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By JOY IBSEN
February 2018 Highlights
February rolled in, not like the March lion, but like a leaping leopard with a roaring reminder that we share this one world.
We begin with a Lenten message from Linda Rozumalski who is pastor at West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck, WI. Linda reminds us of the symbol of ashes –– we are part of the earth. “Normal” does not exist.
Lee Molgaard, from Ames, IA, treasurer of the Danish Interest Conference, has become our quintessential jet setter. Disturbed by derogatory remarks about Africa from our president, Lee writes with a recommended dose of humility, ”How We See the World,” and the importance of Africa to all of us. In many important instances, African countries are doing better than the United States.
Lois Lund and her daughter Erika Garcia who attended the 2018 Womens’ March, inspire us. Lois writes about their experience within a historical framework. Erika took the photographs. Let’s keep marching!
Inspired by the similarities between what is happening with immigration in the United States now and how it relates to the past, Karen Wells, a returning writer to Church and Life. Karen is from Traverse City, MI.
Karri Brady, treats us to a sparkling essay about the meaning of “Lomme Penge” (pocket money) and family relationships. Karri is from Washington, D.C. where she works for the Smithsonian. She is the daughter of Mark and Lori Nussle.
From the past “In his Own Words” we have a moving story of faith by Alfred Sorensen who was pastor in several Danish churches including Seattle, Chicago and the “old people’s home” in Des Moines.
“My Faith — Your Faith.” From Denmark, Hanna Broadbridge writes about a troublesome world issue and what will help us respect and honor religions which are different from our own. Thank you, Hanna!
From his Rear View Mirror, Dick Juhl shares “profound thoughts” about profound thoughts.
To top off all this, we have a welcome announcement by Margie Bornhoft from the Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, MN. A new “Accessible Housing Building” has been approved for the Danebod campus! We will have a Spring groundbreaking!
What a start to the year! ji
Save the Dates
The Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series, February
23-25. Bethania Lutheran Church, Solvang, CA: “Unbelievable God?” Speakers will be John D. Caputo who works in the area of radical theology and Brandon Scott, a noted Paul scholar. See www.FMLectures.org or call 805688-4367.
The Danish Lutheran Church & Cultural Center, Yorba Linda, CA. Thursday February 22nd, 7 pm. Short Reflection Service followed by delicious Danish Dinner prepared by chef Max, $15.
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PHOTO ON THE COVER
Lee Molgaard’s leopard photo is from the Ngorongoro Crater reserve in Tanzania.
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