I’ve sometimes wondered how the very different theological traditions represented by the Presbyterian, Congregationalist and Methodist churches managed to come together in the Uniting Church. The Pressies are Calvinists and the Methodists are Arminians, for a start. I found this interesting statement of the marriage on the Uniting Church in Perth website, and I think it represents the best vision of how the traditions should come together:
We celebrate the pastoral leadership of elders, the close relationship between minister and members, the focus on worship of almighty God, and the commitment to global mission, which has come to us from our Presbyterian heritage.
We celebrate the emphasis on congregational participation in decision making, the affirmation of the ministry of women, the openness to the community, the generosity of sharing, and the commitment to developing new churches which has come to us from our Congregational heritage.
We celebrate the congregational cultural diversity, the willingness to be doers, taking risks and being innovative,the emphasis on both social justice and evangelism, and the commitment to serve the most needy in our city, which has come to us from the Methodist heritage.