The Reformed Church Center Discusses Going Forward with Grace
The Reformed Church Center has been hosting a three-part series on Planning and Preparing for the 2020 Vision, looking at this report to the RCA and its recommendation for moving forward. In each of these gatherings, our goal has been not to take sides in favor or against the report, but simply to report what is different, to give participants a chance to make up their own minds. You can see recordings of the first two discussions: Together, Yet Changed and Preserving Our Shared History.
The final session, looking at the third part of the report, Forward with Grace, will be held on Saturday, February 13, at 10:00 am EST via Zoom. Again, the goal will not be to identify things as good or bad, but to discuss how this plan would be different from what the church has done before and the implications of such changes. We will be led in that discussion by three people with unique and valuable perspectives.
Linda Burlew Gold is pastor of the Fonda Reformed Church (Fonda, NY), after having served as pastor of the First Reformed Church of College Point in Queens, New York, for many years. She served as the Stated Clerk of Queens Classis for five years and is currently a member of the Commission on Church Order.
Brian Keepers is the lead pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, IA. He has served as an ordained pastor in the RCA for twenty years and is married with two daughters and a new granddaughter. He loves reading, being outdoors, and is passionate about the intersection of faith and art. He was a member of the 2020 Vision Team that prepared this report.
Micheal Edwards is an ordained minister of the word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. Reared in the Baptist, Methodist, AME, and Reformed traditions, his culture and faith roots are firmly planted in the African American Christian community, Harlem, USA. Currently, he is the Senior Minister at the DeWitt Reformed Church and Executive Minister for the Regional Synod of New York.