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United Reformed Church
The UNITED REFORMED CHURCH (URC) is a Christian
Christian
church in the United Kingdom . It has approximately 56,000 members in 1,400 congregations with 608 active ministers, including 13 church related community workers
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Trinity
The Christian doctrine of the TRINITY ( Latin
Latin
: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from trinus, "threefold") holds that God
God
is three consubstantial persons or hypostases —the Father , the Son (Jesus Christ ), and the Holy Spirit —as "one God
God
in three Divine Persons". The three persons are distinct, yet are one "substance, essence or nature" (homoousios ). In this context, a "nature" is what one is, whereas a "person" is who one is. The opposing view is referred to as Nontrinitarianism
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Calvinism
CALVINISM (also called the REFORMED TRADITION, REFORMED CHRISTIANITY, REFORMED PROTESTANTISM, or the REFORMED FAITH) is a major branch of Protestantism
Protestantism
that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice of John Calvin
John Calvin
and other Reformation-era theologians . Calvinists broke from the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
in the 16th century. Calvinism
Calvinism
differs from Lutherans on the real presence of Christ
Christ
in the Eucharist , theories of worship , and the use of God\'s law for believers , among other things. As declared in the Westminster and Second Helvetic confessions, a basic principle is that the Bible
Bible
is to be interpreted by itself, meaning the parts that are harder to understand are examined in the light of other passages where the Bible is more explicit on the matter
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Kirk Session
A SESSION (from the Latin
Latin
word sessio, which means "to sit," as in sitting to deliberate or talk about something; sometimes called consistory or church board) is a body of elected elders governing each local church within presbyterian polity . CONTENTS * 1 Organization * 2 Clerk of Session * 3 See also * 4 References ORGANIZATIONThese groups of elders make decisions for the local parish through a ruling body called the Kirk
Kirk
session ( Latin
Latin
. sessio from sedere "to sit"), sometimes the Session, church session, or (in Continental Reformed
Reformed
usage) consistory . The members of the session are the pastor (Teaching Elder) of that congregation, and the other ruling elders (sometimes called "lay elders")
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Apostolic Succession
APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION is the method whereby the ministry of the Christian Church is held to be derived from the apostles by a continuous succession, which has usually been associated with a claim that the succession is through a series of bishops . This series was seen originally as that of the bishops of a particular see founded by one or more of the apostles . According to historian Justo L. González , apostolic succession is generally understood today as meaning a series of bishops, regardless of see, each consecrated by other bishops, themselves consecrated similarly in a succession going back to the apostles. According to the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church , "apostolic succession" means more than a mere transmission of powers. It is succession in a Church which witnesses to the apostolic faith, in communion with the other Churches, witnesses of the same apostolic faith
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Moravian Church
The MORAVIAN CHURCH, formally named the UNITAS FRATRUM (Latin for the " Unity of the Brethren "), in German known as Herrnhuter Brüdergemeinde (meaning "Brethren's Congregation from Herrnhut ", the place of the Church's renewal in the 18th century), is one of the oldest Protestant denominations in the world, with its heritage dating back to the Bohemian Reformation in the fifteenth century and the Unity of the Brethren ( Jednota bratrská in Czech) established in Kingdom of Bohemia
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Christian
A CHRISTIAN (/ˈkrɪʃtʃən/ ( listen ), /ˈkrɪstiən/ ) is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity
Christianity
, an Abrahamic , monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus
Jesus
Christ . "Christian" derives from the Koine Greek
Koine Greek
word Christ ós (Χριστός), a translation of the Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
term mashiach ( Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew
: מָשִׁיחַ). While there are diverse interpretations of Christianity
Christianity
which sometimes conflict, they are united in believing that Jesus
Jesus
has a unique significance
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United Kingdom
The UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, commonly known as the UNITED KINGDOM (UK) or BRITAIN, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland , the UK includes the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland
Ireland
and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is the only part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland
Ireland
. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea
North Sea
to its east, the English Channel
English Channel
to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world
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Church Of England
The CHURCH OF ENGLAND (C OF E) is the state church of England
England
. The Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
(currently Justin Welby
Justin Welby
) is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor . The Church of England
