September 2005 cover image: photo of Pederson family

Vol 20 No 6 September 2005

Columns

National Bishops's Turn

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Strength in Numbers

When we are faced with situations like the displacement of thousands of people in the Gaza Strip, or the seemingly inevitable release of overflow water from Devil's Lake, ND into the Red River water system—a move that will introduce who knows what variety of biota into Canadian waters—situations, in other words, in which we feel impotent, what can we do? Or, in a broader sense, what can we do to change the world we live in?

At the risk of sounding trite: one person at a time. Or better still, one family at a time. (And our family doesn't have to be blood relatives either; a small number of like-minded people can meet the definition). Sharing a set of values, a credo of beliefs, perhaps the same goal, lends a power a single person lacks.

Our September issue feature story is about one such family—a pioneering family of fervent Lutherans. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and it seemed appropriate to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pederson family's immigration to Saskatchewan as well. I think you'll enjoy the story—and the vintage photos to accompany it.

And have you ever been in a quandary about finding a suitable movie your whole family can watch together? Help is on the way—check our story about suitable family viewing. You'll get some good ideas about what to look for and where to find it.

I hope you had a good summer and that the autumn promises challenges, accomplishments, or just plain peaceful living. We'll be spending part of our autumn here at Canada Lutheran gearing up for our 20th anniversary year in 2006.

Ida Reichardt Backman Editor