A Dutch Adventist congregation has written a letter to the denomination’s Executive Committee of the Netherlands Union of Churches Conference, demanding clarification on the “implementation of the equal treatment of female pastors” in the country.
In the December 6 letter, the Uniek congregation (based in the city of Utrecht) demanded the union act on a motion adopted at the “2012 Netherlands Union Constituency meetings to implement the equal treatment of female pastors in the NUChC through ordination on equal footing with male pastors.”
The letter goes on to note that although the Executive Committee decided to proceed with the ordination of female pastors in 2013, the same body decided to put female ordination “on hold” in 2017 until 2019.
As the end of 2019 is approaching, the Uniek Church is urging the union’s Executive Commitee to clarify how it plans to proceed on the issue of women’s ordination by January 2020. Uniek is asking for a description of next steps that the union plans to take on the 2012 motion adopted by the Netherlands Union Constituency delegates.
Uniek is a vibrant church plant congregation with a significant student population.
An image of the complete letter is included below:
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