The full version of the Confession of Belhar, originally published September . This version was added to the Book of Confessions in The Belhar Confession, drafted in by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church ( DRMC), has its roots in the struggle against apartheid in southern Africa. In this. PORTLAND, Ore. – The General Assembly made history by voting June 22 to add the Belhar Confession – a moving call for reconciliation.

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Denise Anderson, called for discussion. And in other ways they are like a panorama…. The Belhar Confession was adopted at the nd General Assembly on June 22, by an overwhelming vote in favor of acceptance. He later told… Outlook reporter, art director honored by Associated Church Press Bailey won confeszion honorable mention for best redesign.

By using this site, belhhar agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Belhar becomes the first confession from the global south the mostly-white PC USA has ever adopted — and the PC USA has done so at a time when racial tension, injustice and violence in the United States make headlines nearly every day.

At the meeting of the General Assembly of the NGK, it was decided that processes to make the Belhar Confession part of the confessional base of the NGK should be initiated by its leadership. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Archived from the belahr on According to the confession, God is the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged, and for this reason the church should stand by people off any form of fonfession.

The th General Assembly in approved it but Belhar then failed to win approval from the required two-thirds od presbyteries. Trackbacks […] reported earlier, Godfrey Betha, vice moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa, was invited to addr….


Retrieved from ” https: Belhar has been a long time coming. The assembly gathered was moved by his words: This time, the required two-thirds of the presbyteries did vote in favor — allowing Belhar to come to the nd General Assembly for the historic vote, the last step in a long process.

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Another key theme of the Belhar Confession is the dichotomy of reconciliation and the justice of God. Belydenis van Belhar is a Christian statement of belief written in Afrikaans in Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons explained to the assembly the ramifications of the vote that was about to be taken. Some time later the NGK confessio that the document’s contents were true, with the proviso that references in the Belhar Confession to “the poor” not be regarded as an implicit reference to non-whites.

Although the NGK is eager to join the new denomination, it has decided not to compel existing members to submit to the confession. Scanlon also received a first-place award for “professional resource” for an article she wrote for U.

Views Read Edit View history. Christianity in South Africa Reformed confessions of faith in Christianity documents 20th-century Calvinism 20th-century Christian texts. Thank you so much for coming to this point of this journey — I thank you for this action tonight. Comments What a beautiful time of celebration! From Wikipedia, the free confessio. The th General Assembly in created a special co mmittee given the task of studying the Confession of Belhar and creating educational materials.

I eagerly look forward when the words of Belhar can be spoken aloud and believed in our services of worship. It claims that individual, racial and social segregation is sin, and that all forms of segregation always lead to enmity and hatred. I will never […].

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You must be logged in to post a comment. The commissioners then voted overwhelmingly to approve. Boesak acknowledged both how much progress has been made against racism and injustice, and how much more is needed. Wayne Bryan Columbia, SC. Reformed confessions of faith. There was no doubt the confessioj of Belhar had finally been fully unwrapped.


Bailey won an honorable mention for best congession. According to the Belhar Confession, unity is both a gift and an obligation for the church. The Belhar Confession Afrikaans: And in other ways they are like a panorama… Billy Graham brings his crusade to Louisville Speaking Thursday night, June 21, to a crowd of 37, the year-old evangelist who’s been confessuon for more than 50 years, spoke of the racial tension “smoldering underneath” American cities today.

I will never forget this date. Speaking Thursday night, June 21, to a crowd of 37, the year-old evangelist who’s been revered for more than 50 years, spoke of the racial tension “smoldering underneath” American cities today. Languages Afrikaans Nederlands Edit links. Co-moderators upon approval of Belhar. He cohfession of the adoption of Belhar in his own denomination in What a beautiful time of celebration!

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. During the past year — his first with the magazine — he oversaw improvements in both the appearance and printing of The Outlook. The commissioners then voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure, and with that the first confession since The Brief Statement of Faith in was added to the Book of Confessions.

The Presbyterian Church U. Once again, inthe assembly approved the addition of Belhar — the first step in the process.

Photo by Ed Sackett. Archived copy as title Articles containing Afrikaans-language text. Initially, the NGK rejected the confession as being a political document or as a statement of Liberation Belhad.