The Christian Church Disciples of Christ grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky — movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early s. Walter Scott , an immigrant from Scotland, was a successful evangelist of the resulting Campbell movement as it separated from the Baptists. Barton W. The founders of the Christian Church hoped to restore Christian unity by returning to New Testament faith and practices.
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Marriage Equality and LGBTQ Rights - United Church of Christ
Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U. Among the four largest mainline Protestant churches , the same-sex marriage debate has not been simple. And the debate within the Presbyterian Church has already led some congregations to break away and join other, more conservative Presbyterian denominations. Both denominations allow clergy to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, while the ELCA allows ministers and their congregations to determine their own policies. The United Methodist Church does not allow same-sex blessings or marriages.
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Homosexuality and the United Church of Canada
This was rooted in part as a result of a theological dispute that originated in the Netherlands when Hendrik De Cock was deposed for his Calvinist convictions, leading there to the Secession of — So, in four churches with about families about 10 percent of the Dutch immigrant church members in West Michigan at the time seceded. The new denomination that formed from this secession was led by elders and ministers from the churches in the northern Netherlands, especially from the province of Groningen , that had organized after the secession in the Netherlands, although members of the new denomination came from all parts of the Netherlands. The reasons given for leaving the Reformed Church were the use of hymns versus only Psalms during worship, allowing free access to communion, lax interpretation of grace , permitting membership in the lodge, and failure to provide catechetical instruction to young people. For the two years the denomination had no corporate name.