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New Life's successful merger was featured in a story in the Akron Beacon-Journal on January 12.  The article touches on the history of the two parishes, as well as the recent renovation project and New Life's many outreach efforts.

The Rev. Patricia Hanen was full of doubt when she learned of the merger between St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Akron's Firestone Park and St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lake Township.

"I said, 'Oh, no! Mergers never work,' " said Hanen, who worked in congregational development for the Ohio Episcopal Diocese at the time. "I asked the bishop, 'What are you trying to do to these people? All the research shows that mergers don't work.' "

That was 10 years ago.

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