Danish Americans are Americans who have ancestral roots originated or from Denmark. There are 1,500,000 Americans of Danish origin or descent; the first Dane known to have arrived in North America was The Reverend Rasmus Jensen, a priest of the Church of Denmark. Little is known about the life of Jensen, not the parish where he served as pastor, although his diary during the expedition provides some information, it is known that he was the chaplain aboard an expedition to the New World commissioned by King Christian IV of Denmark in 1619. The expedition was made up of two small Danish ships Enhiørningen and Lamprenen, with 64 sailors who were Danes, Norwegians and Germans. Captained by the navigator and explorer, Jens Munk, the ships were searching for the Northwest Passage. After sailing into Frobisher Bay and Ungava Bay, Munk passed through Hudson Strait and reached Digges Island on August 20, they set out across the Bay towards the southwest. By early September, they had not yet found a passage.
The party arrived in Hudson Bay on September 7, landed at the mouth of Churchill River, settling at what is now Churchill, Manitoba. The two ships were prepared for winter as best as they could, it was a disastrous winter. Cold and scurvy destroyed most of the men. Jensen had died on 20 February 1620. Only Munk and two sailors survived leaving no settlement in the New World; the frigate Enhiørningen had been broken down by ice during the winter. However, the smaller Lamprenen could be salvaged; the return trip lasted two months. The surviving crew members aboard the Lamprenen reached Bergen, Norway on 20 September 1620; the earliest documented Danish immigrants to the new world, Jan Jansen and his wife Engeltje, along with their children, arrived in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1636. More than a century after Christian IV's expedition came explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering. In 1728, he documented the narrow body of water that separated North America and Asia, named the Bering Sea in his honor.
Bering was the first European to arrive in Alaska in 1741. In 1666, the Danish West India Company took control of the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean and the islands of St. John in 1717 and St. Croix in 1733; the Danes brought African slaves to those islands, where the slaves were put to work in the snuff and sugar industries. These early settlers began to establish trade with New England. In 1917, they sold the islands to the United States, they were renamed "U. S. Virgin Islands." In the early seventeenth century, individual Danish immigrants became established in North America. Scandinavians—Danes and Norwegians in particular—made up a large portion of the settlers in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, now New York. After 1750, Danish families in the Protestant Moravian Brethren denomination immigrated to Pennsylvania, where they settled in the Bethlehem area alongside German Moravians; until 1850, most Danes who emigrated to North America were unmarried men. During this period, some Danes achieved recognition.
Among them were Hans Christian Febiger, one of George Washington's most trusted officers during the American Revolution, Charles Zanco who died at the Alamo in March 1836 in the struggle for Texan independence, Peter Lassen, a blacksmith from Copenhagen who led a group of adventurers from Missouri to California in 1839. The trail established by Lassen was followed by the "forty-niners" during the California Gold Rush. Lassen is considered one of the most important early settlers of California. From 1820 and 1850, about 60 Danes settled in the United States every year. Between 1820 and 1990 there was a population of 375,000 Danes; the first significant wave of Danish immigrants consisted of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members who settled in United States in 1850. They settled in the newly acquired state of Utah, under Mexican control until 1848. There were 17,000 such immigrants, many of these settled in small farming communities in the Sanpete and Sevier counties. Today, these counties have the second and fifth largest percentages of Danish Americans in the United States.
Between 1864 and 1920, 50,000 Danes emigrated from Schleswig, where the use of Danish language was banned in schools following the Danish defeat in the Second Schleswig War and Prussia seizing control. They were called North Slesvigers, most of these Danes are recorded in the census statistics as immigrants from Germany rather than Denmark. Most Danes who immigrated to the United States after 1865 did so for economic reasons. By 1865, there had been a large increase in the Danish population in Europe because of the improvement in the medicine and food industries, it caused a high rate of poverty and resulted in a significant and rapid increase in Danish migration to other countries. Another reason for migration was the sale of lands. Many Danes became farmers in the United States. During the 1870s half of all Danish immigrants to the United States settled in family groups. By the 1890s, family immigration made up only of 25 percent of the total, it has been suggested that many of these immigrants returned to Denmark.
