Traditionalist Lutherans create new denomination

More than 1,000 Lutherans created a new denomination and elected its initial leaders at the annual Lutheran CORE convocation in Ohio Thursday and Friday.

The move comes, in part, as a reaction to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), when that denomination opted to allow individuals in same-gender relationships and passed a controversial social statement on human sexuality.

Efforts to create the NALC were spearheaded by Lutheran CORE, a traditionalist Lutheran group.

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