The Bantu Presbyterian Church of South Africa (BPCSA) was birthed out of a quest for union amongst Presbyterians, which began in the 1890s more than 30 years before it was actually established as the fruit of the mission of the United Free Church of Scotland in 1923. From that date onwards church union hardly ever disappeared from the agenda of the highest court of the denomination, the General Assembly. During the twentieth century such discussions involved two of the three other Presbyterian churches and the Congregational Union of South Africa. In addition, the BPCSA has maintained a high ecumenical profile in both the South African and global contexts. The main thrust of this article describes and analyses the vicissitudes of Presbyterian conversations during the period 1923–39.
Mashiane, Mafabo Andries Bernard(University of Pretoria, 2008-08-05)
The constitution of ELCSA was adopted in the constitutional assembly held on 15 to 19 December 1975 at Rustenburg, Tlhabane. The constitution of South Africa was adopted on 08 May 1996 and amended on 11 October 1996 by the ...
From 1940, ecumenical developments in the Presbyterian/Congregational corpus in Southern
Africa became more tortuous and complex, with an expansion of the number of
denominations involved in union negotiations to include ...
Van der Merwe, J.M. (Johan Matthys)(IInternational Institute for Religious Freedom, 2014)
The arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape in 1652 brought the reformed faith to
Southern Africa. For nearly two hundred years the government in the Cape not only
protected the reformed religion, but also prohibited any ...