The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Votes for Decline
by Brad Everett
In less than 24 hours, and the space of four votes, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) effectively set aside twenty centuries of Christian teaching and practice on marriage, the family, and the ordained ministry at its 2011 National Convention, held July 14–17, 2011, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The sister church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the ELCIC is made up of approximately 145,400 baptized members in 594 congregations across Canada. The result of a merger of two Lutheran denominations in 1986, . . .