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500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Oct.31, 2017

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If you ever find yourself in Chicago the second Saturday of the month,  and you have a craving for some Torsk, the solution may be a visit to the Chicago Torske Klub. - Stavanger Aftenblad - 26 May 2006

Welcome to the Chicago Torske Klub Web Site at torskeklub.org! It's good to be in Chicago on the second Saturday of the month.  We will update this monthly for current events and dinner meeting news.

November 11, 2017 - Carpetbaggers

Our speaker will be Mr. David Furholmen, who will speak about about the "Carpetbaggers", a claudenstine group of WWII special forces involved with Norwegian operations.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Presentation - October 14, 2017

We were pleased to welcome Prof. Ken Sawyer to our podium to talk about and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, which is October 31, 2017.

Mr. Sawyer teaches at McCormick Theological Seminary, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. McCormick is a Presbyterian seminary which welcomes a great variety of students from many traditions. He has been part of the McCormick community a long time, and has been rooted in and formed by the schools, libraries, and congregations of the south side. In serving a small school in response to the needs of its students, he has become a generalist historian-- teaching in each of the main periods of Western christian history: early, medieval, Reformation, early modern, and modern. He received the Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School where he studied with noted scholars Martin Marty, Jerald Brauer, and Langdon Gilkey. His dissertation centered in details of American and English Puritanism, and his teaching and research focuses upon Reformation topics, Anglo-American Reformed groups, Puritanism and New School and Old School Presbyterianism, as well as issues of gender and power in the history of Christianity. He has published articles on a range of topics, from early Christian history in Egypt, Reformation conflicts, contemporary multiculturalisms, and the uses of technology in theological education. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and frequently teaches adult education classes throughout the Chicago area. He is a veteran teacher of Sunday school for four-year-olds. He is married to Patricia Cloud, and has three adult daughters: Elisabeth, Jane, and Anna. My website is www.kennethsawyer.org    There you will find a more complete bibliography, samples of his work, and materials available for download and use in your own teaching efforts. You are most welcome to come to his classes at McCormick. His survey course: History of Christianity I: from the Apostles to the eve of the Reformations, meets on Wednesday nights this fall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 5460 S. University -- he welcomes you to come visit the south side! 

Our brief time together at the luncheon focused on the various renewal movements of the sixteenth century gathered under the title, the Reformation. We reviewed the main topics and leaders of these movements, and then turned to the religious, political, and broader intellectual contributions of these Reformations. We concluded with some Reformation answers to some contemporary social issues. You can view a few videos on Reformation themes. You will note the same story in the same century is told from some very different perspectives. Here are some options from some of his own teachers:

- a decidedly Reformed or Calvinist presentation by W. Robert Godfrey: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/a-survey-of-church-history-part-3/introduction-to-reformation/

- a decidedly Lutheran perspective by Martin E. Marty: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1694788

- a broader portrait by Mark Noll: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-noll/protestantism-today_b_1024374.html

a more detailed study of Roman Catholic mysticism in the Reformation by Bernard McGinn: https://www.amazon.com/Mysticism-Reformation-1500-1650-Presence-God/dp/0824522303/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506690990&sr=8-1&keywords=mysticism+in+the+reformation

October is Dues Month

We sent membership material for the 2018 season in October. The usual deadline is December 31, 2017, but we encourage our member to submit the $40 dues when received so we don't have to chase them. This pays for the letter, website, lefse, and a Linne Aquavit toast on your birthday. The $25 meal costs is the meal and facility only. This a good time to verify information also.

Tom Peterson - New Recording Secretary

You will notice a new face when you check into the luncheon. Tom Peterson has agreed to join the board, and serve as the Recording Secretary. Garry Grube continues on the board, but asked to step down from the secretary duties to attend to the family farm. You also notice a new response for email reservations and a new phone number for reservations

Our thanks to both Tom and Garry for their service.

Congratulations to the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen

Our boss, Lowell Olberg, announced at the May Torske Klub lunncheon that our good member, the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen (retired) has been selected to receive the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit. This award is given by the King of Norway to people outside the country who provide outstanding service in the interests of Norway. It is well deserved, given his work in the Norwegian Community, including the preservation of the 1896 Viking Ship.


Torske Klub Members - January 2017

The NEW reservation line as of Sept. 2017 is (847)886-4841   Leave a message with reservations noting name, member number and number of reservataions.
Alternately, send an email to reservations @torskeklub.com

See some photos in our picture book

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Future Events

Future events are our Saturday luncheons, every 2nd Saturday of every month that contains the letter "R", plus May.

Our program chairman announces the coming events:

  • September 9, 2017 - Traveling Salesmen
  • October 14, 2017 - Leif Ericson Day Celebration, 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by Ken Sawyer
  • November 11, 2017 - Luncheon - Carpetbaggers
  • December 9, 2017 - Christmas Celebration
  • January 13, 2018 - Luncheon- Sweater Day
  • February 10, 2018 - Ladies Day Luncheon
  • March 10, 2018 - Father, Son, Daughter Day Luncheon
  • April 14, 2018 - Luncheon
  • May 12, 2018 - Anniversary Luncheon
  • Other programs to be announced. All programs are subject to change.

Meeting dates and reservation deadlines are here.
Note to all Torske Klub Members:

By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Torske Klub will provide a single, free raffle ticket to all members who bring one or more guests to a meeting, excluding father/son and ladies day.

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