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Highlights, October 2017 Issue
Five centuries is a long time — 500 years since Martin Luther objected to the injustices of the Church and in the process brought about many needed social changes. While researchers see his posting of his 95 theses as a scholarly objection to church practices, his action had many unintended consequences, which we now celebrate. Salvation is not for sale in Churches; the common language is used in most services instead of Latin; the Bible has hundreds of translations and interpretations; women have gained considerable rights—just to name a few gains. However, the ramifications of economic and social injustice throughout our world are ever more staggering and very discouraging. Hopefully, Luther’s commitment to justice and the individual conscience can inspire us to move forward toward deeper freedoms.
We continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the folk school building in Tyler, MN with an article by Janet Jensen, describing highlights of the 2017 Danebod Folk Meeting. Janet serves both on the board of the Danish Interest Conference and the Danebod Folk Meeting committee.
Lutheran Pastor, Rev. Darrell Jodock’s presented two important “take-aways” from the Reformation at the Danebod folk meeting, first in his morning devotions — how we can seek freedom from the messages our society sends us—and secondly in his lecture on overcoming polarization, a critical issue today. One of the teaching theologians of the ELCA, Jodock has served as a pastor, a college professor, and a seminary professor.
We continue with Michael Schelde’s article on Scandinavian Creation Theology (SCT) in which he describes Grundtvig as the mediator of Luther. Schelde contrasts the two men regarding their views of humanity and the relationship of humanity to the divine as well as notes similarities between them. Fascinating!
Finally, as we look ahead, we can take a nostalgic look in Dick Juhl’s “Rear View Mirror,” at the very first automobiles we owned, something neither Luther nor Grundtvig had the opportunity to do! In many ways we are fortunate to live in this technological machine age, crazy as it sometimes seems.
Note: From Louise Spencer’s thesis on “The Folk School,” the article on Brazillian educator for social change, Paulo Freire, will appear in the November issue of Church and Life.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 5-7, the 40th Anniversary Conference, Danish American Heritage Society “Danish American Fusion—a blending of cultures,” Schaumberg, IL. For information and to register: danishheritage.org/2017-conference.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Please send your articles, memories, stories, photographs by November 1 for the special Christmas 2017 issue! The 2017 November issue of Church and Life has a deadline of October 20. Send articles and stories, sermons, essays, obituaries, photos, “Dates to Remember,” “In their Own Words,” and special features to the editor. Poetry should be sent to the poetry editor.
The Quotation on the Cover
“From the beginning of my Reformation I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of His Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God’s Word, I know that I am walking in His way and that I shall not fall into any error or delusion.” Martin Luther
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