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denomination

1. a group having a distinctive interpretation of a religious faith and usually its own organization
2. a grade or unit in a series of designations of value, weight, measure, etc.

denomination

any subsection of the Christian Church (e.g. a former SECT, or a breakaway part of a former national church) which has become well established and has a substantial membership. Denominations are usually regarded as less dynamic than sects. As such, they are sometimes presented as the midpoint in a typology of forms of religious organization (see CHURCH-SECT TYPOLOGY).
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Denominations with western outlooks and thought patterns were copied on the mission field; even worse, in addition to some Chinese indigenous churches, denominational rivalries and mutual attacks became a hallmark of the churches.
Their goal is to produce "an empathetic examination of denominational structures as embodied theology, one that does justice to both the organizational and the religious nature of those structures" (9).
Standing Out of Sight: A History of Denominational Statistics in the Southern Baptist Convention 1882-2009.
Newfoundland is the only Canadian province with an entirely denominational school system.
In 1984, the Ontario Court of Appeal effectively upheld a teacher's termination for marrying outside the requirements of the Catholic Church on the grounds that serious departures from denominational standards by a teacher could not be isolated from his or her duties in a denominational school.
At the same time the early twentieth-century leaders of the school envisioned its mission in trans- denominational terms.
Furthermore, picking up on Phelps's concern with Black spirituality cutting across denominational boundaries, perhaps Black Catholic scholars of religion are in a unique position to do comparative work (a much needed investigation) on African American religions.
Are we an ecumenical and inclusive church as is commonly claimed or back in the era of denominational bigotry?
Denominational plans or retirement plans such as 403(b)s or SEPs established by religious denominations for their clerics also offer significant opportunities.
A spokesman for the Catholic diocese of Shrewsbury said he did not think a joint denominational school would be appropriate on the Beechwood.
While he makes clear that he is committed to the close communion and Biblicism of his denomination, nonetheless he worked with many denominations in the struggle for racial justice and shows how evangelical ministry triumphed over denominational legalism (my wording) while a military chaplain during the Vietnam War.
The magazine was named Best in Class for denominational general interest magazine and took prestigious first-place Awards of Excellence in a record-breaking eight other categories, including: best theme coverage, best column ("Margin Notes"), best humor piece, most personally useful article, best biblical interpretation, best cover, best illustration, and best photography.