According to the United States Census of 2000, the states with the largest populations of Danish Americans are as follows: California - 207,030 Utah - 144,713 Minnesota - 88,924 Wisconsin - 72,160 Washington - 72,098The states with the smallest popula
Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the home of Midland University. From the 1830s to the 1860s, the area saw a great deal of traffic due to the Mormon Trail, which passed along the north bank of the Platte River. A ferry connected the two banks of the Elkhorn River near Fremont, it was a major overland route for emigrant settlers going to the military and hunters. Fremont was laid out in 1856 in anticipation, it was named after the American explorer and military official General John C. Frémont. By 1857, there were 13 log houses in the town; the Union Pacific Railroad reached the town in 1866 becoming the first railroad into the future rail hub. Sioux City and Pacific Railroad completed track into the town in 1868 with the Elkhorn Valley Railroad arriving in 1869. Due to the town's geographically central location, the First Transcontinental Telegraph line and highway passed through or near Fremont.
Original brick portions of the "Old Lincoln Highway" located east of Fremont, on the way to Omaha. Fremont is the namesake for the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle, settled by Luther H. Griffith and Edward Blewett from Fremont. On January 10, 1976, in downtown Fremont, the Pathfinder Hotel exploded due to a natural gas leak in the basement. At the time the hotel was being used as apartments occupied by senior citizens, it was a meeting place for philanthropic and business organizations, had a drug store on the northwest corner. The explosion shattered windows around the city, the ensuing fire killed 23 people and destroyed most of the city block of the hotel. Fremont gained national attention in 2010 when residents approved a referendum that would ban illegal immigrants from renting and working in the town. Fremont is located along the Platte River 35 miles northwest of the largest city in the area, 50 miles northeast of the state capitol, Lincoln. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.85 square miles, of which, 8.80 square miles is land and 0.05 square miles is water.
Fremont is quite flat, lying in the river plain between the Platte and Elkhorn rivers, at an elevation of 366 meters above sea level. Fremont is the county seat of Dodge County, is the financial and social center of the area. Facilitated by the completion of the US Highway 275 and Highway 30 bypass around Fremont, from Omaha, eastern Fremont is growing as a bedroom community for Omaha; as of the census of 2010, there were 26,397 people, 10,725 households, 6,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,999.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 11,427 housing units at an average density of 1,298.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 7.1% from other races, 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.9% of the population. There were 10,725 households of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 36.0% were non-families.
30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age in the city was 38 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 25,174 people, 10,171 households, 6,672 families residing in the city, which makes it the 6th largest city in Nebraska; the population density was 3,393.3 people per square mile. There were 10,576 housing units at an average density of 1,425.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.28% White, 0.57% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.31% of the population. There were 10,171 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.4% were non-families.
29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,700, the median income for a family was $45,259. Males had a median income of $31,865 versus $21,035 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,006. About 5.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over. As of 2016, Fremont's single largest employer was Hormel Foods, with an estimated 1000–1500 workers, whose hog-processing plant has been desc
Paul Simon (politician)
Paul Martin Simon was an American author and politician from Illinois. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985, in the United States Senate from 1985 to 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, he unsuccessfully ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. After his political career, he founded the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, named for him. There he taught classes on politics and journalism. Simon was famous for his distinctive appearance that included horn-rimmed glasses. Simon was born in Oregon, he was the son of Martin Simon, a Lutheran minister and missionary to China, Ruth, a Lutheran missionary as well. His family was of German descent. Simon attended a Lutheran school in Portland, he attended the University of Oregon and Dana College in Blair, but never graduated. After meeting with local Lions Club members, he borrowed $3,600 to take over the defunct Troy Call newspaper in 1948, becoming the nation's youngest editor-publisher, of the renamed Troy Tribune in Troy, Illinois building a chain of 14 weekly newspapers.
His activism against gambling and government corruption while at the Troy Tribune influenced the newly elected governor, Adlai Stevenson, to take a stand on these issues, creating national exposure for Simon that resulted in his testifying before the Kefauver Commission. In 1951, Simon enlisted in the United States Army, during the Korean War. During his military career, Simon served as intelligence officer, was honorably discharged in 1953, at the end of the war. Upon his discharge, Simon was elected to and began his political career in the Illinois House of Representatives; as a state representative, Simon was an advocate for civil rights, once hosted an event attended by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. After a primary debate with two other candidates, a newspaper account of a debate stated "the man with the bowtie did well", he adopted his trademark bowtie and horned glasses. In 1963, Simon was elected to the Illinois State Senate, serving until 1969 when he became the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.
