The WELS Historical Institute Journal and other note worthy publications
The WELS Historical Institute Journal for Fall 2023 (Volume 41, Number 2) contains two articles for readers. In the first and longer of the two, Pastor Emeritus Allen Schroeder, follows up his contribution in the Spring 2023 issue, Early Lutheranism in Sauk County Wisconsin, with a dual biographical sketch of two one-time Wisconsin Synod pastors, William and Herbert Parisius.
In Father and Son: the Pastors Parisius. Schroeder seeks to weave together the storied and complicated lives of these two gifted men, their excellent educational backgrounds, and varied lives and ministry experiences. The drama is provided by the 1924 “thievery case” at Northwestern College and the subsequent Protes’tant Controversy, both of which greatly impacted this father and son, and their relationship to the synod. The reader might be led to wonder, “is there more to this story yet to be learned?”
In the second article, Pastor and WELS Historical Institute Board member, Benjamin Schaefer, offers The Synodical Conference: Faithful Witnesses at Work. The article is part of a longer essay written and presented to the AZ-CA District Pastors Conference in October of 2022.
The author explains. “The purpose of this paper is to review the doctrinal content and mission spirit of the inaugural convention, held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 10-16, 1872.” This article zeroes in on essays presented by Prof. Mattias Loy of the Ohio Synod, and Professor Fredrich A. Schmidt of the Norwegian Synod.
Read and Enjoy.
Graphic Representing the Synodical Conference on the left.
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Started in 1981, the purpose of the WELS Historical Institute is to preserve and present the story of God’s grace to the WELS.
Together with the WELS Archives, the Historical Institute works to preserve articles and artifacts of historical value. The Institute also promotes historical research and education through its Journal, published twice a year.
More about the Journal
The purpose of the Journal is to provide a vehicle for articles of historical interest about the Lutheran Church with special reference to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It is also hoped that the Journal will stimulate WELS members to pursue research in Lutheran history.
The interest of the Journal is not simply the past for its own sake. In authorizing the publication of the Journal, the Institute’s Board of Directors stated as one of the Journals purposes to “contribute to understanding our WELS identity and background.” Like Plato’s shadows in the cave, some things can be seen only against the proper background.
Volume 1 Issue 1 – 1983 – Foreword – Editor of the Journal – James P. Schaefer
WELS Historical Institute believes it’s critically important to preserve and educate on the history of the WELS Synod. Your membership in the WELS Historical Institute will help continue this mission.
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All past issues of the Journal, up through Volume 36 (2018) can be downloaded below. All files are PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. Note that all of these journal files were re-scanned and converted to PDF files in early 2012-2014, greatly improving the quality of what had formerly been available.
What kind of articles are published in the Journal?
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There are a few books about the history of WELS. These three books give insight and perspective on moments in time of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
This book provides a clear understanding of the forces that have shaped the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). —Northwestern Publishing House
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In 1865, the Wisconsin Synod convention commissioned the establishment of a synodical journal that would help promote the synod’s new college, Northwestern University, in Watertown, Wis. It would also provide news about other synodical endeavors and serve as an outlet for theological articles and responses to outside criticism, especially from conservative Lutherans in the American Midwest. The issues through 1911 have been scanned and are available through the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Essay File.