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Norwegian Unitarian Church

Unitarforbundet Bét Dávid is the denomination of Unitarian Christianity in Norway. The Unitarian Church continues the Christian tradition, which today exists in the Hungarian and Transylvanian Unitarian Church, it shares this common background with the first Unitarian Church in Norway created by Kristofer Janson in 1895, but places emphasis on practicing a common Jewish heritage, differentiating it from other denominations. The Norwegian Unitarian Church is located close to the Jewish-Unitarian Szekler-sabbatarianism and represents today one of the closest to the religious context called Judeo-Christianity. Proximity to Judaism is due to a belief that Christianity must be understood through a Jewish perspective; this is justified from the fact that Christianity was regarded as a part of Judaism prior to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in the year 70 AD. However, the Unitarian Church faith community is established in a clear liberal Christian historical tradition. In 1894, Hans Tambs Lyche established Norway's first Unitarian periodical "Free Word".

The previous year, he had made an unsuccessful attempt to establish the country's first Unitarian Church. Based on the preliminary work that Tambs Lyche did, Kristofer Janson founded the first Unitarian Church in Norway in 1895; until 1900 this church was called Broderskabets Church, but was simply referred to as the Unitarian Society. Because this antitrinitarian church community did not accept Jesus' divinity, it was refused approval by Parliament in 1897 as a Christian church. Instead, it was approved as one among the country's non-Christian dissenter societies; the Unitarian Society was in existence until 1937, when the Unitarian pastor Herman Haugerud died, leading to the closure of his congregation. Among the most famous Norwegian Unitarians outside of the Unitarian Society were Nina and Edvard Grieg. Nina Grieg, after her husband's death, helped to finance the church building for the Danish Unitarians. In Oslo, Unitarians tried to erect a church building and money was collected. In this regard, the Hungarian Unitarian Church in 1909 sent contributions to the Unitarians in Oslo, from until today, there is close contact between the Norwegian and Transylvanian Unitarian Churches.

For unknown reasons the planned church was never built. In 1995, a hundred years after the first Unitarian Church was founded, part of this denomination re-emerged as a small Unitarian group in the Oslo area. On 1 January 2004 the religious community known as the Unitarian Union was founded, establishing close contact with today's Transylvanian Unitarians in Hungary and Romania. In late April 2005 the church was registered with the County of Østfold, the Royal Culture and Church Affairs granted exclusive rights to the name Unitarforbundet Beth David, which today is the church's official name; the more commonly-used name today is The Norwegian Unitarian Church. The first Norwegian baptism in a Hungarian Christian Unitarian church was performed on 12 April 2006, from the introduction of the gender neutral Marriage Act in Norway in 2009 the church began to marry both same-sex and non-same-sex couples. In May 2009, it was decided by the Norwegian Unitarian group to establish a national umbrella organization, Unitarian Umbrella Organization of Norway, whose task is to be the official liaison between Norwegian Unitarians and the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists.

Kristofer Janson, founder of the first Norwegian Unitarian Church. Herman Haugerud, last Unitarian minister of the first Norwegian Unitarian Church. Knut Heidelberg, one of the founders of the second Norwegian Unitarian Church, served as Unitarian minister 2005-2009. Kjell Morten Bråten, present Unitarian minister of the second Norwegian Unitarian Church. Unitarian Union Beth David

Vidal Fernandez

Vidal Fernandez is a retired Mexican-American soccer player who played professionally in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and Western Soccer Alliance. Fernandez was born in Mexico, but moved to Otay Mesa, San Diego, California where he entered Chula Vista High School, he was the 1977 California Interscholastic Federation Soccer Player of the Year as Chula Vista won back to back CIF championships. He is a member of the Sweetwater Union High School District Alumni Hall of Fame, he attended San Diego State University, playing on the men's soccer team from 1977 to 1979. He is a member of the SDSU Aztecs Hall of Fame, he became a U. S. citizen in 1979. In December 1979, the New York Cosmos selected Fernandez in the first round of the North American Soccer League draft, he had surgery to remove his meniscus. He remained out for the entire 1980 season and was released in August 1980, he signed as a free agent with the California Surf in 1981. The Surf folded at the end of the season and in the fall of 1981, Fernandez signed with the San Diego Sockers in time to play the NASL indoor season.

