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Central, East and Horn of Africa Religious Leaders to
"Frank Imhoff" <FRANKI@elca.org>
Thu, 25 Mar 2004 13:55:18 -0600
Central, East and Horn of Africa Religious Leaders to Deliberate
Faith Communities' Role in Resolving Conflicts
LWF General Secretary Noko to Address Regional Summit in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya/GENEVA, 25 March 2004 (LWI) - Religious leaders
from East, Central and the Horn of Africa will gather in the
Kenyan capital for a three-day summit to deliberate an
inter-faith approach to peace building in the region. The
conference is part of a follow-up process of a Lutheran World
Federation (LWF)-led initiative to actively engage faith
communities in working to resolve conflicts in Africa.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko will address the
meeting, which will be attended by some 40 religious leaders from
Burundi, Djibouti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The LWF took
a leading role in organizing the first Inter-Faith Peace Summit
in Africa, October 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It brought
together over 100 religious leaders from across the continent.
Rev. Dr H. Mvume Dandala, general secretary of the Nairobi-based
ecumenical body, All Africa Conference of Churches, will also
address the March 27-29 conference.
Strong involvement is expected by youth drawn from the
participating interreligious communities.
Presentations at the conference will include a focus on the
challenges of inter-faith dialogue and relations in the region,
emerging conflict trends and the implications of truth
commissions and democratic transitions. There also will be
discussion on avenues for engagement with the New Partnership for
Africa's Development (NEPAD), especially in matters concerning
peace and security, political, economic and corporate governance.
A representative of the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative
in northern Uganda will speak about the group's involvement in
peace-building efforts in the north of the country.
The conference will be hosted by the Nairobi-based Inter-faith
Action for Peace in Africa office, headed by Sheikh Saliou
Mbacki. (302 words)
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