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‘Finding Our Voice’ dialogue set for Saturday in Marquette

September 10, 2012
Daily Press

MARQUETTE - "Finding Our Voice" is a dialogue with leaders and members of faith communities about health care reform, especially patient centered medical home, oral health for all, transitions through the senior years, and investing in youth and lifelong learning.

All are all invited into the process of becoming more active and educated citizens as individuals interact with elected officials, candidates and the community of people across the Upper Peninsula. This event will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 201 East Ridge Street, Marquette.

This advocacy workshop is hosted by The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, and The Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

What is it that really matters most to you and to those you love? How often do you have a chance to give witness to what really matters at home, at work, and in the political arena? "Finding Our Voice" is an invitation to explore through interactive dialogue the issues of justice and wellbeing in local communities, the State, and the Nation.

This workshop also provides an opportunity to hear from content experts, including Dr. Tom Noren, Chief Medical Officer of Marquette General Health System, who will present his vision for the U.P. as a model for the Nation.

Participants will join in conversation with other experts in their area of expertise: patient centered medical home in health care reform, oral health, transitioning with dignity and purpose through our last years and investing in our future through youth and lifelong learning from ages 3 to 20 and beyond. Among these experts are Dr. Kevin Piggott, Dr. James Hayward, Dr. Larry Skendzel and Steve Peffers. Break Out Sessions concerning all these issues will take place in facilitated groups so participants can explore not only Finding Our Voice but Finding our Next Steps in order to create pathways for specific action in the U.P.

Most of the state and national elected officials will be represented and have been invited to share how these four issues mentioned above matter to them personally and how do these issue matter in the legislative process.

Rob Collier, president of the Michigan Council of Foundations, will give a key-note address about the importance of building community through dialogue.

Changing this complex world begins at home. This workshop will help individuals find connections through shared values and alert them to needs around them and help develop the art of the possible here in the U.P.

This event is open to everyone as an invitation to be part of the conversation, exploring how to find their own voice in the public square.

For more information, or to register, call Jane Cisluycis at the Episcopal Diocesan Office in Marquette, (906) 228-7160 or email



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