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Boesak resigns from church positions over homosexuality

4 October 2008
clipped from www.thetimes.co.za
Anti Apartheid activist, Allan Boesak is expected to resign from all his positions in the Uniting Reformed Church, the SABC reported.

Boesak announced this in Hammanskraal outside Pretoria, after the church’s General Synod discussed the question of homosexuality.

The broadcaster said Boesak used the Belhar Declaration – an anti-apartheid statement adopted by the then Dutch Reformed Mission Church in 1986,to defend his view that it was wrong to discriminate against homosexuals.

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This report is somewhat short on detail, but perhaps there will be more later.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 October 2008 11:21 am

    Steve, I was at the Synod. Whilst I respect Allan Boesak in many ways, and appreciate his role, his response to the decisions of the 2008 Synod, was experienced by the Synod, as disappointing. The URCSA in 2005, already confirmed the full acceptance of gay members and rejected homophobia and any form of discrimination against gay people. His actions now, is experienced as sour grapes or simply an excuse to get out. On the elections (the second day) he already indicated that he is not available for leadership positions in the church, because of ‘national commitments’..

  2. 6 October 2008 1:20 pm

    Reggie,

    Thanks for the additional information. The report I cited was remarkably thin, and said very little about what actually happened.

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