Congregational Christian Church and United Church of Christ hymnody, USA
The United Church of Christ (UCC) was formed by a 1957 merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church, and has a present membership of 1.1 million with 5100 churches in the United States. The diversity of theology among local congregations is great, from liberal to conservative and all points in between, with individual congregations enjoying ‘local church autonomy’—a remnant of the Congregational roots of the denomination. The General Synod of the UCC, meeting biennially, acts as the governing body, though its power is generally limited to speaking ‘to’ the local church rather than ‘for’ it. The United Church of Christ Board acts as General Synod ad...
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