Declaration of Union-The Uniting General Assembly-May 25-27, 1948
The Declaration of Union formulated by the Uniting General Assembly on May 25-27 1948.
WHEREAS it’s in accord with the Divine Will that Christians should be united in worship and in every effort to spread the Gospel.
WHEREAS the unity of the Church is founded upon loyalty to Jesus Christ, the Head, and Lord of the Church, and on fidelity to the cause of His kingdom;
WHEREAS any unity is, first of all, a unity of spirit and life;
WHEREAS having the same spirit and owning the same Lord, we nonetheless recognize the diversity of gifts and ministrations for whose exercise due freedom must always be afforded in the differences of interpretation, in forms of worship and modes of operation.
WHEREAS the Evangelical Church in the Philippines, the convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches, the Philippine Methodist Church, the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo, and the United Evangelical Church of the Philippines, by their respective General Assemblies, Conferences or Conventions did, therefore, appoint commissions on Church Unions;
WHEREAS these commissions at a joint session held on the 3rd day of November 1947, by joint action did agree upon approve and adopt a Plan and Basis of Union for the Organic Union of these Churches and thereafter presented said plan and Basis of Union for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines to their respective denominational bodies;
WHEREAS the Bishops, Moderators and Secretaries of these uniting churches did issue a call for sessions of their respective General Assemblies, Conferences or Conventions, and for a subsequent Joint Session to the Uniting Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
WHEREAS this uniting assembly, now in session, is authorized to constitute itself, as it does hereby constitute itself as the First General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
NOW, THEREFORE the delegates to this uniting assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines doe hereby solemnly publish and declare in the presence of God and before all men the following statement of facts:
I. That the Evangelical Church in the Philippines, the Philippines Methodist Church, and the United Evangelical Church of the Philippines are now and shall be one church known as the United Church of Christ in the Philippines;
II. That the United Church of Christ in the Philippines places itself in readiness to continue to negotiate for an ever-expanding church union with these now in negotiation as well as with others;
III. That the United Church of Christ in the Philippines as thus constituted is and shall be the ecclesiastical successor of these uniting churches, namely, the Evangelical Church in the Philippines, the Philippine Methodist Church, and the United Evangelical Church of the Philippines, permitting, however in the meantime, the holding of properties by these churches by the different corporations registered under their respective names until such time as proper adjustments shall have been made with regard to such holdings;
IV. That by adoption of the name United Church of Christ in the Philippines, for this Church Union, no right, interest or title in and to their respective names by which the uniting churches have been identified and known, has been nor is surrendered, but all such rights are specifically reserved against the claims of all persons, associations, and organization whatsoever; and
V. The we, delegates to the Uniting Assembly, hereby formally adopt the Plan and Basis of Union formulated by the Joint Commissions on Church Union of the Uniting Churches, as the fundamental declaration of faith and plan of government of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, and forthwith proceed to organize ourselves accordingly for the furtherance of the redemptive work of Christ in the World.