The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


For the record: 794 congregations have taken votes to leave the ELCA

As of May 5, the ELCA Office of the Secretary reported that 794 congregations have taken a total of 851 first votes to leave the ELCA.

Of those 851 first votes, 598 passed and 253 failed. It said 497 second votes have been taken, a requirement to cut ties with the denomination. Of those, 472 second votes passed and 25 failed.

Of those congregations in which a second vote has passed, 449 have completed the termination process and are no longer on the roster of congregations of the ELCA. Most of the votes came in reaction to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's actions on sexuality.


Karen  Vigues

Karen Vigues

Posted at 10:11 am (U.S. Eastern) 6/14/2011

This is what happens when Truth is determined by a vote.

Robert Buntrock

Robert Buntrock

Posted at 9:55 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/7/2011

Karen, I'm curious what you mean with your cryptic comment.  It could mean either that you're in favor of withdrwl from the ELCA or not.

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