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What is the denomination’s future?
Here’s what Nichols, the Salt Lake City pastor, says: "Luther dared to stand before the powers of his day and ask ‘why?’ He questioned the assumptions of those who called for blind submission to both religious and political authority. He empowered the masses of his time to read for themselves, seek the equality that liberated their lives, and work for the common good."
This band of believers will "strive to continue this reforming spirit in our mission and in our community," Nichols writes. "We aspire to embody the Lutheran values of equality, inclusivity and critical reflection in our life together."
Sources: Lutheran World Federation; ELCA.org, http://usalutherans.tripod.com; U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations and Membership 2010; http://christianity.about.com/od/denominations/a/lutheran.htm.
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