The Presbyterian Book of Confessions introduces the Belhar Confession with these words: "How should the church respond when sin disrupts the church’s unity, creates division among the children of God, and constructs unjust systems that steal life from God’s creation? Members and leaders of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa faced these questions under apartheid, a system of laws that separated people by race from 1948–1994."
Our Adult Forum, led by Dr. Robert Hoch, turns to a close reading of the most recent confession adopted by the PC(USA). One of the criticisms of the early confessions of the church is that they "leave a blank where Jesus should be" – the Belhar, reflecting contemporary struggles for freedom and human dignity, speaks to this criticism in a way that is distinctive to the confessional language of our century. Please join us for stimulating conversation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Backus House.