Predecessor Church Body Statements
Please noteThe American Lutheran ChurchAugustana Lutheran ChurchThe Lutheran Church in AmericaThe Lutheran Council in the U.S.A.The United Lutheran Church in AmericaProcreation Ethics Series
The documents in this section were voted on by a church body which preceded the founding of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Any such statement has the status of a "historical document." These documents may guide the ELCA and inform the work of the Office of the Presiding Bishop and act as policy when sufficient agreement exists and the ELCA has not adopted another statement on the same subject. However, social statements of predecessor church bodies to not constitute ELCA policy, as they have not been voted on by a Churchwide Assembly. When quoting or referring to these documents, please take care to make the non-binding nature of this relationship clear.
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