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Highlights, September 2017 Issue
Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig!
In this issue we celebrate Grundtvig’s 234th birthday. The exciting aspect of this year’s birthday, is that Grundtvig is finally becoming better known throughout the world, due in a large part to the efforts of The Grundtvig Studies Centre at the University of Aarhus and at Vartov in Copenhagen. But perhaps even more important, the need for Grundtvigian values is critical, and with technology, Grundtvig’s contributions are now more accessible throughout the world.
To celebrate the birthday we have an article from Michael Schelde, the Director of the Grundtvig Studies Centre on Scandinavian Creation Theology (SCT) describing contributions of important recent scholars to this movement. Grundtvig’s emphasis on the first article of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth,” is basic to our tradition of valuing nature and creation.
We continue with Louise Spencer’s thesis, “The Danish Folk School,” exploring what a folk school is NOT. It lends clarity to realize what a folk school ISN’T in order to understand what it is! In addition we have two remarkable poems by Karma Larsen, the niece of Louise Spencer, including one which highlights the remarkable Nysted Folk School loved by her parents and so many others. Karma is a botanist who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
We continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Danebod Folk School in Tyler, MN with an article about this summer’s July Family Camp by Carla Mortensen, a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Minneapolis, MN.
Having recently returned from the August folk meeting I am reawakened to what a fantastic place Danebod Folk School really is! What a gift, thanks to all the beautiful people who through the years have kept the building structure strong and attractive, and programs flourishing! Danebod is home for many, perhaps for all who attend!
For those of you on Facebook, (or wannabees) Carla also has an article about the robotic profile Facebook has gleaned from her participation, not quite the same as the “real” live Carla Mortensen. One wonders –– What description would Facebook come up with to describe Grundtvig?
Inspired by the DAHS topic of fusion, Hanna Broadbridge writes about the movement of people — how people integrate, assimilate and eventually fuse into a new culture. Now, due to extreme problems, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and displaced people overwhelm the process. Can we learn to share? Can we learn to co-operate? Can we practice common responsibility? ji 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 October issue of Church and Life has a deadline of September 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
The quotation is from a personal letter written by Grundtvig. (Schools for Life, A Danish-American Experiment in Adult Education, Enok Mortensen, Danish American Heritage Society, printed by American Publishing Company, Askov, MN, p. 18.)
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