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World Alliance of Reformed Churches

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

World Alliance of Reformed Churches. 

This body, officially called ‘The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (Presbyterian and Congregational)’, was formed in 1970 by the amalgamation of the (Presbyterian) World Alliance of Reformed Churches, founded in 1875 (from 1877 to 1954 officially called ‘The Alliance of the Reformed Churches throughout the World holding the Presbyterian System’; its title was slightly changed in 1954), with the International Congregational Council, founded in 1891. In 1990 it had 157 member Churches, representing some 60 million members. Its headquarters are in Geneva.


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