DaTech Guy notes the quiet passing of the National Council of Churches from the New York scene.
Juicy Ecumenism has the messy details.
The once prestigious and now nearly bankrupt National Council of Churches is quitting its famous New York headquarters built with largesse from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and whose cornerstone was laid by President Dwight Eisenhower. Down to a handful of staffers, the NCC will consolidate into the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Two generations ago, this group was on top of the religious world. Now?
But as generations passed a funny thing happened. As people of faith continued to be “fruitful and multiply” and as the public school continued to fail their students and people sent their children to religious schools where they were taught an orthodox faith. Denominations without faith started to die, and Catholic splinter groups and liberal organizations like the LCWR found themselves marginalized as young people of faith found nothing in them to inspire them to join until finally they fell under the scrutiny of a Vatican no longer ignoring those who decided to stray.
You'll hear peeps from protesting liberal theologians once in a while. But their power is gone because the people have gone elsewhere - to real faith experiences.