• WordNet 3.6
    • n Congregationalism system of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Congregationalism That system of church organization which vests all ecclesiastical power in the assembled brotherhood of each local church.
    • Congregationalism The faith and polity of the Congregational churches, taken collectively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n congregationalism A system of church government based upon the autonomy of the individual congregation. It embodies three fundamental principles— that it is the right and duty of believers in Jesus Christ in every community to organize for Christian work and worship, and that such an organization is a Christian church;
    • n congregationalism [capitalized] The system of ecclesiastical polity and religious doctrine maintained by the Congregational Church. See congregationalist, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Congregationalism a form of church government in which each congregation is independent in the management of its own affairs—also called Independency
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  • Vance Havner
    “I'm tied of hearing about temperance instead of abstinence, in order to please the cocktail crowd in church congregations.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. congregāre, -ātumcon, together, and grex, gregis, a flock.


In literature:

Not a cry, not a moan, not an Amen could he gain from his congregation.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It was a fine looking audience and as quiet and orderly as any New England congregation.
"American Missionary, Volume 44, No. 1, January, 1890" by Various
They vow to risk their lives against "the Congregation of Satan" (the Church), and in defence of faithful Protestant preachers.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
A rustic congregation of the faithful filled the pews in the body of the church.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Reflect that you are one of the congregation, and have an equal part in this inheritance with myself.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
We cordially invite the churches composing the United Congregational Conference to become members of the Georgia Congregational Association.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 5, May, 1889" by Various
Congregationalism is taking Ohio.
"The American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 6, June, 1889" by Various
The entire congregation seemed to hear the word with gladness.
"The American Missionary, Vol. 43, No. 7, July, 1889" by Various
Hiram Meeker was a member, in regular standing, of the Congregational Church in Burnsville.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. VI, June, 1862" by Various
Two new Congregational churches in connection with our work completed their organization with communion services on Sunday, September 1st.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 10, October, 1889" by Various

In poetry:

And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly.
"Water" by Philip Larkin
"They’re singin’ out for rain," he said,
"And all the tanks are dry."
The congregation scratched its head,
And gazed around the sky.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
The congregation dissected into pews
Gulping their strip teas in the luminous cavern
Agape's sacamental berry stews;
The nickel-plated light and clatter of heaven
"Morning Coffee " by A D Hope
Q. How many parts do each of those contain,
Before the present congregation say,
And make them to the meanest Christian plain,
As in the sunshine that illumes the day?
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
``Myriads from mine and furrow, quay and loom,
Shall congregate to hear you pledge and prate,
Hailing you heaven—sent warder—off of gloom,
And Saviour of the State.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
The congregation was devout,
The minister inspired,
Their attitude to those without
By every one admired,
And all things so harmonious seemed,
Of no calamity we dreamed.
"Without A Minister" by Hattie Howard

In news:

First Congregational to bid 'tearful farewell' to Tacoma facility Sunday.
Ralph English, the church's pastor, explained he wanted Ross to come speak about these issues because the church's congregation has always been at the forefront of social issues.
English said the congregation at the church helped start Planned Parenthood.
Avon Congregational Church Quilt Show.
Avon Congregational Church's Quilt show.
The Avon Congregational Church held a quilt show on Oct 13 and 14 that raised $9,000 for its outreach, fellowship and church support programs.
First Congregational Church of Westfield to host open house on Oct 14.
Pictured at last year's Shanty Town event at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church are, from left, Alexandra Williams, Lynnsie Bennett, Riley Jugle and Tessa Milton, all of Bloomfield.
The following recent minutes mention West Dover Congregational Church.
The Atwater Congregational Church just recently ended their affiliation with the UCC and they are now a nondenominational Bible-teaching, Christ-centered congregation .
Thirteen members of the congregation have been commissioned as Stephen Ministers.
The task force's eventual goal, if the congregation agrees, is to pass a resolution to fully welcome LGBT people into the life and ministry of the church.
Listening Room Series comes to Circular Congregational Church.
Pet blessing set at Ogden Congregational United Church of Christ.

In science:

That is, zeros tend almost surely to congregate in highly (positively) curved regions.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
In the absence of signi ficant rotation in the stellar population, this lost mass will congregate in the potential well.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
Currently there is no clear congregation around a single definition that can unambiguously define the surface of a black hole.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
It provides a new way to combine quantum indeterminism with the tendency of bosons to congregate indistinguishably.
A Robust Quantum Random Number Generator Based on Bosonic Stimulation
We gathered evidence that product of a quantum channel and its complex congregate with a Bell state input gives the least output entropy.
Towards a state minimizing the output entropy of a tensor product of random quantum channels