Atheist Leading United Church of Canada Congregation

The Rev. Gretta Vosper could see her ordination as a minister in the United Church of Canada, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, stripped because of her outspoken embrace of atheism.

CHR Comment: A surprising example of how Protestant decline is affecting the liberal and ecumenical United Church of Canada. Apart from the notoriety, one wonders why the congregation would continue to present itself as a Christian Church. Would not honesty alone call for a change in name and stated mission for this organization?

Source: Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion in Canada. – The Washington Post

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