|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 2005|
Stewart Govig, '52, died unexpectedly
in April. He had been a long-time
religion professor at Pacific Lutheran
University in Tacoma, Wash. He is
survived by his wife, Alice Tanner
Govig, and three children: John,
Bruce and Ellen. ●
Stewart Govig, 78
Stewart D. Govig, 78, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 10, 2005, in Parkland, WA. Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Parkland, WA.
He was born in Walnut Grove, MN on March 20, 1927, where he grew up and attended all 12 years of public school. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by his father, The Rev. Olaf Govig.
He received his undergraduate degree in history from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, earned a Master of Theology degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. and a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Seminary. Stewart continued his education as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1958 and completed his Ph.D. studies at New York University in 1966. Professor Emeritus
Stewart is survived by his wife, Alice; sons John, of Parkland; Bruce (Pauline) of Adelaide, Australia; daughter Ellen McCracken (Ben) of Spanaway; two granddaughters; sister Eunice Gronbeck of Henning, MN: and sister-in-law Ruth Govig of Bismarck, ND.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Olaf and Ruth (Tollerud) Govig, and his brother Bruce.
Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Amor, MN, near Ottertail Lake.
Date and Artist: 1952; Cummings Studio – San Francisco
See it: The Rose Window sits at the center of campus in Eastvold Chapel. It can be seen from Red Square.
Dedicated in 1952, the eight-foot diameter stain glass rose window was designed on a theme suggested by PLC religion professor Jesse Pflueger, which depicts the "Agnus Dei, Christ the Victorious Lamb of God." The lamb beholds heaven and is surrounded by eight semi-circles, which radiate from the center and four (of eight) spaces beyond describe "four living creatures" a lion, an ox, an eagle and a human face; the other four are the prophet's symbols, Jeremiah's scroll, Isaiah's coal, Ezekiel's turret and Daniel's lion. Along the outermost ring are symbols for the Trinitarian Dogma, the Dove (Holy Spirit), the open bible and Luther's crest of Arms. The Rose Window is the inspiration for the familiar PLU logo and is visible from Red Square and the chapel.
The following is a moving description of the various elements contained in this window written by PLU Professor Emeritus Stewart D. Govig.
"HEAVEN IN GLASS"
Don't give up now, you're almost there!" used to read the sign at the third staircase landing of Eastvold. Climbers who make it to the top know the colored glow of the Rose Window offers a visual reward as well as a glimpse of the inspiration for the familiar PLU logo.
Dedicated in 1952, the small worship space high on Eastvold Chapel's east wall marks a stark contrast to the plain exterior dimensions of its host. And its large, eight-foot, circular stained glass window can not only hush our attention, it can also educate the patient viewer in Christian theology. Religion professor Jesse Pflueger suggested a theme to artists of San Francisco's Cummings Studio in 1951: the Agnus Dei, Christ the victorious Lamb of God.
The seer of Revelation beholds heaven (Rev. 4:1), and, within its ceaseless worship, the throne of God (7:15). Nearby stands a Lamb, looking as if it had been slaughtered, but now alive forevermore and worthy to open the seals of God's final judgment Scroll. Consequently, the One who shares honor and glory forever (5:6-14) becomes the artistic focal point.
Eight semicircles radiating forth from it remind observers of the Lamb's beatitudes: "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..." (Matt. 5:3-11). Four spaces beyond describe Revelation's "four living creatures" (4:6-1 1) namely, a lion, an ox, a creature with a "face like a human face," and one like "a flying eagle."n, Ox, Eagle, and a Face. In Christian tradition, each of them represents a New Testament Gospel. Four others recall Biblical prophets: Jeremiah's scroll, Isaiah's burning coal, Ezekiel's gateway turret, plus Daniel's lion.
How are we introduced to the Lamb in Scripture? Through prophet and evangelist. Stationed at the end of the Bible, Revelation chisels a capstone vision of the Risen Christ. Crowns of earthly kings, (note semicircles) are cast before the eternal Ruler (4:11) now alive beyond reach from the death of the Cross (the nimbus framing the Lamb's Head) and qualified to herald a Resurrection pennant of gold (preciousness) and white (purity and victory).
The horizontal plane of our window reveals the Church's ecumenical Trinitarian dogma. To the left, the Hebrew letter "yod" set within the equilateral triangle hearkens back to Moses, the burning bush (Exodus 3) and the sacred name "Yahweh."
Moving right in line glows God's Son, the Agnus Dei; look next for the Dove, head framed in red (fires of Pentecost, Acts 2), who betokens the Holy Spirit. The vertical plane, beginning at the top, discloses an interpretation of our institution's Christian denominational tradition. Luther insisted, "The Word Alone," meaning for him an open Bible for all. Yet how, some ask, can just anyone read and comprehend it? By keeping Christ, the Risen Lamb, at the center, he replies.
The panel at the bottom displays Luther's coat of arms, itself a set of symbols. From 16th-century Europe, Lutherans in confession and praise will intersect -- but not break with -- the universal Church's horizontal line of identity. We join fellow believers everywhere to address "Our Father, who art in heaven..." (Matt. 6:9).
Further out, vivid red frames embrace additional panels featuring five and six-pointed stars set against cosmic blue. These suggest the major parts of the Christian Bible, Old and New Testaments. Holly leaves in green are included here; they balance out the prophetic and evangelist schemework, and announce a tribute to the climate of the Puget Sound and to Washington, the Evergreen State.
For years, I have followed hundreds of Lutes in my classes up the chapel stairs to revel with them in stained glass iconography. I'm confident they would support me in inviting you to make the climb for yourself. Join our alumni band of climbers. The morning light is best. Let a swirl of image and the fire of color refresh your soul and make your day.
by Stewart D. Govig - Professor Emeritus 1927-2005
BOOK REVIEW ABOUT A GREAT READ!
"Ronald Fangen: Church and Culture in Norway"
by Dr. Stewart D. Govig
"In 1934 Frank Buchman's Oxford Group movement, a precursor to AA (Alcoholics
Anonymous), was invited to Norway. It made a deep impression upon Ronald Fangen, a
young novelist and dramatist. Thereafter, as a Christian humanist, he attempted to persuade
the Church to appreciate and learn from the Arts since such efforts would support the
proclamation of its message. His writings beckon readers to sense with him the constant
tension to communicate in the best way the Christian message in each generation; with this
tension Fangen wrestled. The challenge continues today. "
Stewart D. Govig, PhD (1927-2005) was an ordained Lutheran pastor and a Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran
University for 45 years. He was the author of three previously published books.
"I have always possessed a keen interest in my heritage, being of Norwegian and Swedish descent, but it wasn't
until I had the opportunity to this read book by Dr. Stewart Govig that I learned and understood, with much greater
appreciation, the unique impact of Christianity within the culture of my Scandinavian roots. Additionally, I came
away with the new knowledge regarding the impact that Ronald Fangen's conversion to Christianity had on the
nation of Norway during his and generations that followed. I highly recommend this reading—it truly broadens
one's understanding of Norwegian Christian cultural history." ~ Lisa Ottoson, SCC Member
Olaf John Govig (1888 - 1953)
Ruth Tollerud Govig (1893 - 1986)
Eunice M Govig Gronbeck (1920 - 2010)*
Bruce Ogden Govig (1924 - 2002)*
Stewart D. Govig (1927 - 2005)
Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Otter Tail County
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