GS 2022 art 121

GS 2022 Article 121 – CER (Committee on Ecumenical Relations) General Mandate

1.   Material

  • 1.1    CRCA Report (8.2.1).
  • 1.2    CCCNA Report (8.2.11).
  • 1.3    CRCA-CCCNA Study Report on the Execution of CO Art. 50 (8.2.12)

2.   Admissibility

  • 2.1    The reports were declared admissible.

3.   Decisions

Synod decided:

  • 3.1    To discharge all members of the Committee for Contact with Churches in North America (CCCNA) and Committee on Relations with Churches Abroad (CRCA) from their present tasks;
  • 3.2    To thank the following members of the CCCNA for their years of service to the churches: Rev. Doug Vandeburgt, Henry van Delden, Les Vanderveen and Peter Veenendaal;
  • 3.3    To thank the following member of the CRCA for his years of service to the churches: Rev. Arend Witten;
  • 3.4    To appoint twelve members to the Committee on Ecumenical Relations (CER);
  • 3.5    To give the CER the following general mandate:
    • a)   To continue contact with churches with whom we are in ecumenical relations;
    • b)  To send an appropriate number of delegates to represent the CanRC churches at the meetings of the International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) and North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC);
    • c)   To work in consultation with individual CanRC churches and classes that maintain contact with churches for which the CER also has a mandate;
    • d)  Upon request, to advise CanRC churches regarding the identity of other churches and our relationship with them;
    • e)   To report on any contact with a church with whom we are not in an ecumenical relationship;
    • f)   To appoint one of its members to validate and submit to the treasurer of the General Fund all expenses being submitted for committee work;
    • g)  To submit its report to the churches six months prior to the convening of general synod (a supplementary report can be submitted if necessary);
    • h)  To facilitate hospitality support for fraternal delegates and observers, in consultation with the convening church, at each general synod.