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Synod 2013 turned down requests from two Canadian classes (groups of churches).

Classis Toronto had requested that Canadian members of the Board of Trustees conduct separate meetings to discuss Canadian issues.

BOT President John Terpstra said that during regular board gatherings, Canadian board members have met informally about their country’s concerns.

“What brought this overture is that there are some items that are very different in Canada versus the U.S.,” such as immigration issues, said Rev. Henk Bruinsma, Classis Toronto.

Classis Niagara asked synod to form a task force in response to the “Canadian Catalytic Conversation,” a recent gathering of Canadian Christian Reformed leaders.

That overture (formal request) was rejected on the grounds that “the requested reflection is already taking place and will continue to take place within the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture.”

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