The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


For the record: Congregations leaving the ELCA

As of Feb. 1, the ELCA Office of the Secretary reported that 716 congregations have taken a total of 759 first votes to leave the ELCA.

Of those 759 first votes, 532 passed and 227 failed. It said that 395 second votes have been taken, a requirement to cut ties with the denomination.

Of those, 375 second votes passed and 20 failed. The votes came in reaction to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's actions on sexuality.


Robert Buntrock

Robert Buntrock

Posted at 11:25 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/6/2011

Actions of the 2009 Assmebly may have been the proverbial "straw" that led to the votes to leave the ELCA but in several cases these congregations have been largly non-functional within the ELCA community for years or even decades.  There are reasons for actions and there are excuses.  All too often the severance votes resemble the latter.

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