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total
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congreg./
churches/
units
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countries
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Notes
Congregationalist New Zealand 6,451 0.20% - - 1986 *LINK* web site: "VisionNet Census " (created by a Protestant group); web page: Minor Churches (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); original source: Statistics New Zealand Data taken from New Zealand national censuses, based on self-identification, down to denominational level. Listed in table as "Congregational "
Congregationalist New Zealand 8,379 0.25% - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "VisionNet Census " (created by a Protestant group); web page: Minor Churches (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); original source: Statistics New Zealand Data taken from New Zealand national censuses, based on self-identification, down to denominational level. Listed in table as "Congregational "
Congregationalist New Zealand 8,835 0.24% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: "VisionNet Census " (created by a Protestant group); web page: Minor Churches (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); original source: Statistics New Zealand Data taken from New Zealand national censuses, based on self-identification, down to denominational level. Listed in table as "Congregational "
Congregationalist North Carolina - 0.00% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 40-41. "...Congregationalism was effectively nonexistent in the rest of the colonies, having not even one congregation in five colonies. " [table, pg. 41: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina]
Congregationalist North Carolina - 0.00% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist North Carolina - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist North Carolina - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist North Dakota - 1.50% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist North Dakota - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Congregationalist Ohio - 0.90% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist Ohio - 0.10% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Ohio - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist Oklahoma - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Oklahoma - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Congregationalist Oregon - 0.10% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Oregon - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist Pennsylvania - 0.00% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 40-41. "...Congregationalism was effectively nonexistent in the rest of the colonies, having not even one congregation in five colonies. " [table, pg. 41: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina]
Congregationalist Pennsylvania - 0.10% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist Pennsylvania - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Pennsylvania - 2.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist Puerto Rico - - - - 1987 Rodgers, Mary M. (ed). Puerto Rico ...in Pictures (Visual Geography Series). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Co. (1987); pg. 34. "Protestantism... In order to prevent overlapping of effort, the first missionaries zoned the island by areas, and today that zoning is still apparent... The Methodists are located in the north near Arecibo. The western end of the island is heavily Presbyterian, and the eastern end is Congregationalist... "
Congregationalist Rhode Island - 17.20% 15
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- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 87.
Congregationalist Rhode Island - 3.44% 15
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- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 87. Denominational % (17.2%) multiplied by state's adherence rate from table on pg. 27: 20%.
Congregationalist Rhode Island - 3.20% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist Rhode Island - 0.80% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Rhode Island - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist Samoa, American 33,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table [listed in table as "Congregational "]
Congregationalist Samoa, American 30,910 50.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant denominations and other 30%; Total population: 61,819
Congregationalist Samoa, Western 79,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table [listed in table as "Congregational "]
Congregationalist South Africa 361,000 - - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Congregationals 361,000 (mainly Coloured)
Congregationalist South Carolina - 1.20% 2
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 166.
Congregationalist South Carolina - 0.17% 2
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- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 166. Denominational % (1.2%) multiplied by state's adherence rate from table on pg. 27: 14%.
Congregationalist South Carolina - 0.20% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist South Carolina - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist South Carolina - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Congregationalist South Carolina - whites - 0.37% 2
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 166. Denominational % (1.2%) multiplied by state's adherence rate from table on pg. 27: 31%. [Figure for whites calculated separately for southern states where large numbers of black slaves, few of whom were religiously affiliated at this time; otherwise southern denominational % figures are skewed lower.]