England
is also the mother church of the international Anglican
Anglican
Communion . It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury
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Eucharist
The EUCHARIST /ˈjuːkərɪst/ (also called HOLY COMMUNION or the LORD\'S SUPPER, among other names) is a Christian
Christian
rite that is considered a sacrament in most churches and an ordinance in others. According to the New Testament
New Testament
, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ
Christ
during his Last Supper
Last Supper
; giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover meal , Jesus
Jesus
commanded his followers to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the wine as "my blood". Through the Eucharistic celebration Christians remember Christ\'s sacrifice of himself on the cross. The elements of the Eucharist, bread (leavened or unleavened) and wine (or grape juice ), are consecrated on an altar (or table ) and consumed thereafter
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Synod
A SYNOD /ˈsɪnəd/ historically is a council of a church , usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. In modern usage, the word often refers to the governing body of a particular church, whether its members are meeting or not. It is also sometimes used to refer to a church that is governed by a synod. The word synod comes from the Greek σύνοδος (sýnodos) meaning "assembly" or "meeting", and it is synonymous with the Latin word concilium meaning "council". Originally, synods were meetings of bishops , and the word is still used in that sense in Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
Eastern Orthodoxy
. Sometimes the phrase "general synod" or "general council" refers to an ecumenical council . The word synod also refers to the standing council of high-ranking bishops governing some of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox churches
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List Of Church Of England Dioceses
There are 42 THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DIOCESES, each being an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop . These cover England
England
, the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
, the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
and a small part of Wales
Wales
. The Diocese in Europe is also a part of the Church of England, and covers the whole of continental Europe
Europe
, Morocco
Morocco
and the post-Soviet states . The structure of dioceses within the Church of England
England
was initially inherited from the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
as part of the Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reformation

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Ecumenism
ECUMENISM refers to efforts by Christians of different church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings. The term is also often used to refer to efforts towards the visible and organic unity of different Christian churches in some form. The adjective ecumenical can also be applied to any interdenominational initiative that encourages greater cooperation among Christians and their churches , whether or not the specific aim of that effort is full, visible unity. The terms ecumenism and ecumenical come from the Greek οἰκουμένη (oikoumene ), which means "the whole inhabited world", and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire . The ecumenical vision comprises both the search for the visible unity of the Church (Ephesians 4:3) and the "whole inhabited earth" (Matthew 24:14) as the concern of all Christians
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Leuenberg Agreement
The LEUENBERG AGREEMENT or LEUENBERG CONCORD is an ecumenical document adopted in 1973 by major European Lutheran
Lutheran
and Reformed churches at the Swiss conference centre Leuenberg (near Basle
Basle
). Under this agreement the churches agree on a common understanding of the Gospel
Gospel
, including elementary agreement on important doctrines including christology , predestination , Eucharist
Eucharist
and justification . They declare church fellowship, understood as pulpit and table fellowship as well as full communion in witness and service. The number of churches involved has grown over the years, and now includes several Methodist
Methodist
churches. The churches involved were originally joined in the "Leuenberg Church Fellowship". In 2003 this was renamed the "Community of Protestant Churches in Europe "
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Pastoral Care
PASTORAL CARE is an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. CONTENTS* 1 Definition * 1.1 Modern context * 1.2 In Christianity
Christianity
* 1.3 Cure of souls * 2 Pastoral care
Pastoral care
* 2.1 Protestantism * 2.2 Catholicism * 2.3 Orthodoxy * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Bibliography * 6 External links DEFINITIONMODERN CONTEXTHistorically Christian in its origins, the pastoral-care movement has expanded to embrace many different faiths. IN CHRISTIANITYThe Bible does not explicitly define the role of a pastor but associates it with teaching. Pastoral care
Pastoral care
involves shepherding the flock
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Wales
WALES (/ˈweɪlz/ ( listen ); Welsh : Cymru ( listen )) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the island of Great Britain . It is bordered by England
England
to the east , the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales
Wales
has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate . Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales
Wales
is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations
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