Region Pledges to Help Shape Renewed LWF
GENEVA, 16 May 2011 (LWI) – The final message of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC) “Toward Re-visioning LWF Africa Regional Expression for a Holistic Mission” is now available on the LWF Web site.
Sixty delegates from the LWF member churches in the region pledged to help shape a renewed global Lutheran communion, saying they are spurred by the growing membership there but still challenged by poverty, political instability, gender injustice and effects of climate change.
They affirmed their crucial role in areas of diakonia, proclamation, advocacy work and theological education and ecumenical relations.
Meeting in Johannesburg 4-8 April, they called on African political leaders to work for democracy and economic justice for all, “overcoming poverty in all its manifestations.”
The church representatives urged LWF member churches on the continent to share their talents and resources in support of God’s holistic mission and keep diakonia at the heart of the church in Africa. The delegates urged that youth be given opportunities for leadership in the African churches, and called for women to be fully embraced as leaders.
Organized by the LWF Department for Mission and Development, the ALCLC was hosted by the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA N-T). (240 words)