07 Sep GS 2007 art 106
GS 2007 Article 106 – Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches (OCRC)
The advisory committee presented its proposal. After some discussion it was moved and seconded to add to the synod decision:
to mandate the CPEU to as yet fulfill the mandate of Synod 2004.
The amendment was defeated.
- 1.1 CPEU Report – see the appendices
- 1.2-4 Letters from the following three churches: Elora, Grand Valley, London
- 2.1 Synod Chatham gave the CPEU the following mandate re the OCRC:
- 2.1.1 To represent the Canadian Reformed Churches (when invited) at meetings of the OCRC, with a view to promoting greater understanding and exploring the possibility of federative unity.
- 2.1.2 To develop a more concrete proposal toward establishing talks with the OCRC.
- 2.1.3 To specifically address with the OCRC whether it shares the mutual desire for federative unity with the CanRC.
- 2.1.4 To make themselves available upon request of Canadian Reformed Churches for advice on local developments.
- 2.2 The committee reports that since Synod Chatham 2004, no correspondence took place, and the committee did not receive any invitation to attend a synod of the OCRC.
- 2.3 The CPEU recommends that the mandate to pursue contacts with the goal to explore the possibilities for federative unity with the OCRC not be renewed.
- 2.4 London recommends that synod sends a letter to the OCRC to specifically determine from them whether they share the mutual desire for federative unity.
- 2.5 Grand Valley agrees with the proposal of the committee to discontinue the committee’s mandate regarding the OCRC.
- 2.6 Elora would like synod to encourage further contact with this federation.
- 3.1 Synod regrets the lack of contact with the OCRC as reported by the CPEU. There is no indication that the CPEU developed a more concrete proposal towards establishing talks with the OCRC as the CPEU had been mandated.
- 4.1 To instruct the CPEU to send a letter to the OCRC asking if there is interest in further discussions.