Adult Education

The Belhar Confession: An Insider’s Perspective

Written in 1982, the Belhar Confession boldly declared the sinfulness of apartheid and called for justice, reconciliation and unity among all people. It took more than three decades (and much debate) before the Confession was eventually adopted by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Today one of its principal authors shares the history of the Belhar Confession and discusses its enduring relevance to the Church. Dr. Dirk Smit is the Rimmer and Ruth DeVries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary.