Religion: Saving the Country Church

In an age of superhighways and two cars in the farmer's garage, America's rural churches find it hard to compete with the attractions of the nearest town. The result, says the Town and Country department of the National Council of Churches, is that every year hundreds of one-room churches are abandoned and left to decay. All told, the council estimates, some 20,000 country churches have closed down in the last 25 years. Many have been converted into granaries and barns.

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