This contribution consists of three sections. The first represents a homiletic speech that
served as the inauguration address of the "National Colloquium" of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Church
in April 2006. The second is a memorandum aimed at describing the church's identity, ethos and
relevance in the present-day South African context. This memorandum was initially compiled by the
author, sanctioned by the church's executive council and endorsed at the "National Colloquium". The
third section represents the Colloquium's final declaration of intent based upon the memorandum.