Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Church Unity between former DRMC and DRCA, 1994

Keywords: Faith, Confession, Unity, Church, Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC), Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA), Synod

Abstract

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Church unity between the former Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) took place in 1994 under particularly difficult circumstances. South Africa was on the brink of civil war, as the oppressed majority of the country was pressurising the apartheid regime to surrender to their legitimate demands for a democratic dispensation. The regime was relentless and violently resisted any change that would franchise black people. The struggle involved political, social, economic and religious dimensions and many people lost their lives as a result. It was under these circumstances that the DRMC and the DRCA forged ahead with church unity. The most enabling means for survival in the struggle for unity of the two churches was their faith in God as expressed in the Belhar Confession. This article explores the circumstances under which church unification was forged between the two Reformed churches and their eventual unity in 1994, as well as the concrete steps they took in their ritual of unification.

Author Biography

Selaelo Thias Kgatla, University of South Africa

Emeritus Professor

Department of Religion Studies

Published
2019-11-07