304pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017.
André Bartlett discusses the process that led to the Dutch Reformed Church's landmark 2015 decision on same-sex unions. At its general synod the church decided that gay preachers need no longer be celibate and that individual church councils could decide if they would allow civil unions between homosexual couples. An appeal was lodged against the decision and, after threats of legal action, the church rescinded the decision at an extraordinary synod in 2016.
André Bartlett is a Dutch Reformed minister and Head of the Centre for Ministry Development (Excelsus) at the University of Pretoria.