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Two American presidents, Martin Van Buren and Theodore Roosevelt, were members 46 A Jewish Guide to Interreligious Relations of the Dutch Reformed Church. The earliest population centers of RCA members were in New York and New Jersey, and later in Michigan and Iowa. In 1965 RCA membership was 385,000, and today the membership is about 278,000,22 reflecting the general decline in mainline churches. The RCA reflects a strong Calvinist or Reformed Protestant theology and church structure. Church membership now includes Hispanics, blacks, and Asians, in addition to those of Dutch background.

Meanwhile, attempts to lessen the conflict over the divestment resolution continue. The Reformed Church in America The Reformed Church in America (RCA) traces its roots to 1628 and America’s first Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam. For many years the church was called the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, and its services were conducted in Dutch and its ministers were trained in the Netherlands. The present name was adopted in 1867. The RCA maintains its headquarters in New York City, and is a member of both the NCC and the WCC.

Mormons abstain from tobacco, alcohol, harmful drugs, and caffeine. Although there is no professional clergy, males above the age of twelve are inducted into the priesthood. ” The Mormon Church is highly patriarchal, and it has recently attracted national attention because of its excommunication or “disfellowship” of six members who were publicly critical of the church or who had expressed feminist critiques about Mormon teachings and history. Despite these actions and earlier charges that the church is anti-black, the church continues to grow, adding nearly 400 new meetinghouses a year.

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