A group of Retired Lutheran bishops has addressed an open letter to ECLA:
"We are former bishops of the ELCA.* We have joined Solid Rock Lutherans, because we believe in the doctrine and practice of marriage and ordination as we have known them.* We believe that these are critical matters for our contemporary witness to the truth of the Scriptures.* We ask that you join us in this effort. We request that you use your office for the sake of the Church’s faithfulness and unity.* We plead with you to act now and call the Church back to its historic doctrine and practice.
From our experience, we know first-hand the burden and stress that you carry as bishops of the Church.* Many of you are our personal friends and confidants in ministry.* We pray for you, and we remember the office that has been committed to you.* We sincerely invite your response to this letter. It is our “cry from the heart” to you.* We ask you to do all you can to maintain the Church’s orthodox ethical norms for marriage and ordination.