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By Phyllis D. Airhart

ISBN-10: 0773542485

ISBN-13: 9780773542488

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet used to be this Canadian-made church improper in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a state explores this query through weaving jointly the heritage of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural switch. the tale starts off within the aftermath of Confederation, while the customers of creating a Christian state persuaded a gaggle of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational alterations and concentration as a substitute on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart lines the hot church's fight to avoid wasting its popularity in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to affix what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of monetary melancholy and conflict, the way forward for the church appeared shiny. however the ties among own religion and civic lifestyles that the founders took without any consideration have been quickly tattered by means of the secular cultural hurricane sweeping via western Christendom. The United Church's remaking got here with the conclusion that making a Christian social order in Canada used to be not going - even perhaps bad - in a pluralistic global. A Church with the Soul of a country sheds gentle at the United Church's previous controversies and current dilemmas through displaying how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and complex its edition to the hot international taking shape.

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Those described by the local newspaper as the most active lay leaders had been staunch supporters of the union movement, but when the votes were counted, more members sided with their anti-unionist minister. And so a small group of pro-union Presbyterians gathered for worship without pulpit or organ in a Sunday school room provided by the neighbouring Methodists. Feeling that they had been driven from the church, they reportedly sought consolation by turning to their Presbyterian past with its stories of their forebears in Scotland who had resisted political and religious tyranny.

Novelty was not the only charge brought against the church union movement; it was also dogged by criticism that efficiency was uppermost in the minds of its supporters and theology of comparatively little consequence. Detractors missed an important theological conviction that unionists shared: that the great truths of Christianity could be framed in terms of a common faith. indb 21 2013-10-31 14:12:58 22 A Church with the Soul of a Nation offended to hear their work described as a reflection of the theological idiom of their day; after all, they were not attempting to write a creed for all time but for their own time.

Instead he provoked a crisis. Anglican clergy were reluctant to administer the sacraments in Methodist chapels, a disturbing turn of events for those who believed, as did Wesley, in the importance of Communion. Even more pressing were the needs of Methodist societies in North America after the American Revolution disrupted the work of churches with British ties. Faced with these practical difficulties, Wesley decided to ordain some lay preachers for the chapels and to consecrate Thomas Coke as superintendent for the mission in North America.

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