On 13 February 2020, in Nairobi (Kenya) a one-day theological seminar,“Re-visiting Arusha 2018 : Highlights of African Missiology", will give space to theological reflections linked to the Arusha Conference, as well as create space for new reflections based on the Arusha Call to Discipleship, a key document and outcome of the Arusha world conference.
The World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) organized a world mission conference in Arusha, Tanzania, from 8-13 March 2018 under the theme “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” The Conference stays in the long tradition of the International Missionary Council and of the WCC mission conferences held roughly every decade. It included representatives by WCC member churches, the Roman-Catholic Church and wider mission networks, in particular those linked to evangelical and Pentecostal Charismatic churches.
The Arusha conference was the most ecumenically “African”conference since the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910. It took place in Tanzania, being the second conference of this kind organized on this continent, after Achimota, Ghana (1958). Tanzania is a country where both mainline Christian churches and new Christian movements have grown very rapidly in the last decades and a country where Christianity and Islam co-exist quite peacefully, developing a constructive relationship which could be presented as a model for Africa and beyond.
Africa is becoming rapidly the most Christian continent in numbers. Many highly competent African theologians were able to make themselves visible and audible in the world conference, and yet, many have important contributions to offer to the wider ecumenical movement.
The lectures of the Seminar will be streamed and will thus be public and global. The seminar will be organised by the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism and All Africa Conference of Churches(AACC).
The event will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/UaXRrRUbh3U