Lutheran Groups Merge to Form Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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In Columbus, Ohio, three smaller Lutheran groups merge to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), becoming the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S.

The three groups are the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America, and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. The new Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will have approximately 5.3 million people as members. It is not officially incorporated, however, until the following year.

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