|Doctrines|| ||The Reformed Church in
America shares the principal doctrines of other reformed churches: the
Bible is the Word of God and sole authority for Christian belief, Jesus is
the incarnate Son of God, double predestination, justification by grace
through faith, and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper. The
principal doctrinal statements are the Heidelberg Catechism and the
|History|| ||The Reformed Church in
America came into being as a result of the arrival of Dutch settlers in
the United States in the 17th century. With the establishment of the
colony the New Netherlands (now New York) the Dutch Reformed tradition
became the official tradition of this part of North America. When the
British took control of the colony in 1664 they allowed the Dutch settlers
to continue to practice their beliefs.|
In the 18th century the church became divided over the issue of how much it should accommodate itself to the dominant English-speaking culture which surrounded it. One group wanted to free itself from the Dutch mother church and use English; the other wanted to retain its ties with Holland. The two factions reunited in 1771 and established a completely independent church following the American revolution.
During the 19th century the church was strengthened as a result of growing Dutch immigration into the United States. In 1867 the Protestant Dutch Church changed its name to the Reformed Church in America.
The 20th century has witnessed various attempts at union with other reformed traditions, but these have not been successful. The church has established daughter churches outside of the United States in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
|Symbols|| ||The logo of the Dutch
Reformed Church in America consists of a red and white shield with pillars
on either side.|
|Adherents|| ||The church currently has
201,000 members in the United States and Canada
Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10115, U.S.A.|