Reformed groups step toward merger

Merger will create World Reformed Communion
Leaders of two worldwide Reformed organizations, following a short meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, have announced their unanimous recommendation for merger of the 75-million-member World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the 12-million-member Reformed Ecumenical Council.

The new umbrella body, if ratified by the two groups’ governing bodies, would be called the World Reformed Communion. Among its recommended goals: “to foster Reformed identity and spiritual life” and “to promote justice in the economy . . . [and] work for reconciliation in the world.”


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