Mainline and Mainstream–How the Two Departed

Over the next two weeks I will be writing on
the disengagement of the mainline denominations from what is today being called
mainstream media. Mainstream media in this series refers primarily to broadcast
radio and television. These two, along with newspapers and mass circulation
magazines, are also known as traditional media.

As regular readers of this blog may recall, I’ve expressed concern about the absence of mainline voices in the public dialogue for years. Today there is more discussion of this dilemma and I welcome it. It’s a topic about which I’m passionate and have lots of opinions.

Over the next two weeks I will be posting here on the disengagement of the mainline denominations from the “mainstream media.”

In this series when I refer to mainstream media I am referring primarily to broadcast radio and television. I’m aware, however, that mass circulation newspapers and magazines are part of the traditional media and are also considered mainstream.

Mainline refers to religious denominations with historic roots in the U.S., many with antecedents in Europe. These include The United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, American Baptist Church, Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ/Christian, among others.

So, I hope you come back over the next two weeks and share your reactions.

I will be traveling outside the U.S. during part of this time and will do my best to post from overseas.

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