Written by Gregg Brekke
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) has released a statement commemorating John Calvin's 500th birthday July 10, 2009.
Rather than hailing Calvin as a theological hero, which Calvin himself would eschew, the statement recalls his contribution to the Reformation and to Protestant theology. Calvin is also noted for pioneering biblical commentary calling for just economic policies, creation care and Christian unity.
"In his theology, and in his pastoral leadership in Geneva, Calvin reminded us of the intimate relationship between personal piety and public responsibility," said the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president. "God's sovereignty over creation, and our moral responsibility for creation, cannot be limited."
Often called the "father of Reformed Christianity," Calvin's legacy is expressed in the UCC via the Calvin Synod, its predecessor denominations the (German) Reformed Church and Congregational Church, and through ecumenical partnerships with the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The UCC is a member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. WARC's full statemetn can be downloaded here.