A Message from the Colloquium on the Accra and Belhar Confessions

A Message from the Colloquium on the Accra and Belhar Confessions
Stony Point, New York, USA, January 15-17, 2010 (Martin Luther King Day Weekend)

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  1. The Accra Confession or statement was received by the 2006 General Assembly of the PC (USA), not adopted, and has not been sent to the presbyteries as part of a confessional process. Hence, it is not going into the Book of Confessions.

    by Christian Iosso

    November 7, 2011

  2. Has the PCUSA adopted the Accra Confession? Will it be added to our Book of Confessions? Is there a yes or no answer to these question?

    by Debe Garrison

    October 27, 2011

  3. Chris, I'm curious as to upon what grounds a member of the PC(USA) delegation "moved the stipulation that [Accra] not be called a confession." Was this an objection to the categorization of Accra as a "confession" [though the BOC's Theological Declaration of Barmen comes to mind, as do the several various Catechisms]? Was this an objection to content contained within the Accra documents? Or was this an objection based upon the polity procedures of the WARC (WCRC) Assembly and its relationship to the PC(USA) GA? Thanks for any insight you may share.

    by Jennifer Warren Hauser

    September 16, 2011

  4. Thank you for the question. In 2006, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) received the Accra statement, which is generally called a confession although it is technically not one. The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), now the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), followed what was called a processus confessionis in developing Accra's focus on drastic economic inequality as a church-dividing matter. Yet the delegates to the WARC Assembly in Accra (hence its name) were not all authorized to produce a new confession for any of the constituent churches. In our case, some of the PC(USA) delegation was involved in writing the document but another member moved the stipulation that it not be called a confession. At the same time, some member churches have given it virtual confessional status. A good copy with study suggestions is available, as is an online study, "Globalization we can grasp." (http://presbyterian.typepad.com/foodandfaith/2010/07/accra.html

    by Chris Iosso, ACSWP

    August 29, 2011

  5. Has the PCUSA adopted the Accra Confession? Will it be added to our Book of Confessions?

    by Susan Schickofke

    August 29, 2011

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