Few matters have caused so much commotion as the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's votes to adopt the social statement on sexuality and to expand ordained ministry to gays and lesbians in lifelong, committed, monogamous relationships.
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Saying they are done with efforts to reform the ELCA, leaders of Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) in mid-February released a proposal to create the North American Lutheran Church.
The group said the proposal is a response to a request from COREELCA Churchwide Assembly's decisions on human sexuality.
CORE leaders said they will work alongside the new denomination on evangelism, theological training and social services. Paull Spring, a former ELCA synod bishop who chairs the group's steering committee, said plans don't call for dissolving Lutheran CORE into the NALC.
The ELCA said it will continue to respond to congregations that have questions and concerns.
"The ELCA is a church focused on a vibrant Christ-centered mission and ministry," the ELCA 's statement said. The ELCA continues to carry out the directives of the Churchwide Assembly, the denomination's highest governing authority, and regrets the decisions "of a few congregations" to leave, according to the statement. participants last September for a "reconfiguration of North American Lutheranism" that would be brought to its Aug. 26-27, 2010, gathering in Columbus, Ohio. The movement to form a church body follows the 2009
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