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Published: 4/27/2002

St. Mark's dedicates `Crossroads'

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Collingwood Boulevard yesterday dedicated its renovated third-floor gymnasium, which features new window treatments, paint, and a Chartres labyrinth painted on the floor.

“Crossroads: Where Spirit, Self, and Community Come Together,” will offer space for yoga, meditation, drumming, and labyrinth walks.

The church is located at 2272 Collingwood Blvd. in the Old West End.

The Rev. Ken Jones, pastor of Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, Calif., will speak on “Reformation for a New Millennium,” 7 p.m. tomorrow at Toledo Covenant Church, 5132 Harvest Lane.

Mr. Jones is co-host of “The White Horse Inn” radio broadcast and a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a special concert at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow to say goodbye to the nave and chancel that the downtown church has known for more than 98 years. Major renovation work begins next week.

The Right Rev. J. Clark Grew, bishop of the diocese, will preside at the regular Sunday morning services.

An informational meeting will be held May 4 for blind or vision-impaired Christians who would like to meet others for support and fellowship.

The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Phillip Lutheran Church, 3002 Upton Ave. and will include free dinner and transportation. For information, call 419-476-6399 by Wednesday.

NASHVILLE - The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, says it grew even bigger last year, adding 92,612 followers for a total membership of 16,052,920.

Still, the gain was lower than the increase in 2000, when the convention added about 109,000 people. And baptisms last year declined by 18,727, to about 396,000.

The statistics were collected from local Baptist associations and state conventions for the annual church profile.

In several states, moderate Southern Baptists have broken away from their state conventions, taking members and churches with them, to protest the conservative beliefs of the church's national leaders.

It remains unclear how many members have been lost to the breakaway groups, since some churches maintain ties with both the state conventions and the new moderate organizations.

The next two largest Protestant denominations in terms of membership are the United Methodists, with 8,340,954, and the Church of God in Christ with a total of 5,499,875 followers.

Roman Catholicism remains the largest religious body in the United States, with more than 63 million members.



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