Part One: Congregational Polity in Theory and Practice
The five sections of Part One speak to five basic dimensions of congregational polity: theological, historical, comparative, constitutional, and cultural.
- Placing congregational polity in theological perspective clarifies the basic meaning and value of congregationalism as an expression of our spiritual vision.
- Understanding the history through which this form of governance has come down to us illuminates present institutional commitments and forms.
- Describing congregational governance as practiced by other religious bodies provides useful comparisons with our practices.
- Analyzing relevant provisions of the Unitarian Universalist Association Bylaws reveals both common understandings and tensions in the relationships between the Association and its constituent congregations.
- Examining how our colloquial understandings of congregational polity enter into the spiritual and cultural ethos of contemporary Unitarian Universalism profoundly affects our sense of identity and shared purpose.
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Last updated on Monday, June 20, 2011.
- Congregational Bylaws
- Congregational Polity
- Theory and Practice
- Theological Perspective
- Comparative Congregationalisms
- UUA Bylaws
- Spiritual and Cultural Ethos
- Pressure Points
- Congregational Governance
- Cooperative Relationships
- Religious Leadership
- Marginalized Groups
- Social Justice
- Autonomous Congregations
- Policy Based Governance
- Leadership Development
- Large Congregations
- Small Congregations
- Congregational Stories
- GA Presentations