URCNA Synod 2012-9: Pictures

Remember the childhood excitement of "Picture Day"? Yesterday was picture day at Synod. Immediately before lunch, the delegates stood in the auditorium for this group picture, which I took while standing in the balcony. The campus is hilly and provides lots of excellent (several steep) slopes, but the problem was getting the photographer high enough in front … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012-9: Pictures

URCNA Synod 2012-8: Finances

Delegates debated outdoors whether the large birds shrieking in nearby trees today were hawks or eagles. I vote for hawks, but they looked a lot larger than the red-tailed variety common in the Midwest. One appeared to be a parent and two looked like juveniles. The URCNA has churches in Canada and the United States and has … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012-8: Finances

URCNA Synod-7: Phase 2 with RPCNA and songbook

The sun came out this afternoon, and I tried to get some pictures of the Nyack College campus while walking between the dining hall and the auditorium. I'll paste a few in this post. In Synod's late afternoon session today, Rev. Ron Scheuers gave Rev. John Bouwers the opportunity to function as chair. He led discussion regarding … Continue reading URCNA Synod-7: Phase 2 with RPCNA and songbook

URCNA Synod-1: Worship!

Synod Nyack 2012 of the United Reformed Churches in North America began on Monday evening, June 11, with a wonderful evening of prayer and worship. Delegates, wives, and others crowded the auditorium to pray for God's blessing and sing praises to him. Elder Steve Hanko, from Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church, described it best when … Continue reading URCNA Synod-1: Worship!

Little One Lost – Synod launch

I received word from the publisher that, Lord willing, Little One Lost: Living with Early Infant Loss will launch at the URCNA Synod Nyack 2012! Only a very limited number of copies are scheduled to arrive at the college on Thursday, where they'll be available at the Reformed Fellowship table at half-price, only $5! You … Continue reading Little One Lost – Synod launch

URCNA Synod 2012: Missions

"What will be the hot topic at Synod this year?" I'm frequently asked that question, but if I've learned one thing in my years of covering major ecclesiastical assemblies it's that you just never know. Some issues are inherently controversial, while other seemingly benign matters end up devouring hours of delegates' time. Discussion often reveals … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012: Missions

URCNA Synod 2012 Agenda Summary

[The following article will appear in the May 23, 2012 issue of Christian Renewal. I'm posting it now with editorial permission so that it is available in a timely manner. ~ Glenda Mathes] At 403 pages, the provisional agenda for the URCNA Synod Nyack 2012 may seem overwhelmingly deep, but it’s not as difficult to wade through … Continue reading URCNA Synod 2012 Agenda Summary

“Peaceful, lighthearted” mood characterizes 265th RCUS Synod

Some people pronounce “RCUS” as “ruckus,” which means a noisy commotion, but nothing could be further from the truth when delegates of the Reformed Church in the United States meet at their annual Synod. The 265th Synod of the Reformed Churches in the United States met in Mitchell, SD, from May 16-19, 2011. As usual, … Continue reading “Peaceful, lighthearted” mood characterizes 265th RCUS Synod