Rejuvenate. Verb [trans]. To make young again, to breath new life into.
Following the decolonization of its empire, political commentators have often, tongue-in-cheek, described Britain’s foreign policy as one of ‘managed decline.’ The UK doesn’t want to drop precipitously off the global scene, but recognizes its days as a global superpower are over and it must move slowly to the fringes.
A similar attitude seems to have taken hold among mainline and liberal Christians in the US, particularly in my denomination, the Community of Christ. Mainline Christianity is graying, slowly dying off and keeping out of the way of the growing evangelical and Pentecostal churches.