I posted this on the Calvinist forum, but since many Presbyterian Denominations may become members of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, I thought it would be appropriate to also post it here.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council are uniting to form a new body representing more than 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide. This united body will be called the World Communion of Reformed Churches. They will be meeting at Calvin College in June of 2010. Here are some statements from background papers for this conference: The government of the United States of America and its allies, together with international finance and trade institutions (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization) use political, economic or military alliances to protect and advance the interest of capital owners. Put a reformed and democratised United Nations at the heart of the financial system reform, as the G20 is not the legitimate forum to resolve this systemic crisis. Establish international permanent and binding mechanisms of control over capital flows. Eradicate speculation on commodities, first of all food and energy, by implementing public mechanisms of price stabilisation. We are facing a global crisis which is a direct consequence of the capitalist system and therefore cannot find a solution within the system. The Israeli government’s savage aggression against the Palestinian people is a violation of International Law and amounts to a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a symbol of the denial of a people’s rights that can be observed in other parts of the world. In order to overcome the crisis we have to grapple with the root of the problem and progress as fast as possible towards the construction of a radical alternative that would do away with the capitalist system and patriarchal domination.
One of the events scheduled for the week is a Pow Wow led by 12 tribal chiefs, the longest dance line in recent history. Correct me if I am wrong, but pow wows have traditionally been shamanistic rituals and at all the pow wows I've observed have have not seen any evidence of Christianity in Native American dance lines.
I would like to here your reactions to the political and economic positions of the WCRC.
I spent all those years researching Calvinist theology and now you are telling me that Calvin was a Marxist? Direct me to the nearest SBC church, please!
No, Calvin wasn't. In fact, he is largely credited for the Protestant work ethic. Unfortunately, many of the people who have risen to positions of power in Reformed denominations have abandoned Reformed principles.