Ulrik Vilhem Koren listened to God’s call to serve the Norwegian immigrants settling on the American plains despite great personal cost.  Leaving behind a comfortable life, Koren led the fledgling Norwegian Synod through many difficulties and controversies, leaving behind a legacy that deserves to be remembered.  Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux talks about the history and background of Koren, Norwegian Lutheranism, and the challenges of the American scene.

Koren wrote “An Accounting (En Redegjoerelse)” during the Election Controversy as a way of explaining the issues at hand to the Norwegian Synod. You can find a translation of this important work here.

Photo courtesy of ELS Ottesen Museum.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest:  Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux, Professor of Religious Studies, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Episode: 38

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