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Conversations between 1973-1977



February 3, 1973 – Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Official planning consultation; establishes two fold aim of the conversations: to provide information on the present theological positions of the two traditions with a view to overcoming the still existing differences; to explore the respective convictions about baptism

June 20, 1974 – Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Recommendations of 1973 accepted by both sides; establishment of the date of the first meeting; agreement th dialogue commission has the freedom to choose the topics of discussion




1. December 14-18, 1974 – Rüschlikon, Switzerland

Themes discussed were the distinctive elements of the Baptist and Reformed heritages; the Baptist and Reformed perspectives in understanding the Gospel

2. September 7-11, 1975 – Cartigny, Switzerland

Theme: Christian understanding of God’s purpose for the world in our Lord Jesus Christ:; Doctrine of God and man; the understanding of covenant in the Old and New Testaments; changing understandings of man and their bearing on theology

3. March 26-30, 1976 – Rüschlikon, Switzerland

The church as a holy community in relation to justification; world affirming and world denying forms of Christian thought and life; the church in its local fellowship; the church in its universal dimension and mission; a detailed survey and analysis of recent statements on baptism and church membership from a selection of Baptist and Reformed sources

4. December 10-14, 1976 – Rüschlikon, Switzerland

This session dealt with Baptist and Reformed thinking in the light of their understanding of the work and gift of the Holy Spirit

Publication of the ‘REPORT of Theological Conversations sponsored by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Baptist World Alliance, 1977′” – REPORT — Full-Text


Rev. Dr. Rudolf Thaut, Hamburg, Germany (Baptist)
Prof. Martin H. Cressey, Cambridge, England (Reformed)


Rev. Dr. C. Ronald Goulding, BWA Washington, DC, USA (Baptist)
Rev. Richmond Smith, WARC, Geneva, Switzerland (Reformed)

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