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(6 October 2012)
The General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa took note with serious concern of the critical economic conditions of its membership and the population of the Southern African Region. The Church felt to express itself and to address this economic injustice in the Southern African context. The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) believes that involvement in politics is one of the honourable positions that a Christian can occupy in public life. God, in whom we believe, gives His people the responsibility to govern the earth in the fullest sense of governance as it was given to them in the Book of Genesis. We created by this Creator God, have therefore received a divine command to govern the earth responsibly. The URCSA, therefore, does not conform to the notion that politics is dirty, we believe however, what soils this honourable profession is dishonest politicians who occupies political office in our country. These politicians are responsible for the fact that corruption, mismanagement of the resources and self enrichment are rife in South Africa. Resources that are supposed to be channelled to the upliftment of South Africa's poor, disappears in the pockets of those who are well connected to political power. After eighteen years of democracy, South Africa's struggle for justice, economically and politically for the apartheid' poor and oppressed, seems to be an illusion. This is a situation Synod laments.
(6 October 2012)
Mindful of Psalm 24 verse 1, "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it: for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters," the General Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church recognises and confesses, that the earth is our home, in which we live, but that have not build. Although God has given us dominion and responsibility over the fish of the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle on the hill, the resources in the earth, God have not given us the right to misuse and exploit the earth for our own selfish purposes or the endangerment of the health of Human and beast, but we do.
We as a Church therefore, confess our and humanity's constant misunderstanding of the privilege and responsibility to the earth and all who live on and in it. We confess our mismanagement of the treasure God has created. We confess that we lack the appreciation for God's Lordship over the earth when we act irresponsible in our home, the earth. We confess our lack of trustworthiness in caring for the earth and all its inhabitants. We confess our lack of love for one another, when we act in the environment in such a way, that our actions endanger the health of people.
(11 February 2011)
The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa has learned with great concern and sadness of the misuse of religion for the umpteenth time, by the African National Congress (ANC), solely for cheap political ends. It was not long ago, as recently as 2008, that another leader in the ANC, the Premier of the Free State, Mr. Ace Magashule, according to newspaper reports, said that: "Zuma suffers like Jesus." Mr. Magashule then said, "Jesus was prosecuted. He was called names and was betrayed. This is the same kind of suffering that Mr. Zuma had to endure in recent times…"
According to newspaper reports, Mr. Zuma, President of the ANC, among other things, said on an electioneering campaign, "When you vote for the ANC, you are also choosing to go to heaven. When you don't vote for the ANC you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork (the devil)… who cooks people. When you get up there (heaven), there are different cards used, but when you have an ANC card, you will go to heaven."
Press Release: Statement on situation in South Africa
(14 April 2010)
The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), regards it as our sacred duty to speak a prophetic word, to witness publicly and express our concern about a number of issues in the South African society that need urgent attention. We do this in celebration of our 16th anniversary, today 14 April and as an expression of our commitment and loyalty to our country's wellbeing and prosperity. We thought it also helpful to reflect on our country as we celebrate Freedom Day and the 16th anniversary of our democracy on 27 April 2010.
(12 October 2008)
The Executive of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa deeply regrets the misrepresentations of the procedures and decisions of Synod on the issue of homosexuality by our former Assessor Dr Allan Boesak. We want to inform the world and our church of the correct information. We are compelled to put the record right in the public space, where Dr Boesak made misleading statements.
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