The first congregation in the Transvaal was established in Potchefstroom in 1842. The church supported the system of apartheid, which institutionalized separation and stratification of the people of South Africa … [13], The 2004 decision was formally withdrawn in 2015. The allegiance to the Dutch Reformed Church was a common feature among Dutch immigrant communities around the world, and became a crucial part of Afrikaner nationalism in South Africa. In recent years, there have been efforts at reuniting the various branches of South Africa's Dutch Reformed tradition. Subsequent additions were made and in 1870 the well-known emblem appeared on postage stamps. By the 2002 General Synod, the synod indicated that it was doubtful about the 1986 decision. Ask GeorgePride about Dutch Reformed Mother Church. However, if you think that you are more important than Jesus Christ, you will think of ways to ignore this command. There were also religious divisions among the trekkers themselves. During the period 1860–1880, the church continued to grow and ten new congregations were established. Contact Centre - Telephone: 012 420 3111 Browse Individual Records in this Title. The problem of poverty, in particular poverty among urbanised Afrikaners after 1902, was regarded by the Church as a matter of grave concern. Hatfield This is what Jesus’ question to His disciples in John 13 refers to: ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ If you understand the essence of what I have done, you will be able to go forth and do the same for the world. The Dutch Reformed Churches Union Act Repeal Act, 2008 of the Parliament of South Africa[8] has one of its objectives as to "remove obstacles in the unification process of the Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk, Reformed Church of Africa and the Dutch Reformed Churches without legislative intervention". [10], The NGK has a presbyterian polity with power divided between synods, presbyteries, and church councils. The Dutch Reformed Church tradition is made up of three sister churches: the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NHK), and the … There were thus now three Dutch Reformed churches in what would become South Africa—the NGK (the Cape Synod), the NHK (the state church of the South African Republic), and the GK (led by Postma). In the NGK meanwhile there was more controversy over theological liberalism and conservatism. Many of the members of the crew belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church, and created a community in Cape Town. Pastor Petri and his family were born in South Africa.He was a pastor in the Nether Dutch Reformed Church of Africa for the last 12 years. Marriage is a commitment between one man and one woman. As the church ministers became increasingly involved in attempts to uplift the Afrikaner people, they also became politicised, and many became spokesmen for Afrikaner nationalism. The Reformed Church of South Africa is composed largely of the descendants of the Dutch people and some Huguenots and Germans who settled in the neighborhood of the Cape of Good Hope in the second half of the seventeenth century. Petri van Rooyen is our new full time pastor of Word and Sacraments. E-mail: [email protected], Position: Departmental administrator The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa is currently striving to revive and enhance its missional identity with its core aspect being a church for Africa, said DRC general secretary Dr Gustav Claassen. However, on 7 September 2016, the suspension was lifted and at the same time an Extraordinary Synod was called, which was held in November 2016. Telephone: +27 (0)12 663 1921 Since then attempts have been made to improve the heraldic and aesthetic quality of the emblem and in 1992 the General Meeting of the Church obtained approval for the old version of the emblem. Browse this collection. In the modified ZAR emblem the eagle and the lion conform to a greater extent to heraldic requirements, the flags are arranged slightly differently, and the shield is larger and more oval in shape. Efforts to obtain the services of a pastor from the Netherlands resulted in the appointment of Rev Dirk van der Hoff as pastor in Potchefstroom in 1853. The Reformed Church has made its mark in respect of social issues relating the child neglect and poverty. The Nether Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) became the first partner in 1917, and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is the largest partner. The Mission Council, as it later became known, was determined to establish its own training facility. Though at first allowed to hold services in French, they were eventually assimilated into the Dutch-speaking population and became members of the Dutch Reformed Church, which had a monopoly in territory controlled by the company. Dutch Reformed Church, Afrikaans Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), South African denomination that traces its beginnings to the Reformed tradition of the first white settlers who came to South Africa from the Netherlands in the mid-17th century. 