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Major themes of Belhar Confession explored in Being Reformed study

Special committee recommends churchwide study of confession leading up to General Assembly (2014)

February 10, 2014

Louisville

Being Reformed: The Confession of Belhar introduces Presbyterians to the major themes of the Belhar Confession: unity, reconciliation, and justice. It explores what it means to be a confessional church and confess faith in the face of racism in its various forms.

The Confession of Belhar is a six-session study written by renowned Presbyterian scholar Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich and is available in paperback, Kindle, and iBooks for iPad.

The Belhar Confession is being considered for inclusion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Confessions. A PC(USA) special committee on Belhar is urging congregations, church leaders, and presbyteries to better know the confession, grounded in the struggle against apartheid.

“We believe that the Confession of Belhar . . . comes to us as a word from God for this particular time and place for the PC(USA),” said a spokesperson for the committee.

If the 221st General Assembly (2014) approves Belhar as an addition to the Book of Confessions, the special committee will request that the amendment for inclusion be sent to presbyteries for a vote by June 2015.

Being Reformed studies, published by Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP), are highly accessible and address their subjects from a Reformed theological perspective. They include Scripture, in-depth commentary, and questions for reflection. Sessions are enhanced through a leader’s guide, which offers helpful suggestions and direction for group study.

Learn more about Being Reformed

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