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Excerpts from the minutes of the Synod of the Christian Seceded Reformed Church of the Netherlands concerning the Van Raalte visit. A.C.V.R. makes an extensive address to the synod, explaining the union of the Classis of Holland with the Reformed Dutch Church and briefly hints at the reason for the 1857 Secession. He urges also a greater and reciprocal working relationship with the Dutch Gereformeerde Afgescheiden Kerk, for the sake of missions and for future emigrants to the U.S.A.






Translation: Henry ten Hoor; revision: Nella Kennedy, March 2009

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.



Excerpts from the Minutes of the Synod of the Christian Seceded Reformed Church of the Netherlands Concerning the Van Raalte Visit