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The church of cucumber sandwiches and hats? or not

The church of cucumber sandwiches and hats? or not

Cathy Grossman at Religion News Service reports on the subject of naming:

Do Mainline Protestants need a new name? Could re-branding rouse the dwindling troops? Writing in the flagship mainline magazine Christian Century, scholar and Presbyterian pastor Carol Merritt raised the thought that a new name , one that conveys the Mainline’s rising diversity and social justice leadership, could stem the slide:

“I, for one, am tired of pretending that we want to hang out at the Country Club and eat cucumber sandwiches in fancy hats. We are not some sort of upper-crust elite society.”

So we wondered what a new name could be.

Check out ideas

Old Line

Liberal Church

Grandma’s Church


New Coke

Forget labels

What would you suggest for diverse, social justice, progressive liberal churches? You can add your idea on RNS Twitterfeed #Mainline


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John Shirley

I’m with Paul Woodrum! 🙂

-John Shirley

Paul Woodrum

I for one rather dread the idea of a new Episcopal Church forged by committees whether authorized by GC or not. Renewal, OK, but not new and certainly not without cucumber sandwiches, crust removed, and served with pots and pots of tea by ladies in hats and white gloves.

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