Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Carry out the mandate of its Lord to hear and to proclaim the Word; confess the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; confession of the church takes place in communion with the confession of our ancestors as formulated; acknowledge the significance of the Theological Declaration of Barmen for its confession today; acknowledge the Leuenberg Agreement that the Lutheran and Reformed traditions come together through a common understanding of the Gospel; confess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of the world and thus calls for renewal of life in culture, society and state; bear witness before people, powers, and governments to God's promises and commandments and in doing so seek a dialogue with other churches; give expression to its unrelinquishable solidarity with the Jewish people; bear witness to the salvation in Jesus Christ in proclamation and service to all people and to all nations; test the confession in the light of Holy Scripture; shun that which contradicts its confession.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands is the continuation of three former churches, the Netherlands Reformed Church, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and it exists as from May 1st, 2004.
- Interreligious Dialogue
The Protestant Church maintains contacts with Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The Protestant Council for Church and Israel is responsible for the encounter with Jews. Furthermore, the Protestant Church in the Netherlands with the support of Stichting Kerk en Wereld published the book 'Beyond Dialogue'. It offers a conversation about the encounter between Muslims and Christians, as well as a wider conversation on interreligious dialogue
- Church and Israel
The Protestant Council for Church and Israel is responsible for the encounter with Jews. The work of council includes reflection on the relationship Church and Israel, also in local communities, contacts with local and regional Church and Israel working groups, organizing an annual meeting, providing materials and a list of speakers, publication of the quarterly 'Kerk & Israël Onderweg', organizing the Israel Sunday (the first Sunday of October), providing scholarships to ministers and students who study in the field of Jewish tradition and its relevance in today's theology. The work in Israel includes the support of the Protestant Church Nes Ammim, an international community in Galilee, being a home to Jewish and Arab people - and European visitors. This is a safe haven for people and a mutual dialogue can grow. The work in the Netherlands includes the support of a Jewish school in Amsterdam and the foundation Zikna, which focuses on spiritual and pastoral care to elderly Jews and chronically-ill Jewish students and their parents
- Meeting with Muslims
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands sees the encounter with Muslims and interreligious dialogue as an important part of their work. People, who do not know each other, often think about each other in schemes and prejudices. Encounters can bring a multicolored image and reality and can break through the us-them thinking.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Netherlands - Netherlands - Israel - Netherlands