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Highlights, November 2017 Issue
Thanks to all of you! Readers of Church and Life—your on-going support and commitment is encouraging and heartwarming! Continuation of subscriptions, your financial support, and the generous contributions of writers and photographers make this possible!
Our Thanksgiving issue begins with Darrell Jodock’s lecture on the causes of polarization in our society and what we can do about it. What better way to celebrate the legacy of the Reformation than for us to “reform today’s world” by doing what we can to foster equality, to really “see” all people in God’s image, and realize our mutual interconnectedness?
Thank you, Rita Juhl for sharing your thoughts on your fantastic run as church organist for 65 years (!) You are truly a minister of music. What a feat you have accomplished! Your gift of music, enjoyed by so many people for so many years, is greatly appreciated!
Congratulations to all who helped make the 2017 DAHS Conference on Danish American fusion a spectacular success last month! Included in this issue is a capsulized description of the event by Michael Schelde, with thanks to photos by David Hendee. A special thanks to the blue ribbon planning committee of Lynette Rasmussen, Julie Allen and Linda Steffensen for a superb job.
A sample presentation from the conference by our correspondent in Denmark, Hanna Broadbridge, “Far Higher Mountains” is included in this issue. The Invocation Hanna gave at the DAHS Conference banquet is also included.
We continue with Louise Spencer’s thesis about education for social change introducing Brazillian activist-educator Paulo Freire, who combines thought with action, “conscientization.”
During the last few months this country and countries in the Caribbean have experienced a number of catastrophic natural disasters causing distress, destruction and death. The most recent disasters were the huge wild fires in California. An article from my daughter- in- law, Christine Arylo, describes their experience in Glen Ellen CA.
As we look ahead, we pause to take a look in Dick Juhl’s “Rear View Mirror,” at early lessons we had that help us with our daily living now! With thanks for the past in preparing us for both the present—and the future! ji
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FYI --A Note from the Editor
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The photo on the cover is a famous “stock photo” of the first Thanksgiving. See “Post Script” for further information and commentary. Ji
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