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Liberia Council of Churches reflects on economic and spiritual challenges

Liberia Council of Churches reflects on economic and spiritual challenges

Metal crosses crafted in Liberia from cartridge shells. Photo: Nikos Kosmidis/WCC

29 November 2018

In advance of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) assembly, its members reflected on the economic and spiritual challenges in the nation last week.

The LCC Ecumenical Economic Policy Committee reported on poverty in Liberia, with committee chair Dr Togba Nah Tipoteh describing poverty in the nation as "longstanding and widespread,” dating back to the 1950s. He recalled how the country was once considered to have achieved growth without development, arguing that, in recent years, the economy has been challenged and worsening because the country experienced a negative growth rate.

Another member of the committee, Rev. Dr Arnold Hill, challenged the churches to raise and help address the serious economic challenges. "The church must be serious,” he said, suggesting the need to focus on developing local capacity to fight poverty.

The LCC indicated that input from churches will be vital in efforts to tackle the worsening economic situation in the country, and that churches will continue to advocate for the public and private sectors to work together to fight against poverty.

The LCC General Assembly, 28 November - 1 December, is also an opportunity for the LCC to once again mark the 70th anniversary of the WCC, and highlight the two organizations long-standing partnership.

WCC member churches in Liberia

More information on the WCC 70th anniversary

Read also: Liberia hosts event commemorating the WCC’s 70th anniversary (WCC news release of 1 October 2018)