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The Evolution of a Ucc Style: History, Ecclesiology, and Culture of the United Church of Christ

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The Evolution of a UCC Style focuses on the development of themes that define the United Church of Christ (UCC). Walker examines the ethos and culture of the UCC rather than simply describing its structures, and addresses the themes of inclusiveness, diversity of theological heritage (Reformation, Enlightenment, and Pietism), congregational polity (the one and the many), l ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by United Church Press (first published 2005)
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Scott
Nov 04, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Refreshingly not a straightforward history, this is a series of theological reflections upon the history of the United Church of Christ arranged around a series of themes--the four-tradition origin myth, becoming a multiracial, multicultural church, the influences of the Reformation, Enlightenment, and Pietism, the development of a liberal style, and finally congregational polity.

Her main thesis is that the UCC has developed a particular style and that this is more important than any of the tra
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Nathan Willard
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Simply the best approach to understanding where the UCC is as a denomination. Walker's book is engaging and well-researched, and shows why many of the ways the UCC tells its history manages to miss the key elements of how the UCC has become what it is.

The UCC has always worn the label "denomination" uncomfortably, and walker seems to address this by avoiding words like polity and theology, which are both vaguely incorrect, instead discussing the style of the UCC. That is, how our differences ex
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Nov 17, 2015 Todd rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It gives a good history of the UCC for those who want to learn more about the denomination. It reads much like a text book to me, but that did not bother me.
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