The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Gracia Grindal

Gracia Grindal was born in Powers Lake, North Dakota on May 4, 1943. She spent her childhood years in Tioga and Rugby, North Dakota. At the age of twelve, her family moved to Salem, Oregon where she graduated high school. She earned the B.A. degree from Augsburg College in 1965, the M.A. degree from Luther Seminary in 1983, and the M.F.A. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969. Gracia Grindal became a member of the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor of pastoral theology and ministry, communications, in 1984. She was named Professor of Rhetoric in 1992. Grindal came to the seminary from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she was a member of the English department faculty from 1968 to 1984. She has published two books of poetry: Pulpit Rock, 1976; and Sketches Against the Dark, 1983. In 1997, Selah published We Are One in Christ, a collection of her hymn, hymn paraphrases and translations

Following an interest in the connection between theology, culture, and hymnody, Grindal has originated two special series at Luther Seminary: "Singing the Faith" services on Reformation Sunday on themes from Luther's Catechism; and song fests featuring a variety of hymn and song traditions from the Swedish, 1992; Norwegian, 1993; Danish, 1994; German, 1995; Finnish, 1996; to the African-American in 1999, and Icelandic in 2000. Each festival includes the music of a Lutheran college choir and features the particular tradition of such colleges as St. Olaf, Augsburg, Luther, Augustana, Gustavus, etc.

Her publications include: Speaking of God (ALCW supplementary study, 1986); Scandinavian Folksongs (1984); Singing the Story (1983); Sketches Against the Dark (1982); and Pulpit Rock (1976). In the fall of 1997, Grindal translated the opera, Fange og Fri, (Captive and Free), the story of Hans Nielsen Hauge, which was presented at the 100th anniversary of the Lutheran Free Church in Minneapolis. Her most recent book is a collection of hymn paraphrases and translations, and original texts, We Are One in Christ: Hymns, Paraphrases and Translations, by Selah Press, 1997. In addition, she has hymns and hymn translations published in hymnals of several mainline churches, including Episcopalian, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist and Presbyterian. In addition to her work in hymnody, Grindal teaches preaching at Luther Seminary

Source: The Hymnuts



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