Report on proceedings
The first SAV event was chaired by Sergio Rastello, Waldensian lay preacher. This was the launch of a book "What is the Waldensian Church today" by national Italian politician and Waldensian church member, Lucio Malan.
Also available to buy was "The Confession of the Waldensian Faith" by Reformed pastor Paolo Castellina who has an extensive Italian internet ministry through www.riforma.net. The hall was filled with various participants including three pastors of the Waldensian Church, including two retired pastors and one in current service. After their presentations, Lucio Malan and Paolo Castellina answered questions including some from the retired Waldensian pastor Bruno Rostagno.
- The official Waldensian Church is making no space for, and giving no platform to those members who think differently from its official views, especially those who view Holy Scripture as the sole authority of Christian belief, which the historic Waldensians did.
- The modern Waldensian Church still officially subscribes to the Confession of the Waldensian Faith by Pastor Leger in 1655 but most of its modern teachings ignores or strongly contradicts these beliefs.
- The modern Waldensian Church has not integrated into its modern belief system The Fall, the concept of falling away from the will of God. It naively assumes that the world as it is operates today has the full approval of God, rather than his condemnation.
That evening, a service was led by Pastor Paul Castellina with the preaching of John 6, particularly on verse 35: "I am the bread of life; He who comes to me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. " The worship included sung Psalms led by Daniela Michelin Salomon who composed some of them herself.
On the final day, a SAV committee of members discusssed the situation and proposed initiatives that SAV will undertake, in due course.