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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Emerging churches

WELLESLEY

They're trying something new in the basement of the Wellesley Congregational Church. A new kind of church service that is a little less formal, less wordy, less cerebral.

The antique church (founded in 1798) has been tempted to change things because of a phenomenon called the emerging church movement, the Globe's Spiritual Life column reports today.

Those who are trying these new appraoches are hoping that they may reignite longtime congregants' faith and lure in the "unchurched."

Joe Yang , a shop owner who attends both the new service and a traditional service upstairs at the church, says the two are "so different."

"Here, you can be a little bit more casual ... Down here, you're a little more relaxed," he said.

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