The Africa We Pray For Cover with joyful image of young Africans making music.

The Africa We Pray For on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. PJP Series 1

Edited by:
Isabel Apawo Phiri
Collins Shava

This first publication in the WCC and series on the WCC pilgrimage of justice and peace brings together the voices of 12 young people sharing their vision for Africa.

The collection features work selected during an essay competition for young people which was held in a collaboration of the All Africa Conference of Churches and the WCC. The publication covers important thematic areas for African society, including truth, trauma, displacement, gender justice and racial justice, among others. 

Specs: 182 pages; 6x9"; paper and PDF; perfect; 4-colour cover

Web ISBN 978-2-88931-417-1

Print ISBN 978-2-88931-371-6

Shelving/Topics: Religion

Rights: World, all languages

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The World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches invited young people to contribute to the discussion on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, with its three dimensions of celebrating life together–visiting wounds and engaging in transformative action–in the African context. Participants reflected on four closely interrelated themes: Truth and Trauma (peacebuilding), Land and Displacement (economic, ecological justice and migration), Gender Justice, and Racial Justice.

This collection of selected essays shares the dreams and aspirations of these young people towards Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want goals. Aspiration 6 of the African Union is for an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children. The essay competition provided a platform for youth to engage in research and write their aspirations of the Africa They Want, an Africa they pray for, as the future guardians of the continent.

Powerful, Critical, Wise - and always full of hope. The churches in Africa have often shown the way for the ecumenical movement. If the world-wide ecumenical community is committed to a spiritual journey characterized by justice and peace, it is absolutely necessary to listen to the voices from Africa - especially when they come from the younger generation. A true inspiration! - Prof. Dr Fernando Enns

Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri is the deputy general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia of the World Council of Churches and honorary professor of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Collins Kudakwashe Shava is executive secretary, youth at the All Africa Conference of Churches. He holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Governance from Africa University (Zimbabwe) and is also a researcher in climate change and environmental issues.