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The United Church of Canada

Auteur(s): Don Schweitzer - editor
Narrateur(s): Braden Wright
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From its inception in the early 1900s, The United Church of Canada set out to become the national church of Canada. This book recounts and analyzes the history of the church of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination and its engagement with issues of social and private morality, evangelistic campaigns, and its response to the restructuring of religion in the 1960s.

A chronological history is followed by chapters on the United Church’s worship, theology, understanding of ministry, relationships with the Canadian Jewish community, Israel and Palestinians, changing mission goals in relation to First Nations peoples and changing social imaginary.

The result is an original, accessible and engaging account of The United Church of Canada’s pilgrimage that will be useful for students, historians and general audiences. From this account there emerges a complex portrait of the United Church as a distinctly Canadian Protestant church shaped by both its Christian faith and its engagement with the changing society of which it is a part.

©2011 Wilfrid Laurier University Press (P)2021 Wilfrid Laurier University Press

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"This is a highly useful and much needed account of the history of the United Church of Canada. A collection of essays contributed by a variety of authors, this volume nevertheless seems like a single-authored book.... I found this anthology to be highly readable, well-researched and thoughtful. The book provides a useful introduction to the ecclesiastical and, indeed, social, history of twentieth-century Canada.'' (Valerie Wallace, Victoria University of Wellington, Ecclesiastical History, Volume 64/3, July 2013)

"The publication of The United Church of Canada should be noted as one of the most significant milestones in the documentation and exploration of the history of Christianity in Canada. This volume not only explores the origins of the unique ecumenical project that is the UCC but, perhaps more importantly, bravely confronts its key movements, conversations, and contributions in the story of Canadian political and religious history. The contributing authors provide the reader with a rich dialectic in perspective, tone, and interpretation that significantly enhances the impact of the volume. Given the importance of The United Church to the discourse of Canadian nation-making, this work is a must-read for those who seek not only to understand the history of Christianity in North America but to engage the conversation of religion and culture, politics and power, meaning-making and societal well-becoming as we reorder our discourse of selfhood in a transnational environment.'' (Wendy Fletcher, Vancouver School of Theology, author of Like Water on Rock: Gender Integration in Canadian Anglicanism (2002), September 2011) 

"A book like this only appears once in a generation. Don Schweitzer has masterfully marshalled a cadre of very fine authors to produce an outstanding collection of essays, and it is rightfully being snapped up by scholars, students, ministers, libraries, and lay leaders. This is a vitally important book and succeeds in being both scholarly and accessible to a wide readership.'' (Mac Watts, Touchstone, Vol. 32, No. 1, February 2014, 2014 June) 

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