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(RealClear)   Supreme Court issues a Writ of "not gonna touch THIS with a ten foot pole" in a suit between the Episcopal church and a breakaway congregation over who owns a historic church and related property   (realclear.com) divider line 3
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2014-03-11 01:59:56 PM
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Theaetetus: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've said it for a while now - the churches that try to keep up with society's changes will fail - because we are growing out of our imaginary friends.

On the contrary, I could see progressive churches shifting to a psychological therapy-based service, with counseling instead of prayer, and ministers with psych degrees rather than or in addition to theology degrees. Like, you go to the doctor if you've got an injury, or you go to the church if you've got depression or anxiety.


Kind of like the butthurt hospital?
2014-03-11 12:44:25 PM
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RexTalionis: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've said it for a while now - the churches that try to keep up with society's changes will fail - because we are growing out of our imaginary friends. Only the churches that serve as havens for willfully ignorant bigots will survive in the end. Everyone else will eventually let go.

Progressive Christianity, which you can find in the Catholic Church and some progressive evangelical churches is great. Huge emphasis on social justice and helping the poor, the sick and the helpless, not as much on "You're going to hell."


Episcopals are generally progressive as well. Except for these cases where they want to split off and hate teh ghey.
2014-03-11 12:24:59 PM
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Yates said the vast majority of the congregation has remained with him since the split. They typically hold services in a nearby Catholic high school, and he estimated attendance of more than 2,000 at weekly services - nearly the size of the congregation before the 2006 split.

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The Falls Church Episcopal congregation, which had been displaced until it was allowed back onto the property in the summer of 2012, has about 200 or so attending Sunday services, said its rector, Rev. John Ohmer.

"It continues to be a diverse group," Ohmer said. "Our doors are wide open to everyone."


I've said it for a while now - the churches that try to keep up with society's changes will fail - because we are growing out of our imaginary friends.  Only the churches that serve as havens for willfully ignorant bigots will survive in the end.  Everyone else will eventually let go.
 
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