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n.1.One who secedes.
2.(Eccl. Hist.) One of a numerous body of Presbyterians in Scotland who seceded from the communion of the Established Church, about the year 1733, and formed the Secession Church, so called.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Although few Community publications document the presence of interpersonal conflicts within the OC, seceder narratives, diaries, and memoirs suggest that conflicts existed beneath the Community's harmonious surface, intentionally out of sight and out of mind.
The United Presbyterian Church of North America was a small denomination formed in 1858 from Scottish Covenanter and Seceder traditions.
Very venerable are those old Seceder clergy to me now when I look back on them.
The collection examines his prominent role within the Seceder Church in the Netherlands, as well as his work on and off the pulpit as a dominant force in the early Holland colony.
Sheeres has annotated the minutes from the three early assemblies of the Christian Reformed Church in American, which was founded in 1857 by Dutch immigrants who had been members of the Christian Seceder Church in the Netherlands, founded in 1835.
(4.) 'One who falls away, a seceder or deserter' (SOED).
The youngest son of a Presbyterian Seceder minister, his father died when he was a child--after informing his wife on his deathbed that she was soon to "be a widow, and a poor widow" (21).
James MacGregor, an Antiburgher Seceder missionary from Scotland, who in 1788 published a pamphlet against another Presbyterian minister in Nova Scotia who held slaves, began the abolitionist movement in Canada.
The radical Seceder and United Irishman, James Hope, recalled that his minister had prayed every week for `the purging of the blood that lay unpurged, on the throne of Britain' until the grant of the royal bounty, when he began to concentrate on `the destruction of Pope and Popery'.(83) Since many Secession ministers had to survive on meagre stipends, and since their congregations were often in arrears, a regular payment from the state was an important prize.
The Church of Scotland's internal troubles in the 1830s were accentuated by the criticism from Seceder Presbyterians that emancipation had destroyed its credibility as an Established Church, because the civil magistrate was tolerating error - also contrary to the Confession.