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‘The hastening that waits’: A critical assessment of the tangebility of unity within the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

Rothney S. Tshaka, Peter M. Maruping
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a426 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.426 | © 2010 Rothney S. Tshaka, Peter M. Maruping | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 August 2010 | Published: 07 December 2010

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Rothney S. Tshaka, UNISA, South Africa
Peter M. Maruping,, South Africa

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The tale of the Reformed Church tradition in South Africa remains conspicuous with challenges also within the current democratic context. Whilst the political past of South Africa contributed towards a Reformed church divided along racial lines, a struggle continues for a genuinely unified Reformed church today. Conceding to the present discussions about the possibility of uniting all Reformed congregations that were divided along racial categories of Black, Coloured, Indian and White, this article aspires to delve into the intricacies pertaining to the already achieved unity between the ‘Coloured’ and a huge portion of the ‘Black’ Reformed congregations, that is to say, the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. This article will argue that although it is fundamental that the church of Christ must be united, it is equally imperative that the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) waits and assesses whether it has already achieved tangible unity.


tangible unity; justice; reconciliation; URCSA; Reformed Church


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