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Conrad Wright’s Walking Together, Chapter 1

Chapter 1,  “A Doctrine of the Church for Liberals” (1983)

by Conrad Wright, in Walking Together

(Skinner, 1989), pages 1 – 24

Conrad Wright

Conrad Wright

Conrad Wright, peerless student of Unitarian polity, leads off his book on the subject with a discussion of the key questions of church life – authority, the nature of the church, membership, leadership, ministers, the community of the churches (denominationalism), church/state, and church purposes. Since Wright’s exposition draws heavily upon the Cambridge Platform (1648) it is included in this section.

Not only does Wright Illuminate the historic and influential meanings found in the Platform, but his discussion of them in terms of the contemporary church, underlines the continuing import of the Platform’s heritage.

  • Are there other major polity questions the Wright does not consider?
  • Does Wright delineate the major tension points today between congregation and denomination?
  • Can religious liberals really have a “doctrine of the church?”

The full text of this book is available online from the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, here.

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