Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: When Congregations Leave Their Denominations

Aug 4, 2011 | Posted by: Joe DeCaro | Full story: www.virtueonline.org

More and more, conservative congregations are choosing to leave liberal denominations. Rarely does the opposite occur with a liberal congregation withdrawing to unite with a more conservative denomination.

"I think conservative Christians generally take their faith seriously," says Dr. Jeffry Marlett, an associate professor of religious studies at The College of Saint Rose in Ablany, N.Y. "They feel that it's better to stand by their faith and not become conformed to the ways of the world, which is why you see conservative congregations leaving liberal denominations and not vice versa" ...

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"... in mid-2006, the bishops elected Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as head of TEC in America. Schori said in a Time magazine interview shortly after her election that 'Christ was a vehicle to the divine - that Jesus is not unique,' says Thrasher.'Basically, she expressed the universalistic view that all religions lead to God.'

"A few months later, Truro, along with eight other congregations, withdrew from TEC and joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a mission initiative of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

"In today's increasingly pluralistic society, Truro's experience is not unique."

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LOL - Virtue an oped blogger still supports the stealing of church property by 'orthodox' folk like himself

Joe, true Son of the Church of Rome, publish more mainstream Episcopalian articles once in a while in your role as 'editor'.

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I don't publish, I post: check the main page.

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It's a good article, this has happened in other religions as well; for one the Lutheran church is broken into three types of thought: liberal/Evangelical, moderate/Missouri Synod and conservative/WELS Synod. The moderates due well in numbers at this time but the followers are torn within this group on major issues taking no hard line stance, there are times when you have to stand up for what is legal, ethical and moral. The Catholic church is having the same problems on major issues such as immigration, war,abortion and the death penalty. In this case the Catholics stay together but put their money and votes towards the issues that concern them the most. As time goes on all religions will have to face these issues and there will be some who are unhappy, there will be different branches of one religion there is no getting away from it.
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12:34 pm, Thursday, August 4, 2011:
RE: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: When Congregations Leave Their Denominations
..... Never mind the labels of the many religious factions/churches/chapels/mosq ues/synagogues etc., nor their relations to one another. What matters is whether or not ALL of their members always do what God wants them to do, never do what God does NOT wants them to do, and to what extent their leaders enforce all of the additional rules/laws of their own group.

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