Rev. Canon Stephen Schaitberger, co-author of the book, "Stands Before His People," will read excerpts and sign books from noon-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 602 12th Ave. E. in Alexandria.

The book tells the story of Enmegahbowh, an Ojibwe man and Episcopal priest who served in the upper Midwest in the 1800s. Enmegahbowh, whose name in English means “Stands before his people," worked for peace, opportunity, and cooperation among peoples. He led many Ojibwe to Christianity.

Schaitberger heard stories about this priest when he was a youth at church camp on Cass Lake, which is located on historic Ojibwe land, and he attributes his own call to ministry to his experiences at church camp. The book is the culmination of more than 40 years of research on Enmegahbowh. More information about the book is available online at

Books will be available for purchase. The presentation will follow a service of Holy Communion by Schaitberger at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

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