Pastors and Immigrants: The Role of a Religious Elite in the by Nicholas Tavuchis

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Work toward the formation of a synod proceeded relentlessly, and finally in I853, the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was formed. It was commonly referred to as either The Synod or the Norwegian Synod. In summarizing the conditions of this early period of Norwegian immigration, Rohne writes that "On the whole, it must be said that by the middle of I843 there was a conscious or unconscious desire for services by a regularly ordained clergy. " 2 (iv) The Norwegian Synod was now established and with the exception of Eielsen's Synod, was on good terms with the Augustana Synod (another Haugean group) and the native churches.

48 ff; E. C. Nelson and E. L. Fevold, op. , 79-80. 26 GENERAL SETTING AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Hauge and the noted anti-rationalist Wexels. He could not afford to attend the university and instead attempted to combine a teaching career with lay preaching. As a result of his friendship with Wexels, he was offered the opportunity to go to Africa as a lay assistant to a Norwegian missionary. Clausen was considering this course of action when he, as had Eielsen, came under the influence to Tollef Bache.

They argued against both the inefficiency and irreligious tone they felt characterized the common school. In addition, they sincerely believed that the school was not suited to the immediate needs of the immigrants. The nationalistic tenor of their arguments was betrayed by an insistence that Norwegian families were best served by Norwegian schools at least until the age of confirmation. 4 The pastors' adamant stand on the question of elementary education received further support as a direct result of their attempt to resolve a pressing organizational dilemma.

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