Hawley Lutheran Church votes to leave the ELCA
By: WDAY Staff Reports, Published December 20 2010
Hawley, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Another area church is leaving the ELCA. Yesterday, Hawley Lutheran Church voted overwhelmingly to leave the denomination.
The vote came after a year-long debate sparked in part by the ELCA's decision to allow gay clergy members who are in same-sex relationships. There are 11-hundred members at the Hawley church.
It's the third time the church has held a vote. This timed passing with the needed two-thirds majority, 239-to-60.