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Countdown to America 250 – The Dutch Church in Early America

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Countdown to America 250 – Dutch Church in Early America
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ

by James Hart Brumm

While the Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in New York and New Jersey, beginning their New Netherland colony in 1619 and starting the oldest Protestant church with a continuous ministry in North America in April of 1628, they lost their colony to the British in 1664. The Dutch settlers, living and worshiping under English rule, an ocean away from their mother church, eventually felt pressures of culture and language, but they couldn’t agree on how to respond. This is the story of a theological dispute, built around a strange Latin word (Coetus) and a weird Dutch word (Conferentie), which became a public battle that shaped people who helped shape New Jersey. These religious divisions and separations sew the seeds of division leading to the American Revolution.
James Hart Brumm is a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), serving as director of the Reformed Church Center, director of the Theological Writing Center, Seminary Archivist, and general editor of Beardslee Press for New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He also currently serves as General Editor of The Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America, and has edited and contributed essays to four volumes in the 100-volume series. In addition to writing and teaching about the history of the RCA, Brumm is the author of approximately 350 hymn texts, many of which are published in collections available from Wayne Leupold Editions. He lives in Highland Park, NJ, with his wife, Kathleen, who is an RCA minister as well as a composer.
Director, The Reformed Church Center, The Seminary Archives & the Theological Writing Center, General Editor, the Beardslee Press, New Brunswick Theological Seminar.
The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.


Thursday, May 23, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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1201-1209 Main Street
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