Faith, hope, and love

Enduring values to hold us together and lead us forth

Faith, hope, and loveLORI ANN REINHALL
The Norwegian American

With every issue, we choose a quote, a lead story, a cover photo, and overall unifying theme. And this is  not something our team does on a whim. We put hours of thought into what words and images will be compelling and relevant to you as our readers. 

Our editorial calendar is in part driven by seasonal events, in part by currents events (we are a newspaper reporting the news), and finally by our own philosophy and creativity. And with this issue, we believe we have something beautiful to share with you, the timely and timeless triad of faith, hope, and love. 

Soon it will be a year that many of us have been sequestered at home because of the pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine has been a breakthrough, but many of us don’t know when and where we will get it. With our lives put on hold, we feel lonely and frustrated. Sometimes, we ask ourselves how we will get through another day, let alone plan for the future. We worry and wonder how we will find the strength to carry on. Yet we know that we are not alone, that we are part of something much bigger. 

With this issue, we are pleased to bring you the story of an inspired group of people in Fredrikstad, Norway, who have come together to build a community committed to ocean conservation. Their project, Hope Cathedral, serves as a metaphor for belief in positive change and a better future. They have a vision to bring people from all over the world together, and here at The Norwegian American, we are pleased to serve as their ambassadors.

Here in Seattle, where our newspaper is based, we also see people working to improve and strengthen our community. One of them is Kristine Leander, a friend and supporter of the Nordic community at the Swedish Club.  Our Swedish friends have set excellent examples of how positive action, big or small, can make a difference. They have creatively navigated through the pandemic, and we can follow their example. 

From Norway, Kaveh Rashidi, a prominent doctor and journalist, offers his expertise about the new vaccines in plain language that we can understand. It gives us both assurance and hope. I am always awestruck when I take inventory of the experts who contribute to our newspaper. There are many of them (I usually say that I am surrounded by Ph.D.s), and their generosity is nothing less than extraordinary. 

We also have many stories about love in this issue. When we hear the word love, we often think of romantic love, and this is especially appropriate for an issue that will appear in print on Feb. 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, and in this issue, there is much to enjoy for this celebration and beyond. 

But we also know that love is charity—caritas—the love of humankind, the great love that gives our lives meaning and purpose. Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, love is a value that we can all believe in, the force that unites us for a greater good.

Faith in all that is good, hope with a vision of all that is good, and love for our fellow human beings are enduring values to hold us together and lead us forth.

With a warm virtual hug,

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief
The Norwegian American

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 12, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.