Tuesday Open House

Please check back for updates, as well as recordings of past presentations that you can view if you were unable to tune-in at the posted time. 

Mission: Tuesday Open House is the pastor’s initiative outreach ministry to expand knowledge of persons with Norwegian interests and/or background about Mindekirken and Norwegian culture via five areas of interest. Areas are:  Norwegian literature, historic/contemporary Norwegian life, music, theology/faith/life, and art.

The program provides an opportunity for fellowship, a time for devotions, and a time to share happenings at Mindekirken with the participants.  Participants are welcome from all over to meet with persons interested in Norwegian and/or Scandinavian culture and heritage. 

Tuesday Open House is an outreach ministry.  Each program is opened with announcements and a brief devotion read by a volunteer.  

Tuesday, December 14, 2021  11:00 a.m. (doors open by 10:30 a.m.)
$8 donation at the door, includes waffle and coffee on site, and a pint of housemade soup to take home.

Presenter: Arna Rennan, of Duluth, Minn.

Christmas Folk Music from Norway



In-Person Program and also on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84500354796?pwd=Q3ZQSEpMUEdGaURtRnVYL0dYNERDdz09 Meeting ID: 845 0035 4796     Passcode: 871511

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 

Presenters: Max Stevenson (Norway House) and Heather Vick (Concordia Language Villages)


The Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit at Norway House


 Nov. 30   Presenter: Pr. Jorunn Raddum, from Arendal, Norway


Advent Traditions in Norway, including the
Santa Lucia Pageant


Join Pr. Raddum in singing the songs and lighting the advent candles, as she presents a Norwegian way of preparing for Christmas time.

Pastor Jorunn Raddum is the administrative leader (prost) of 13 pastors and also serves as a parish pastor in Trefoldighetskirken - Trinity church - in Arendal, Norway. She lived in the Midwest for several years since she came as a student to Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, and later, at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul. MN. She has helped out at Mindekirken while spending some study time back in Minnesota.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021  

Presenter: Eric Dregni, author

Topic: For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son's Search for Norwegian Happiness

Tuesday, November 16, 2021  

Presenter: Doug Ohman, photographer

Topic: Name that Town


Tuesday, November 9, 2021  
Presenter: Pr. Gunnar Kristiansen

Topic: Sámi History and Traditions
Sámi culture in the Northern part of Europe and Russia goes back several thousand years, and this presentation will reflect on that.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021  

Presenter:  Gracia Grindal

Topic: A Walk Through Mindekirken’s History.
Come take a walk through our history through the eyes of painter and past member Kari Fosse and her paintings in the 2022 Mindekirken Centennial Calendar.

Leif Eriksson International Festival (LEIF) Tuesday Open House

Tuesday, October 12, 2021   

Indigenous Peoples Day—Sámi focus

Presenter: Pr. Rolf Steffensen, in Norway

Topic: Shamanism and Christian Faith
Pastor Rolf Steffensen has worked for many years for reconciliation between the Sámi groups and the rest of the Norwegian population. He is now pastor for the Lule Sámi group in Northern Norway. He spoke by video from Norway about his realization that the relationship between Shamanism and Christian faith can be quite close.

Tuesday, October 5      (no video is available -- visit www.norwayhouse.org for information on the Sylvsmidja exhibit)

The Leif Eriksson International Festival (LEIF) and Norway House collaborate with Tuesday Open House for this event

Presenter:   Norway House

Topic: Sylvsmidja (pronounced “sool smia) is the largest producer of silver for the Norwegian National costume — the bunad.  It was founded in 19sølje40 and has 65 employees.  In addition to bunad silver, they also produce a jewelry line that is rooted in the Norwegian traditions and nature.  The exhibit at Norway House features their Bunad Silver, the history of the bunad and the history of Sylvsmidja. 

This program is offered in cooperation with the Gallery at Norway House. A VIDEO PRESENTATION RELATED TO THE EXHIBIT AT NORWAY HOUSE
To make an appointment for an in-person visit to view the exhibit at Norway House, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tuesday, September 28 

Presenter: Dr. Lawrence Moe

Topic: Every Care That Love or Skill Could Suggest . .  Pandemic in 1918


In previous talks at Mindekirken, Dr. Moe has told the stories of noteworthy Norwegian-Americans.  This year he will tell another kind of story, about a virtually unknown branch of his own family that was already reeling from tragedy (a suicide) when the 1918 pandemic struck.  It is a story deeply woven into the Midwestern Norwegian-American experience, and strikingly resonant today.

Dr. Lawrence Moe was educated at the University of Minnesota:  PhD (medieval literature and language, supporting program in Scandinavian studies).  Over a 40-year academic career, he taught at the U of MN and at Metropolitan State U.  He also served as department chair, academic affairs coordinator, graduate program director, faculty union president, and associate dean.  Upon his retirement in 2020, he was named Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Moe remains active as a researcher, writer, and speaker.  His interests include poetry, cultural history, and Norwegian-American studies.




Tuesday September, 21  Speaker: Rev. Philip Blom


Topic: “Good News in the midst of Bad News in the News.”

Pr. Blom will focus on his work with "Water to Thrive" in Africa

In his 40 years of ordained ministry, Phil has served a rural four-point Lutheran/Presbyterian parish amongst several other calls. Phil also served as a military chaplain in the USAF Reserves; teaching Core Values for Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
              Phil has earned the nickname:  “Disaster Pastor.” Personally enduring the floods of ’97 in Grand Forks; after 9/11 called to serve as the Crisis Action Team Chaplain at the Pentagon, Washington DC; after Hurricane Katrina serving the Gulf Coast recovery effort; followed by other disasters: i.e. Duluth Flood 2012; tornado, New London WI  2013, Colorado flood 2013, tornado, Washington IL, 2013, and more.

