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St. Paul’s largest ELCA congregation chooses gay pastor

March 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A gay pastor who made national headlines after being removed from the official clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for being in a same-sex relationship has been overwhelmingly approved as the new senior pastor of the denomination’s largest St. Paul church. Continue Reading

‘They say it’s not a sin, And we say it is’

December 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic

33 congregations leave ELCA as Christians in South Dakota struggle with views on homosexuality
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Nevis church members mull split with ELCA

July 13, 2011 in Park Rapids Enterprise

After “prayerful consideration,” a group of Lutherans in Nevis has begun working on a proposal for a new Lutheran congregation. Continue Reading

Carrington, N.D., church votes to leave ELCA

May 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, N.D., voted to leave the Evangelical Church in America.
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Hatton church leaves ELCA

May 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

St. John Lutheran Church, the congregation in Hatton, N.D., where native son, pioneer aviator and famed Arctic explorer Carl Ben Eielson was baptized and buried, voted Sunday to leave the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination and join another. Continue Reading

A new face on Protestantism: Twin Cities synods make diversity a priority

April 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — and other Protestant churches — more churches with different backgrounds and races are needed. But getting diverse people into the same church is often not that easy. Minnesota has the largest number of ELCA members of any state, with close to 800,000 baptized members. Nationwide, the ELCA has nearly 4.5 million members. Only about 3 percent are people of color.
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ELCA issues revised statement on genetics and faith

February 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released today a proposed social statement, “Genetics, Faith and Responsibility,” revised some since a draft last year raised controversy among some members who said it rejected modern farming practices such as genetically-modified seed. Continue Reading

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President to appoint ELCA bishop Hanson to serve on council

February 7, 2011 in INFORUM

President Barack Obama will appoint Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Mark Hanson to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, an ELCA press release said. Continue Reading&

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ELCA event helps unify members: Congregations offer each other support

January 29, 2011 in INFORUM

Mark Narum, bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, has some advice to churches facing a vote to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Continue Reading

Devils Lake church votes to exit ELCA

December 22, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, N.D., passed the second of the two votes required to disaffiliate with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America earlier this week.
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