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Decorah native Rebecka Green wins 'Tolerance Means Dialogues' essay contest

Posted: Thu, May 3, 2018 10:20 AM

Decorah resident and Luther College junior Rebecka Green is one of four winners of a scholarship essay contest through the organization "Tolerance Means Dialogues."

Green is the daughter of Todd and Tabita Green of Decorah. She's a 2015 graduate of Decorah High School. She will graduate from Luther in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and religion.

Her essay, titled "Seeking Intentional Pluralism," states that tolerance should be something that should be the first, bare minimum step on the path to creating a society that is intentionally pluralist. "Tolerance should go beyond 'allowing' people to exist; it should be encouraging people to exist, helping them to exist, and being in solidarity with their existence. Tolerance means intertwining with pluralism," said Green.

Green was one of the students who took part in a panel titled "Religious Liberty or Unjust Discrimination? How Students Can Make a Difference in Culture Wars" at host institution Loras College in Dubuque last week.