I’m going to have more on the last day of Synod later on (probably tomorrow). However, I did want to share this one item from Wednesday May 26. This is the letter that was written by our Synod and adopted to be sent to the URCNA Synod in London in July. It’s a brotherly cri du coeur.
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The complete Acts are now available at the website. Here are the highlights that I’ve selected from Tuesday May 25:
- The Synod judged that the Board of Governors of our seminary erred when it appointed Dr. J. Maris as a temporary instructor in dogmatology.
- Synod decided to bring the rules of capitalization in our Book of Praise in line with what we find in the NIV. In other words, when referring to God, we will now find “he, him, his,” rather than “He, Him, His.” Interesting fact on this point: when Guido de Bres originally wrote the Belgic Confession, he didn’t capitalize divine pronouns. No one has ever accused him of being disrespectful. The same can be said for Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus when it comes to the original Heidelberg Catechism.
- Some musical and lyrical changes were made to a small number of our existing hymns
- Several new hymns were approved, including Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands & the Gloria Patri
- The Synod also decided that the Book of Praise Committee be mandated to recommend additional hymns for the churches
- A provisional Book of Praise will be published which will include the revised Psalms and the new hymns. The churches have been asked to test these songs and give feedback to the Book of Praise Committee. It was explicitly decided that all these songs should be tested in the worship services. There is no ambiguity this time around.
Once the complete, official Acts are published, I hope to write something here about the issue of women voting for office bearers in the Canadian Reformed churches. In the meantime, Thea Heyink has some reflections on this issue and how it all went down at our Synod last week.
The Synod is over, but it may be a couple of days before we have all the Acts in hand. Right now the Acts on the website are current up to Day 10 (Monday May 24). Before giving the highlights, just let me mention what one of the commenters reported in a previous post. Regarding the issue of women’s voting, she writes, “I can tell you that Synod ruled that women are not prohibited by Scripture to vote for office-bearers, and therefore should be included in the voting process. However the church councils will be left free to implement this ruling as they see fit.”
Now, on to the highlights from Monday May 24:
- The proposal of Regional Synod East regarding theological students was adopted. This means that classical needy student funds are going to be disbanded. A church in the locale of the seminary has been appointed to take over the care of needy theological students. I don’t yet know which church has been appointed.
- Langley’s proposal for a fifth professor was discussed, but instead of adopting it, it was forwarded to the Board of Governors for their consideration.
- Hamilton’s appeal regarding the addition of the Apostles’ Creed to the Forms for Baptism was denied. That means that the Creed will remain out of the form. However, local churches do have the freedom to include the Creed with baptism if they wish.