History of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League
The Lutheran Hour
Television Programming Highlights
In 1952, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Lutheran Laymen’s League ventured into television with a dramatic series entitled This Is the Life. The program examined contemporary moral problems and gave Christian solutions. In the early years, This Is the Life was a drama series featuring the Fisher Family. In the later years, it was an anthology series with a different set of characters each week. Several famous actors made guest appearances on This Is the Life during this period, including Jack Nicholson, Buddy Ebsen, and Leonard Nimoy. The program aired from 1952 until 1988, first in syndication and then on NBC. This Is the Life reruns continue today on a limited basis in the U.S. and other countries, where the voices are often dubbed into native languages.
In more recent years the organization’s television programming has included five animated holiday specials dubbed into several languages and broadcast on stations around the world through LHM’s international ministry centers. In 2011, a full-length television special entitled The Bible on Trial: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt aired on around 600 stations (including nationwide broadcasts on the Inspiration and National Religious Broadcasters Networks).
Lutheran Laymen’s League in Canada
The International Lutheran Laymen’s League included an office in Canada up until 1967 when the Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada was independently incorporated.
From its office in Kitchener, the Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada carries out its own mission in Canada. The Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada is responsible for its own funding which comes entirely from the gifts of individuals, groups and congregations and is an auxiliary of Lutheran Church – Canada.