For the futures file? Another look at ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ in light of new circumstances

d r a f t LTK Seems like the tectonic plates are shifting again, in my life and in the world at large … In ways that may give a new context for my study of the church-planting stage of Swedish-American immigration and the foundation of the Augustana Synod in 1860. First, some trends of … Continue reading For the futures file? Another look at ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ in light of new circumstances

19th-century Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Applying a Japanese discernment concept to a historical research project

With an awkward footnote preserving a middle-of-the-night scratch outline on how to further revise my ALPLM paper ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Acculturation in Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860.’ A useful discernment or decision-making technique I learned in a class for Dominican lay associate candidates — it’s called ikigai, and I wish I’d known about it when … Continue reading 19th-century Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Applying a Japanese discernment concept to a historical research project

Scratch outlines (Jan. 25 – ) ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’

Working title?: Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Church, State and Lutheran Theology Community in Swedish Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860 Link HERE for earlier (Oct. 23-Jan. 24) outlines and notes. *** Scratch outline for discussion chapter [March 20] Andersonville – Ebenezer and Immanuel on North Side – Augustana in Andover (2017 service, capsule history of Aug., orphanage … Continue reading Scratch outlines (Jan. 25 – ) ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’

Misc. notes & quotes: ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ (high-trust society)

Maddy Savage and Benoît Derrier, “Why the Swedes love doing something that Americans hate,” BBC Reel , Jan. 6, 2021 https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09312qg/why-the-swedes-love-doing-something-that-americans-hate. In a BBC video (at 4:55) on why Swedes are OK with paying taxes, “… in general, there’s a high level of trust in Swedish society, so we trust that the public sector will do, … Continue reading Misc. notes & quotes: ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ (high-trust society)

Scratch outline — ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ (pinned here for easy reference, other posts below)

Rough notes and outlines for a research project … Working title?: “Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Acculturation Inclusion and Community in Swedish Immigrant Churches, 1848-1861″ — or — “Luther’s Dear Angels in Swede Town: Acculturation in Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860-1861″ … potentially expanding the presentation I gave at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in … Continue reading Scratch outline — ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ (pinned here for easy reference, other posts below)

Debriefing ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ — notes and a copy of the script for my Oct. 7 ALPLM presentation on acculturation and creolization

Some ideas and observations that came to me presenting my paper, “Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Acculturation in Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s annual Conference on Illinois History. Plus a couple of pictures — including a very nice picture below of a very bored-looking cat — and a couple … Continue reading Debriefing ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ — notes and a copy of the script for my Oct. 7 ALPLM presentation on acculturation and creolization

Augustana Synod outtakes — cut during final edit, paper for ALPLM on ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’

CUT FROM CONCLUSION: In quite a different context, folklorist James Leary suggests the multi-ethnic dance bands of the 1940s and 1950s in the upper Midwest created a “creolized, regional repertoire” out of Norwegian, Swedish, German, Slavic and “Scandihoovian” musical licks. “Here,” he proclaims, “reside North Coast creoles.” I am sure that L.P. Esbjörn, Paul Andersen … Continue reading Augustana Synod outtakes — cut during final edit, paper for ALPLM on ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’

‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

D R A F T Working title: Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Church, State and Community in Swedish Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860 Link here for earlier outlines and notes HERE for Oct. 23-Jan. 24 HERE for Jan. 25-April 7 ** INSERT A (Dec. 17, 2021): ** Scratch outline, from notes I jotted down at 3:57 a.m. during a midnight snack, … Continue reading ‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

Swedes in Chicago: A mise en scène in 1848 and a potential tie-in (?) with Glissant?

d r a f t For the futures file as I rework my paper “Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden” — File under Édouard Glissant. I think his metaphor(s) for creolization may tie in with what I want to say here — the argument I want to make for cultural and religious diversity — if it’s … Continue reading Swedes in Chicago: A mise en scène in 1848 and a potential tie-in (?) with Glissant?

A trail of breadcrumbs in Roger Williams’ garden — short takes on theological hair-splitting, mix-and-match spirituality and an ongoing research project

Short takes on a general theme that didn’t start to jell until I’d been thinking about it for the better part of a month. It’s still not completely jelled — can we think of it as a Jell-O fruit salad? — but I think it may be what I’ve been looking for to reinvigorate my … Continue reading A trail of breadcrumbs in Roger Williams’ garden — short takes on theological hair-splitting, mix-and-match spirituality and an ongoing research project