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Church Buildings

The church’s body is made up of many members, and for many of those members, the building they worship in is of vital importance. Though congregations may not always be able to dictate what their worship space looks like, more and more churches use architecture to reflect their mission. Church buildings can also be a significant source of conflict: numerous legal battles over church land and buildings occur each year, particularly as individual congregations split away from their denominations.

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    Six Protestant churches that strive to match form with faith.
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    A new survey suggests that seekers are not looking for user-friendly, mall-like buildings.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyLand and Building Wars
    A handful of parishes win the right to keep their property, but legal experts don't know if their cases are setting a precedent.
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  • China: Christians scramble to save churches, crosses - CNN.com
    The local authorities are mostly targeting state-sanctioned churches, long tolerated by the ruling Communist Party and often touted as a sign of religious freedom in the officially atheist country. Scores have been injured in the crackdown, as congregations throughout the region try to stop the government teams.
  • Putin wants monasteries, church rebuilt inside Kremlin
    Putin has cultivated strong ties with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, adopting more conservative policies and prompting some critics to suggest the line separating state and church has become blurred. (Reuters)

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