In 1970 the Commission proposed a Declaration of Intention to Seek Union which was adopted by all the member churches and celebrated in Services of Commitment to the Search for Union on 24 November 1974. In this Declaration the Churches undertook:

  1. to seek agreement on a common form of ministry of Word and Sacraments, with due regard to those patterns of ministry and oversight to which God has already led us;
  2. to admit to the Lord’s Table communicant members of all our Churches as an immediate and visible sign of our common quest;
  3. to work for increasing co-operation in all areas of church

The acceptance of reciprocal communion, as it was called, removed many misunderstandings and hurts and opened the way for far closer fellowship between members of the participating churches.

In the setting of the sixties, the ideal was organic or structural union. A consultation on Spirituality in 1975 affirmed that “the unity of the Church must be the product of renewal of fellowship within the Churches and not the result of a super-imposed unified structure”. The Commission therefore decided to set interim goals which would deepen the possibilities of fellowship between the Churches and move them step by step towards union.

Current Officials

Rt Rev Charles May

Bishop:  ACSA

Vice Chair:
Rev Heidi Petersen


Vice Chair:
Rev Kim Brown


General Secretary:
Rev Sikawu Makubalo


Member Churches

The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa

Observer churches

Roman Catholic Church
Ethiopian Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (N-T)
Moravian Church in South Africa
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Suid-Afrika
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

United Churches

St Paul’s United Church
PO Box 1723
2058 Glenvista (Gauteng)
St Johns United Church
1 Pam Road
Benmore, Sandton (Gauteng)
Randpark Ridge United Church
46 Tin Road, Bromhof (Gauteng)

St Francis United Church
Corner of St Francis Drive and Walton Road (Eastern Cape)
St Francis United Church
Swallow Drive, Sedgefield
PO Box 215,
6573 Sedgefield (E Cape)
St Nicholas United Church
PO Box 2518
5205 Beacon Bay (E Cape)
Table View United Church
PO Box 11173
7443 Bloubergstrand (W Cape)
Malelane &Komatipoort United Church
PO Box 2436
2302 Secunda (Mpumalanga)
Hoedspruit United Church
PO Box 762
1380 Hoedspruit (Limpopo)
All Saints United Church
73 Montgomery Drive
PieterMaritzburg, 3201 (Natal)


Office of the Secretary General: Rev KM Sikawu Makubalo

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