n HTS : Theological Studies - A pastoral evaluation on the issue of with special reference to the Black Reformed Churches of South Africa : original research

Volume 72 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



This article investigates the practice of to offer solutions to church councils of the mainly Black Reformed Churches in South Africa and also to the couples and families involved in such a relationship. is fast becoming a common phenomenon in South Africa. It should be noted that some of the couples in the relationships may enter into it with no formal agreement. However, there are partners who may enter into this kind of relationship through a universal partnership agreement whereby the couple plan to live together without marrying one another or a domestic life-partnership agreement whereby the couple opt to regulate their rights and duties in a relationship. It does not, however, affect only the black members of the Reformed Churches in South Africa but also the family structures of society. The article thus endeavours to determine the reasons why many couples go this route and also how church councils could be assisted in dealing with the issue of . This concept will be disseminated under the following headings: (1) The causes of relationships (2) Implications of (3) The effect of a relationship in the church (4) The solution to the issue of is to assist church councils, couples and their immediate and extended families.

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