The Nov. 12 Fargo Forum headline read "Faith and Farming: N.D. church bolts over ELCA agricultural proposal."
The article refers to Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church near Sheldon. It said the 35-member congregation left the ELCA over a proposed social statement on genetics that parishioners viewed as a condemnation of the agricultural use of genetically modified crops.
National media outlets picked up the story, and the Forum's editorial board admonished Anselm on Nov. 17 for "jumping to conclusions" and "jumping ship."
Farming is serious business, said Jill Bunn, Anselm's president. But the proposed social statement wasn't the primary reason members voted 25-4 on Nov. 7 to leave the ELCA.
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