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the FIRST Lutheran church

Civil disobedience marked the beginning of the ELCA's oldest congregation

The ELCA has 444 congregations named "First Lutheran Church," but First in Albany, N.Y., holds the ultimate claim to the title. Founded by Dutch settlers, First is the ELCA's oldest congregation, celebrating its 350th anniversary this year. First began when a cluster of Lutheran families in what is now Albany defied authorities who forbade them from either holding public worship or calling a pastor.


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