CHICAGO — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) both have slashed their 2009 budgets, cutting programs and laying off scores of personnel as denominations continue to suffer from the recession. The ELCA, the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination, announced a $5.6 million reduction in its 2009 budget March 31. Since last November, the ELCA has eliminated…
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