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The Rev. Ralph Olsen of King of Kings Lutheran Church said some congregants have taken opposing views of how the congregation should respond to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's policy change on gay clergy, but the controversial issue has not dramatically altered King of Kings. "It hasn't changed anything about the congregation," Olsen said.

Local churches weigh leaving ELCA after gay clergy vote

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A recent decision by the country's largest Lutheran denomination regarding gay clergy prompted local congregations to reconsider their ties to the organization.


At least two area churches are reviewing their affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), following a vote to allow gays and lesbians who are in monogamous relationships to serve as clergy, if called by a church.

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