If you’re old enough to remember the 1955 hit lyric “Love and marriage go together like
a . . . ,” then you’re old enough to notice that walking down the aisle of a church to get married is going the way of the horse and carriage.
Canadians are still getting married. Federal government cutbacks forced Statistics Canada to stop keeping count in 2008, but in the last decade of record keeping there were about 150,000 marriages each year. However, the percentage of Canadians choosing to get married in a United church has been in steady decline from over 25 percent in 1945 to six percent in 2008. And that trend could reach zero by 2019.
The future will not unfold in a straight line, but there are already over 700 United Church congregations that had no weddings in 2012. And the threshold to be among the top 10 percent of United Church wedding chapels is six ceremonies per year.
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