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End of Elite Denominational Headquarters
Once upon a time, from the UUA on down, “Headquarters” buildings were statements of power: “Look! We are important! ‘Notice us!’” But just as cathedrals don’t tower in an age of skyscrapers, so impressive-looking headquarters no longer draw notice. And “secularization” is only part of the reason for this change. (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
Denominations Downsizing and Selling Assets in More Secular Era
“They’re finding themselves pressed for finances, and making some hard choices about property, and so we’re seeing more sales in the last decade than we had for the last century." (NYT)
First Presbyterian narrowly votes to stay with denomination
"The leadership of First Presbyterian Church, which was established shortly after Houston's founding, had unanimously endorsed the move from Presbyterian Church USA to the breakaway denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians." (Houston Chronicle)
RealClearReligion - Denominationalism Is a Sin
“Denominationalism is a sin — whether it’s practiced by ‘us’ or ‘them,’” he said. “It is in direct conflict with the prayer of Jesus in John 17. Because of this ... I have very little to do with organized ecumenical activities that are designed to accept all beliefs, unchallenged.”
A Religious Legacy, With Its Leftward Tilt, Is Reconsidered
After decades of focusing on evangelicals, historians are reassessing the legacy of liberal Protestantism (The New York Times)
Free Church in plea over 'Wee Frees' nickname
Calling the Free Church of Scotland "Wee Frees" is outdated and offensive, its moderator has said (BBC)
Assemblies of God tends to a rapidly growing flock
The Assemblies of God is the fastest-growing religious body in Minnesota at a time when other Protestant groups are shrinking. (Star Tribune)
Seven in 10 Americans Are Very or Moderately Religious
But Protestant population is shrinking as "unbranded" religion grows. (Gallup)
Evangelicals team up across denominations
Evangelical United Methodist groups are teaming up with evangelical groups in other mainline Protestant denominations to engage in joint ministries and to explore cooperatively planting churches and sending missionaries, offering incubator facilities to support new church plants, providing theological education and sharing space with dislocated congregations. (UMNS)
Zimbabwe: 'We Represent Churches of Zimbabwe'
THE Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe is an indigenous church organisation launched to defend and uphold the interests of indigenous churches that have been for a long time regarded as illegitimate. (allAfrica.com)
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