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Smudges, Dust, Earth – and God’s Transformational Love
By Pastor Linda Rozumalski
The Folk School: Education for Social Change
By Louise Spencer
Highlights, March-April 2017 Issue
The 2017 Easter season is almost here!
Pastor Linda Rozumalski, of West Denmark Lutheran Church, provides us with thoughts about our Lenten journey from the dust of our creation and the earth to which we return — to the Easter experience of God’s transformational love.
Fiddlers awake! In West Denmark this June the Harald Haugaard’s Fiddle School, a great success last year, will again be held. Even if you don’t play fiddle, you will want to read about it!
Janet Jensen from St. Peter, MN provides us with an excellent summary of The Farstrup-Mortensen lectures held in Solvang this year. The lectures focused on Martin Luther, the Reformation and its consequences, leading to provocative questions about what it means to us now, what is the future of the church and how do we respond in the world around us?
We begin this Easter season with a new series of articles, The Folk School: Education for Social Change, by Louise Spencer from Goshen, NY. The articles are from Louise’s thesis written in partial fulfillment for her MS degree in Education. Louise grew up in Cordova, NE. She taught Nursery school, Head Start and Kindergarten, where she tried to empower children, helping them relate to others and their world and find joy in living! Some readers may remember her sisters, Mildred and Norma Due.
Hanna Broadbridge’s fascinating article describes hugely successful performances at the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen called Højskolesangbogen (High School Song Book) in which Danish survivors of a catastrophic epidemic gather. To motivate themselves and rebuild their lives, they look to the high school songbook. Might it be possible for us to have a Broadway musical featuring The World of Song on a similar theme? Hanna also provides English lyrics to Grundtvig’s popular song, “A Welcome to our Greenleaf Grove” with lyrics by Erik Grips.
Finally, we have two articles which cause us to reflect on the past—“In their Own Words” consists of a letter from Mildred Farstrup (Ejnar Farstrup’s mother) describing how she met her husband in 1901. We also have a description by Marianne Knudsen, about the recent 100th birthday anniversary of her mother, Ellen Knudsen, whose husband Halvdan Knudsen was pastor in the Danish Lutheran Church in Los Angeles 1947-54. Ellen now lives in Fredericia, Denmark.
Dates to Remember
August 16-20, 2017 — this year’s Danebod Folk School Meeting in Tyler, MN, will include the a celebration of the 100-year-old Folk School brick building! Nine thought-provoking and informative lectures will be presented and include the following varied subjects: theater in rural MN, the Federal Reserve 9th District, the Reformation, hip and knee pain, families in the 21st century, and a presentation from the new director of the Museum of Danish America. Registration materials will be available in the early spring. For additional information contact Danebod Lutheran Church, 507-247-3000.
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