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WCC acknowledges Mennonite churches’ work for peace

Isabel Apawo Phiri at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly
Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

24 July 2015

Contributions by Mennonites to the ecumenical movement were acknowledged with appreciation by Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during her address at the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

“The ecumenical family learns from your commitment to a theology of peace,” said Phiri, while addressing the assembly on 23 July, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Churches seek life, peace, justice and dignity for Africa

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

At the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), church leaders from more than forty African countries have asked how they can rise up against the shackles of the colonial legacy, conflicts, poverty, class struggles and political upheavals, to unlock Africa's immense potential.

 

These questions were addressed by more than a thousand church representatives in Kampala, Uganda, at the AACC's 10th Assembly titled “God of life, lead Africa to peace, justice and dignity”, 3 to 9 June.

 

Building peace amidst scars of war in South Sudan

After fleeing aerial bombings and living in a refugee camp in Uganda for 14 years, Caesaer Hakim and his family were excited that the day to return home had finally arrived.

By Gladys Terichow

 

After fleeing aerial bombings and living in a refugee camp in Uganda for 14 years, Caesaer Hakim and his family were excited that the day to return home had finally arrived.

 

But when they got to their ancestral home in Opari they found another family living on their land.

 

Weapons of war to artifacts of peace

The impact of war is felt long after specific hostilities exist and long after the global community has forgotten all about it.

Written by Bruno Baerg

The impact of war is felt long after specific hostilities exist and long after the global community has forgotten all about it.

This is particularly true in Mozambique some 18 years after the cessation of the apartheid Rhodesia / South African funded war of destabilization (1977-1992) in the country. Approx 1 million people were killed due to that conflict along with another approx 5 million people displaced. This had huge consequences which are still felt to this very day.

The Anabaptist vision of Jesus: following the ways of non-violence.

As followers of Jesus and bearers of the message of the kingdom of God, peacekeeping and non-violence should permeate our Christian faith in dealing with war, conflict and violence. It should both challenge and lead us to live out this unavoidable non-violent message demonstrated by Jesus. Often, when I try to follow Christ in the context of South Africa, I am surprised by the reaction of the church in dealing with conflict, war and violence.

Security and international peace focus of WCC consultation

Rev. Dr Fernando Enns speaking at IEPC last year (pic courtesy WCC)
A consultation on world peace and human security was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on Thursday 9 February. The event precedes a two-day committee meeting charged with following up the report and recommendations of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which brought 1,000 participants to Kingston, Jamaica in May 2011.

A consultation on world peace and human security was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on Thursday 9 February. The event precedes a two-day committee meeting charged with following up the report and recommendations of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, which brought 1,000 participants to Kingston, Jamaica in May 2011.

The committee will suggest how the topic of just peace may be addressed during and after the 10th Assembly of the WCC, to be held in 2013 at Busan, Korea.

African Anglicans appeal for inter-faith peace

Anglican leaders from across Africa on 8 February made an emotional plea to Muslim faith leaders to stand with them in opposition to the "tragic violence that is destroying our communities." 



Anglican leaders from across Africa on 8 February made an emotional plea to Muslim faith leaders to stand with them in opposition to the "tragic violence that is destroying our communities." 



The appeal was issued at the end of a three-day meeting in Burundi of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) where Christian-Muslim conflict was high on the agenda, according to the Anglican Communion News Service. 



Churches are called to be peacemakers in Africa

(pic courtesy WCC)
Amidst increasing security issues in several African countries plagued by violence, political turmoil, religious intolerance and lack of democratic governance, churches are called to engage in peace-building, said African church leaders in a presentation on “Burning issues of insecurity in Africa” at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali, Rwanda.

Amidst increasing security issues in several African countries plagued by violence, political turmoil, religious intolerance and lack of democratic governance, churches are called to engage in peace-building, said African church leaders in a presentation on “Burning issues of insecurity in Africa” at a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali, Rwanda.

African churches address peace and security issues

participants at peace and security consultation (pic courtesy WCC)
A World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali discussed peace and security issues in Africa, with more than ninety church and ecumenical leaders. Together, they also reflected on Rwandan experiences of ethnic violence, genocide and church initiatives of reconciliation in the past.

A World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Kigali discussed peace and security issues in Africa, with more than ninety church and ecumenical leaders. Together, they also reflected on Rwandan experiences of ethnic violence, genocide and church initiatives of reconciliation in the past.

Reconcile our children's future

Prof. Jonathan Jansen (pic courtesy Timeslive)
As the professor stood before his first-year class at the end of his lecture on the fascinating question, "Did God really say?", he suddenly found himself unable to speak.

As the professor stood before his first-year class at the end of his lecture on the fascinating question, "Did God really say?", he suddenly found himself unable to speak.

This module in a new and innovative core curriculum for undergraduates at the University of the Free State was designed to challenge deep beliefs about authority and (any) scripture in fundamentalist societies.

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