Announcement: Fall Gathering

November 1-3
The Stony Point Center
17 Cricketown Rd,
Stony Point, NY 10980

As is our typical pattern, we will gather on the first afternoon and conclude on the last morning. Some attend the whole conference; others come for just a part of it.

This event has the promise of being helpful for many. There is a great need to process the actions of General Synod 2016. We are working on lining up fine presenters. Some of them we expect will dive deep into the issues that became evident at Synod, such as biblical hermeneutics. Others will address other issues not connected with Synod but of importance for the Church and of great interest to many of us. We also plan to discuss plans to hold our spring gathering in the Midwest.

I do hope that you can attend.

Details about registration and schedule will be posted here over the next few weeks.

If you know others who should attend and have not attended, please encourage them to do so.


MINUTES: Meeting of participants in the Chicago Invitation discussion

Participants in the Chicago Invitation discussion met 6-8 May at Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York.

Present:     Jack Elliott, Jim Reid, Okke Postma, Norm Kansfield, Mary Kansfield, Donna Field, Herman Harmelink, Rett Zabriskie, George Casler, Pat Ryan, Dorothy Ver Strate Calvin, Amy Nyland, Al Janssen, Daniel Griswold, Stacey Midge, Angie Mabry-Nauta, Bill Hertlein, Tom Danney, Abby Norton-Levering, Ken Ruge, Lynn Japinga, Gary  and James Hart Brumm

6 May, Tuesday Continue reading “MINUTES: Meeting of participants in the Chicago Invitation discussion”

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”

Thank you Renee

Yesterday, July 31, New Brunswick Seminary feted Renee House on her 25 years of service to the seminary and as she leaves the post of dean. It was appropriately an in-house event since she has been so much a part of the life of the seminary — and the seminary part of her life. Her service as librarian continues to reverberate and her time as dean (twice!) has served the seminary very well.

In this post, I want to acknowledge her service to the church. She is a General Synod Professor and served (serves) the church in a variety of ways. But as professor at the seminary, she inspires, encourages, guides, teaches class after class of students as they prepare for ministry in the church. Her reach extends far beyond the seminary.

She will continue a relationship with the seminary as she continues to teach. But thanks Renee, for your service to the church!