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Wycliffe receives $50 million, Without Walls faces foreclosure, and other news in brief.
  • Fort Worth, Texas, became the fourth diocese to secede from the Episcopal Church when delegates voted November 15 to align with the conservative Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. It followed the dioceses of San Joaquin in Fresno, California; Pittsburgh; and Quincy, Illinois.
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators in November received an anonymous $50 million gift to speed up Scripture translation for the last people groups without the Bible in their native tongue. The gift was the largest in Wycliffe's 75-year history.
  • Prominent megachurch Without Walls International Church faced foreclosure of its Tampa property in November when the Evangelical Christian Credit Union demanded immediate repayment of a $12 million mortgage. The church had defaulted on a $1 million loan due in August, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The August divorce of pastors Randy and Paula White prompted half of the 22,000-member congregation to leave the church.
  • Augsburg Fortress, the publishing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced in October it will close nine U.S. bookstores, lay off more than 50 of almost 300 employees, and decline to publish new books in its consumer-oriented line. The publisher will focus on church resources, academic texts, and web-based products.


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