CHICAGO — Continuing a 14-year slide, membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) dropped in 2005 to just over 4.85 million baptized members, according to a church news release. The ELCA’s baptized membership declined by 79,653 in 2005, or 1.62 percent, the largest such drop in at least 15 years, according to a report issued Aug. 1 by…
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