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June 2, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – A recent article in The Daily Telegram, newspaper of Adrian, Michigan, recounts the story of Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, and her commitment to creating 1,000 paintings of origami cranes. Drawing from the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 cranes for peace or health, Sister Barbara took on the task of painting the cranes to raise funds for the ministry of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq to thousands of Christians and other minorities who were in refugee camps in northern Iraq. They had been driven out of their homes on the Nineveh Plains in Iraq by ISIS. Read the full article by News Editor David Panian.
May 31, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Members of the Lenawee County community engaged in a deep, personal discussion of white privilege and racism, thanks to a special May 16 program sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the City of Adrian Human Relations Commission, the Lenawee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Southeastern Michigan Migrant Resource Council. After listening to the panel discussion on the topic, participants shared their own experiences and understanding of racism and white privilege among others in small groups. Read the Daily Telegram article, written by Spencer Durham.