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Highlights, June 2017 Issue
June is busting out all over!
Grundlovsfest, Danish Constitution Day is celebrated by many Danish-Americans as well as Danes in Denmark. In 2017 most celebrations occurred the same day as Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. In honor of the celebration we have Anne-Grethe Krogh Nielsen’s sermon about the Danish flag, Dannebrog, its history, what it signified in the past and what it means to us now.
Myles Horton is known for establishing the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. While visiting Denmark in 2013 I learned the Danish Grundtvigians are much more familiar with Myles Horton than are American Grundtvigians. We need to correct that! This story is a critical part of our own history as Danish Americans and also of our Danish Church. In Louise Spencer’s third chapter of her thesis about the Danish Folk School, we learn how Myles Horton was convinced to go to Denmark and learn how folk schools can be a way of making social changes through education. It is a remarkable story.
While attending the University of Chicago, Myles took a girl friend to an evening of folk dancing at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church where he met Enok Mortensen and Aage Moller who convinced him to go to Denmark.
A new family history begins in this issue. “The Nelson Story” was written by Chris Nelson in the 1950’s. Chris Nelson is an uncle to Louise Spencer and her sisters, Millie Due and Norma Due (who had typed the manuscript I received from her niece.) Pastor Hans (Hike) Nelson and his brother Don are also part of this wonderful Nebraska family.
Only a few weeks ago, Hanna Broadbridge was in South Africa attending the Lutheran World Federation Assembly. I am grateful for her report and especially for a copy of a meaningful and beautiful new hymn, “Liberated by God,” which was written for the event. Hope you can find a way to sing it!
The birds are back from the south! Michael Murray
from the July Family Camp has a “Mini Memoir” about
his reflections on why he prefers Baltimore Orioles to Robins.
I welcome all the birds back!
Dates to Remember
June 30-July 3 — West Denmark Family Camp, Luck, WI. For more info: http//camp.westdenmark.org; to register contact Judy Grumstrup (530-400-1029; firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 18-24 & July 9-15 –– Danebod Family Camps, Tyler MN. For information or to print registration forms, go to danebodfamilycamp.org.
June 24 –– Sct. Hans/Midsummer & DAC 50th Anniversary. Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center, Yorba Linda CA. Contact Mark Christensen: email@example.com.
July 9–12 — Children’s Danish Summer Camp, Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center, Yorba Linda CA. Contact Pastor Anne-Grethe: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 30-August 5 –– Danebod Folk Camp, Tyler, MN. For information see danebodfolkcamp.org
August 16-20, 2017 — Danebod FolkMeeting, Tyler, MN. See article this issue. For information contact Danebod Lutheran Church, 507-247-3000.
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