The ELCA Office of the Secretary is now updating information about congregations disaffiliating from the ELCA on a quarterly basis.
As of June 30, 926 congregations had taken first votes to disaffiliate from the ELCA. These 926 congregations took a total of 1,004 first votes. Of those, 699 passed and 305 failed. There have been 671 second votes; 637 passed and 34 failed. Of those, 625 have completed the termination process and are no longer on the roster of congregations of the ELCA.
Of the disaffiliating congregations, about two-thirds are from rural communities or small towns of less than 10,000. Since March 31, the numbers represent 15 additional congregations that passed first votes and six additional congregations that passed second votes.
Most of the votes came in reaction to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's votes on sexuality.
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