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A Pilgrim People: A History of the United Church of Christ and Its Antecedents


A Pilgrim People:
A History of the United Church of Christ and Its Antecedents

A history of the United Church of Christ, from the Reformation to the restructuring of 2000. This book chronicles the history of the antecedent groups, Congregational, Reformed, Evangelical, and Christian, and the various racial, ethnic and religious groups that have become part of the United Church of Christ, as well as the history of the United Church of Christ since 1957.

This is the first attempt to tell the story of the UCC as one story, rather than four. Stories of the four major groups and the previously "hidden histories" are woven into one continuous narrative.

This book contains many stories from the history of the UCC that have not often been told. Even the most active life-long pastor in the UCC will learn something new. Because the author has been a local church pastor, and his academic research has been in the history of missions, these two aspects of church life-the local church and missions-receive more than average attention.

316 page text, 24 page bibliography, 17 page index.

The Author

Charles A. Maxfield was ordained into the ministry of the United Church of Christ in 1970, and was a local church pastor until 2001, except for time out for further education. He received a Ph.D. in Church History from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, in 1995. He has participated actively in the lives of his Associations and Conferences, and has served on a committee of General Synod. Dr. Maxfield taught in the History Department of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Cortland, 2001-2008. He now lives in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is Pastor of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Fort Washington, PA, and teaches at area universities.

Books and articles by Dr. Maxfield which have been published include:

Roots and Branches: The Story of the Christian Family. Cook College and Theological School, Tempe, AZ, 1989.

"The Legacy of Jeremiah Evarts," International Bulletin of Missionary Research 22:4 (Oct 1998): 172-75.

"The Organic Sin Debate: Slavery, Sin, and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1845". In North American Foreign Missions, 1810-1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy, ed. Wilbert R. Shenk. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Table of Contents and Outline of A Pilgrim People

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Other Resources Available

Discussion Questions for use with Pilgrim People

Free Church History Resources Available On Line

Working Paper on Ministerial Formation

Resources for Lay Ministry Course on "God Talk"

Historical Theology

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