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The World Communion of Reformed Churches
World Communion of Reformed Churches
(WCRC) is the largest association of Reformed churches
Reformed churches
in the world. It has 233 member denominations in 110 countries, together claiming 100 million people, thus being the third largest Christian
Christian
communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
and the Eastern Orthodox Church.[1][2] This ecumenical Christian
Christian
body was formed in June 2010 by the union of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC).[3] Among the biggest denominations in the WCRC are the Church of South India, Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Presbyterian Church of Korea, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Protestant Church in Indonesia, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Church of Cameroon, and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Its member denominations on the whole could be considered more liberal than the member denominations of the International Conference of Reformed Churches or the World Reformed Fellowship, which are also large ecumenical Reformed organizations.

Contents

1 History 2 Work 3 General Secretary 4 Members of the communion 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] The WCRC traces its origins to 1875, with several unifying Reformed organizations emerging in London, England. After a two-day meeting ending on 1 February 2006, Douwe Visser, president of the Reformed Ecumenical Council, and Clifton Kirkpatrick, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, said in a joint letter to their constituencies, "We rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit which we believe has led us to recommend that the time has come to bring together the work of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council into one body that will strengthen the unity and witness of Reformed Christians." After first calling the potential body "World Reformed Communion", this was modified into "World Communion of Reformed Churches". A Uniting General Council of the WCRC, bringing the organization into existence, took place from 18–26 June 2010 at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. The council focused on the "Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace" mentioned in Ephesians as its main theme, setting a tone of true mutual understanding and acceptance amongst member churches and associates, laying aside differences and other issues as they embark on this shared journey with one another as each seeks to discern the will of God and continue their struggle for justice and peace in the world. Work[edit] The 2010 Uniting General Council stated that the WCRC should be "called to communion and committed to justice." Its two main program offices are thus focused on these aspects, with theological work included with communion. The Theology and Communion office serves as coordinator for official dialogues with other religious organizations, organizes a bi-annual Global Institute of Theology, and brings Reformed theological scholars together for various discussions. The Justice office promotes economic, ecological and human justice, basing much of its work on the Accra Confession, a statement adopted at the 2004 General Council of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and re-endorsed at the 2010 Uniting General Council. The WCRC also has a General Secretariat which includes the general secretary's office, the communications office and other organizational responsibilities. The current general secretary is Chris Ferguson, a minister from the United Church of Canada. Through the General Secretariat, the WCRC is able to promote dialogue between churches, advocate for causes on a global scale and support the activities of its member churches through various means. The global headquarters of the WCRC are located in Hanover, Germany, with a North American non-profit subsidiary based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally based in Genava, Switzerland, which played host to John Calvin
John Calvin
and earned a reputation as the "Protestant Rome", the group's Executive Committee announced on 8 November 2012, that they would relocate the headquarters to Hanover, Germany, by December 2013, due to overbearing financial strains caused by the high value of the Swiss franc.[4] General Secretary[edit] Chris Ferguson is a pastor, theologian and social justice advocate from the United Church of Canada. He was elected to the post of general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches
World Communion of Reformed Churches
in May 2014, entering office on 1 August 2014, for a seven-year term. Previously Ferguson served as the international ecumenical advisor for the Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (2011–2014), the World Council of Churches
World Council of Churches
representative to the United Nations (2006–2010), the World Council of Churches' representative to Jerusalem (2004–2006) and the executive minister of the United Church of Canada's Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit and ecumenical officer (2002–2004).[5] Members of the communion[edit]

Red countries are home to at least one member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

This is a list of members of the World Communion of Reformed Churches as of February 2016:[6]

Algeria

Protestant Church of Algeria/Eglise Protestante d'Algérie

Angola

Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola/Igreja Evangélica Congregacional em Angola (IECA) Evangelical Reformed Church of Angola/Igreja Evangélica Reformanda de Angola (IERA)

Argentina

Evangelical Church of the River Plate/Iglesia Evangélica del Rio de la Plata Evangelical Congregational Church in Argentina/Iglesia Evangélica Congregacional

Australia

Congregational Federation of Australia Uniting Church in Australia

Austria

Evangelical Church of the Helvetic Confession in Austria/Evangelische Kirche HB (Reformiert) in Österreich

Bangladesh

Church of Bangladesh Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bangladesh

Belgium

United Protestant Church in Belgium/Eglise Protestante Unie de Belgique/Verenigde Protestantse Kerk in Belgie

Bolivia

Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Bolivia/Iglesia Evangélica Presbiteriana en Bolivia

Botswana

Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana

Brazil

Evangelical Reformed Churches in Brazil/Igrejas Evangélicas Reformadas no Brasil Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil/Igreja Presbiteriana Independente do Brasil United Presbyterian Church of Brazil/Igreja Presbiteriana Unida do Brasil

