My apologies for the gap in posting. There have been a lot of things I'd like to comment on but not really enough time. I wanted to comment on Pope Benedict's new encyclical, and some world events that I can't even recall now, alas.
I've been in Portland a little over a month now. Whee!
From Karl Keating's newsletter today (if you don't subscribe, you should!):
UPS AND DOWNS IN MEMBERSHIP
If you were a member of the Disciples of Christ Church, you would not find the latest statistics consoling.
In the last forty years your denomination lost 57 percent of its membership (more than 1 million people), doing even worse than the Presbyterian Church in the USA, which lost 44 percent (1.8 million) and the Episcopal Church, which lost 35 percent (1.3 million). In fact, all of the mainline Protestant churches have seen a precipitous decline in membership.
That decline has been offset by big increases for more conservative denominations. The Assemblies of God gained 2.2 million members, for a 377 percent increase, and the Southern Baptist Convention gained 5.7 million for a 53 percent increase.
The biggest gainer of all in terms of head count has been the Catholic Church, up by 21 million members for a growth of 45 percent.
That's got to be one of the most under-reported stories there is.
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