• With 600 of its 7,600 members present, North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Heights and Roseville, Minn., voted Aug. 19 by a 95 percent majority to leave the ELCA. The congregation reportedly disagrees with the ELCA on various social issues, including the church's sexuality study and mission and evangelism. A 92 percent majority voted to join the Alliance of Renewal Churches, a Minneapolis-based network of congregations with a "spirit-filled" focus. Peter Rogness, bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod, expressed regret at the decision, maintaining that North Heights' reasons for leaving are "concerns that need not cause division, but ought to be a part of ongoing conversation" within the church.
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