Ucc Formula Of Agreement
The formulas confirm that the confessions are in full communion. Full communion is defined as that one of the other major subjects is related to divergent attitudes about human sexuality, since the Reformed Church in America does not officially confirm homosexuality. Even when the formula of the agreement was devised, some members of the Reformed Church in America rejected the agreement with the United Church of Christ because of their more progressive attitude towards homosexuality. The ELCA`s subsequent decision in 2009 to allow homosexuals to serve as clergy prompted some CAR conservatives to call for the withdrawal of car from the agreement formula.  While the CAR would not dispel ties with the ELCA, the 2010 CAR General Synod expressed concern about the Lutherans` approach, but two denominations finally agreed on a new dialogue on the subject.  In 2012, in Michigan, a class in the CAR made an unsuccessful opening at the General Synod to remove the CAR from the agreement formula.  In 2013, Formula Churches adopted a document on Scripture and Moral Distinction, a document in which Christ`s disciples, the Church of Moravia in North America and the Reformed Christian Church in North America played an advisory role in the development.  A Formula of Agreement is an ecclesiastical agreement between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church of America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Church of Christ. Beginning in 1962, under the aegis of the Lutheran World Federation and the Reformed Global Alliance, Representatives of the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church, the Presbytery Church in the United States, the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the Reformed Church in America and the Church of Christ met to discuss their differences and agreements on the doctrine of the Lord`s Supper.  In 1966 the book of Marburg Revisited was published, The title, which refers to the Marburg Symposium of 1529, stated: “Following our studies and discussions, we do not see insurmountable obstacles to the communion of altars, and we therefore recommend that our parenting bodies encourage their constituent churches to rejoice in discussions that rejoice in the intercommunion and wider recognition of the ministries of the other.”  While a second round of dialogues between 1972 and 1974 made little progress, a third cycle (1981-1983) produced joint statements on the Lord`s Last Supper, Justification and Service, published in 1984 in A Call To Action. Two years later, representatives concluded that the Reformed and Lutheran denominations recognize each other as churches that preach the gospel and give the sacraments according to Christ`s commandment, recommendations accepted by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
(which was born from a merger of the Presbyterian Church of the United States.