building community through contemplative conversation. He also writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine entitled “Roadside Assistance on Your Spiritual Journey.” He also spent 20 years as a congregational rabbi. His recent books include Recovery, the Sacred Art, The Angelic Way, The Divine Feminine, and Open Secrets.

Both events are free and open to the public. The Earl Madary Memorial Lecture in Justice and Peace was created in honor of the Viterbo religious studies faculty member who died from cancer in 2007. Madary was a beloved advocate for the poor and disenfranchised who was committed to peace and justice issues. He was a founding member of Place of Grace, a Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, and was very active in the community. He touched the lives of thousands of students, colleagues, and community members.

The Earl Madary Memorial Lecture in Justice and Peace, which will be an annual event, is sponsored by the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University.

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