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Journey from isolation

Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a869 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.869 | © 2011 Wim A. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 May 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Wim A. Dreyer, Department of Church History, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Since the Ottawa Consultation in 1982, the relationship between the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) was nonexistent. In the NHKA it became progressively clear that it would be impossible to travel the road of faith alone. This article examined the factors which contributed to the growing isolation of the NHKA, especially nationalism, a particularistic ecclesiology and the rejection of Apartheid by international ecumenical bodies. It also reflected on efforts of the NHKA to return to the international ecumenical movement.


apartheid; ecumenical relations; nationalism; Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika; volkskerk (People’s church); World Alliance of Reformed Churches


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