8 March 2018, Arusha, Tanzania: Women's witness, delivering a message from the women of the Conference of World Mission and Evangelism. From 8-13 March 2018, the World Council of Churches organizes the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference is themed "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship", and is part of a long tradition of similar conferences, organized every decade.


Hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in partnership with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, the consultation will offer capacity-enhancing training and contextual approaches to leadership.

Participants—who are women named, elected, consecrated or enthroned to a position of ecclesiastic authority within the last three to five years—will engage in a collaborative setting to reflect on how leadership in ministry can help bring about justice on many levels.

The women will reflect on the grave injustices resulting from intersectionalities of gender, disabilities, racism, climate justice, and intergenerational concerns. They will also be introduced to the WCC and its ecumenical partners, systems and structures.

The three-day event will also provide space for networking, solidarity and support among clergywomen and regional laywomen in church leadership.

The consultation is being piloted in the African context with an eye toward offering a similar opportunity in other regions. The series of consultations will result in critical reflections which will ultimately culminate in a series of publications that share the fruits of the exchanges.