As Bri Gerzevske prepared to leave The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge after nearly four years as a cohost, she took a little stroll down memory lane, revisiting and recording new intros for five of her all-time favorite episodes.
It’s Bri’s Greatest Hits — #3. The Walther League
In this December 2021 episode, Sarah explores the rise and fall of the Walther League, spotlighting the many people and organizations—Walter A. Maier, the We Raise Foundation, and the National Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association among them—who trace their roots back to this energetic (if occasionally unorthodox) association of Lutheran young people.
From its earliest beginnings in 1893 till its final meeting in 1968, the Walther League was a major force and rite of passage in Lutheran life. This juggernaut youth organization—named for LCMS founding President C.F.W. Walther—brought young adults together for worship, education, service, recreation and fellowship. It also forged new generations of Lutheran leaders and served as the unofficial “marriage bureau” of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, bringing untold numbers of marriage-minded young people together in holy matrimony.
To learn more, check out Jon Pahl’s book Hopes and Dreams of All: The International Walther League and Lutheran Youth in American Culture, 1893-1993.
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