Synod 2016

Tom De Vries urges the RCA to commit to loving each other and being united in mission.

Learn more about what happened at this year’s meeting of the General Synod. 

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General Synod 2016 met June 9-14 on the campus of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and addressed many aspects of ministry and mission in the RCA.

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Synod delegates have elected Lee DeYoung as vice president of General Synod 2017. He is an elder at Hager Park Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan.

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On Tuesday, General Synod voted in favor of an amendment to the Book of Church Order (Chapter 1, Part 1, Article 2, Section 11), mandating that consistories or governing bodies “

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On Monday, General Synod 2016 voted in favor of adopting as constitutional the “Order for Christian Marriage” liturgy, which

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On Monday, delegates nominated five candidates for General Synod vice president.

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“Last year, I stood here and gave the shortest acceptance speech in the history of General Synod,” recalled Dan Gillett, vice president of General Synod 2016, when he addressed delegates

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On Monday, delegates voted “to encourage all classes to develop and adopt family leave policies, commensurate with other professional positions in society, for ordained clergy serving in

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“This is a time in which we need a message of hope and reconciliation,” said Monica Schaap Pierce, the RCA’s ecumenical associate, on Sunday evening.

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