Bulgaria

Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches in Bulgaria/Evangelaska Kongreschanska Zewrkwa

Burkina Faso

Association of Reformed Evangelical Churches of Burkina Faso/Eglise evangelique reformee du Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Africa Protestant Church/Eglise protestante africaine Evangelical Church of Cameroon/Eglise évangélique du Cameroun Presbyterian Church in Cameroon/Eglise presbyterienne camerounaise

Canada

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church in North America The Presbyterian Church in Canada/L'Église presbytérienne au Canada Reformed Church in America The United Church of Canada/L'Église unie du Canada

Central African Republic

Protestant Church of Christ the King/Eglise Protestante du Christ-Roi

Chile

Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Chile/Iglesia Evangélica Presbiteriana en Chile Presbyterian Church of Chile/Iglesia Presbiteriana de Chile

China, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China

China, People's Republic of

China Christian
Christian
Council (associate member)

Colombia

Presbyterian Church of Colombia/Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (Synodo presbiteriano)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Evangelical Community in the Congo/Communaute evangelique du Congo Presbyterian Community in the Congo/Communaute presbytérienne au Congo Presbyterian Community of Eastern Kasai/Communaute presbyterienne du Kasai oriental Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa/Communaute presbyterienne de Kinshasa Presbyterian Community of Western Kasai?/Reformed Presbyterian Community in Africa/Communauté presbytérienne au Kasai occidental/Communauté presbytérienne réformée en Afrique Reformed Community of Presbyterians/Communauté Réformée des Presbyteriens

Congo, Republic of the

Evangelical Church of Congo/Eglise évangélique du Congo

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Presbyterian Evangelical Church/Iglesia Evangélica Presbiteriana Costarricense

Croatia

Reformed Christian
Christian
Church in Croatia/Reformirana Krscanska Crkva U Hrvatskoj

Cuba

Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba/Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba

Czech Republic

Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren/Evangelische Kirche der Böhmischen Brüder/Ceskobratrská Cirkev Evangelická

Denmark

Reformed Synod of Denmark/Den reformerte Synode i Danmark

Dominican Republic

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic Dominican Evangelical Church/Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana

Egypt

Evangelical Church of Egypt (Synod of the Nile)/El-Kanisah El-Injiliyah

El Salvador

Reformed Calvinist Church of El Salvador/Iglesia Reformada Calvinista de El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea/Iglesia Reformada Presbiteriana de Guinea Ecuatorial

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus/Ye Etiopia Wangelawit Betakristian Makane Yesus

France

Malagasy Protestant Church in France/Eglise Protestante Malgache/Fiangonana Protestanta Malagasy National Union of Protestant Reformed Evangelical Churches of FranceEglises protestantes réformées évangeliques de France (UNEPREF, formerly EREI) Reformed Church of Alsace and Lorraine/Eglise Réformée d'Alsace et de Lorraine United Protestant Church of France/Église protestante unie de France

Germany

Church of Lippe/Lippische Landeskirche Evangelical Reformed Church in Bavaria and Northwestern Germany (Synode evangelisch-reformierter Kirchen in Bayern und Nordwestdeutschland) Reformed Alliance/Reformierter Bund Evangelical Old-Reformed Church in Lower Saxony

Ghana

Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana/Presbyteria Nyanyui Hame le Ghana Presbyterian Church of Ghana

Greece

Greek Evangelical Church/Helliniki Evangeliki Ekklesia

Grenada

Presbyterian Church in Grenada

Guatemala

National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala/Iglesia Evangélica Nacional Presbiteriana de Guatemala

Guyana

Guyana Congregational Union Guyana Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church of Guyana

Honduras

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church of Honduras/Iglesia Cristiana Reformada de Honduras

Hungary

Reformed Church in Hungary/Magyarországi Református Egyház

India

Church of North India Church of South India The Congregational Church of India (Maraland) Evangelical Church of Maraland Presbyterian Church of India Reformed Presbyterian Church, North East India

Indonesia

Christian
Christian
Church in Central Sulawesi Christian
Christian
Church in Luwuk Banggai Christian
Christian
Church in South Sulawesi Christian
Christian
Church of Southern Sumatra (GKSBS) Christian
Christian
Church of Sumba (GKS) Christian
Christian
Churches of Java Christian
Christian
Evangelical Church in Bolaang Mongondow? Christian
Christian
Evangelical Church in Minahasa Christian
Christian
Evangelical Church in Timor Church of Toraja Mamasa (GTM) The East Java Christian
Christian
Church Evangelical Christian
Christian
Church in Halmahera Evangelical Christian
Christian
Church in West Papua Evangelical Church in Kalimantan Indonesia Christian
Christian
Church Indonesian Protestant Church in Buol Toli-Toli Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala Indonesian Protestant Church in Gorontalo Javanese Christian
Christian
Churches (GKJ) Karo Batak Protestant Church Pasundan Christian
Christian
Church Protestant Christian
Christian
Church in Bali Protestant Church in Indonesia Protestant Church in the Moluccas Protestant Church in Southeast Sulawesi Protestant Church in West Indonesia Sangihe-Talaud Evangelical Church Toraja Church

