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March 2012, Vol. 3 No. 1
Reformed Communiqué is published quarterly by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), a fellowship of 80 million Reformed Christians in 230 churches in 108 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed, Uniting and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WCRC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
Editor: Kristine Greenaway
Full version: PDF (March 2012)
Selected articles follow.
(For readers of the French edition): Avis aux lecteurs(trices)
C’est avec regret que nous devons annoncer la suspension de l’édition française de Communiqué réformé, le bulletin semestriel de la Communion mondiale d’Églises réformées (CMER). Ceci est dû aux défis financiers auxquels notre organisation fait face actuellement. Nous espérons toutefois trouver un moyen de vous faire parvenir les nouvelles de la CMER en français dans un proche avenir.
WCRC focuses on the future
Justice and theology programmes for the coming year, partnership with regional groups of member churches, and financial stability are key words on the agenda of the Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) at meetings scheduled for May 10-17 in Indonesia.
Two years after WCRC's founding meeting in Grand Rapids, United States, elected officials will be reviewing progress to date and approving plans for the future. The strategic plan adopted at the 2011 meeting of the executive is the framework for the planning process.
Indonesian churches discuss the future of mission work
The 28 member churches of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Indonesia are engaged in a process of discussion and reflection that is designed to lead to a statement on mission in their country.
Dean prepares for Global Institute of Theology
The dean of the faculty of theology of Indonesia’s Duta Wacana Christian University knows what it means to study the context in which he is doing theology. Yahya Wijaya lives and works in Yogyakarta, a city known for its rich history and the contemporary mix of Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith traditions.
Cuban theologian to lead Reformed church movement's Justice Office
A Cuban theologian and pastor has been appointed to head the Justice and Partnership programme of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). Dora Arce-Valentin took up her appointment in January 2012.
From the Partnership Fund: a gift for learning in Madagascar
The news came just in time for Christmas. As the Malagasy congregation saw it, the grant was a gift. The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) encourages its congregations to take seriously the contribution they can make to the human development of the country.
From the General Secretary
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain. (Selections from 1 Corinthians: 15)
Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. (Revelations 21: 6)
For those of us who grew up in the tropics, the only “spring” we knew was the source of fresh water. Fresh water springs evoked in us an image of refreshing and life-giving newness.