As a Democrat, he served with Republican Governor, Richard B. Ogilvie, their bipartisan teamwork produced the state's first income tax and paved the way for the state's 1969 constitutional convention, which created the fourth and current Illinois Constitution. The Ogilvie-Simon administration was the only one in Illinois history in which the elected governor and lieutenant governor were from different political parties: The Illinois constitution now pairs the offices as running mates on a ticket. In 1972, Simon ran for the Democratic nomination for governor, while long seen as a political reformer, was supported by the Cook County Democratic machine, led by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Simon lost to Dan Walker, who went on to win the general election. In the years between his gubernatorial defeat and political comeback, Simon taught at Sangamon State University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Simon resumed his political career in 1974 when he was elected to Congress from Illinois's 24th congressional district, where he was re-elected four times.
He was redistricted to Illinois's 22nd congressional district In 1978, Simon was the first recipient of the Foreign Language Advocacy Award, presented by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in recognition of his service on the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and his support for language study. According to the New York Times, Simon was never popular with his House colleagues. In 1984, he ran for, was elected to the US Senate, defeating three-term incumbent Charles H. Percy in an upset election, winning just 50% of the vote, he won re-election to the U. S. Senate in 1990 by defeating U. S. Representative Lynn Morley Martin with 65%, compared to Martin's 35%. While serving in the Senate, he co-authored an unsuccessful Balanced Budget Amendment with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Simon gained national prominence after criticizing President George H. W. Bush during the 1992 presidential campaign, after Bush claimed a central role in causing the collapse of the Eastern bloc of the Soviet Union.
During a speech at Chicago's Taste of Polonia, Bush had aggressively promoted the success of his own presidency and his importance as Vice President in the Reagan administration's role in Eastern Europe. This was an attempt by Bush to carry Chicago's Polish community in order to win Illinois during the election. Bush's claims were roundly denounced by Simon, Bush lost the state in the general election due to Simon's remarks. Simon did not seek reelection in 1996. Simon sought the Democratic nomination for President in 1988. Unknown outside of Illinois and in low single digits in national polls after his March 1987 announcement, Simon made a name for himself as the oldest, some thought old-fashioned, with horn rimmed glasses and bow tie, one who proudly associated himself with the New Deal liberalism associated with Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Simon surged ahead in Iowa in October, was, by December, the clear front-runner in that state. However, in February 1988, Simon narrowly lost the Iowa caucus to Representative Dick Gephardt of Missouri, finished third in the New Hampshire primary the following week, with weak showings in Minnesota and South Dakota a week later.
Out of money and momentum, Simon skipped the key Southern "Super Tuesday" primaries on March 8, concentrating
American Lutheran Church
The American Lutheran Church was a Christian Protestant denomination in the United States and Canada that existed from 1960 to 1987. Its headquarters were in Minnesota. Upon its formation in 1960, the ALC designated Augsburg Publishing House located in Minneapolis, as the church publisher; the Lutheran Standard was the official magazine of the ALC. The ALC's immigrant heritage came from Germany and Denmark, its demographic center was in the Upper Midwest. Theologically, the church was influenced by pietism, it was more conservative than the Lutheran Church in America, with which it would merge. While it taught biblical inerrancy in its constitution, this was enforced by such means as heresy trials; the ALC was a founding member of the "Lutheran Council in the United States of America", which began on January 1, 1967. The ALC cooperated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in many ventures, but the ties came to an end when talks concerning a merger of the ALC with the Lutheran Church in America began.
After six years, in 1966, Canadian congregations of the ALC formed the autonomous Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, which in 1986 joined with the Lutheran Church in America – Canada Section to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The American Lutheran Church was formed in 1960 out of the following Lutheran church bodies: The first American Lutheran Church was formed in 1930 by a merger of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Iowa and Other States, the Lutheran Synod of Buffalo, the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. After the merger of 1960, this body was informally referred to as the "old American Lutheran Church" or the "first American Lutheran Church" to distinguish it from the body into which it had been absorbed; the Evangelical Lutheran Church, established in 1917 and known from its founding until 1946 as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. The NLCA had itself been formed from a merger of the Hauge Synod, the Norwegian Synod, the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America.
