African church leaders look towards Assembly in discussion of “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope”
(LWI) – African delegates to The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Thirteenth Assembly discussed the Assembly theme of “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope” at the Pre-Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, this week.
In keynote addresses, Bishop Naledzani Josephine Sikhwari, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, and LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Anne Burghardt, offered insights into unity, hope, and the church as the Body of Christ.
Solidarity in expectation and action
“The whole world, the whole creation, is yearning for hope today,” said General Secretary Burghardt. However, our globe is becoming increasingly complex. In Africa and worldwide, anxiety is growing due to challenges like climate change, conflicts, and terrorism, as well as economic uncertainty and unemployment among young people. “Fake news, conspiracy theories, and polarization add to this anxiety.”
The churches have a unique role to play in addressing this. “We need unity and hope,” said the General Secretary. “Unity is created where reconciliation between God and human beings is translated into reconciliation between human beings, which goes hand in hand with making new creation and justice visible around us.”