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The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) - A case study of a united and ecumenical church

D van der Water

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 22, No 1 (2001), 149-157. doi: 10.4102/ve.v22i1.629

Submitted: 11 August 2001
Published:  11 August 2001


In this article, the ecumenical heritage of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa is described by the General Secretary of that church. The early history of the UCCSA, related to the London Missionary Society, created a sense of self-awareness that led to the unification of racially divided congregational churches during 1967. This set the ground for the active involvement of the UCCSA in the political liberation processes in Southern Africa. In addition, the UCCSA 's continued exploration of further ecumenical endeavours is traced. The covenental theology of the UCCSA forms a unifying thread throughout these processes.

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D van der Water, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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