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SYNOD 2007
(2007-06-07)
(wgvu) - THE GRAND RAPIDS-BASED CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (CRC) OPENS ITS ANNUAL POLICY MEETING THIS WEEKEND, SYNOD 2007.
THE CRC CLAIMS ABOUT 270,000 MEMBERS IN U-S AND CANADIAN CONGREGATIONS. EACH YEAR, DELEGATES MEET TO REVIEW POLICY, STUDY REPORTS, AND JOIN IN WORSHIP.
AMONG THE HIGH VISIBILITY ISSUES THIS YEAR IS A PROPOSAL TO ALLOW WOMEN TO SERVE AS DELEGATES TO THE ANNUAL MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
CRC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REVEREND JERRY DYKSTRA SAYS THE DECISION THIS YEAR WILL SETTLE A PROPOSAL MADE DURING LAST YEAR'S SYNOD. THIS YEAR'S GROUP CAN ADOPT THE PLAN AS IS, OR MAKE ANOTHER DECISION ON THE ISSUE.
IT WAS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO THAT WOMEN WERE GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO SERVE AS PASTORS, AND INDIVIDUAL CONGREGATIONS CAN STILL BLOCK THAT, RESTRICTING THE MINISTRY TO MALES.
THE CRC MARKS ITS 150th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, BORN IN 1857 AS A BREAKAWAY FROM THE OLDER AND MORE LIBERAL REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA, THE RCA, WHICH HAS ITS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND AN OFFICE IN GRAND RAPIDS AS WELL.

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