Oldest US graduate Seminary to Close Campus

(RNS) The 208-year-old school calls the move part of “a bold new direction” as it vies to stop running big deficits and struggles to find a financially sustainable model.

CHR Comment: Andover-Newton seminary has historic affiliations with Congregationalism, American Baptists, and the United Church of Christ. These denominations are among the mainline Protestant churches experiencing steep decline in membership. Enrollment at mainline Protestant seminaries has dropped by 24% since 2005.

Source: Oldest US graduate seminary to close campus – Religion News Service

State Churches in Colonial America

Peter Manseau offered this interesting editorial about Christianity and the history of the United States, noting that the nation was not a Christian nation from its founding, although that might be debated. Congregationalism and Church of England were established churches in colonial America. Rhode Island was the first state to grant freedom of Religion. Massachusetts did not disestablish the Protestant church there until 1834.

America is not a “Christian” nation
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