In my visits to synods, I often share that the ELCA increasingly seems to be defined by the questions that divide us rather than the gospel, faith and mission by which the Spirit unites us. I do not imply that a dynamic church is one absent of tension. How can one read the New Testament and arrive at such a conclusion?
Trusting in the Spirit amid significant differences, we seek to be healthy by remaining centered in word and sacrament, fervent in prayer, united in mission, respectful in listening and honest in speaking.
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