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History of the UCCP

There are 3 different versions of the History of the UCCP from 3 different sources that are found in UCCP Churches websites. All three are listed here:

(1) On May 25, 1948, the United Evangelical Church, the Philippine Methodist Church, the Evangelical Church of the Philippines, some congregations of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo, the Ilocano Convention of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), the Iglesia Evangelica Nacional and some congregations of the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF) joined together to form the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.[taken from uccp.org).

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(2) The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is an “organic union” of five protestant denominations. The traditions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ USA), the Presbyterians, the Evangelical United Brethren, the Philippine Methodists, and the Congregational Church all contribute to its unique identity. With this union the UCCP brought together the hierarchical and Episcopal organization/governance of the Methodist and United Brethren, the Presbyterial and collegial polity of the Presbyterian, and the polity of local church autonomy of the Congregationalist and the Disciples. The UCCP was officially formed on May 25, 1948. (Taken from uccpchurch.org)

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(3) The UCCP went through three stages of union. The first was the union of the United Evangelical Church in 1929, which merged the Presbyterian, Congregational, United Church of Manila and the United Brethren Churches. This was the culmination of the efforts of the Evangelical Union established by missionaries on April 26, 1901 to seek the evangelization of the Philippines through a common effort.

The second stage was the establishment of the Evangelical Church in the Philippines in 1943 under the direction of the Japanese Imperial Forces. It was a forced union, which merged the United Evangelical Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist churches, the Disciples, the Seventh Day Adventists, IEMELIF, UNIDA and other churches. After the way, however, many of the churches left the Evangelical Church of the Philippines, while others remained.

The third stage was the establishment of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, which merged the United Evangelical Church, the Evangelical Church of the Philippines (the wartime merger), the Philippine Methodist Church, and other smaller churches, on May 25-27, 1948.

Thus UCCP is the fusion of various church polities including: (1) Presbyterian Church; (2) United Brethren; (3) Christian Church Disciples; (4) Congregational Church; and (5) Methodist Church. These churches have divergent traditions—the highly hierarchical Episcopal polity of the Methodist and United Brethren, the Presbyterial or Collegial polity of the Presbyterian, and the polity of the autonomy of the Christian Church—Disciples and Congregational. These divergent traditions were brought together in response to Jesus’ Prayer “that they all may be one” (John 17:21) thus forging—the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).(Taken from uccpdavao.wordpress.com).