He went on to play the 1982 NASL outdoor and the 1982-1983 Major Indoor Soccer League seasons with the Sockers. In February 1983, Alkis Panagoulias selected Fernandez for Team America, an attempt to place the United States men's national soccer team into a competitive league, he turned down Team America to remain with the Sockers only to injure his right knee in May 1983. He continued to play, including five games during the 1983-1984 NASL indoor season before retiring in November 1984. In 1986, he attempted to return to soccer when he played as a defender with the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer Alliance. In April 1987, Fernandez played one game while on a ten-day contract with the Sockers. Fernandez is the head coach of the Chula Vista High School soccer teams, a position he has held since the mid-1980s. NASL/MISL stats

The Wreck of the Zephyr

The Wreck of the Zephyr is a children's book written and illustrated by the American author Chris Van Allsburg, first published by Houghton Mifflin in March 1983. As he is exploring the sea shore near a small fishing village, the author comes upon the wreck of a small wooden sailboat high on a clifftop. A weatherbeaten old man is sitting near the wreck, the author asks him how the boat came to be there, so far from the water; the old man begins to tell the story of a young boy who, years ago, was the most talented sailor in the harbor and who never missed an opportunity to prove it, performing feats that none of the grown men would dare try. One day the boy decided to go out despite the storm brewing just outside the harbor and against the warnings of an old fisherman; as he sails out of the harbor a big gust strikes the boat and he is knocked unconscious by the boom. When he wakes up he and his boat, the Zephyr, are stranded on a strange beach far above the high-water mark, he starts walking to look for help, after a long time he crests a hill to see the Zephyr being towed by two boats that are sailing through the air.

From the hilltop the boy watches the two strange boats deposit the Zephyr in the harbor. When he gets down to the harbor he is met by a fisherman, as surprised to see him as the boy was to see his Zephyr fly; the fisherman tells him that they do not get any visitors because the island is surrounded by a treacherous reef. He offers to take the boy home but the boy refuses, saying he will not leave until he learns how to sail above the waves; the kind fisherman gives the boy a special set of sails for the Zephyr and spends all day trying to teach him, but the boy fails to accomplish the task. The fisherman takes the boy back to his house where his wife has their dinner waiting. Once the fisherman and his wife are asleep, the boy sneaks back out to the Zephyr to try again; this time he is successful and the sound of the water gurgling against the hull fades and the Zephyr is flying. By the light of the full moon the boy sets a course for home; as he nears his village the moonlight strikes the steeple of the church and he has an idea - if he sails the Zephyr over the village and rings her bell, everyone will know that he is the greatest sailor there was.

Just as he is passing over the steeple the wind dies and the Zephyr starts to fall. The boy tacks and heads back for the safety of the harbor, but the Zephyr is falling too fast and they crash into the cliff; the crash destroys the Zephyr, creating the titular wreck, claims the old man, the boy broke his leg badly. "What happened to him after that?" Asks the traveler. The townspeople never believed him, the boy spent his life doing odd jobs and searching for the mysterious island, says the old man, ending the story by saying the breeze is looking just right for a sail as he limps back down toward the harbor. Though it is not explicitly stated, this hints. More information & illustrations

Germantown Lutheran Academy

Germantown Lutheran Academy was founded in 1965 and began operating a high school at the historic school campus occupied by Germantown Academy at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. John Dutton, the founding headmaster of Germantown Lutheran Academy, along with three teachers opened the school doors to thirty-four students in the fall of 1965; each year the faculty would extend invitations to students to attend the next school year based on academic merit and contributions to campus life. A number of the school's faculty were commissioned teachers from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Germantown Lutheran Academy merged with the Stevens School of Chestnut Hill to form Germantown Stevens Academy in 1973. Germantown Stevens Academy grew to over 200 students offering classes from kindergarten through grade 12 with over 30 faculty and staff serving the school. Class sizes were limited to 25 students to provide personalized development.

The Rev. Robert Brusic, a pastor of the Lutheran Church in America, became the president of Germantown Stevens Academy. Several Lutheran elementary schools throughout the Philadelphia area sent their students to GLA / GSA; the non-sectarian school offered classes in religion and held bi-weekly chapel to support students in their academic development and spiritual life. An extensive interscholastic athletic program supplemented the regular physical education program of the school. An outstanding choral and art program enhanced the school's academic experience. Germantown Lutheran Academy, March 4, 1973 “Discover Magazine”, Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Bulletin. Germantown Lutheran Academy, "Fast Facts" | Campus Tours, November 4, 1973. Germantown Stevens Academy, 1975 Yearbook

Vishal Bhardwaj (actor)

Vishal Bhardwaj is a TV actor, he started his career with Sony Entertainment Television's Itti Si Khushi, after that he did Krishnadasi, Silsila Pyaar Ka and Sasural Simar Ka. Apart from this, he did some episodic shows like Savdhaan India and SAB TV's Khidki, he is playing the role of Madhav in Star Plus' Meri Durga. International Women's Day: TV actors feel that one day for women is not enough! TV actors share their beautiful memories of the Holi festival It a wonderful experience working with Pradeep and Ravindra sir, says Vishal Bhardwaj