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For the record: 743 congregations take first votes to leave the ELCA

As of March 3, the ELCA Office of the Secretary reported that 743 congregations have taken a total of 791 first votes to leave the ELCA.

Of those 791 first votes, 551 passed and 240 failed. It said 437 second votes have been taken, a requirement to cut ties with the denomination.

Of those, 414 second votes passed and 23 failed. Most of the votes came in reaction to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's actions on sexuality.


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