Location: Hertzog Hall
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Price: n/a
Contact: Barbara Fillette

A two-site conference held in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch. BELHAR IN CONTEXT: THE PROCESS OF RECEPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA AND NORTH AMERICA The Confession of Belhar began its life in 1982 in South Africa. In that country, Belhar has not only been a confession of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa, but has been under consideration by other Reformed bodies in that land. It has also found its way into the ecclesial life of Reformed churches around the globe. It was accepted as a new confession by the Reformed Church in America in 2011 and is under active consideration by two other Reformed bodies in North America: the Presbyterian Church U.S. and the Christian Reformed Church. A church confession is a living reality that shapes the life of a church. In Reformed churches, the context of a confession is central: how does the Word of God engage the church in its context? Thus, the question of how it is received within the church  and society  is of crucial importance. How has the confession shaped a particular church? Has it become a living part of a churchs life? Or has it been placed on a shelf, honored with other confessions, but scarcely important? This conference intends to explore how this particular confession, Belhar, has been received in two different countries, with two different families of Reformed churches.