I took this photo after the endowed lectures that Martin Marty gave at Notre Dame, about 1983. Marty (not LI) was kind enough to endorse my dissertation for publication.
The Fox Valley plagiarists would jump all over this, except for one little fact. Marty also lectured at Wisconsin Lutheran College, even though the Michigan District of WELS passed a resolution opposing it. Not only that, but Thrivent/AAL/LB paid him to lecture WELS-ELCA-LCMS in Orlando, Florida.
It works this way - if WELS does it, there is nothing wrong. Before that, they may publish against it. But once they participate, their drones at the Love Shack make up a reason to support it with Enthusiasm.
I was digging around in our hope chest, looking for my birth certificate. I found a lot of great photographs instead. Some made me pause, as I looked at the transition of my mother from college co-ed in 1930 to white-haired great-grandmother holding Josie.
The photos of our sainted daughters made me a little sad and very nostalgic, but I also saw them adoring their brother and being adored.