Common Ground: A United Methodist Community, in Cambridge, is hosting a series of forums featuring speakers from different faith traditions. All are welcome to attend and engage. If we understand each other a little bit better, then we can love each other a little bit better.

The church will have additional speakers on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. The speaker on Nov. 17 will be on Native American Spirituality, but the church is still finalizing the details for Nov. 24. Common Ground: A United Methodist Community, is located at 404 Cypress St. N., Cambridge.

11 a.m., Nov. 10: John Emery served nine years in the US army as a translator for the Arabic language. His service took him across the United States, North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and other locales. After his honorable discharge in late 2003, Emery returned to Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Global Studies. After many years of study Emery became Muslim in 2004. He is engaged in a variety of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in communities worldwide: he volunteers for Gemali Project in Minneapolis, volunteers at Minnesota jails, and is on the advisory board for the Global Alliance of Muslims for Equality. Emery is currently executive director of Islamic Resource Group.

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