RCA adopts apartheid-era confession

The Belhar Confession

For some 400 years, the small Reformed Church in America has relied on only three confessional statements of belief, all of them forged in the crucible of the Reformation. Now they have added a fourth, and its unlikely origins—apartheid-era South Africa—speak volumes about the changing nature of global Christianity and its impact on one of America’s oldest denominations.

The RCA formally accepted the Belhar Confession on June 10 at the church’s General Synod held at North western College in Orange City, Iowa. The confession is a declaration of unity, justice and reconciliation that was written by Reformed church leaders in the Cape Town suburb of Belhar, South Africa, in 1982.


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