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Lutherans Seek Greater Diversity

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The E-L-C-A, like many mainline protestant churches, has seen a decrease in membership over the last quarter century.

The denomination has its roots in northern Europe.

But pews are no longer packed with Germans, Danes, Swedes and Norwegians.

In hopes of growing, the Lutheran Church is trying to establish about two dozen minority congregations around the country.

Currently, African Americans comprise only about one percent of Evangelical Lutherans nation-wide.

That number is slightly higher in the Metro Chicago Synod which has well-established congregations on the city’s South Side.

The E-L-C-A also has launched Asian, Latino, American Indian and Arab outreach ministries.

I’m Jason DeRose, Chicago Public Radio.

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