We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As Sippican might say, "There is no Second Congregational Church." No, there isn't. Not yet, anyway.
I had the pleasure of shaking hands with the Rev. Norman Koop on the steps of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, on Sunday morning. I had heard many good things about him and his congregation (including the Dartmouth folks who cross the river to attend), and had listened to some of his sermons online.
I was shocked (and very pleased) to see a Congo church that still proclaimed the gospel on its website. I looked in vain for the little "UCC" logo on the site. Eventually, I came across the statement they are independent (which I always thought was the whole point of Congregationalism).
Anyway, I would guess that is why they are still a healthy church. More power to them, and too bad there aren't more such Congregational churches in New England (and the rest of the country, for that matter).