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Die 'vroue-kwessie' in die GKSA

R. Pieterse
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 36, No 4 | a531 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v36i4.531 | © 2002 R. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2002 | Published: 06 August 2002

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R. Pieterse, Vakgroep Teologie, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO (Vaaldriehoekkampus), South Africa

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The issue about women in the Reformed Churches in South Africa (GKSA)

This article provides a summary of the views of church members in the GKSA (Reformed Churches in South Africa) on women. According to traditional views a woman’s primary role and task are limited to the home where she has to be a wife to her husband and a mother to her children. The perception is that she does not have a role within society or politics. Furthermore her role in the church has been limited to activities regarded as in harmony with the view of women as housewives. Women have objected to this delimiting view of their role and task in society and church, especially because it is not in harmony with the restitution that Christ has effected for women. In the GKSA, especially the fact that women are not allowed to serve as deacon, elder or minister, is experienced as contradictory to women’s restitution. The article provides a synopsis of the way in which the GKSA has dealt with the issue of women in office. In several reports of Synod, many positive things have been written about women. The church, however, has been reluctant to translate words into actions and allow women to use their gifts fully in the church.


Particular Offices; Services; Reformed Churches In South Africa; GKSA; Position And Role Of Woman


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