The Minutes of the Classis of Holland


The Minutes of the Classis of Holland



The minutes of the Classis of Holland, meeting in the home of Elder Broek, in Holland. Representatives from six churches are present. Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen was elected president. Albertus C. Van Raalte reported that he visited Wisconsin. He also reported on his trip to Schnectady where the Particular Synod of New York met. One issue discussed at the synod meeting was whether the Classis of Holland be accepted as an already organized classis or if the churches be accepted separately and then organized into a classis. The members of the Particular Synod were "eager for the union." Van Raalte pointed out to the Synod the great need for education of the youth. Other major items of this Classis session were: the proposed publication of an English weekly with some columns in the Dutch language, Rev. Hendrik Klein was leaving for Milwaukee, and the subject of incestuous marriage. Rev. Vander Meulen proposed that the Classis of New York be asked to provide some financial support for Holland Classis ministers. A.C.V.R. was appointed to write the letter.




Description of the document by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.



The Minutes of the Classis of Holland