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Grace, Faith, and
the Power of Singing

The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story

Karen A. Humphrey

The captivating biography of Alma Christina Lind Swensson will inspire every reader. Her work at Bethany College and Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kansas, demonstrated that women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provided leadership in the church, both locally and nationally.

Born in Broddarp, Sweden, Alma Christina Lind journeyed to America with her father, mother, and brother, where they settled in Illinois. Though Alma, as the oldest daughter, should have been expected to help her mother with chores around the house, Alma was instead allowed to nurture her budding musical talents, which led to her position as organist at the 900-member Swedish Lutheran Church when she was just twelve years old.

Marrying Carl Aaron Swensson in 1880 took her to Lindsborg Kansas, where Carl and Alma would leave their lasting marks. Carl had been called to be pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church and upon arrival in Lindsborg Alma was appointed church organist. They were instrumental in establishing Bethany College in the small prairie town. Carl became the president of the college as well as pastor of the large congregation, and Alma would establish the well-known, annual Messiah Festival and in their home, co-founded a national women’s organization

This account of Alma Christina Lind Swensson portrays a woman who was strong and sure of herself and her mission. She brought a community together through her musical talents and gracious hospitality, and showed the world how a little town had the ability to put itself on the map.

Karen A. Humphrey grew up at the crossroads community of Norseland where she became enamored with history at the age of eight. She lived in Minnesota all her life until her husband, the Rev. Charles W. Humphrey, was called to be pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kansas. While in Lindsborg, Karen was appointed Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Bethany College. She is currently on the staff of the Minnesota Historical Society where she also served as President from 1996-1998. She is vice-president of the Norwegian American Historical Association and on the board of VocalEssence. The Humphreys live in Saint Paul.

Grace, Faith, and <br>the Power of SingingGrace, Faith, and <br>the Power of Singing

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ISBN: 1-932688-72-2
128 Pages
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Lutheran University Press
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