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Die rol van rituele en simbole in die identiteitsvorming van 'n geloofsgemeenskap - 'n Gereformeerde perspektief

H.J.C. Pieterse
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 19, No 2 | a593 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v19i2.593 | © 1998 H.J.C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 1998 | Published: 08 August 1998

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H.J.C. Pieterse, Unisa, South Africa

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The role of rituals and symbols in the identity of a faith community - a Reformed perspective
The political dispensation in South Africa since 1994 marginalised Afrikaansspeaking Dutch Reformed church members in the new South African society. Their identity is under pressure in a dominant culture that differs from their own. Anxiety and feelings of insecurity about their existence in the future are rife among many people in this church. In this context a new need for religious experiences of identity, belonging and safety opened up new experiments in the liturgy of the church. A new interest in rituals and symbols in the worship service came to the fore. This article discusses a Reformed perspective on the function and meaning of rituals and symbols in liturgy with a view to support the communicative discourse in seeking mutual understanding of the identity of their community offaith in a dominant, different culture.


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