By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
About five years ago, I traveled to rural Iowa to report on a 156-year-old church surrounded by corn and soybean fields and a cemetery where generations of deceased members rest in peace.
The news angle was that the tiny congregation was working hard to survive despite immense challenges facing it and similar houses of worship.
As part of the same “Rural Redemption” project, I spent a Sunday with a 200-year-old assembly in the farming and coal-mining country of southeastern Ohio.
I thought those churches had long histories!
But Washington Post religion writer Julie Zauzmer recently wrote about an Episcopal congregation in rural Virginia that is marking 400 years — 400 years! — in 2018.
The Post’s headline pretty much nails it:
This 400-year-old church is older than almost any institution in America
This won’t be a long post because my basic message is simple: This is an interesting, well-reported story, and I’d urge you to read it.
What did I like about it? I’ll quickly mention three things.
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All of my GetReligion columns (May 2018):