“The WCC is grateful for the invitation to be part of this gathering,” said Sauca. “We continue to value your membership in the WCC since 1991.”
Sauca expressed appreciation the fact that the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa rejected apartheid.
“You are truly united across cultural, territorial, linguistic, ethnic, economic, ideological boundaries,” he said. “We saw your desire for unity acted out when you supported the Dutch Reformed Church to come back to the WCC fellowship in 2016.”
He commended the church’s strong emphasis on unity, reconciliation and justice. The theme of the synod will be “Fragility of the Social Order and Stability of the Christian Faith Today: Jesus is Lord.”