Congregational Polity: A Historical Survey of Unitarian and Universalist Practice

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Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 1997 - Church polity - 267 pages
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This excellent study of the history and development of congregation polity in both the Unitarian and Universalist traditions over four centuries is perfect for those entering the ministry or studying UU history.

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Page 14 - And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Page 10 - The ruling elder's work is to join with the pastor and teacher in those acts of spiritual rule which are distinct from the ministry of the word and sacraments committed to them.
Page 11 - Church officers are officers to one church, even that particular church over which the Holy Ghost hath made them overseers. Insomuch as elders are commanded to feed, not all flocks, but that flock which is committed to their faith and trust, and dependeth upon them. Nor can constant residence at one congregation be necessary for a minister, no, nor yet lawful, if he be not a minister to one congregation only, but to the church...
Page 217 - Mather, Cotton. Ratio Disciplinae Fratrum Nov-Anglorum. A Faithful Account of the Discipline Professed and Practised, in the Churches of New England.
Page 237 - In the love of truth and in the spirit of Jesus, we unite for the worship of God and the service of man.
Page 12 - ... as unlawful to be done by civil magistrates. Those whom the church is to cast out if they were in, the magistrate ought not to thrust them into the church, nor to hold them therein.
Page 8 - This form is the visible covenant, agreement, or consent, whereby they give up themselves unto the Lord, to the observing of the ordinances of Christ together in the same society...
Page 54 - Its very design and constitution is to effect the purposes of personal improvement, and to extend the influence of religion by mutual counsel, aid, and co-operation ; hence the apostles emphatically call it one body, and its members, members one of another.' If this be forgotten, and instead of a constant union in worship and action, Christians only meet infrequently at the table of the Lord...
Page 69 - Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Page 9 - Nevertheless, though officers be not absolutely necessary to the simple being of churches, when they be called, yet ordinarily to their calling they are, and to their well being ; and therefore the Lord Jesus, out of his tender compassion, hath appointed and ordained officers, which he would not have done, if they had not been useful and needful for the church...

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