The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) is today indeed a multicultural and multilingual church with congregations situated all over South Africa, Namibia, and Lesotho. In terms of membership, it is one of the larger churches with historical ties with the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC). URCSA was formed in 1994 when the much older Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC), already established in 1881, and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) merged. As a continuation of the older DRMC, it is therefore the second oldest church in the wider (Dutch) Reformed church family. URCSA is characterised by the deliberate embodiment of the Confession of Belhar of 1986. The word Uniting in the name of the church demonstrates that the unification process is not yet completed; URCSA is still striving to promote greater unity, within the DRC family, but also wider.

From 10 to 14 April, URCSA celebrates their 30th anniversary in Durban. This will be done through an ecumenical partnership conference to be held at the Riverside Hotel in Durban. The theme is “Fragility of the social order and stability of the Christian faith today.” Speakers include moderators from URCSA Regional Synods, Prof. Christina Landman, and also Rev. Jan Lubbe, moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church. Read the full program HERE.