ELCA-related news items were among the top 10 religion stories of 2009, ranked by the nation's religion journalists.
The murder of Dr. George Tiller, shot while ushering at Reformation Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kan., was ranked fourth.
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly's decision to ordain gay and lesbian clergy in monogamous committed relationships was seventh.
The eighth story includes the ELCA as well: the recession forces cutbacks at a range of faith-related organizations — houses of worship, colleges and seminaries, relief agencies and publishing houses.
President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo in June was the top story.
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