In 1880 the national organization of the Congregational Churches created a commission to develop a new statement of belief. The Burial Hill Declaration had been criticized for being old fashioned in language and doctrine, and a hurried compromise. Delegates asked for a “formula that shall not be mainly a reaffirmation of former confessions, but that shall state in precise terms in our living tongue the doctrines which we hold today.”
The commission was charge to develop a creed and to present it directly to the churches, for them to do with as they saw fit; not to present it to the national body for its approval. This Commission presented a Creed to the churches in 1883.
The text that follows is from Williston Walker’s Creeds and Platforms of Congregationalism. The text may also be found in Living Theological Heritage 4:506-507.
The Commission Creed
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