With ongoing conflicts and suffering around the world, this issue begins with a hymn conceived by my friend Howard Maple for use at world-peace prayer services.
In “Roses and People,” from a book of the same name published in 1962 by Pastor Harold Petersen, we are re- minded that flourishing happens when actions are mo- tivated by love. This goes for learning, as we see in the personal testimony of Veronica Litt in “Letter Press for What Ails You.”
Following recent articles about Ruben Strandskov as a conscientious objector during WWII, Paul Petersen com- piled correspondence from Ruben during this time and presents “Ruben’s Letters Home.”
In “Fiftieth Anniversary of Denmark in the European Union,” Rolf Buschardt Christensen gives a history of this important framework for national relationships in Eu- rope that was adopted within three decades after the war.
About a decade after the war’s end, Carlo Christensen decided to leave Denmark to settle in the United States, a journey he wrote about in “The Story of the Sailing Suit- case.” This is published here in tribute to him after his re- cent passing in Glendale, CA, at the age of ninety-five.
In “West Coast Hospitality,” the editor hopes that readers will vicariously feel the warmth and kindness that she recently experienced from various people and communities.
And finally, thank you to all of the supporters of Church and Life for your gifts and renewals.
Bridget Lois Jensen