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  Congregational church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs.
Some Congregational churches trace their descent from the original Congregational Church, a family of Protestant denominations formed on a theory of union published by Robert Browne (theologian) in 1592 and arising from the Nonconformist religious movement in England during the Puritan reformation.
Thus, the Congregationalist churches were at the same time the first example of the American theocratic ideal and also the seed-bed from which American liberal religion and society arose.
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 Congregationalism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Churches of this denomination formed a union in Scotland in 1812 and in Ireland in 1829; in 1831 the Congregational Union of England and Wales was established.
Congregational churches began to meet in local and then in statewide conferences, out of which developed (1871) the National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States.
A move to unite the Congregational Christian Churches with the Evangelical and Reformed Church was approved by the councils of the two denominations in 1957, forming the United Church of Christ.
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 Congregational church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
Some Congregational churches trace their descent from the original Congregational Church, a family of Protestant denominations formed on a theory of union published by in 1592 and arising from the Nonconformist religious movement in England during the Puritan reformation.
The Congregational Federation, the Undeb Annibynwyr Cymru, and the URC enjoy good relations and share certain aspects of church life together including their joint involvement in the Council for World Mission.
Some local churches did not follow the 1957 UCC merger and continue today as the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (http://www.naccc.org) or as members of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (http://www.ccccusa.org/).
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 MSN Encarta - Archive Article - 1939: Congregational Church
The foreign missionary work of the Congregational Churches, which is strong in both Japan and China, has been seriously affected by the war in the Far East.
Wynn C. Fairfield, one of the secretaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (one of the historic agencies of the Congregational Churches) was the organizing executive of the Church Committee for China Relief during the first half of the year.
As a means of stimulating a process of study of the permanent significance of the Congregational heritage and especially of its connection with the democratic spirit, a movement known as "Re-thinking Congregationalism" has been carried out through the circulation of papers and statements by organized discussion groups in important centers.
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 Congregational? What is?
The Congregational Churches were organized when the pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) acknowledged their essential unity in 1648.
The Christian churches sprang up in the late 1700s and early 1800s in reaction to the theological and organizational rigidity of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches of the time.
The Congregational Church of Pinehurst is a covenantal member of the Eastern North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.
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 Welcome to the CCCCUSA Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference is a theologically conservative denomination believing strongly in the autonomy of the local church.
We are comprised of churches that flow from various streams of history including Congregational, Christian, and Evangelical and Reformed and independent Community churches.
We are solidly committed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, but we allow for diversity in those areas where Christians have tended to disagree.
www.ccccusa.org   (132 words)

 Congregational church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Great Britain, the early congregationalists were called separatists or independents to distinguish themselves from the similarly Calvinistic Presbyterians, and some congregationalists there still call themselves "Independents".
Jonathan Edwards, considered by some to be the most important theologian ever produced in America, was also a Congregationalist.
Without higher courts to ensure doctrinal uniformity among the congregations, Congregationalists have been more diverse than other Reformed churches.
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 A Short Course in UCC History: The Congregational Christian Churches   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
In 1930, the Christian Church's The Herald of Gospel Liberty merged with The Congregationalist to becomeAdvance.
Congregational Christian and Evangelical and Reformed Church leaders already had begun private conversations about union when the news from Germany continued to absorb the attention of pastors and laypeople in both churches.
In trust, a joint 1954 meeting of the Congregational Christian Executive Committee and the Evangelical and Reformed General Council (ad interim for the General Synod) affirmed "The Basis of Union" with the "Interpretations"as a foundation for the merger and sufflcient for the drafting of a Constitution.
www.ucc.org /aboutus/shortcourse/congchri.htm   (939 words)

 FaithandValues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
It is a voluntary association of free churches, each church having one vote in the affairs of the association.
Many Congregational Christian churches choose to belong to both the NA and a state or regional association, but they are not required to belong to either.
Churches which are members of the NA pay no dues or assessments.
www.faithandvalues.com /FG_Profiles/CCC.asp   (314 words)

 Untitled Document
In common with Church reformers down through the centuries, the founders of this fellowship of Churches felt deeply that Christianity had become encrusted with man made traditions which now must be jettisoned and a pristine New Testament Church restored; a church with no denominational labels.
In 1877, these churches were incorporated as "The Conference of the Christian Church in Ontario." In the late 1920's, a number of the larger congregations and their pastors entered the United Church of Canada, taking with them valuable properties.
Churches and ministers who felt that rejection of the people in the pew banded together and purposed to restore the Congregational tradition in Canada.
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 Encyclopedia of Religion in the South (Christian Churches and Churches of Christ)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
Thus the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ branch of the family is more "conservative" than "liberal"; it remains committed to the words of the Bible, bent on retaining local-church independence.
It is as firm in its conviction that we are "Christians only" (a slogan from the first generation of the movement) as it is in its rejection of "we are the only Christians." The fellowship honors the qualities of being firm, solid, uncompromising, and earnest.
This is a people who live by an acknowledged authority, who are very clear on the commission of the New Testament to Christians and on their mission to embody with purity and scrupulosity the belief and practice of the primitive church.
www.bible.acu.edu /crs/doc/ccacoc.htm   (959 words)

 A Short Course in UCC History: Congregationalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
Christian theology induced ferment and continued to challenge the essentially closed social patterns and purposes of the Puritans.
The Westminster Confession of 1646, the design for Presbyterian church government and an expression of Reformed faith and doctrine, was revised for church polity and discipline at the Cambridge Synod of 1648.
In 1750, Edwards was dismissed from the Northampton church.
www.ucc.org /aboutus/shortcourse/congo.htm   (2634 words)

