The small Karoo town of Touws River in the Western Cape has made history with the uniting of the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.

While both are in the Dutch Reformed family, the churches have officially been separated on the basis of race since 1881. Moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church, Nelis Janse van Rensburg, says obstacles towards unification were removed in 2015.

“It’s really about the members of the congregation finding each other, find each other’s humanity in Christ and understanding that in Christ we are really one. Although we diverse in culture and in many ways of doing things, deeply we become one when we engage with Christ together and deconstruct all the assumptions that we have.”