Seeking a contextual "cry from the heart of faith": the Belhar Confession and race in the U.S.

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Cynthia Holder Rich


At its 2007 General Synod meeting, the Reformed Church in America (RCA) acted to provisionally adopt the Belhar Confession for a two-year period of study and discernment. If the General Synod in 2009 moves to adopt the Belhar, it will become one of the confessional standards of the denomination, added to the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of the Synod of Dort, all of which originated in Europe during the Reformation era.

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Belhar Confession; Race relations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity; South Africa -- Race relations; South Africa -- Church history; Church and social problems -- Reformed Church; Reformed Church in America -- Creeds