The Revd Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) opened the afternoon session of Assembly business on Saturday with a reminder of the need for Reformed Churches to hold together for the sake of justice and life for all.
Having brought greetings from the President of the WCRC, the Revd Dr Jerry Pillay, on behalf of the 230 denominations in 110 countries that are part of the Communion, he noted that the Reformed movements have division as part of their legacy. Since the Reformation, an estimated 43,000 denominations have been established.
When the WCRC came into being in its current form, Mr Ferguson said, it was far more than a change of name – it was 'to set ourselves to a new theological task'. He said: 'Communion is both a gift and task. Communion does not happen by itself: we must take account of each other in common identity, reinforcing our sense of connectedness.'