Musik Ekklesia in concert in Zionsville & Fort Wayne, September 13 & 14

Musik Ekklesia  performed selections from their recent release on the Sono Luminus label - The Vanishing Nordic Chorale - plus excerpts from the recently discovered "Gloria in excelsis Deo" by Georg Friedrich Handel, in conjunction with a lecture by Rev. Jan Bygstad about the current state of the Christian Church in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, especially in light of the atrocities committed by Anders Breivik in Norway, entitled "Violence in the name of religion... can there be Peace?"


The first lecture and concert was held in the Kramer Chapel on the campus of Concordia Theological Semionary, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, with the second event held the following evening at Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zionsville, Indiana.  These two events were sponsored by Advent, along with the generous support of the Indiana District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.


Rev. Bygstad is an ordained minister with a congregation in Bergen, Norway that belongs to The Evangelical Lutheran Church (Det Evangelisk-Lutherske Kirkesamfunn or DELK).  DELK is the oldest free Lutheran church body in Norway, having been founded in 1872.  Rev. Bygstad is also a well-known author and speaker, specializing in Old Testament and Reformation-era Studies, and is a past President of the Northern European Luther Academy.  He was formerly a pastor with the state church of Norway, and served as chaplain of the Bergen Cathedral (Domkirken).


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