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Library talk to explore tenets of Baha’i Faith

8/1/2014, 6:19 a.m.

Dr. Gregory Watson and Atieno Samandari will speak on the Baha’i Faith at a “One City, Many Faiths” program on Aug. 9 at the Clarkston Library.

The presentation on the tenets of the Baha’i Faith begins at 11 a.m.

It is the second in the library’s series exploring the many faiths found in the Clarkston community that will run through the rest of the year.

The series, sponsored by the Clarkston Library and the Clarkston Interfaith Group, is open to all ages. No registration is required for the 90-minute program.

The city of Clarkston is one of the most diverse in the United States. Nearly 32 percent of its population is foreign-born, and 60 different languages are spoken within its boundaries. Its residents also follow many different faiths, and Clarkston Library Branch Manager Sondra Shurling said that fact led to the series.

The first program in July focused on Islam and was presented by Dr. Jamillah Karim, an author and scholar who specializes in issues of race, gender and Islam in the United States.

Shurling says the program attracted lots of attention.

“More than 50 people attended the program,” she said in a July 29 statement. “There was so much dialogue and so many questions after Dr. Karim’s presentation that the program went on another hour and a half after it was scheduled to end.”

Upcoming programs include Judaism in September, Hinduism in October, Christianity in November, and Buddhism in December.

For more information about the series, ask at the Clarkston branch or visit www.dekalblibrary.org, click “Events,” then “Browse by Event Type,” and “Faith Series.”

Also visit facebook.com/clarkston

interfaithgroup, email clarkston-interfaith-group@googlegroups.com or call 404-508-7175.

The Clarkston Library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.