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"Dear Brother:

As I write this, I imagine you are either attending a pastoral conference or have just returned from one. These gatherings are a great and traditional mark of our life in the Missouri Synod. My impression is that the program for these regular meetings of our clergy are more thoughtfully prepared than ever before. It is true, of course, that occasionally one hears about a conference which might just as well have been held in a trout stream or on a golf course. The majority, however, seem to make a definite contribution to the solidarity of mind and spirit which is so important for our Synod today."