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Hawley church votes to leave ELCA

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More than 70 percent of Hawley (Minn.) Lutheran Church members who took part in a Sunday vote backed cutting ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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That was the first of two votes yielding a two-thirds majority the church needs to secede from the ELCA. About 58 percent of members who took part in a May vote backed leaving the ELCA, an outcome that fell short of the needed supermajority.

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