16: Aborsiepil is 'moord, http://www.kerkargief.co.za/doks/navorsing/Aborsie.pdf, "Beeld Johannesburg Finaal Saterdag 11 Desember 1999 Bl. The church's current decision on abortion was taken at the 1994 General Synod. fession is a confession in which the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA)6affirms her faith and in doing so also compels herself to being a leader in the continuous struggle for socio-economic justice in South Africa. [3] This not to be confused with the literal translation Low German, which is a dialect in the north of Germany. In 1864, the Rev NJ van Warmelo was also inducted as pastor. The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA), as well as the youngest partner, the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), contributes to the unique … The charitable work done by the NHSV is of immeasurable value. Prior to 1994, the church's view on abortion was broadly aligned with South African legislation, namely that forced abortion was only acceptable if there was immediate danger to the mother's life, or if the conception was due to rape that had been reported to the police. Formal discussions with a view to uniting the Netherdutch Reformed Church and the Dutch Reformed Church in the Transvaal were held from 1882 (the Reformed Church never participated in these discussions). Churches of a reformatory origin (rooted in the Calvinist Reformation of the 16th century) were established at the Cape from 6 April 1652 onward. The first of these was Rev LE Brandt, who came from the Netherlands and would play a leading role over an extended period. In 1924, the emblem was used as the Church emblem for the first time on the publication Die Almanak. The NGK was thus no longer dependent on getting its clergy from overseas, and as most of the recruits to the ministry had emerged from the revival this was the dominant element. The Nether Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) became its first partner in 1917 and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is its largest partner. A seven-dimensional praxis matrix is used to explore one of those trajectories, namely: “Standing for justice.” The sources used for this exploration are mainly official church … The 1982 General Synod declared that abortion is indefensible on both Biblical and scientific grounds, and that abortion is always "the termination of a life". The large figure whose feet are being washed represents the world to which the gospel is being preached. It also has a presence in neighbouring countries, such as Namibia, Swaziland, and parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Along with the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NHK) and the Reformed Churches in South Africa, it is considered one of the three sister churches of South Africa. between congregations. Both the General Synod and the regional synods may pronounce an official statement on certain issues, which local church councils broadly follow. The Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) – Die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Afrika (NGKA) The Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) – Die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Afrika (NGKA) has a General Synod (constituted 1963) and three regional synods namely: the Synod of the Orange Free State … Reviewed 1 May 2016 . John Van Arckel, who was settled among the Cape Dutch in 1662. Prinshof, Student Service Centre (for Contact students): The Dutch Reformed ministers generally tried to discourage them and, as the Dutch Reformed Church was the established church of the colony, did not initially provide pastoral ministry for the emigrant farmers, who eventually formed several independent republics in present-day South Africa. Pastors and elders became prisoners of war and were sent away and several churches and archival documents were destroyed by fire. A senior DRC missionary expressed the aim of education succinctly: “The purpose of education is to develop understanding, … In 1688, 200 Huguenot refugees arrived at the Cape. E-mail: [email protected], Postal Address: The French had occupied the Netherlands, and so the link between the church in the colony and the Amsterdam classis was broken. The Dutch Reformed Church (Afrikaans: Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, abbreviated NGK) is a Reformed Christian denomination in South Africa.It also has a presence in neighbouring countries, such as Namibia, Swaziland, and parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. He became the first pastor appointed in the Transvaal. It was the foremost Protestant denomination, and—since 1892—one of the two major Reformed denominations along with the Reformed … This collection includes church records from South Africa. [27] The church believes that life begins at conception, and that using contraceptives that cause a fertilised ovum to be expelled is therefore also sinful.[28]. During the 20th century the Church expanded and the membership increased from 25 423 in 1908 to 133 485 fifty years later and 142 089 in 2006. This can lead to widely differing approaches on issues such as marriage, gambling, sexuality, sins in general, social issues, etc. The 1982 General Synod declared that homosexual sex is sinful and that homosexuals may not participate in the Lord's Supper or become elders, deacons or pastors, regardless of whether they have sex. Jan van Riebeeck formally established the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) of South Africa in 1652. Despite some degree of dissatisfaction, the unification was finalised in Pretoria on 7 December 1885 and the united church became officially known as the Dutch Reformed Church. The NRC’s first female pastor was Prof Yolanda Dreyer, and Dr Elsabé Kloppers was the first female pastor that obtained a doctorate in Theology. Originating in the 17th century from the Dutch Reformed Church of the Netherlands, the NGK is the largest denomination within South Africa's Dutch Reformed tradition. There are ten synods, whose borders roughly resemble those of the provinces of South Africa plus Namibia. A church council was elected in February 1837 and subsequently, on 21 May 1837, the former missionary Erasmus Smit ordained himself as their minister. 