Reformed Church divided over female reverends

2015-01-07 10:15

The Reformed Church in South Africa is divided over whether women should minister in the church.

“There are people in the synod who pray a woman never stands at the pulpit. And so are there people who pray that a woman does stand there,” Reverend Sarel Cilliers, from the Waterberg congregation, was quoted as saying by Beeld newspaper.

The church’s synod was meeting in Potchefstroom to discuss matters of the church.

After a previous sitting in 2012, a report was written on essential and non-essential matters in the church, Beeld reported.

The report was tabled at the synod yesterday.

According to Reverend Douw Breed, chairperson of the synod sitting until January 15, non-essential matters were not less important, but rather matters that the different churches could decide themselves.

Breed said the matter of whether women could be at the helm of a church should be decided at the synod or be referred to a smaller synod.

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