MEN’S GROUP – Reflections on the Lutheran Heritage of California Lutheran University: Part II ·
Led by Dr. A. Joseph Everson
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room
German Lutherans came to Pennsylvania and later to Missouri, Ohio and the Midwest. Norwegians came to New York and then by the hundreds to the Midwest: Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. Swedes also came to Minnesota and neighboring states. Finns came to upper Michigan and Danes came to Nebraska and Kansas. Many from other ethnic backgrounds also found homes in Lutheran congregations.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, many had also come to California and founded California Lutheran College as a joint project to have a Lutheran school in southern California. From the beginning, it was an ecumenical Lutheran project.
The history of these ethnic groups coming together was not easy, both because of theological and ethnic differences. And there was the deep question of what language God spoke or could hear, Norwegian, Swedish, German or something else!
In this Saturday morning session, we will reflect on some of the conflicts that people of faith faced, both large and small. Some of the issues may seem trivial today; other questions may still divide us. Come prepared to reflect on your own heritage as a member of a Lutheran congregation.
Men and women are welcome to come!