Iran

Synod of the Evangelical Church in Iran

Ireland

Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Italy

Waldensian Evangelical Church
Waldensian Evangelical Church
(Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches)/Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

Jamaica

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

Japan

Church of Christ in Japan/Nippon Kirisuto Kyokai Korean Christian
Christian
Church in Japan/Zainichi Daikan Kirisuto Kyokai Sokai

Kenya

Presbyterian Church of East Africa The Reformed Church of East Africa

Kiribati

Kiribati Protestant Church/Ekaretia ni Boretetanti i Kiribati

Korea, Republic of

Presbyterian Church of Korea Presbyterian Church in Korea (ChanYang) (Reformed Church of Korea]])/Chan Yang (inactive) Presbyterian Church in Korea (HapDongChunTong)/Hap Dong Jeong Tong/Hap Dong Chung Tong Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea/Ki Jang Presbyterian Church in Korea (Daeshin)/Dae Shin

Latvia Reformed Church in Latvia/Evangeliska Reformatu-Braju Draudze Lebanon

National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon The National Evangelical Union of Lebanon/Al-Ittihad Al Injili Al-Watani Fi Lubnan Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East/Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի Հայ Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիներու Միութիւն

Lesotho

Lesotho Evangelical Church/Kereke ea Evangeli Lesotho

Liberia

Presbyterian Church in Liberia

Lithuania

Evangelical Reformed Church in Lithuania/Unitas Lithuaniae/Lietuvos Evangeliku Reformatu Baznycia

Luxembourg

Protestant Reformed Church of Luxemburg H.B./Protestantisch-Reformierte Kirche von Luxembourg H.B./Eglise Protestante Réformée du Luxembourg

Madagascar

Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar/Eglise de Jésus-Christ à Madagascar/Fiangonan'i Jesoa Kristy eto Madagasikara

Malawi

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
– Harare Synod Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
– Nkhoma Synod

Malaysia

Presbyterian Church Malaysia/Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia

Marshall Islands

Reformed Congregational Churches United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
- Congregational in the Marshall Islands/Jarin Parik Dron

Mauritius

Presbyterian Church of Mauritius/Eglise presbytérienne de Maurice

Mexico

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Mexico/Iglesia Presbiteriana Asociada Reformada de México (IPAR) National Presbyterian Church in Mexico, A. R./Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana de México, A. R. Presbyterian Reformed Church of Mexico/Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada de México

Morocco

Evangelical Church in Morocco/Eglise évangélique au Maroc

Mozambique

Evangelical Church of Christ in Mozambique/Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique Presbyterian Church of Mozambique/Igreja Presbiteriana de Moçambique Reformed Church in Mozambique/Igreja Reformada em Mocambique United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
in Mozambique/Igreja de Christo Unida em Mocambique (Ex-Missao American Board)

Myanmar

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church in Myanmar Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Myanmar Independent Presbyterian Church of Myanmar Mara Evangelical Church/Evangelical Mission Myanmar/Mara Evangelical Awnanopa The Presbyterian Church of Myanmar/Kawlram Presb Kohhran Reformed Presbyterian Church in Myanmar

The Netherlands

Covenant of Free Evangelical Congregations in the Netherlands The Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Protestant Church in the Netherlands
(PCN)/De Protestantse Kerk in Nederland (PKN) Remonstrant Brotherhood/Remonstrantse Broederschap

New Caledonia

Evangelical Church in New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands/Eglise evangélique en Nouvelle Calédonie et aux Îles Loyauté

New Zealand

Niue Niue Church/Ekalesia Niue Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

Niger

Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger/Eglise évangélique de la République du Niger/Ekklisiyar Bishara Ta Kasar Niger

Nigeria

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church of Nigeria Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
in Nigeria/Habaddiyar Ekklisiyar Kristi a Nigeria Universal Reformed Church of Christ (formerly Church of Christ in the Sudan Among the Tiv/Nongo u Kristu u ken Sudan hen Tiv)

Pakistan

Church of Pakistan Presbyterian Church of Pakistan

The Philippines

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church in the Philippines United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
in the Philippines United Evangelical Church of Christ (Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Cristo)

Poland

Reformed Evangelical Church in Poland/Kosciol Ewangelicko-Reformowany w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej

Portugal

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal/Igreja Evangélica Presbiteriana de Portugal

