Two former ELCA presiding bishops asked members via a December e-mail to pray for church unity and mission and to contribute financial gifts to support the ELCA. "Our troubled world needs the good news of the gospel and all that flows from it," wrote Herbert W. Chilstrom and H. George Anderson. "Our differences must not divide us at a time like this. We are absolutely certain that we can continue to live together and serve as one family in the ELCA." They noted that some members were disappointed with the decisions regarding human sexuality made at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, but both said they believe those actions "were the right decisions."
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