The assembly will bring together African ecumenists to pray together, evaluate the life and work of the churches in Africa, celebrate key milestones reached, and set the agenda of Africa’s ecumenical movement during the period leading to the next assembly. Those gathered will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches.
World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay sent a hearty congratulations to the All Africa Conference of Churches on its 60th anniversary.
“You are the spearhead of ecumenical engagement on the continent and the focal point of ecumenical collaboration for Africa’s future,” said Pillay. “Through the years, you have also been harnessing the strength and determination of postcolonial Africa’s faith communities to ensure a more vibrant future for the continent.”
Over 600 delegates from 43 African countries are expected to participate in this assembly. They will be joined by other ecumenical leaders from all over the world.
“The Twelfth General Assembly is not only a celebration but also a testament to the growth and cohesion of the Christian community in Africa,” said the chairperson of local planning committee, H.E Rev, Dr Akanji Israel.
The assembly will occur at a time that marks 10 years of implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063, and in the last decade of the implementation of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Pre-assemblies focusing on women and youth—with an important role for youth with disabilities—will be held in the days leading up to the gathering.