By Phyllis D. Airhart
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"As Canadian because the maple leaf" is how one observer summed up the United Church of Canada after its founding in 1925. yet used to be this Canadian-made church improper in its layout, as critics have charged? A Church with the Soul of a kingdom explores this query by means of weaving jointly the historical past of the United Church with a provocative research of faith and cultural switch.
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Robert Falconer turned down an opportunity to teach New Testament at Knox College in Toronto, instead replacing Gordon as principal of Presbyterian College; when he moved in 1907, it was to become president of the University of Toronto. A. Macdonald, an acquaintance who was editor of the Toronto Globe. 80 Connections with other influential networks were forged in Toronto. Living next door to Falconer was Joseph Flavelle, an enthusiastic Methodist supporter of church union. Falconer was also reunited with his old friend Alfred Gandier (whose sister he had married), who had accepted a call to St James Square Presbyterian Church in 1900.
Birks looked for a turning point to explain his support for the church union movement, it was an unexpected Saturday night stopover on a business trip to Schreiber that came to mind. On what he described as a typical November Sunday, he worshipped at the Presbyterian church in that northern Ontario town with two men, a few women, and some children. He later learned that attendance at the other places of worship in Schreiber was no better: two men at the nearby Anglican church, three men at the Methodist church across the road, and only one man at the Baptist church close by.
1914 “The United Church of Canada” is approved as the name during the process of minor revisions to the Basis of Union. 1915 Presbyterian General Assembly votes in favour of the revised Basis of Union and submits it for a second vote in the lower courts and membership, where the majority again supports it. 1916 Presbyterian General Assembly passes a resolution to unite, and sets up a committee to prepare for consummation after the end of the war. 1916 Presbyterian Church Association and Presbyterian Women’s League step up resistance to church union.
A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada by Phyllis D. Airhart