“Educating Mind and Spirit through Reasoned Scholarship”
Welcome to the web home of the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series, held annually at Bethania Lutheran Church in beautiful Solvang, California. The Farstrup-Mortensen lectures are lovingly dedicated to the memory of two men, A. Ejnar Farstrup (1909-1984) and Enok Mortensen (1902-1984) whose vision and energy strongly influenced Danish-American church life. As pastors and educators, they exemplified the Grundtvigian ideal of developing one’s humanity—including the intellect—to its fullest and best extent.
The Solvang Folk School Talks
Slated for February 21-23, 2020, our new program led by Pastor Chris Brown will feature Michael Gungor and Mike McHargue, founders of the Liturgists Podcast, one of the top religious podcasts in the country. The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art. www.theliturgists.com.
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Friday Nature Walk:
Join wildlife biologist, Fred Emerson, and long-time birder, Fred Machetanz, for a pleasant natural history walk covering birds, mammals, insects, plants, ecology, and environmental conservation. To add something new to this year’s walk, we’re thinking of driving a short distance to the Santa Ynez River. Possible subjects to view are Bald Eagles, water birds (such as herons), hawks, and plants of a stream-side environment. We never know what we will see; it may be a bald eagle off-course from Lake Cachuma or a rose-breasted grossbeak from Iowa. Stay tuned for an exciting bird walk, wherever we may go! Meet at the Parish Hall at 3 p.m. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring binoculars or a camera (rain cancels).
Fred Emerson grew up in rural western New York State, A Ph.D. in wildlife biology from Cornell University Built on his biology degree from Alfred University. Interested in the interface of ecology and public health, he attended Vanderbilt Medical School (M.D.). He enjoyed a 20-year career in teaching and practice of emergency medicine. Since then he has focused on teaching birding along with the ecology, and natural history of Santa Barbara County.
Fred Machetanz has been intensely interested in birds and nature since he was five years old. He has led numerous bird walks for the Los Angeles Community College District and for interested birders in the Santa Barbara area. He was graduated from Cal Tech with a B.S. degree in mathematics and received an Ed.D. degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA.
Throughout the weekend our songleader and hospitality maven, Suzanne Hollrah, will lead the singing accompanied by our pianist, Loretta McConnell. You are invited to suggest your favorites and participate in this beloved tradition.
Bethania Lutheran Church and the Lecture Series
Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang celebrated its Centennial in 2012. Bethania strives to share the “bread of life” with its members, as well as visitors to their congregation, through worship, education and fellowship. Since its inception, the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series has endeavored to present thought-provoking educational and fellowship opportunities.