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Some congregations in the ALC opted not to join the merger and instead formed the American Association of Lutheran Churches.Its immigrant heritage came mostly from Germany, Norway, and Denmark.It was the most theologically conservative of the forming bodies, having a heritage of Old Lutheran theology.The ELCA is in full communion with the Episcopal Church, Moravian Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. found that 79% of Lutheran Church in America clergy, 62% of American Lutheran Church clergy, and 58% of Lutheran Church Missouri Synod clergy surveyed agreed that "a merger of all Lutheran groups in the United States into one organization is desirable".The ELCA formally came into existence on January 1, 1988, creating the largest Lutheran church body in the United States.As of 2015 There are also many smaller Lutheran church bodies in the United States, some of which came into being composed of dissidents following the major 1988 merger.The ELCA belongs to the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation.Combination of Old and Neo- Lutheranism with Confessing Movement, Evangelical Catholic, High Church, Haugean, Pietist, charismatic, progressive, Christian left, Christian feminism, some Wesleyan and moderate to liberal influences The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
It joined in fellowship with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and officially held to biblical inerrancy in its constitution, although it seldom enforced it by means of heresy trials and other doctrinal discipline.Its geographic center was in the Upper Midwest, especially Minnesota.The Church is a result of a merger among The American Lutheran Church (ALC) with its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) (centered in New York City, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) (which had earlier withdrawn from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod after 1975), all of which had formally agreed in 1982 to unite after several years of discussions.The ALC and LCA were themselves the product of previous mergers.
In 1960, the American Lutheran Church, formed 1930 (ALC), the United Evangelical Lutheran Church (UELC), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) merged to form The American Lutheran Church, with the Lutheran Free Church (LFC) joining in 1963.The ALC brought approximately 2.25 million members into the ELCA.