Lutherans: Mr. Protestant

To the Rev. Franklin Clark Fry, it was unthinkable that God's business should be carried out with less professional dispatch than man's. Gavel in hand, he presided over ecumenical gatherings or sessions of his Lutheran Church in America with the cool parliamentary aplomb of a Speaker of the House—a job for which many of his clerical admirers thought him well-suited. Yet he was also a man of deep faith who saw the unification of divided Christendom as a divine imperative for the twentieth century. When he died of cancer last week at the age of 67, seven days after offering...