CHICAGO — Membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the country’s largest Lutheran denomination, has fallen for the 16th consecutive year, the ELCA announced Aug. 14. While the ELCA grows worldwide — particularly in sub-Saharan Africa — baptized membership in the United States declined by more than 64,000 in 2007, a 1.34 percent drop. The church now counts…
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