Those who left the Hervormde Kerk in 1886 did so out of great grief. Thus, their separation became known as the Doleantie. This article sketches the picture of this separation and the role which Abraham Kuyper played in it.
This article is about the significance of the Doleantie 1886 especially from an ecumenical point of view. The author also discusses the Doleantie and the maintenance of Reformed doctrine, and the Ecclesiastical conference of 1883 and 1887 in the Netherlands.