Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

British United Reformed Church (URC) Considering Merger

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom is considering a merger with the Church of England (Anglican) and the Methodist Church. The Church of England has already at its most recent general synod voted in favour of bipartite unity talks with the Methodist Church. Rev. Bob Andrews, who is pastor of a United Methodist-URC congregation in Woolton, Liverpool, and convener of the URC's ecumenical committee said that the URC should be full participants in the formal conversations between the Anglicans and the Methodists. The URC is already involved in scores of local ecumenical projects with both Methodists and Anglicans. (From Presbyterian Week)

The URC in Britain might want to go in that direction, and in such a merger give up its reformed and Biblical distinctives. However, let us not confuse the British URC with its namesake here in North America. The United Reformed Churches of North America have no affiliation with the URC in Britain as far as we know, and would not want to cut such ecumenical

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