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Versoening en die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: Die Algemene Sinode van 1994 as baken vir ’n lewe van volheid

Johan M. van der Merwe
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 3 | a1626 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i3.1626 | © 2017 Johan M. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 April 2016 | Published: 06 October 2017

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Johan M. van der Merwe, Department of Church History, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria chose oikodome as a Faculty Research Theme (FRT) in 2014. This term refers to life in its fullness. The Dutch Reformed Church, as one of the partners of the Faculty, contributed to life in its fullness through the important role it played in the reconciliation in South Africa since 1986. One of the beacons on this road of reconciliation was the General Synod of 1994. It became known as the ‘Synod of reconciliation’ as a result of the visits of Mr Nelson Mandela, Prof. B.J. Marais and Dr Beyers Naudé, and the important decisions that the meeting took. It was however, not only the visits of these important roleplayers in history which made the meeting a beacon on the road to reconciliation. This chapter shows that it was imbedded in a much larger context of reconciliation in South Africa in which the Dutch Reformed Church played an important role. By participating in the process of reconcilation in the country, the Dutch Reformed Church contributed to oikodome – life in its fullness for all.

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History; Dutch Reformed Church; reconciliation; Nelson Mandela; Genenral Synod 1994

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