0028, Location: The war of 1899-1902 caused serious disruptions in the Church. The 1986 decision was formally withdrawn in 2004, although in practice the 2004 decision (which replaced the 1986 decision entirely) was the same as the 1986 decision. He studied theology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and graduated with a MDiv in Theology and with a MTh in Practical Theology. This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 15:09. The NGK expanded from the Cape Colony, but in Natal and the two inland republics it set up separate synods that were at first loosely federated but later developed a closer relationship. The authorities for the foregoing are records and papers in the "Deacons' Chest," the baptismal and … The Background. Pastor Petri and his family were born in South Africa. The church's reversal still "makes allowance for ministers and parishes to make their own decision around this. The frontier farmers did not like the way the government in Cape Town handled the situation, and the ending of slavery in 1834 was another bone of contention. He spoke at a meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order, held 15-22 June near Pretoria in South Africa … 46 of 2008, Dutch Reformed Churches Union Act Repeal Bill, "Now Dutch Reformed Church won't appeal same-sex ruling", http://www.kerkargief.co.za/doks/navorsing/Selfdegeslag1982_2015.pdf, "Victory as NG Kerk lifts suspension of acceptance of gay unions", "A queer thing is going on in Southern Africa's churches", "It's on! It illustrates the close ties that existed between the ZAR and the Netherdutch Reformed Church which, according to Article 20 of the ZAR’s constitution, was the state church. The first preacher was Rev. The emblem of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa consists mainly of the coat of arms of the former South-African Republic (ZAR) around which the name of the Church has been added. Disclaimer | After learning that he and his congregation could be required to sing these untested hymns, however, he and the Doppers broke away from the state church to form the Reformed Churches in South Africa (GK) in 1859. The Nether Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) became the first partner in 1917, and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is the largest partner. There were several reasons for the breach between the Trekkers and the Cape Church, but ultimately the problem was that Cape ministers of religion were unwilling to serve the Trekkers and not a single one was prepared to join them. The church recognises South African civil unions, but does not regard legal marriage between homosexuals as Biblical marriage – instead, the church regards legally married homosexuals as simply having a formalised, committed sexual relationship. After consultation with experts, including medical experts, the synod decided to base their stance on abortion solely on the Bible and not on medical evidence or on a list of exceptions. The smaller crouching figure represents Jesus (and His Church on earth) who serves with His entire being. GIBS | Afrikaner Calvinism was developing a different worldview to that of the British rulers, and many farmers left the Cape Colony in the Great Trek during the 1830s and 1840s. When an issue has a wide range of opinions, the synods and the General Synod releases "discussion documents" which are intended to move the opinion of congregations in some direction. The first formal congregation was established in 1665 under the jurisdiction of the classis (presbytery) of Amsterdam. It is the main church of the Afrikaans-speaking whites, and its present membership covers a large percentage of the Republic of South Africa… Abortion on demand became legal in South Africa in 1997. The colony had expanded a long way beyond the Cape Peninsula in the preceding two centuries, both to the north and the east, and on the eastern frontier the Dutch farmers came into contact with Xhosa-speaking cattle herders. In 1665, Johan van Arckel arrived in the Cape Colony and became its first minister. The Nether Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) became the first partner in 1917, and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is the largest partner. The 1994 and 1998 General Synods did not deal with the issue. The 2015 General Synod decided that sex outside of marriage is no longer sinful, as long as both partners live good Christian lives and are committed to each other. Sex outside of marriage is sinful, and therefore gay sex is sinful. They are: Individual church councils may decide for themselves how specific current issues that are not dealt with in the six officially accepted confessions of faith are dealt with within the congregation. Contact Now! This metaphor illustrates the relationship between the church and the world. Office: Room 1-45 The first Afrikaans hymnal followed in 1944. Ministers from the Netherlands were not as willing to serve in what was now for them a foreign country, and the British authorities were not keen to have them. The Cape Church was a branch of the Dutch ‘trunk’ and fell under the Klassis (Ring) Amsterdam throughout the Dutch occupation, which ended in … [9], Theologically, the Dutch Reformed Church is in the Reformed branch of Protestantism. [23] In 2019, the secular Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria ruled to reverse the 2016 decision and decided that ministers should bless same-sex unions and that gay and lesbian ministers could marry and be ordained.