Conference Proceeding

The historical context of the Accra Confession

Averell Rust
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a280 | DOI: | © 2009 Averell Rust | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 2009 | Published: 06 November 2009

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Averell Rust, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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This article places the Accra Confession, accepted at the 24th General Assembly of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) (2004), within the historical context of the WARC’s struggle for economic justice in the face of globalisation. It moves beyond addressing such issues merely as ethical issues to rather viewing them as confessional issues of faith. It highlights the difficulties of the WARC to reach consensus on issues concerning economic justice. It also shows how the WARC has taken the lead in the ecumenical movement by engaging a broad spectrum of people – professionals and non-professionals, from the North and the South, rich and poor – to ensure that such a confession is a true reflection of the experiences of people at grass-roots level and that it speaks from the heart. The Accra Confession challenges Christians to take a faith stance on economic injustice.


Accra confession; globalisation; reformed church; World Alliance of Reformed Churches; economic justice


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