Presentation to focus on global water issues, Great Lakes

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 3, 2019


ROCHESTER HILLS — In honor of Earth Day, the Shalom Group at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church will welcome a special guest to talk to the public about the environment.

Dr. Marc Gaden will visit the church at 11 a.m. April 14 to present a program on global water, a class he teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is an adjunct assistant in the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Gaden — who also works for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a U.S. and Canadian agency established to safeguard and improve the Great Lakes ecosystem — plans to share his experiences with the commission and to discuss global water issues.

“What I’d like to talk about are global water issues, but also the effect of Earth Day and that mentality pretty much starting in the late 1960s on the Great Lakes region,” Gaden said.

In 1969 — the year Gaden was born — the Great Lakes reached a low point of pollution, he said.

“Everything that we’ve seen, improvement-wise — and it’s been considerable — has occurred over my lifetime. And I want to talk a little bit about the importance of stewardship and why it was at the time important to take a whole new approach to both the Great Lakes and the environment at large and what it means 50 years out today,” Gaden said.

Gaden is a graduate of Rochester High School’s Class of 1987 and a former member of Abiding Presence. Although he now lives and works in Ann Arbor, his parents remain members of the church.

The Shalom Group’s coordinator, Ginger Ketelson, said the free group is open to all in the Rochester area community who are interested in issues of peace, justice and environmental safety.

“The Shalom Group is certainly welcoming of all neighbors in the area, no matter what their religious preference is, if any. We shoot for being a very diverse community of faith and service,” said Ketelson.

The group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the church, and all of its programs are free and open to the public.

“Every month we do a different topic. We have done environmental topics in the past — everything from pollution to regional transit to things that impact people, but also impact the environment,” said Ketelson.

 Abiding Presence Lutheran Church is located at 1550 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills. For more information, call (248) 651-6550.