 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Congregational Christian Churches
Congregational churches have had lots of mergers and has resulted in three denominations containing Congregational Churches, which are Congregational Christian Churches, Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ.
From the white clapboard First Congregational Church on Main Street in Williamstown to the Edith Wharton-esque Church on the Hill in Lenox, these institutions are icons of New England.
3-million-member denomination of nearly 6,000 congregations that was established in 1957 by the union of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.The UCC is the largest Protestant denomination in Massachusetts.
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 NACCC | The Congregational Way
People of a Congregational Church do not seek to be led by a creed, but by the Spirit.
When King Henry VIII of England broke with Rome and made the Church of England subservient to the English crown, many of his subjects thought he had not gone far enough in reforming the church.
One of these churches was gathered by covenant in the village of Scrooby in 1606.
www.naccc.org /About_NACCC/CongregationalWay.htm   (406 words)

 National Association of Congregational Christian Churches --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
Protestant church in the United States, organized in 1931 by a merger of the National Council of the Congregational Churches and the General Convention of the Christian Church.
These churches refused to become part of the restructured Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1968 because they feared that the development of denominational institutions in the reorganized church would infringe on the freedom of the local...
association of churches organized in Detroit, Mich., in 1955; founded by ministers and laymen of Congregational Christian Churches who were opposed to the merger of the churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church that formed the United Church of Christ; wanted to continue the independent tradition of congregationalism; holds annual meetings; missionary work is done...
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 AllRefer.com - Evangelical and Reformed Church (Protestant Denominations) - Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
The Evangelical Synod of North America (not to be confused with the Evangelical Church, which merged in 1946 with the United Brethren in Christ to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church) was founded in 1840 at Gravois Settlement, Mo., by a union of Reformed and Lutheran Christians.
The Evangelical and Reformed Church is presbyterian in organization, and its creed is the Heidelberg and Luther's catechisms and the Augsburg Confession; great latitude in interpretation is allowed, however, with greater emphasis leaning toward deed rather than creed.
In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed Church united with the Congregational Christian Churches to form the United Church of Christ.
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On May 26, 1841, a double ceremony was held for the dedication of the new meeting house and the acceptance into the Christian denomination, a choice permitting continued strong emphasis upon the roles of the laity.
It was not until September 28, 1911, that the First Christian Church, as it came to be known, was incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts.
In 1931 the denominations of the Congregational Churches and the Christian Church united and became the Congregational Christian Churches.
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 First Congregational Church of Otsego
A Congregational Christian Church of today is a Church of the Pilgrims, with convictions that emphasize faith, freedom, and fellowship.
Congregational Christians believe very deeply in God, in Jesus Christ, in the guiding Spirit of God, in prayer, in the worth of worship, in the value of the sacraments and holy rites, and in the power of God to triumph over all that is unholy and evil.
This inclusive basis of membership naturally attracts to the Congregational Christian fellowship men and women of genuine conviction, of adventurous faith, and of gracious and brotherly regard for each other's sincerity.
www.geocities.com /fccotsego/convictions.htm   (311 words)

 The Saga Of The Pilgrims
It was because the Church of England was baptizing and allowing known sinners to become members of the Church of England.
Well these Separatists couldn’t very well remove the “sinners” the Church of England was admitting into their fellowship out of that church, so they felt compelled to break off from that church, even though that put their lives in peril of the monarchy of England, the government.
Christians follow the law of Christ (which is based on, but not quite the same as the Law of Moses).
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 Welcome to the NACCC
The Congregational Way has provided a religious, philosophical and moral force that has shaped our nation and the world from the moment the Mayflower landed in the new world.
Congregational Christian Churches offer one another the right hand of fellowship through state and regional associations, and through the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
By voluntary membership in a National Association of free churches, a local church can join in efforts one church could not undertake by itself and experience the fellowship of kindred minds in a nationwide body of churches, while maintaining full control of its own affairs.
www.naccc.org   (160 words)

 A Short Course in UCC History: The Evangelical and Reformed Church   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
A blend of autonomy and authority, the Evangelical and Reformed Church retained a Calvinist doctrine of the church as "the reality of a kingdom of grace," and the importance of order and discipline in its witness to the reign of God in the world.
In 1937, a study group of clergy from both the Evangelical and Reformed and Congregational Christian churches began to meet in St. Louis.
Some local churches sought a legal injunction, challenging the right of the General Council to participate in a union of the whole church with another.
www.ucc.org /aboutus/shortcourse/e&r.htm   (401 words)

 Congregational Library Homepage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
This led to the formation of the Congregational Christian Historical Society, a committee of the General Council of the Congregational Christian churches.
The mission of the Congregational Christian Historical Society is to preserve the Congregational heritage.
After 1957 many Congregational churches joined the United Church of Christ and the Library was designated as the records repository for the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches, the central denominational board of the Congregational church.
www.14beacon.org /history.htm   (339 words)

 The Congregational Way
At a time when the Congregational Christian Churches are being asked to speak up for their Way, it is well to ask: What is the basis for their faith and practice and how does it harmonize with the Bible-based usages which Congregational Christian Churches have followed across the centuries?
Because of this men have turned to centralized forms of church government in the hope of finding more spiritual authority than is resident in the common human mind of fifty or a hundred neighbors.
Congregationalism is that system of church organization which recognizes the equal rights of all believers, the independence and autonomy of the local Church, and the association of the Churches through voluntary organizations devised for fellowship and cooperation, but without ecclesiastical authority.
www.naccc.org /Cong_Way_Series/Biblical_Basis_of_Cong.htm   (911 words)

 Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord, MA
What brings us together is the sense of having found a community of caring Christians who are one in their commitment to Christ and who share the values of family, community and service to others.
The ordained clergy are our spiritual leaders, but the congregation has responsibility for the focus, direction and work of the church through its boards, committees and general membership.
It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.
www.triconchurch.org   (414 words)

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