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The Evangelical Lutheran Church or ELC was formed in 1917 as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America or NLCA The NLCA was formed by merger of the Hauge Synod (est. 1876), the Norwegian Synod (est. 1853) and the United Norwegian Lutheran Church (est. 1890). The Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, commonly called the Norwegian Synod, was founded in February 1853 in Iowa. ... The United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America was the result of the union formed between the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, the Conference of the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Anti-Missourian Brotherhood in 1890. ...

The NLCA renamed itself the “Evangelical Lutheran Church” or ELC in 1946. The ELC joined with other Lutheran churches in 1960 to form American Lutheran Church (1960-1987). The American Lutheran Church (ALC) was a Christian Protestant denomination in the United States from 1960 to 1987. ...

This coalescence of Lutheran churches continued into recent times, with the ELC joining others to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA in 1988. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ...


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