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The Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland derives its name and its liberal and tolerant identity from early eighteenth century Presbyterian ministers refusing to subscribe to, or sign, the Westminster Confession, a standard Reformed (Calvinist) statement of faith, at their ordination, forming in 1725 their Presbytery of Antrim. A similar phenomenon led to the 1830 creation of the Remonstrant Synod of Ulster. The two bodies created the Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland (NSPCI) in 1910. The Synod of Munster became part of the NSPCI in 1935.

Many non-subscribing Presbyterians keep close contact with the Unitarians and are sometimes identified as such, though they are distinct bodies.

Today, the denomination has thirty-one congregations in Northern Ireland and two congregations in the Republic of Ireland, with a total of about four thousand members. They are served by fewer than twenty ministers; both women and men serve as ministers. The NSCPI is a member of the Irish Council of Churches, the European Liberal Protestant Network and the International Association for Religious Freedom.

See also

Other Presbyterian denominations in Ireland

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