For some—like voting members Gladys Moore, New
Jersey Synod, and R. Guy Erwin, Southwest California Synod—the 877-60
vote for interim eucharistic sharing with the United Methodist Church
felt like a family reunion.
Moore and Erwin represent those in the ELCA who either were raised Methodist or have a “blended” family. “It’s a wonderful thing to finally integrate myself into this church,” said Moore, who was raised in the Methodist tradition.
Others, like Joanna Norris Grimshaw, Central States Synod, and Joseph Rinderknecht, Northeastern Ohio Synod, had questions about Methodist theology and practices.
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