The United Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1896, known until 1946 as the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church. The UDELC had been formed from a merger of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church Association in America and the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America; the Lutheran Free Church, which had broken away from the United Norwegian Lutheran Church in 1897, joined the ALC on February 1, 1963. Forty Lutheran Free Church congregations chose not to participate in the merger, instead formed the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, today the sixth-largest Lutheran denomination in the U. S. with over 250 congregations. The ALC began ordaining women as ministers/pastors in December 1970, when the Rev. Barbara Andrews became the second woman ordained as a Lutheran minister in the United States. In 1970, a survey of 4,745 Lutheran adults by Strommen et al. found that 66% of ALC Lutherans surveyed agreed that women should be ordained, compared with 75% of LCA Lutherans and 45% of LCMS Lutherans.
The first Native American woman to become a Lutheran minister in the United States, the Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo, was ordained by the ALC in July 1987. On January 1, 1988, the American Lutheran Church ceased to exist when it, along with the Lutheran Church in America and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, joined together to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with its new headquarters in the Lutheran Center on West Higgins Road in suburban Chicago, Illinois. At the time of the merger, the ALC was the third largest Lutheran church body in the United States, behind the Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. In 1986, just before its merger into the ELCA, the ALC had 7,671 pastors, 4,959 congregations, 2,319,443 members; the ALC brought 2.25 million members into the ELCA. Twelve conservative ALC congregations that did not want to participate in the merger formed the American Association of Lutheran Churches, which has since grown to 87 congregations.
1960–1970 Fredrik A. Schiotz 1971–1973 Kent S. Knutson 1973–1987 David W. PreusUse of the term presiding bishop as an alternative for the term general president was approved in 1980. Augsburg University, Minnesota Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California Capital University, Ohio Concordia College, Minnesota Dana College, Nebraska Luther College, Iowa Pacific Lutheran University, Washington St. Olaf College, Minnesota Texas Lutheran University, Texas Wartburg College, Iowa Waldorf Jr. College, Forest City, now a four-year college The Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Ohio Luther Theological Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota Wartburg Theological Seminary, Iowa Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, California 1960 The ALC Constituting/General Convention, Minnesota 1962 1st, Wisconsin 1964 2nd, Ohio 1966 3rd, Minnesota 1968 4th, Nebraska 1970 5th, San Antonio, Texas 1972 6th, Minneap
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Wartburg Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Dubuque, Iowa. It offers three graduate-level degrees, a TEEM Certificate, a Diploma in Anglican Studies, all of which are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission. Students can choose to add two concentrations: Youth and Mission. All three of Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Master's degrees offer the option for Distributed Learning Programs, which combine online learning, intensive courses on-campus, residential formation. Wartburg offers a Fully Distributed Master of Arts option without a semester-long residency requirement. Three academic and missional centers are found at Wartburg Theological Seminary, built on their historic strengths: Center for Global Theologies, Center for Theology & Land, Center for Youth Ministries; the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest is a program of Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
LSPS educates women and men for ordained ministry through TEEM. Wartburg Theological Seminary has long-term ties with global partners, including: Haiti, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, others. Wartburg Theological Seminary serves the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning. Within this community, Wartburg educates women and men to serve the church's mission as ordained and lay leaders; this mission is to proclaim and interpret the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world created for communion with God and in need of personal and social healing. Theological education at Wartburg Theological Seminary is shaped by faithful study and interpretation of the Scripture as God's Word and is informed by Christian tradition and the Lutheran Confessions. Courses are reviewed by students and faculty to ensure they instill the twelve core pastoral diaconal practices outlined on the website.
Wartburg Castle - the inspiration for Wartburg Seminary's architecture. Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe - founder of Wartburg Seminary. Richard A. Jensen - professor of Wartburg Seminary. Wartburg Theological Seminary Website ATS profile for Wartburg Theological Seminary
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, poet, social critic and religious author, considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, morality, ethics and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment, he was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, thought that Swedenborg, Fichte, Schelling and Hans Christian Andersen were all "understood" far too by "scholars". Kierkegaard's theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, the individual's subjective relationship to the God-Man Jesus the Christ, which came through faith.
Much of his work deals with Christian love. He was critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion that of the Church of Denmark, his psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. Kierkegaard's early work was written under the various pseudonyms that he used to present distinctive viewpoints and to interact with each other in complex dialogue, he explored complex problems from different viewpoints, each under a different pseudonym. He wrote many Upbuilding Discourses under his own name and dedicated them to the "single individual" who might want to discover the meaning of his works. Notably, he wrote: "scholarship want to teach that becoming objective is the way. Christianity teaches that the way is to become subjective, to become a subject." While scientists can learn about the world by observation, Kierkegaard emphatically denied that observation could reveal the inner workings of the world of the spirit. Some of Kierkegaard's key ideas include the concept of "subjective and objective truths", the knight of faith, the recollection and repetition dichotomy, the infinite qualitative distinction, faith as a passion, the three stages on life's way.
