Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa

Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa

NEC-TAMEN CONSUMEBATUR

Classification

Protestant

Polity

Presbyterian

Associations

All Africa Conference of Churches; World Alliance of Reformed Churches; World Council of Churches; South African Council of Churches

Geographical area

South Africa

Origin

1999

Merge of

Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa & Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

Congregations

473

The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) was formed and constituted in 1999 as the outcome of the union between the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. These two churches shared the same origin dating back to the 19th century when Britain took over the Cape Colony. Their distinctive characters were that the Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa was constituted among soldiers and settlers who arrived in the Cape in 1820. The Reformed Presbyterian Church on the other hand was a product of Scottish missions intended for the indigenous Africans, which started at Lovedale Mission in Alice. It became autonomous in 1923. Efforts to bring these two churches together have a long history which basically is a mirror reflection of the history of South Africa’s macrocosm. Clearly the transition to democracy in the 1990s gave impetus to the union process so the link of union to democracy in South Africa is symbolic sui generis.

From: Wikipedia



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