Friday, February 05, 2010

ELCA Congregational Votes Proceeding

Shrimp again. The following message reportedly from ELCA Secretary David Swartling was forwarded to a Shellfish inbox:
I write to update you on the number of congregations that have taken votes to terminate their relationship with the ELCA. This update is based upon information provided to the Office of the Secretary by synods.

As of February 3, we have been advised that 220 congregations have taken votes to leave the ELCA. In 156 congregations, the first vote passed; in 64 congregations the first vote failed. 28 congregations have taken a second vote, all of which passed. (This does not mean that all 28 of these congregations have been removed from the roster because Synod Council approval is required for congregations established by the ELCA and former congregations of the Lutheran Church in America, and, in some cases, the vote is disputed because questions exist regarding the process.)

It also is worthy to note that 16 synods have not reported any congregations that have voted to terminate their relationship with the ELCA.
Shrimp out.

2 comments:

Scallop said...

The ELCA constitution also calls for posting names of congregations "removed" from the roster (the term used when a congregation decides to leave) in the church periodical (AKA The Lutheran). Waiting and watching for the list.

Tony said...

Scallop: I believe that the church periodical in question is the annual report. - Lobster (or is that one taken already... :)

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The good ship ELCA...
Or the Shellfish blog...