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By Phyllis D. Airhart

"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet was once this Canadian-made church incorrect in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a country explores this question by way of weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural swap. the tale starts within the aftermath of Confederation, whilst the customers of establishing a Christian kingdom persuaded a bunch of Congregationalist, Methodist, and Presbyterian leaders to put aside denominational adjustments and concentration as a substitute on shared ideals. Phyllis Airhart lines the hot church's fight to save lots of its popularity in the course of a sour controversy with dissenting Presbyterians who refused to hitch what they thought of a "creedless" church. Surviving the organizational and theological demanding situations of financial melancholy and warfare, the way forward for the church appeared shiny. however the ties among own religion and civic existence that the founders took without any consideration have been quickly tattered via 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 earlier controversies and current dilemmas through exhibiting how its founding imaginative and prescient either laid the basis for its accomplishments and intricate its variation to the recent international taking shape.

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37 Protestant church leaders imagined that the new type of Canadian would bear far more resemblance to the values and virtues of the Anglo-Saxon race. ”41 Like many of his day, Rowell believed that the greater part of the population of Canada might soon be found west of the Great Lakes, and the ideals of that region would determine the future of the nation. At first glance, this was a disturbing prospect. Rowell noted that the social, political, and religious institutions of non-English-s­peaking immigrants differed from those who had come from the British Isles or the United States.

1908 Congregations in the west use the Basis of Union to organize local unions. 1910–12 National courts of the three uniting churches approve the Basis of Union and refer it to the lower courts and the membership. ” 1912 Majority of Presbyterian presbyteries and congregations vote in favour of union, but the General Assembly agrees to allow time to build greater support. 1912 Several local union congregations form the General Council of Local Union Churches. 1914 “The United Church of Canada” is approved as the name during the ­process of minor revisions to the Basis of Union.

1915 Presbyterian General Assembly votes in favour of the revised Basis of Union and submits it for a second vote in the lower courts and membership, where the majority again supports it. 1916 Presbyterian General Assembly passes a resolution to unite, and sets up a committee to prepare for consummation after the end of the war. 1916 Presbyterian Church Association and Presbyterian Women’s League step up resistance to church union. 1917 Supporters and dissenters agree to a moratorium on debate and propaganda until after the war.

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