Romania

Reformed Church in Romania
Reformed Church in Romania
(Oradea)/Kiralyhagomelleki Reformatus Egyhazkeruelet (Oradea) Reformed Church in Romania
Reformed Church in Romania
- Transylvanian District/Romaniai Reformatus Egyhaz - Erdelyi Egyhazkerület

Rwanda

Presbyterian Church in Rwanda/Eglise presbytérienne au Rwanda

Samoa

Congregational Christian
Christian
Church in American Samoa Congregational Christian
Christian
Church in Samoa/Ekalesia Fa' apotopotoga Kerisinao I Samoa

Senegal

Protestant Church in Senegal/Eglise protestante du Sénégal

Serbia, Republic of, and Montenegro, Republic of

Reformed Christian
Christian
Church in Serbia and Montenegro/Reformatska Hriscanska Crkva u SFRJ

Singapore

Presbyterian Church in Singapore

Slovakia

Reformed Christian
Christian
Church in Slovakia/Reformovaná Krest. Cirkev na Slovensku

Slovenia

Reformed Church in Slovenia

Solomon Islands

United Church in the Solomon Islands

South Africa

Dutch Reformed Church (DRC)/ Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk
Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk
(NGK) Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA)/(NGKA) Dutch Reformed Church of Africa/Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa Peoples Church of Africa/Volkskerk van Afrika Presbyterian Church of Africa Reformed Church in Africa, South Africa United Congregational Church of Southern Africa Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa/ Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk in Suider Afrika Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ

South Sudan

Sudanese Reformed Churches

Spain

Spanish Evangelical Church/Iglesia Evangélica Espanola

Sri Lanka

Dutch Reformed Church in Sri Lanka Presbytery of Lanka

Sudan

Presbyterian Church in Sudan Africa Inland Church Sudan

Swaziland

Swaziland Reformed Church (SRC)

Sweden

Uniting Church in Sweden or Equmeniakyrkan
Equmeniakyrkan
(founded 2011 by member church Mission Covenant Church of Sweden
Mission Covenant Church of Sweden
and two other denominations)

Switzerland

Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches
Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches
or (Schweizerischer Evangelischer Kirchenbund, Fédération des Eglises protestantes de Suisse, Federazione delle Chiese evangeliche della Svizzera, Federaziun da las Baselgias evangelicas da la Svizra SEK-FEPS)

Tahiti

Maòhi Protestant Church/Etaretia Evaneria no Porinetia Farani/Église Protestante Maòhi

Taiwan

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan/Tâi-oân Ki-tok Tiúⁿ-ló Kàu-hōe

Thailand

Church of Christ in Thailand

Togo

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo/Eglise évangélique presbytérienne du Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

Tuvalu Christian
Christian
Church/Te Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu

Uganda

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church of East Africa Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uganda Reformed Presbyterian Church in Africa (Uganda)

Ukraine

Reformed Church in Sub-Carpathia/ Reformed Church in Transcarpathia/Karpataljai Reformatus Egyhaz

United Kingdom

Church of Scotland The Presbyterian Church in Ireland Presbyterian Church of Wales/Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru Union of Welsh Independents/Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg United Free Church of Scotland United Reformed Church

United States
United States
of America

Christian
Christian
Reformed Church in North America Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
in America ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (provisional member)[7] Evangelical Presbyterian Church Hungarian Reformed Church in America Korean Presbyterian Church in America Lithuanian Evangelical Reformed Church/Lietuviu Evangeliku Reformatu Baznycia-JAV Presbyterian Church (USA) Reformed Church in America United Church of Christ

Uruguay

Waldensian Evangelical Church
Waldensian Evangelical Church
of the River Plate/Iglesia Evangelica Valdense de Rio de la Plata

Vanuatu

Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu/Presbiterian Jyos Blong Vanuatu

Venezuela

Presbyterian Church of Venezuela/Iglesia Presbiteriana de Venezuela

Vietnam

Presbyterian Church of Vietnam

Zambia

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
– Synod of Zambia Reformed Church in Zambia United Church of Zambia

Zimbabwe

Reformed Church in Zimbabwe

See also[edit]

Calvinism
Calvinism
portal

List of the largest Protestant denominations

References[edit]

^ "About The World Communion of Reformed Churches
World Communion of Reformed Churches
(WCRC)". World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). Retrieved 17 September 2017.  ^ Mary Fairchild. "Eastern Orthodox Denomination". ThoughtCo. Retrieved 17 October 2017.  ^ "WCRC History". World Communion of Reformed Churches. Retrieved 28 March 2017. The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) have merged to form a new body representing more than 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide.  ^ "'Protestant Rome' No More: Reformed Group Abandons Geneva" ^ "An Interview with Chris Ferguson" ^ WCRC member churches ^ "ECO received as a member-church of WCRC" (June 3, 2013), The Layman Online. Accessed June 5, 2013.

External links[edit]

Official website CRC to Host Inaugural Meeting of Reformed Wor

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