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Sandusky Resolutions.

Adopted by the ALC assembled in conv. October 14–20, 1938, Sandusky, Ohio; read in part: “Resolved, … 2. That we declare the Brief Statement of the Missouri Synod, together with the Declaration of our Commission, a sufficient doctrinal basis for Church fellowship between the Missouri Synod and the American Lutheran Church.

“3. That … we are firmly convinced that it is neither necessary nor possible to agree in all non-fundamental doctrines. Nevertheless, we are willing to continue the negotiations concerning the points termed in our Declaration as 'not divisive of Church-fellowship,' and recognized as such by the Missouri Synod's resolutions…

“4.… We … expect that henceforth by both sides the erection of opposition altars shall be carefully avoided and that just coordination of mission work shall earnestly be sought.

“5.… We believe that the brief statement viewed in the light of our Declaration is not in contradiction to the Minneapolis Theses which are the basis of our membership in the American Lutheran Conference. We are not willing to give up this membership.”

The resolutions also reported progress in negotiations with the ULC.

Official Minutes, Fifth Convention of the American Lutheran Church (Columbus, Ohio, 1938), pp. 255–257; “Resolutions of the American Lutheran Church,” The Lutheran Witness, LVII (1938), 373; “The Resolutions of the American Lutheran Church with Reference to Lutheran Union,” CTM, X (1939), 59–61; “The Fellowship Convention,” Lutheran Standard, XCV, No. 46 (November 12, 1938). 3–13; Documents of Lutheran Unity in America, ed. R. C. Wolf (Philadelphia, 1966), pp. 400–401.


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