[24][25][26]. The first British occupation was temporary, but in 1806 a long-term occupation was undertaken. The joy which marked the formal unification of the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) and the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) in 1994 to form the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), should be seen against the background of a very difficult road on which church unity often appeared as being an unattainable goal. It claims 1.1 million members and 1,602 … In 1715, the church was called "The Reformed Nether Dutch church," which title in 1727 was transposed into "Nether Dutch Reformed church" (Nederduytse gereformeerde gemynte), or commonly the "Dutch church." There are currently ministers who are openly gay or lesbian. The Church in the Transvaal was not prepared to surrender its independence by being incorporated into the Cape Church, which would have placed it under the authority of the British governor. In 1979 the training facilities were moved to the University of the North and became known as Reformed Theological Training. It developed during the Protestant Reformation, being shaped theologically by John Calvin, but also other major Reformed theologians. No-one may be excluded from participation in church activities owing to their sexual orientation. 9: 'Droogskoonmaak' of moord: vrou se reg teenoor fetus s'n", "Beeld JHB FIN Dinsdag 21 Augustus 1990 Bl. After various processes the Church has been accepted back into the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Despite the permanent takeover of the Cape Colony by the UK in 1806, the church remained semi-established with congregations supported from government funds. It is stated that no decision may be forced on any parish". The Reformed Church in America, known until 1867 as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, is a body of Christians in the United States composed originally of settlers from the Netherlands, but now greatly intermixed with elements from other sources. The more conservative ones (known as Doppers) were opposed to singing hymns that had not been determined to be scripturally pure in church. Dutch Reformed Mother Church: Beautiful old church - See 31 traveller reviews, 33 candid photos, and great deals for George, South Africa, at Tripadvisor. In November 2015, the decision was suspended, initially to be discussed again at the 2017 General Synod. There were conflicts over grazing and water and cattle rustling across the frontier. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. This applies to both homosexuals and heterosexuals. Following the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the NGK played an important role in reconstruction and resisting the tendency of the British rulers to anglicise the Afrikaners. The hub of the congregation was near Bronkhorstspruit on the farm Witfontein, which belonged to Elder MJ Prinsloo. Ethics Hotline | [email protected] | Hillcrest | The first version of the emblem was approved by the ZAR Parliament (Volksraad) in 1858. The Dutch East India Company sent a crew to create a Dutch settlement in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. Fax: +27 (0)12 664 2044 Although plans to make theological training available had been discussed as early as in 1890, this was delayed for various reasons. [30], An official publication from 1999, "Geloofsverklaring", which deals with various current issues, stated however that while abortion on demand is morally indefensible, abortion should not be denied in cases where it is the "lesser of two evils". Churchgoers do not always recognise this. This metaphorical portrayal of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet is used to convey something of the essence and calling of our church. The church was semi-established, and the government helped with stipends of ministers. Congregations are allowed to deny employment to married gays. When the Dutch East India Company sent Jan van Riebeeck to start a Dutch settlement at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, most of the company's employees were members of the Dutch Reformed Church. It is therefore correctly referred to as the "Dutch Reformed Church" in South Africa. Hatfield The revival also led to an interest in mission work which led to the establishment of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church for coloureds and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa for blacks. Every four years, the 10 synods come together and meet as the General Synod. Several of the republics in the land beyond the Vaal ("Transvaal") eventually merged to form the South African Republic in 1852. Do we understand that for this very reason we should not expect to be treated differently from the way Christ was treated? The 1986 General Synod confirmed that homosexual sex and homosexual relationships are sinful, but declared that homosexuals may use the Lord's Supper and may become elders, deacons or pastors, if they are otherwise eligible. In 1945 the Church itself accepted responsibility for this task, but the work would only really come to life in 1951, under the leadership of Dr (later Prof) PS Dreyer. Theology Building With regard to liturgy, the Church bade farewell to Dutch as the language of the pulpit in 1933 when the first translation of the Bible into Afrikaans became available. 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