January 2019 Highlights
We begin in good Danish tradition with a Grundtvig hymn, translated by Edward Broadbridge, that welcomes the new year. Then Hanna Broadbridge gives us hope for the new year, reminding us of the power of community, which we can all help build.
Bruce Yeager, a new contributor, reflects on the power of the Earth to heal. Without explicitly invoking Grundtvig, he points to the Grundtvigian principle of the need to stay close to nature. Bruce is the author of the blog Wisdom in Leaves: At the Nexus of Nature and Spirituality and Reading at wisdominleaves.blogspot.com. He is also the author of the book Wrestling Brothers: Rethinking Religion-Science Relationships.
Bridget (Mrs. A.L). Jensen has sponsored this issue so my commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Danevang, TX, Al’s hometown, is fitting. Though originally intended for the Christmas issue, my article works here, as it views Christian colonizing efforts through a perhaps challenging historical lens, which then leads into Olaf Christensen’s comparison of two men’s involvement in the ambitious undertakings of Denmark’s King Christian IV. One of these men served in the expedition led by Jens Munk to find the Northwest Passage. The Jens Munk 400th Anniversary Steering Committee has organized a Churchill Adventure to visit the expedition’s wintering site. The trip schedule describes opportunities to listen to and learn from Indigenous people and to offer oneself to the awesomeness of the natural world.
I am so appreciative of the support from former editor, Joy Ibsen, our experienced Business Manager, Wanda Clark, and the incredibly helpful and talented people at Kettle River Grafix who print and mail Church and Life. I am very relieved by the smooth transition from outgoing webmaster Don Lenef and his son David to incoming webmaster, Dakota Basten of Grand View University. Finally, I thank the board of the Danish Interest Conference for allowing me this opportunity to step into the shoes of my father’s uncle, Michael Mikkelsen, who was the third editor of Kirke og Folk.
Now let us welcome the new year and whatever comes with faith in the One who welcomes us to share in the Living Word.
Make Your Plans
The Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center.
Yorba Linda, CA - www.danishchurchsocal.com
January 27, the Frikadelle Contest and Annual General Meeting will follow the 11 a.m. Sunday worship.
February 1, Chinese Lunar New Year Tea, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., requires $25 per person prepaid reservations by January 30. Contact Gitte Olsen (714) 376-3595.
Solvang Folk School Talks, February 21-23, at Bethania Lutheran Church, Solvang, CA, will feature hosts of The Liturgists podcast, which looks at essential topics through the lenses of art, faith, and science and has helped millions start the journey to growth and recovery following spiritual estrangement. Register at www.bethanialutheran.net/education/
Churchill Adventure, Churchill, Canada, July 21-23 Registration is due by March 21. Contact Grant Chem at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Though our website address has not changed, it has a new look! Many thanks go to Dakota Basten at Grand View University for designing, updating, and maintaining our presence on the internet. The website allows you to see photos and artwork in color, lets people get a taste of what we publish, is a portal to renew subscriptions and send monetary gifts, and has a link to the editor’s email to send submissions, which are due by the 20th of the month prior to publication.
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