The term "uniting" in the name of URCSA
indicates that church unity has not been accomplished given the desire for reunification with the Dutch Reformed Church--but then on the basis of the Belhar Confession.
It must be noted that, as in the case with the application to join the WCC, the URCSA
supported the application after it refused to do so on previous occasions, mainly due to the DRC General Synod's decision on the confession of Belhar in 2011.
The process appears to be stalled at present, hinging on the URCSA
's insistence that the DRC should accept also the Belhar Confession, a text linked to the explicit repudiation of apartheid and its theological justification.
Intense and sometimes difficult discussions have continued within, and between, the DRC and URCSA. The DRC general synod affirmed an agreement with the URCSA on a procedure towards union, to be based at least on the three Reformed, confessions which they hold in common.
For the URCSA it is axiomatic that the DRC should make an explicit renunciation of apartheid, and appropriate confession, as a precondition for further movement into union.