Belhar Confession: Study Center

The Belhar Confession is the newest standard of unity of the Reformed Church in America. It was adopted by General Synod in 2009 and ratified by the RCA's classes, or regional governance bodies, in 2010.

The resources on these pages can provide the church the opportunity to study and use the Belhar in a variety of congregational settings, including worship; to dig more deeply into its content and meaning; and to ask how the RCA might respond to the call of the Belhar to unity, to reconciliation, and to justice, especially in its focus on racism.

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Learn more about the history of the Belhar, its relationship to the RCA, and its significance for the whole church.

Belhar Confession: FAQ

Background about the formation and role of the Belhar Confession as the RCA's newest standard of unity.

Belhar Confession: Singing, Praying, and Preaching

These resources, in word and in song, incorporate key themes of the Belhar Confession in ways that can be utilized in worship.

Belhar Confession: Summary of Its Church-Wide Study

An overview of the context and themes of the Belhar Confession.

Studying the Belhar Confession

A study guide for reflecting on the Belhar Confession as a living confession of faith that speaks directly to ministry and mission in North America.

The Meaning and Role of Confessions

What Is a Confession? A confession is a written, formal statement that acknowledges, declares, and gives evidence of religious beliefs.

Tool for Using the Principles of the Belhar Confession in Planning and Evaluating

This simple tool encourages practical discussions that can nurture the growth of the Belhar's three principles (unity, justice, and reconciliation) in the everyday lives of the people of God.