A North Dakota church recently left the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, expressing concern about the ELCA’s attitude toward biotech farming. There has been concern on the part of some that an ELCA statement on genetics, which is currently in the draft stage,Â condemns GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Â But Bill Rindy of the ELCA says, “The draft does not condemn GMOs.”
TheÂ Forum ran aÂ story todayÂ on a church that voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran ChurchÂ in America. There was a sense in that rural North Dakota congregation that the ELCA was making statements that went against farmers. If you want to take a deeper look at the issue, here are some additional resources related to that story.
- The story mentions a draft of an ELCA social statement on genetics. You can view the draft here.
- Read the executive summary of the draft statement here.
- An ELCA FAQ on the draft genetics social statement is posted here.
- Get more info on the draft statement from the ELCA.
- Here is a “Dakota Farmer” piece on the issue.
- The Forum story mentions Sarah Bedgar Wilson’s “Farmer on a Mission” blog on the topic. You can read her blog post here.
- Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church joined Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. You can read more about that denomination/association here.