Which denominations merged to form the Uniting Church?
It’s been 40 years since the Congregationalist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches merged to form the Uniting Church in Australia. Describing itself as a movement – not a denomination – it has transformed into a uniquely Australian expression of Protestant Christianity.
Who was the Uniting Church founded by?
John & Marion Morrison are representative of the Uniting Church’s founding generation. Before union they’d been members of the Presbyterian Church where they’d met as kids in Sunday school. They spent their formative years here in an era when the church was at the centre of community and social life.
Why was the United Church formed?
In the settling of the Canadian West, many communities found themselves with a number of Protestant denominations but had difficulty recruiting ministers. Some groups formed the General Council of Union Churches in 1912 to deal with the practicalities of church administration and to encourage churches to unite.
What version of the Bible does the United Church use?
The New Revised Standard Version (1990), or the New Jerusalem Bible, which is a Catholic version, are rec- ommended. There are many other reliable transla- tions, including the revised New English Bible, the New International Version, and Today’s English Version.
Is the United Church dying?
For many years, the United Church was a pillar of Canadian society. Its leaders were respected public figures. It was – and remains – the biggest Protestant denomination in a country that, outside Quebec, has been largely shaped by centuries of Protestant tradition. But today, the church is literally dying.