Magazine article The Christian Century

Two Reformed Churches Agree to Work More Closely

Magazine article The Christian Century

Two Reformed Churches Agree to Work More Closely

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In a historic joint session following decades of division and rancor, delegates of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church buried the hatchet.

CRC and RCA delegates voted unanimously on June 14 in Pella, Iowa, to declare "the principle that guides us, and the intention that motivates us, is to act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel [us] to act separately."

The resolution instructed the CRC's Board of Trustees and the General Synod Council of the RCA that the two denominations must be guided by this principle, according to a news release from the joint session.

The Reformed Church in America was established in 1628 by early Dutch settlers in New York, but dissenters seceded in 1857 under the name Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The division occurred over differences held so strongly that Pillar Church in Holland, Michigan, defended itself against the opposing group by arming its members with hatchets and axes, according to Wes Granberg-Michaelson, former RCA general secretary and well-known ecumenist in the United States and abroad.

An improving religious climate today is gradually replacing the Reformed churches' tortured past, said Granberg-Michaelson. …

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