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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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Since there can be no denominationally neutral ecclesiology and also no denominationally neutral ecumenism this must mean that the clarification of the understanding of the church and its unity from different perspectives must remain the main item on the future ecumenical agenda (12) and should be multilaterally discussed within the WCC.
The exigencies of war trumped existing personal relationships and denominationally specific legitimating criteria.
For a long time, Jones was an eclectic Christian, both doctrinally and denominationally, though in 1944 he committed himself to confirmation and membership in the Episcopalian Church in Wales.
Within the Judeo-Christian traditions, even familiar stories are told denominationally, that is, differently (a Jewish rabbi will tell a different story than an Anglican bishop about Moses, God, and the burning bush, for example).
Trained in linguistics at the University of North Dakota, in the mid-1960s Hayward and his wife volunteered to work for the Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM), a denominationally unaffiliated missionary alliance linked theologically to the conservative Independent Fundamentalist Churches of America.
In the September 1997 referendum, a great many people had been bamboozled into believing that "religious education" in a new Tobin common school system in fact meant confessional religious instruction, as presently exists in the denominationally shared `joint service' schools.
He asked rally-goers, "Have we loved our racially and denominationally different brothers?
Now the real estate has been socialized and we who are like John are church, whether members of the Metropolitan Community Church that was set up for us or in the Women-Church movement where we are more than welcome or in the myriad denominationally linked groups that carry the struggle for inclusion and meaning into the mainstream of Christian life.
The other groups all had something that identified them denominationally in all their names.
A second difficulty is that this theory is denominationally inconsistent .
It also is the case that denominationally identified Christians were not clear about their theological convictions.
76)--such as Notre Dame--as well as the historic factors separating Catholic and Evangelical schools as denominationally affiliated institutions, Turner concludes that there is "little chance today of institutional interaction" (p.