Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a 111-year-old fraternal benefit society, announced in June that it would make gradual changes to offer its financial services to Christians, not just Lutherans.
In May 2012, Thrivent's board voted unanimously to make the change, subject to approval by the organization's members. That approval came after a voting window from March 1 to April 30, during which 72 percent of the members approved revising Thrivent's articles of incorporation.
Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent, said the vote allows the organization "to strengthen our mission of helping more Christians be wise with money and live generously. Working together, we'll be able to serve more people, meet more needs and strengthen more Christian communities."
Changes will be gradual, Hewitt said, but "one thing remains the same: our commitment to serving Lutherans and strengthening the Lutheran community remains as strong as ever."
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