A short while ago I finished watching the live-stream (it’s archived here). A couple of note-worthy items: the delegates from the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands gave their addresses. Rev. Rinze Ijbema, who previously served in the CanRC, gave a short, but well-worded address indicating the desire of the RCN to continue in their relationship. As he did at the FRCA Synod last year, Rev. Dr. Melle Oosterhuis explained the decision of Synod Meppel concerning women in office. The Reformed Churches of Brazil had Rev. Adriano Gama extend greetings. Finally, the chairman officially announced that Rev. Dr. William DenHollander (from Langley CanRC) has been appointed as the next professor of New Testament at CRTS.
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The Synod concluded on Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s Acts are filled mostly with discussions and decisions regarding various foreign churches. The FRCA will stay the course with their sister churches in South Africa and Indonesia. There was a proposal to enter into a sister-church relationship with the Reformed Churches of Brazil. The synod elected not to do this since, according to the Acts, geography makes it impractical and since theological, academic, and financial support can still be given apart from a sister-church relationship. That’s unfortunate: the Brazilian churches are small too and they could really benefit from the closer tie that a sister-church relationship entails, i.e. regular contact, encouragement, and advice. As far as geography goes, the FRCA are now pursuing relations with the URCNA. The distance from Perth, WA to Escondido, California (the nearest URCNA): 15,078 Km. The distance from Perth, WA to Curitiba, Brazil (the nearest IRB): 13,447 Km. Both are huge distances, but obviously one is a bit bigger than the other.
The Synod wrapped up with various appointments. The next Synod is scheduled for 2018 and will be convened by the Bunbury FRCA.