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Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Among the old mainstream denominations reporting to the National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church suffered the worst loss of membership from 1992-2002 — plunging from 3.4 million members to 2.3 million for a 32 percent loss.
Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out of the American church and align with conservative Anglican groups in Africa and South America. In the NCC’s 2012 yearbook, the Episcopal Church admitted another 2.71 percent annual membership loss.
As a result, some of the largest Episcopal congregations in the United States have been forced to vacate their buildings and meet elsewhere.
So now, convention delegates were told, the denomination is the proud owner of scores of empty buildings nationwide – and liable for their upkeep in a depressed real estate market where empty church buildings are less than prime property.
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He has been with the Inquirer and Daily News since 2012 and covered higher education in New Jersey until 2017.Those new tests that have been developed in recent years generally agree with experts’ consensus: Pennsylvania’s congressional map is among the most gerrymandered.“The map falls on the wrong side of the constitutional line — it intentionally, severely, durably, and unjustifiably discriminates against Democratic candidates and voters,” wrote Nick Stephanopoulos, a University of Chicago professor who developed the “efficiency gap” measure at the heart of and that will be used in this case.“The political scientists’ tools make the legal analysis easy and reliable.” In this trial, he wrote, the state lawmakers are “trying to defend the indefensible.” Showing that the map is skewed is the first part of the argument brought by the Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center, which is representing the group of voters bringing the state challenge.They also hope to show that the skewing is intentional, relying in part on evidence that was turned over by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati in last week’s separate federal trial, . Kevin Brobson had blocked attempts by the Public Interest Law Center to force Turzai and Scarnati to turn over the documents, but a three-judge panel ordered them produced for the federal case.Looking for no strings attached fun in Hortonville?