Clarion came today (the Sept. 11/09 issue) and it includes a press release from the committee(s) drafting the Proposed Joint Church Order for a URC/CanRC merger. You can also find it on-line here. The most interesting item in this press release is the defense of Regional Synods and Deputies. I’m glad to read it. They make a good case. The Regional Synod is part and parcel of Reformed (Dortian) church polity and where it’s been lost, it ought to be recovered.
I’m thankful that the Church Order work has gone so well. Some day, hopefully all this work will be put to good service. But when? Building on my last post dealing with CanRC/URC relations, here’s a potential scenario: the PJCO goes to the CanRC Synod in Burlington next year. The CanRC Synod adopts it, still thinking that unity with the URCNA is realistically not far off. The URC Synod is held down the road in London. The URCNA Synod is cagey about it and balks. The CanRC get a new CO, whereas for the URC it’s business as usual with their old CO. I’m hoping it doesn’t go this way, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
But here’s an idea: the CanRC Synod is supposed to be first (May 2010), followed by the URC Synod (July 2010). Maybe the CanRC Synod should be postponed till September so we can see what our URC brothers will do first. What do you think?