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Reformed church Christians propose sacramental union
Setri Nyomi: ''The decision is in line with John Calvin’s commitment to Christian unity''
Use of the word “communion” implies that member denominations of the new organization will accept the ordination of each others’ clergy and respect the rites of each tradition. The draft constitution for the new organization says “no individual or church may claim precedence or dominance over another.”
The move signals a significant step towards unity among Reformed churches which have splintered into separate denominations over the years since the Protestant Reformation was launched in 16th century
“The decision is in line with John Calvin’s commitment to Christian unity,” says Setri Nyomi, WARC’s General Secretary referring to the early church reformer. “It signals that Reformed churches today are ready to do their part.”
The draft constitution will be presented for approval by delegates of the two organizations at the Uniting General Council to be held in
REC’s president, Peter Borgdorff, who led the process of drafting the constitution, declared it an important signal that Reformed churches are “seeking to overcome their divisions and come together as one body in the tradition of Biblical teachings which describe the Christian church as one body made of many parts.”
Other decisions made by the joint executive committees on the final day of meetings, Friday 30 May, included approval of a proposed new programme and staff structure, elimination of the current budget deficit by 2011, and a draft budget for the new organization, subject to approval at the June 2010 general assembly.
“Our objective was to create a sustainable model for our combined organizations”, says WARC President Clifton Kirkpatrick. “To achieve this we had to make some difficult decisions such as reducing the size of the staff. But we are confident that we have a good basis now on which to build for the future.”
The joint executive committees also decided that the new organization would be established in
Pressemitteilung des Reformierten Weltbundes (RWB) / WARC