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Welcome, New Year 2018!
What better way to welcome the New Year than with a baby! A baby is new and vulnerable, just like the new year. A new babe represents faith and hope for the future, even when we feel trepidation for the challenges we know will occur. Perhaps we should love the New Year just as much as the mother in the cover photo loves her child!
In this New Year’s issue Hanna Broadbridge describes the marvelous success Baby Hymn-singing is having throughout Denmark where mothers (and sometimes fathers) gather in the churches to sing hymns, dance and blow bubbles with their infants. What a blessing for both babies and parents—and for Denmark!
Andres Albertsen, a new member of the Danish Interest Conference board shares the mind-stretching devotions he gave last August about the issue of God and good and evil. Similar issues will likely be discussed in February at the Farstrup Mortensen lectures in Solvang: “Unbelievable God?”
Those of you who are looking for inspiration to become more physically fit in 2018, should definitely see the article by Kip and Laura Stransky on the Danish gymnasts who performed in Durango, Colorado last October.
This month we conclude publishing the thesis Louise Spencer wrote on “The Folk School, Education for Social Change.” Thank you Louise for all we have learned from you! Louise is now 89 and lives in Goshen, NY.
We also have the concluding chapter of Chris Nelson’s “The Nelson Story,” which is Louise’s family. Louise’s grandmother, Kirstine’s 1888 letter from Vallekilde Folk School prior to immigrating to the United States is an appropriate “fini” for both the thesis and the Nelson story. As editor I would like to publish additional immigrant family photos similar to the Nelson photo with information on family descendants.
Finally, don’t miss the current relevance of Tennyson’s “A New Year’s Poem.
Save the Dates
The Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series, February 23-25. Bethania Lutheran Church, Solvang, CA: “Unbelievable God?” Is God a being, an experience, or a figment of our imagination? Distinguished 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 805-688-4367
The deadline for the February issue of Church and Life is the 25th of January. Send articles and stories, sermons, essays, obituaries, photos, “Dates to Remember,” “In their Own Words,” and special features to the editor. Poetry submissions should be sent to the poetry editor.
PHOTO ON THE COVER
The editor took the cover photo in 2013 at a Baby Hymn-singing session (Babysalmeang) at Kristrup Kirke in Randers, DK.
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