Blom’s motivation and inspiration came from 3 John 2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and you may have good health just as it is well with your soul.” Instead of retired (which means “tired twice”) Phil prefers to say “ReInspired!" (Inspired for what comes next).  Pr. Blom consults with congregations and synods for renewal, vision and mission.    

Tuesday, September 14


Speaker:  Pr. Erling Pettersen, retired Bishop of Stavanger
Topic:  The Church of Norway’s response and involvement in follow up after the attack on the government center in Oslo and shooting massacre of July 22, 2011 at the Youth camp at Utøya.     Pr. Petterson spoke over Zoom from Norway




Tues., June 22, 2021  David Jones: The Picture of David JonesUnited States Flag: Origins, Evolution and Symbolism 

The United States Flag is an important, perhaps, the most important, symbol of our identity and national pride. The history of the Flag reflects the history of our Nation itself. Join us to hear that story.

Historical presenter
David Jones is a resident of Minneapolis and a native of St. Peter, MN. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and spent 24 years in the financial services industry and three years in the nonprofit sector. David Jones has spoken at Tuesday Open House twice before, on the topics of Prohibition, and the Statue of Liberty.




Tuesday June 8, 2021  Lin Bruce -- View recorded presentation here:

Octogenarian, cross-country cyclist, and motivational speaker Lin Bruce shares her late-blooming, against-the-odds, cross-country cyclist story.  At 60 years old she went from cycling across town to cycling across the continent.  In the decades since, she's biked 30,000 trip miles.  Her presentation combines storytelling with an occasional song to entertain and inspire her audiences. 

 Lin Bruce is a late blooming cross-country bicyclist, whose first transcontinental ride was in honor of her 60th birthday in 1999.  Using stories of her bicycle adventures as a metaphor for "reaching bigger" in one's life, Lin encourages people of any age to reach beyond perceived limitations, "stretching for ways to bring more life to your days".  When Lin went from biking across town to biking across the country, she shifted the scope of her dreams, discovering "the next adventure" expands one's sense of possibility. With stories and an occasional song, Lin encourages her audiences to keep "engaging while aging".

Tuesday May 11  Virtual Piano Concert from Sara Aimeé Smiseth in Oslo, Norway
View recorded presentation here:

Sara A Smiseth

Tuesday  April 27  "The Wider Influence of Hans Nielsen Hauge"
by Mark Granquist, Professor at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota
View recorded presentation here:


Certainly Hans Nielsen Hauge had an important influence on religious life in Norway in the early nineteenth century. His preaching and revivals were as influential as they were also deeply controversial.  But very consciously, Hauge did not form a new church, and urged his followers not to do so.  He also did not travel outside of Norway very often, and his contacts with Christians in other countries were limited. Hauge’s writings were important in Norway, but less so elsewhere.  But it can be argued that Hauge had a large influence in Christianity around the world, especially through the work of those whom he inspired.  This session looks at the influence of Hauge beyond Norway, and see how his disciples brought his religious principles to the wider world.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021   Visit with some of Mindekirken's Former Pastors

The program on April 13 at 11 am is very special appearance of 8 of the former Mindekirken pastors who are now in Norway, together with Pastor Anne Brit Aasland in Minnesota. We will hear a little from them all. Participating: Harry Cleven, Bjørn Sørensen, Gunnar Kristiansen, Ole Amund Gillebo, Jens Dale, Per Inge Vik, Kristin Sundt, Jorunn Raddum. These pastors have been invited to talk about different topics, ca. 5 minutes each. They may talk about themselves and their families, about the Church they are in now, about their time in Mindekirken and one will even mention TOH! Velkommen!  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Rev. Trond Bakkevig, will talk about: “Can Religion Contribute to Peace in the Holy Land - and in the wider Middle East? And, Can Norway Have a Role in such Efforts?”

Bakkevig is a retired (“rural”) dean of Vestre Aker, Diocese of Oslo, in the Church of Norway. He has his Doctorate from the University of Oslo on theology and nuclear arms. Since 1996 he facilitated dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. Trond Bakkevig lives in Oslo with his wife Inger Anne Naterstad.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - OboeBass! presents "Norwegian Music and Folktales"

Norway has a living folk tradition of music and stories that permeates the culture and continues
to influence new art works. We will share stories and play some traditional folk tunes and national songs, including music of Grieg, Nordråk, and some current composers influenced by Norwegian music and folktales. We will provide song lyrics and encourage participants to sing along exuberantly from the privacy of their own homes!

OboeBass! is Carrie Vecchione, oboe, and Rolf Erdahl, double bass. They last appeared on the Mindekirken TOH series Feb. 5, 2019 in a program about the life and music of Edvard Grieg. Rolf Erdahl was awarded Fulbright and American/Scandinavian Foundation grants for research in Bergen, Norway that culminated in his Peabody Conservatory Doctoral Dissertation on the string music of Grieg. While in Norway, Rolf also played bass with the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Harmonien. Harmonien is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, and Grieg conducted it for two seasons.

Please download the handout to sing-a-long: Norway Folktales Handout

 Tuesday, January 12, 2021- Lori Reinhall
Lori Ann Reinhall, Editor-in-chief  of “The Norwegian American” weekly paper will present:“The Norwegian American newspaper: Connecting with your Community” 


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