Synod Appoints Study Committee on Religious Persecution

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Synod 2013 approved appointment of a study committee to advise the denomination on how to respond to religious persecution and religious liberty.

“All of our brothers and sisters around the world are dealing with matters of religious freedoms, and we in North America are dealing with it as well,” said Rev. Henk Bruinsma of Classis Toronto, the classis that requested the study committee. “We are becoming more open to widespread secular attack in North America.”

The committee’s purpose is “to provide a biblical and theological framework regarding religious persecution and religious liberty” and direct the church to “walk alongside and intercede on behalf of those who are . . . denied religious liberty” globally and locally.

The study committee is asked to provide a progress report to Synod 2015 and provide the completed study to Synod 2016.

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