Mainline Protestant denominations, which have declined sharply since their heyday in the 1960s, lost hundreds of congregations during 2006 and possibly are poised to lose even more in 2007.

Three of the denominations the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church (USA) lost nearly 300 congregations after their national governing bodies began abandoning their historic ban on ordaining practicing homosexuals.

The largest loss occurred in the United Church of Christ, a congregationalist denomination that unlike the PCUSA and ECUSA allows its churches to leave with their property.

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