Congregationalist South Dakota - 1.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist South Dakota - 2.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']
Congregationalist Tennessee - 0.00% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist Tennessee - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Tennessee - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Congregationalist Texas - 0.00% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 252-288. Table A.2: "Denominational Adherents per 1,000 Population, 1850 "; "The adherence rates were estimated from Bureau of the Census (1854) reports on the number of churches, the seating capacity of churches & the value of church property. "
Congregationalist Texas - 0.00% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist Texas - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Congregational/UCC "; [These figures listed in database under both 'Congregationalist' and 'United Church of Christ']; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Congregationalist Tuvalu 9,200 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table [listed in table as "Congregational "]
Congregationalist United Kingdom: England - - 1
unit
- 1580 C.E. Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 175. "It was Robert Browne, a pastor holding the Separatists' position, who founded the Congregational Church in England. In 1581 he, with his congregation, emigrated to Holland because of the persecutions... "
Congregationalist USA 102 - 1
unit
- 1620 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 176. "This Pilgrim band, one hundred and two strong, under the leadership of Brewster, Bradford, and Winslow landed upon the shores of Plymouth (Massachusetts) in 1620. Here they founded the first Congregational church upon American soil. "
Congregationalist USA - - - - 1620 Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church (3rd ed., revised by Robert T. Handy; 1st ed. 1918). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1970); pg. 409. "The chief eveng in the history of the congregation at Leyden was the decision to send its more active minority to America. Robinson, who had been largely won to the non-separatist Congregational position by Jacob and Ames, reluctantly stayed with the majority. In 1620, after much tiresome negotiation, the 'Pilgrim Fathers' crossed the Atlantic in the Mayflower, under the spiritual leadership of their 'elder,' William Brewster. On December 21 they laid the foundations of the colony of Plymouth, of which William Bradford was soon to be the wise and self-forgetful governor. Congregationalism was thus planted in New England. "
Congregationalist USA - - 31
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- 1640 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 176. "By 1640 there were thirty-one Congregational Churches in New England and as a result of this rapid growth Congregationalism became practically a state religion [in Massachusetts]. "
Congregationalist USA - - - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 40. "it must be noted that the to potentially most powerful religious bodies in colonia America, the Congregationalists and the Episcopalians, rested upon legal establishment. The Episcopalians enjoyed legal establishment in New York, Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia; the Congregationalists were established in New England. "
Congregationalist USA - - 668
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- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); [Orig. source: Paullin (1932)]; pg. 25. Table 2.1: "Numbers of Congregations per Denomination, 1776 "
Congregationalist USA - - 1,100
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- 1820 Gaustad, Edwin S. Church and State in America (series: Religion in American Life). New York: Oxford University Press (1999); pg. 48. Chart: "Number of Churches [in U.S.A.] in 1820 "; "Baptists and Methodists had more churches in 1820 than other Christian denominations. The colonial 'heavyweights,' Congregationalists and Episcopalians (Anglicans), were now outnumbered. "
Congregationalist USA 1,260,000 - - - 1830 Feldman, Egal. Dual Destinies: The Jewish Encounter with Protestant America; Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1990); pg. 49. "Although numerical precision is elusive, the American Education Society estimated in 1830 that of the nation's leading denominations, there were 2,743,453 Calvinist Baptists, 2,600,000 Methodists, 1,800,000 Presbyterians, 1,260,000 Congregationalists, & 1,260,000 Episcopalians. "
Congregationalist USA - 1.36% - - 1850 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 55. Figure 3.1: "Religious Adherents by Denomination, 1776 and 1850 (as percentage of total adherents "; "...proportion belonging to churches... 34% " [Adherence rate (34%) multiplied by denomination % (4.0%)]
Congregationalist USA 197,000 - - - 1850 Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company (1960); pg. 105. "By 1850... the Methodists in that year had a membership of 1,324,000. The Baptists came next... the Presbyterians ranked third... the Congregationalists, fourth with 197,000 "
Congregationalist USA 540,000 - - - 1890 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 843. "There were also 750,000 Christians and Disciples of Christ and 540,000 Congregationalists [in 1890]. "
Congregationalist USA 1,058,807 - 6,006
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- 1940 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 196. "There were in 1940 6,006 Congregational Christian churches in the United States and 1,058,807 members. "
Congregationalist USA 1,385,000 - - - 1957 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 50. "Since this article was written, the Congregational Christian Churches of America (1,385,000 members) and the Evangelical and Reformed Church (790,000 members) have united to form a new body known as the United Church of Christ. " (in 1957)
Congregationalist USA 1,401,565 - 5,506
units
- 1957 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 77. "because of the tenacity with which Congregationalists uphold the authority of the local church to govern its own affairs, some of the 5,506 local fellowships, which today total 1,401,565 members, probably will continue to be known as Congregational... "
Congregationalist USA 1,300,000 0.77% - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 204-205. Table: "Christians, Their Practices "; "Congregationalists: Members in... U.S., 1.3 million [adults]. Congregational Christian Churches are uniting in 1957 with Evangelical and Reformed Church. Total U.S. assets of Congregationalists, $500 million. "
Congregationalist USA 1,432,486 - - - 1960 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 56. "According to the latest census (1960), there are 1,432,486 members gathere din 5,458 churches in the United States. There are over 2,000,000 Congregationalists in the world. "
Congregationalist USA 438,000 - - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 15-17. Table 1-2: Self-Described Adherence of U.S. Adult Population 1990. Phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by Graduate School of City U. of New York.
Congregationalist USA - 0.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Congregationalist USA 1,600,000 - - - 1992 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 259-260. "After all, there are still 1.6 million Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) in our midst. "
Congregationalist USA - - - - 1996 Occhiogrosso, Peter. The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions. New York: Doubleday (1996); pg. 386. "Congregationalists: An Evangelical sect popular in the northeastern U.S. that views each individual congregation as an independent body, with all rights to elect clergy and settle matters of doctrinal belief and discipline without any outside interference. However, a loose fellowship with other like-minded congregations is an accepted part of the pattern. "


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