The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


1998 in review (ELCA)

Top religion stories in the ELCA

1. The ELCA and three Reformed bodies — the Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ — celebrated "full communion" at an October service in Chicago.

2. Eight struggling churches on Chicago's Northside merged. Other U.S. congregations are doing the same.

3. Tornadoes, flooding and storms set a record for disasters to which Lutheran Disaster Response dispatched resources.

4. The Lutheran Church­ Missouri Synod expressed "deep regret and profound disagreement" with ecumenical initiatives taken at the ELCA 1997 Churchwide Assembly. Later, top ELCA and LCMS leaders announced plans to hold theological discussions.

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