Mainline Denominations

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination

"The departure of the theologically conservative congregations to the new group, the Alliance of Reformed Churches, leaves some who remain in the RCA concerned for the denomination’s survival. Before the split, the nearly 400-year-old denomination had fewer than 200,000 members and 1,000 churches." - RNS

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ELCA becomes first mainline denomination in US to install trans-identified bishop

"The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has installed Rev. Megan Rohrer as the first openly transgender bishop to serve in the liberal mainline Protestant denomination’s history." - CPost

(See also AP/ChurchLeaders)

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UK-based Methodist Church votes to approve gay marriage, recognize cohabitating couples

"The conference voted 256-45 to allow its ministers to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies .... Regarding cohabitation, the conference approved a resolution stating that it 'recognises that the love of God is present' either 'through informal cohabitation or a more formal commitment entered into publicly.'" - C.Post

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