A roundup of the top news stories from General Synod 2019
Stay up-to-date with recent stories from RCA congregations, mission news, disaster responses, and much more.
What happened on the last day of synod
Resources from synod and resources related to decisions made at synod 2019
Phil Assink will serve as vice president of General Synod 2020
If two-thirds of classes approve, only a simple majority will be needed for any amendments that next year’s General Synod proposes in response to the Vision 2020 Team’s work.
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Five years ago, Larry Patow was paralyzed. He’d taken a fall; it happened quickly. Thanks to surgery, a month in a rehab hospital, and two years of physical therapy, Patow has mostly recovered. (He still has nerve damage in his hands.) For the last three years, he’s visited people who haven’t had the same results with their own recovery.
Lesley Mazzotta recently returned from a 10-day trip to the Sultanate of Oman and shares her experiences and insights from the trip.
A letter from the senior ministers of the Collegiate Churches of New York regarding grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Eric Garner.
Tom Johnson has added a holiday side-project to his work in Niger as a development specialist.
Members of the RCA’s African American/Black Council respond to the recent tragedies in Ferguson and New York City.
After struggling to overcome post-traumatic stress in her own life, one missionary now makes it her life’s work to help others by leading a trauma-healing ministry.
The National Council of Churches (NCC) met this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9. A grand jury ruling is expected any day on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting. The NCC issued the statement below ahead of the ruling. Tom De Vries, the RCA’s general secretary, was one of several pastors who helped author this statement.
For Rachel Hashimoto, long-term volunteering in Japan was a great way to learn about the country and the culture there “without having to deal with taxes,” she jokes. But it was more than that, of course—it was a chance to quietly witness to others and share Christ’s love in a country where Christianity is a minority religion.