Links to Resources

We’re in a really great meeting of Chicago Invitation people right now. And there have been a number of things discussed that touch on resources found online. So I am providing this running list here for the benefit of attendees and other interested parties.


Why R-16 is a Sepectacularly Bad Idea

The “A Way Forward” task force has proposed a reflection on how the RCA does its business. R-16 proposes that the RCA review its church order that it might change the relationship between the synods, classes and congregations. The entire project is problematic from the outset because the fundamental changes envisioned change the Reformed church at its very core. The RCA functions with a particular understanding of those relationships and to alter those relationships, while possible, would be a shift in the Reformed church’s understanding of the nature of the church.

However, it is R-16c that makes the recommendation a “spectacularly” bad idea. Continue reading “Why R-16 is a Sepectacularly Bad Idea”

The Church Being Reformed

At the last two CI meetings, we have been developing our focus on “Practical Ecclesiology.” A paper I’ve drafted, “The Church Being Reformed: Characteristics and Challenges,” was discussed at the October meeting, and continued as background at our recent May meeting.

On the encouragement of others, I am providing it here.


Spring Meeting

The Chicago Invitation is evolving, changing, growing, learning, sharing…and always seeking to serve the RCA and our faith and theology. You signed an historic document that was part of all that. Today, we are about theology for the church today and to a lesser extent paying attention to the programs and policies of the RCA. We are neither the Synod of Dort nor the Justice League, never were.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 2pm with worship and adjourning on Friday morning, May 24. We meet at the Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York. If you cannot come to the entire meeting, you are more than welcome to attend for whatever part you able to join us.

To make a reservation please email me at as soon as possible so we may reserve enough space. The cost is $175 per person and includes lodging and meals.

Here are our tentative discussion topics and presenters

  • General Synod: Purpose, Authority, Power, Legislature by Allan Janssen
  • Synod Decisions Through the Years by Rett Zabriskie
  • Evaluation & Accountability in the RCA organization by Jim Reid
  • Interesting Observations about the RCA by Norm Kansfield
  • General Synod 2013: proposals, plans, programs, and politics
  • Synchronic Contingency: understanding divine freedom by Okke Postma

We also take time for worship each day and for informal fellowship for part of the value is the friendships and mutual care we share at our meetings.

So, right now, before you forget, email me at to make your reservation to attend the meeting; and if you have thoughts, concerns, ideas, that you would like on the agenda, please include them or call me at 520-344-9554…in Arizona where the sun every day, but it is on west coast time.


Jack Elliott,

Moderator, Chicago Invitation