Belhar Not Included in Synod Declaration of Unity

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The Belhar Confession, an ecumenical faith declaration in the Christian Reformed Church, will not be included in the public declaration delegates make at the beginning of each synod to indicate their adherence to the Reformed creeds and confessions.

Delegates voted to remove reference to Belhar from the new public declaration recommended to synod by the Board of Trustees.

The BOT had proposed recognizing the Belhar as an Ecumenical Faith Declaration, a new category Synod 2012 approved for the Belhar Confession, along with affirmation of the CRC’s three historic confessions.

Synod removed reference to the Belhar to align the public declaration with the Covenant for Officebearers.


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