Closing of General Synod 2012 (6 October 2012)
The Sixth General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa come to a close with a Holy Communion Service in the URCSA Windhoek Congregation. Prof Rev Christina Landman acted as liturgist and the Moderator of the Namibia Synod Dr Rev Henry Platt as preacher. Dr Rev H Platt preached form Romans 12:1-8. A joint Choir of Congregations from Namibia and the choir of Katutura also performed during the Service. Rev Simon Kwasabha from the Kwazulu Natal Synod served the Holy Communion. Synod have resolved a few Press Statements on the last day. For these Press Statements you can look under the News section of the website www.urcsa.org.za Dr Rev Mary –Ann van Huffel – Plaatjies newly elected Moderator for the next 4 years officially adjourned the 6th General Synod of URCSA. It was indeed a time of discerning the will of God for URCSA and the preacher reminded us that in future we need to do it in all our efforts and further deliberations. Please also visit the URCSA fan page on Facebook and like it to have a look at some of the pictures taken at Synod. We would also in the next day post the Pastoral letter and some of the Important decisions of Synod. Read More >>
Opening of Synod 2012 (2 October 2012)
The Sixth General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa opened with a Church service led by the Rev Godfrey Betha as liturgist and the outgoing Moderator Prof Thias Kgatla as preacher. Prof Kgatla preached form Philippians 2: 12-13. Prof Kgatla said that the God of the Bible is a person. The God of the Bible is a personal spirit and that God seeks a personal relationship with men and women. Yesterday the Synod elected Dr Mary –Ann van Huffel – Plaatjies as the first women to occupy the position of Moderator in URCSA. Dr Plaatjies - van Huffel is Senior Lecture in Church History and Church Polity at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. She is also Associate Minister with her husband Rev Dawid van Huffel at the URCSA Scottsdene Congregation. Rev Godfrey Betha, from the Regional Synod of Phororo was elected Assessor. Dr Dawid Kuyler was re-elected Scribe of the Synod with Dr Leepo Modise as the new Actuarius. The rest of the Moderature is Dr Henry Platt (Namibia), Rev FE Ngema (Kwazulu-Natal) and Rev Collin Goeiman (Northern Synod). Read More >>
Unity Decision 2012 (3 October 2012)
1. URCSA is called by God to exercise a prophetic voice in the world and in particular in Southern Africa. In its mandate URCSA is guided by the principles of honesty, integrity and uprightedness as enjoned by the Confession of Belhar. URCSA acknowledges and supports whatever effort which is authentic as guided by the Scriptures. 2. URCSA General Synod sitting at Okahandja resolves to note and appreciates the breakthrough developments within the DRC recent General Synod to start a process in the Church Orderly way to accept the Belhar Confession. 3. URCSA steps forward and stretches out its hand to the DRC to re-enter the unity process again. It revokes its 2008 decision on moratorium on all three churches within the DRC family of churches as the other two churches too showed their willingness to take part in the ongoing process of unity. Read More >>
URCSA General Synod meets in Namibia (28 August 2012)
Vision: A Committed and United Church in service of unity, reconciliation and justice to all people through Christ
The Sixth General Synod of URCSA will be meeting in Windhoek, Namibia from 1-7 October 2012.
The meeting will deal with the reports of the Regional Synods and of the Ministries of the General Synod. The Agenda is still not ready because there are still outstanding reports. The final agenda will be available in print at the Synod.
We have decided to publish the reports on the URCSA website for delegates. The use of the contents of the Agenda/Reports is embargoed until the Synod has taken a decision on an issue.
Dr Dawid A Kuyler Scriba Synodi: URCSA General Synod
Pinkster 2012 (8 Mei 2012)
Die woord barmhartigheid kan ook met saghartigheid vertaal word. Dit beteken om ŉ sagte hart vir iemand te hê. In ons dag, hier in Suider-Afrika, het mense juis ŉ sagte hart nodig. Ons leef mos in ŉ brandarm wêreld, van VIGS en aborsies en geweld en onvrede… ŉ harde wêreld wat smag na sagtheid!
Dit is waarom die oorkoepelende tema vir Pinkster 2012 se oordenkings is: Die barmhartige God en sy barmhartige kerk vandag. Wat beteken die Here se sagte hart vir die wêreld waarin ons vandag leef? Hoe kan ons vir hierdie harde wêreld ŉ smakie gee van die barmhartige God se sagte hart? Dalk kry ons dit reg as die gemeente(s) waarvan ons deel is en waar ons die Here dien, saghartig kan raak.
Die temas van die 10 oordenkings vanjaar poog om na te dink oor enkele kenmerke of aspekte of die lewenswyses van ŉ barmhartige kerk met barmhartige lidmate wat ŉ barmhartige God aanbid.