By Phyllis D. Airhart
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Extra info for A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada
What set the Canadian social gospel apart from British and American varieties, argues William Magney, was its passionate nationalism and eagerness to rise to the new social and economic challenges facing Canada. ”91 Either way, Chown’s variety of evangelicalism fit easily with the enhanced role in the life of the nation that unionists saw for a national church. Methodists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists across the country found themselves working together and thinking about their mission in similar terms.
Most had come from countries where membership in a state church was assumed; arriving in Canada, argued Murray, they would be predisposed to being served by a church perceived as national. ”116 At first, local union congregations tended to affiliate with one (or sometimes two) of the uniting traditions, but as church union drew closer, many remained independent. E. indb 27 2013-10-31 14:12:58 28 A Church with the Soul of a Nation Rather than the modern pacesetters they are often made out to be, those who first set out to unite Protestantism by creating a national church should perhaps more aptly be thought of as accidental innovators.
In September, Winnipeg was the scene of the quadrennial General Conference of the Methodist Church.
A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada by Phyllis D. Airhart