A Guest Essay by Wesley Tetsuji Kan
I am sending these photographs to you on the assumption that you may not be aware of the current doctrinal status of Valparaiso University.
In my opinion, that institution attempts to be "all things to all people," putting on a confessional, orthodox front when soliciting students from LCMS parishes. It sent me a request for the names of students graduating from high school within the past year, and you have probably received the same if you are currently an active parish pastor.
In reality, Valparaiso is no longer Lutheran, as these photos clearly demonstrate. They were taken at the University's Institute of Liturgical Studies this year. Based on the vestments, the majority of the officiants were women.
This means Valparaiso is functionally the same as any ELCA owned institution.
Father Kan is pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church in Panama City, Florida.