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Conrad Wright’s Walking Together, Chapter 5

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Chapter 5 “Autonomy and Fellowship” (1985)

by Conrad Wright in Walking Together

(Skinner, 1989), pages 63 – 71

Conrad Wright

Conrad Wright

Again, Conrad Wright returns to the Cambridge Platform (1848) in this ordination sermon. His burden in this discourse is to point up the appropriate and necessary ways churches of congregational polity relate to one another.

As what happened subsequent to the Cambridge Platform illustrates, can a local church really be expected “to make its decisions with a decent respect for the considered judgment of the whole”? (pages 68)

The issue of how far the denomination can go in setting membership standards is recurrent. Most recently the issue was lofted when a pagan group sought admission to the UUA. Are there appropriate membership standards and if so, a) what do they rest upon and b) how should they be enforced?

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