Founded in 1986 in Minneapolis, the journal Pietisten is published twice a year by Pietisten Inc., a Minnesota non-profit 501(c)(3). We are ecumenical and do not formally represent any institution, but we draw heavy inspiration from the collective heritage of Lutheran Pietism, as represented in a congenial flock of historically-related traditions: the Evangelical Covenant Church and Svenska Missionskyrkan (Mission Covenant Church of Sweden), the Augustana Lutheran heritage (ELCA), the Evangelical Free Church, and the Baptist General Conference, and epidemics of Pietism within the Congregationalist and Methodist folds. Pietisten is the spiritual heir of a Swedish devotional newspaper of the same name, published between 1842-1917 by George Scott, Carl Olof Rosenius, and Paul Peter Waldenström – a Methodist, a Lutheran and a Covenanter, respectively. Although participation by clergy and scholars is frequent, the journal is intended for lay people, and we write as lay people. The format of our journal is based on what were regular or frequent elements of the original Pietisten: commentaries on the lectionary texts by Luther, Rosenius, Waldenström, and others, ecclesiastical concerns, theological discussions, hymns, poetry, selected news items and a healthy dose of humor. We welcome your participation and responses to any and all articles, and refer you to our premises below as a guide in the philosophy of our journal.
To intend blessing
To take people as they present themselves to us
To seek no other authority
To engage with friends in an open conversation and to expand our friendships
To keep alive a tradition of spontaneous voices in the congregational and democratic traditions
To bless all forms of human endeavor and ministry
To seek a thankful heart and to look for the gospel
To be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves–as understood and informed by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Strong Mind, Tender Heart”
To enjoy the liberty to say and print anything we want and let it be subject to criticism by anyone who is interested
We welcome submissions of articles for Pietisten.
Below are some guidelines - if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Please send questions and submissions to Pietisten's Chief Editor, Mark Safstrom.
Pietisten Advisory Board
The Pietisten Advisory Board exists to serve as points of contact with our readership and guide our future development. Members in 2010 include:
Prof. Arvid Adell (retired, Millikin University)
Dr. Tommy Carlson, house doctor, Swedish translator, founding editor of Pietisten
Prof. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago
Rev. Benjamin Ecker, Faith Covenant Church, Manistee, MI
Rev. Steven Elde, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle
Prof. David M. Gustafson, Houston Graduate School of Theology
David Hawkinson, Biblical scholar, founding editor of Pietisten
David Jessup, Historian, University of Washington, Seattle
Rev. Anders Johnson, Covenant Pastor, Chicago
Phil Johnson, Editor Emeritus, Pietisten, Minneapolis
Prof. Elder Lindahl (retired, North Park University), Golden Valley, MN
Art Mampel, poet, Seattle
Rev. Carolyn Poterek, First Covenant Church, Seattle
Donald Safstrom, CPA, Seattle
Peter Sandstrom, teacher, founding editor of Pietisten
Tom Tredway, President Emeritus, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Rev. Glen Wiberg, Covenant Pastor, author
Staff (starting with volume XXV)
|Chief Editor||Mark Safstrom|
Mark E. Swanson
|Layout Editor||Sandy Nelson|
|Web Team||Hans-Erik Blomgren
|Membership Team||Hans-Erik Blomgren
Staff (through volume XXIV)
|Managing Editor||Phil Johnson|
|Founding Editors||Tommy Carlson
|Poetry Editor||Arthur Mampel|
|Navigation (& History) Editor||Thomas Tredway|
|Philosophy Editor||Arvid Adell|
|Sports Prophet||Eric Ecklund-Johnson|
|Copy Editor||Sandra Johnson|
|Online Editor||Karl Nelson|
|Associate Editor||Nels Elde|
|Associate Manager||David Swanson|
|Arts Reporter||Max Carlson|
|Layout Consultant||Matt Bergstrom|
|Printing||U of M Printing|
|Masthead Design||Peter Sandstrom|
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