German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7dGz6NH5M 'Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen' | ABAKUS Musik | Click on "CC" for English subtitles. Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen / "By gracious pow'rs so wonderfully sheltered ..." (trans. Fred Prett Green, ELW 626 (ELW has a different tune (TELOS) by Robert Buckley Farlee -- video by Resurrection Evangelical … Continue reading German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

‘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. 24HERE for Jan. 25-April 7 Overall outline: One: Introduction -- open w/ Elizabeth Eaton's story of the "generosity, hospitality and open-mindedness of the augustana tradition" at her … Continue reading ‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

17th-century Arabic coins suggest presence of pirates, slavers in colonial Rhode Island

[Also: cite to Bejean, Roberts, Barry -- case of Richard Chasmore ...] William J. Cole, "Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate," Associated Press, https://apnews.com/article/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-1600s-pirate-f5a6151b74e0dcf96de585eab451f90c Excerpts: “It’s a new history of a nearly perfect crime,” said Jim Bailey, an amateur historian and metal detectorist who found the first intact 17th-century Arabian coin in … Continue reading 17th-century Arabic coins suggest presence of pirates, slavers in colonial Rhode Island

University of Chicago study of Jan. 6 insurrection: White ‘fears of … losing out’ fueled Trump supporters’ violence

D R A F T Alan Feuer, who wrote up the study for the New York Times, from WaPo's op ed piece, observes in passing, "Other mass movements have emerged, he said, in response to large-scale cultural change." He brings an interesting perspective to his analysis. According to his bio, he "[...] covers courts and … Continue reading University of Chicago study of Jan. 6 insurrection: White ‘fears of … losing out’ fueled Trump supporters’ violence

How a trip to the eye doctor’s and the Serenity Prayer renewed my interest in Turlough O’Carolan, the blind Irish harper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xInuesYrUPA Steve Cooney's arrangement of 'Si Bheag Si Mohr' (Carolan's melody begins at 1:32). It started with a visit to the eye doctor's back in October, when the case positivity rate for Covid-19 was low enough to allow for routine medical appointments. My eye test came back with signs of the very beginnings of something … Continue reading How a trip to the eye doctor’s and the Serenity Prayer renewed my interest in Turlough O’Carolan, the blind Irish harper

‘Christ was born in Bethlehem’ — an Appalachian ballad that sums up Holy Week and the Easter season

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzmzb1ZyL6c Norm Williams, Amanda Parker and Bob Mallalieu, Maidencreek Festival, Maier's Grove, Blandon, Pa., Aug. 29, 2010 (song begins at 1:29). Our services for Holy Week are all online this year, and it's quite a different experience for someone who always sang in the choir and couldn't quite shake the feeling they were performances. I … Continue reading ‘Christ was born in Bethlehem’ — an Appalachian ballad that sums up Holy Week and the Easter season

GOP pollster on survey, focus group findings showing perception that Christians are persecuted in America

Kristen Soltis Anderson, interview by Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein Show, podcast, New York Times, March 26, 2021 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/podcasts/ezra-klein-podcast-kristen-soltis-anderson-transcript.html Excerpt: [...] But I also think that part of what you saw animate the rise of Donald Trump within the party is a real sense among many in the Republican coalition today that they are under siege. … Continue reading GOP pollster on survey, focus group findings showing perception that Christians are persecuted in America

Notes & quotes: ‘How Our Lady of Guadalupe Became Lutheran’

Luisa Feline Freier, "How Our Lady of Guadalupe Became Lutheran: Latin American Migration and Religious Change," Migraciones internacionales [Tijuana], 5, no. 2 (July-Dec. 2009) http://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1665-89062009000200006. xxx [Luisa Feline Freier is a Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from … Continue reading Notes & quotes: ‘How Our Lady of Guadalupe Became Lutheran’

New York Times op ed lit review, links to polarization studies, ‘exhausted majority’

Thomas B. Edsall, "We See the Left. We See the Right. Can Anyone See the ‘Exhausted Majority’?" New York Times, March 24, 2021 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/opinion/Democrats-Republicans-left-right-center.html. xxx Morris Fiorina, a political scientist at Stanford, argues in a series of essays and a book, “Unstable Majorities,” that it is the structure of the two-party system that prevents the center — … Continue reading New York Times op ed lit review, links to polarization studies, ‘exhausted majority’

Minnesota Lutherans — Vasa and church in north Minneapolis profiled in Star Trib

[No byline -- reads like it may have come from a press release] "Lutherans work to shed stuffy image and kick-start change," Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 3, 2017 https://www.startribune.com/lutherans-work-to-shed-stuffy-image-and-kick-start-change/432012663/. Redeemer Lutheran Church is not your typical Lutheran outpost. Summer means the bike store and coffee shop are humming, kids camp and Zumba classes are in gear, … Continue reading Minnesota Lutherans — Vasa and church in north Minneapolis profiled in Star Trib