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Insights from our past

We have much to learn

American Lutheranism consists of numerous fascinating strands. We can learn much by revisiting some of these earlier influences.

The year 2000 marks an important ELCA anniversary: It's 30 years since its predecessor bodies began ordaining women. One interesting way to gain perspective on that decision is to compare it with events in the second largest American Lutheran denomination, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, which has consistently rejected women's ordination. A new book argues that Missouri's stance on this issue is found in the larger question of authority.


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