Ecumenical Guests Greet CRC Synod

Rev. Tshililo Liphadzi, Reformed Churches in South Africa (Soutpansberg Synod)
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Two ecumenical delegates brought greetings to the Christian Reformed synod (general assembly).

Rev. Lisa Vander Wal, moderator of the Commission of Christian Unity in the Reformed Church of America, brought greetings from the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) where she serves as one of four vice presidents. Expressing thanks for the period of collaboration between the CRC and RCA in the last several days of joint sessions, Vander Wal said, “It is indeed good and pleasant when God’s people dwell together in unity.”

Vander Wal reminded synod of the communion’s vision for its member churches in 108 countries representing more than 100 million people in the Reformed branch of the worldwide church: “Participating in God’s mission, that all may experience the fullness of life in Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Tshililo Liphadzi of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (Soutpansberg Synod) also brought greetings and encouraged the CRC delegates. He said, “Your ministries truly indicate you are not an inward-looking church, but indeed saved to serve.”

“I was personally helped to reflect deeply on my context and helped to see how we can be a church in the global South that can be a blessing to the world as Abraham’s sons and daughters,” Liphadzi said.

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