Kierkegaard wrote in Danish and the reception of his work was limited to Scandinavia, but by the turn of the 20th century his writings were translated into French and other major European languages. By the mid-20th century, his thought exerted a substantial influence on philosophy and Western culture. Kierkegaard was born to an affluent family in Copenhagen, his mother, Ane Sørensdatter Lund Kierkegaard, had served as a maid in the household before marrying his father, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard. She was an unassuming figure: quiet and not formally educated, but Henriette Lund, her granddaughter, wrote that she "wielded the sceptre with joy and protected like a hen protecting her chicks", she wielded influence on her children so that Peter said that his brother preserved many of their mother's words in his writings. His father, on the other hand, was a well-to-do wool merchant from Jutland, he was a "very stern man, to all appearances dry and prosaic, but under his'rustic cloak' demeanor he concealed an active imagination which not his great age could blunt".
He was interested in philosophy and hosted intellectuals at his home. The young Kierkegaard read the philosophy of Christian Wolff, he preferred the comedies of Ludvig Holberg, the writings of Georg Johann Hamann, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Edward Young, Plato those referring to Socrates. Copenhagen in the 1830s and 1840s had crooked streets where carriages went. Kierkegaard loved to walk them. In 1848, Kierkegaard wrote, "I had real Christian satisfaction in the thought that, if there were no other, there was one man in Copenhagen whom every poor person could accost and converse with on the street. Our Lady's Church was at one end of the city. At the other end was the Royal Theatre where Fru Heiberg performed. Based on a speculative interpretation of anecdotes in Kierkegaard's unpublished journals a rough draft of a story called "The Great Earthquake", some early Kierkegaard scholars argued that Michael believed he had earned God's wrath and that none of his children would outlive him, he is said to have believed that his personal sins indiscretions such as cursing the name of God in his youth or impregnating Ane out of wedlock, necessitated this punishment.
Though five of his seven children died before he did, both Kierkegaard and his brother Peter Christian Kierkegaard outlived him. Peter, seven years Kierkegaard's elder became bishop in Aalborg. Julia Watkin thought Michael's early interest in the Moravian Church could have led him to a deep sense of the devastating effects of sin. Kierkegaard came to hope that no one would retain their sins though they have been forgiven, and by the same token that no one who believed in the forgiveness of sin would live their own life as an objection against the existence of forgiveness. He made the point; this fear of not finding forgiveness is devastating. Edna H. Hong quoted Kierkegaard in her 1984 book, For
Bonnie L. Jensen
Bonnie Lou Jensen is an American former missionary, international relations specialist, director of the ELCA Global Mission. Bonnie Lou Hagedorn was born in Royal and received degrees from Dana College and Wartburg Theological Seminary, she married American theologian Richard A. Jensen in 1957. Jensen moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to assist with the founding of the Mekane Yesus Seminary in 1962. Jensen served as executive director of the former American Lutheran Church Women, Minnesota from 1981 to 1987. From 1982 to 1987, Jensen and her husband, served as co-hosts of Reflections, a 30-minute Christian television series. From 1993 to 1995, Jensen served as director for planning and evaluation and program director for Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Jensen became the director the ELCA Global Mission in 1995. Under her leadership in mission education, the ELCA companion synod program grew its relationships between the ELCA's 65 synods and Lutheran churches overseas.
The ELCA's 10,816 congregations are organized into synods across the United States and Caribbean. Under her leadership the ELCA Global Mission had a presence in 70 countries with 300 missionaries and volunteers, 47 division staff based, with annual expenditures of $29 million. Jensen was involved in Track II diplomacy, serving on the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland during the 1980s, during this time the LWF had a NGO chair at the United Nations. In 1957, she married Richard A. Jensen, they had three children together, Doron and Derek. Jensen served on the board of Dana College and upon her retirement in 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity for her work in her field, she received an honorary doctorate from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1997. She is noted as the first female to take leadership role within the ELCA and was one of the earliest feminist leaders in Lutheranism