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36351Re: Varieties of Lutherans

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    Sep 1, 2009
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      In the Arizona Tri-Cities where I live there are nine Lutheran churches for a population of a little bit over 100,000. These range in size from 120 to 1200 members. Each of the three cities has an ELCA, a LCMS, and a WELS. Around here Lutherans are probably the third of forth biggest grouping after Roman Catholics, Mormons, and possibly Baptists.

      Interestingly, there is still a little bit of a tendancy around here for people to gravitate to certain jurisdictions on the basis of ancestry. For example, there is a high proportion of Scandanavian names at the ELCA (ex-ALC) church in town, but the LCMS is rather flush with German surnames.

      Of course, the various Anglican/Episcopal churches tend to be heavy on people with English, Scots, or Irish ancestry.


      The Right Rev. Peter D. Robinson
      Rector: St Paul's Anglican Church, Prescott, AZ, & Bishop-Suffragan UECNA

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