Historic Reformed Church Merger Unites 80 Million Christians
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches agreed Monday to unite with the Reformed Ecumenical Council to create a new global Reformed body representing more than 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide.
Leaders made the historic decision while attending the WARCâ€™s executive committee meeting in Trinidad and Tobago after two days of in-depth discussions on the many aspects of the proposed merger.
â€śThis is truly, truly [an] important moment,â€ť said WARC president Clifton Kirkpatrick after the vote was taken, according to a WARC report. The global church head invited participants of the meeting to join together in singing the doxology after the vote....
I assume "Reformed" means "pertaining to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century". Is that not a natural assumption? Which of the 16th century Reformers espoused ecumenical dialogue with Rome? Ordination of women? If I form a movement called "Ford Owners Of Kansas" and as the years go by and the founders die off, the new leaders bring in Chevy and Dodge owners from all 50 states, is it not intellectually dishonest to continue to call the club by it's original name?