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A significant moment for reconciliation of Reformed church groups
New global Protestant body will help overcome 'history of separation'
The creation of the 80 million-member World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) marks an opportunity “to reinvigorate Reformed witness” in a fractured world, says one of the architects of the union.
“We are at a very significant moment to witness to the reconciliation we find in Christ,” said Clifton Kirkpatrick, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), which will unite with the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) in June 2010.
Kirkpatrick’s comments came Wednesday in the midst of the first meeting of the governing bodies of the uniting organizations taking place at
“This is not a merger or a takeover but the creation of something new,” added Peter Borgdorff, president of REC. “I am very excited that this has come about. At its core Reformed history is a history of separation. This is a global witness that emphasizes the better and more excellent way.”
Arjan Plaisiers, general secretary of the
Earlier in the week arenda Masnoot, the vice-moderator of the
At the outset of the meeting WARC general secretary Setri Nyomi said he was excited by the union process which will offer the Reformed family an opportunity to show to a broken world that the church can heal some of its divisions. “This is a major contribution to Christian unity.” Added REC general secretary Richard van Houten, “I am encouraged by this work of bringing together two important Reformed organizations.”
WCRC will represent 80 million Reformed Christians around the world. WARC has 75 million members in 214 churches in 107 countries. REC has 12 million members in 41 churches in 25 countries.
The uniting General Council for WCRC will meet in
Quelle: Homepage des WARC: http://warc.jalb.de/warcajsp/side.jsp?news_id=1619&part_id=0&navi=6