Very interesting article about the Canadian United Church. In an increasingly secular society, where the United Church has become a "government-sponsored social club", there is some serious talk about just closing shop.

What's unfortunate is that, aside from the Unitarians, the United Church is pretty much the most liberal and sensible congregation around.

Will United Church 'throw in the towel'?

Says Reverend Connie denBok:

"We have a huge number of deeply demoralized clergy, congregations dwindling and dying, and either we say, 'Gosh, we've hit a dead end and should consider changing direction,' or we say, 'Our direction has been a good and righteous one and we're not getting anywhere with it and we should shut the whole organization down."

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