Pulpit and Plow: Perspectives on the Rural Lutheran Church and Family Farm in Southwest Minnesota

Held on Thursday, November 1, 2001 and Friday, November 2, 2001 at Shalom Hill Farm near Windom, Minnesota, this conference hosted Lutheran pastors, farmers and community leaders working together to define their identities and challenges.

Jan Louwagie from the Center for Rural and Regional Center at Southwest Minnesota State University was one of the featured speakers. Her presentation, "Agriculture and Rural Life, a Study in Transitions" focused on the closing of small rural churches and the need to preserve the history of these institutions. She has completed an oral history project focusing on rural Renville County with a similar focus. As coordinator of the Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center at Southwest State University, she archives manuscripts and documents essential to preserving the history of rural institutions, including churches.

Other speakers included: Paul G. Nielson, former rural and regional fellow at Southwest Minnesota State University; Rev. Mark Yackel-Juleen; George Nielson, Ph.D.; Stephanie Johnson, Ph.D.; and Christine Olson, Ph.D. Conference organizers plan to publish the proceedings of the conference in the near future.

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Last updated: March 21, 2006