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Countdown to America 250 – Dutch Church in Early America

by Bergen County Historical Society

New Bridge landing NJ, The Countdown to America250 continues tonight! We welcome James Hart Brumm as he speaks on

“Feuding in Dutch and Latin in an English Land.”

Please stop by the Von Steuben House and join us!

Tonight at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Bergen County Historical Society
1201-5 Main St, River Edge, New Jersey 07661

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.

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.

About Countdown to America 250: The idea of Countdown to America 250 was first discussed and planned between Historian Kevin Wright and President James Smith in 2015. The purpose of this ongoing series of events is to raise awareness of events that occurred in Bergen County and New Jersey prior to the Revolution, foster an understanding the the seeds of the Revolution started before the Revolution and encourage planning and promotion of New Jersey / Bergen County’s unique role in our Country’s story. The 2016 event focused on the repeal of the Stamp Act and raising of a liberty pole, 2017 focused on the Townsend Acts with a lecture on 18th century paint analysis and this year’s event focuses on the growing internal division within the Dutch Church in Bergen County and the role that religion played during the American Revolution.

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