(LWI) – A wonderful opportunity to gather in one place, time to break and share bread together, exchange prayers for peace and greetings of solidarity. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) communion in Africa kicked off its first in-person regional gathering in three years with a celebration of Eucharist during the opening worship at the Chapel of the Mekane Yesus Seminary (MYS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 June.
More than 80 representatives of the 31 LWF member churches in the region are gathered in the Ethiopian capital for the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC), which last convened in-person in May 2019. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon (EELC) and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) are jointly hosting the 27 June-1 July event.
“Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68)” is the theme of the ALCLC which brings together heads of churches, women and youth leaders, coordinators of networks of theologians, member church communicators and diaconal actors, as well as LWF’s partners in mission and staff from the Communion Office.
In his sermon based on the theme, EELC Bishop Dr Jean Baiguele reflected on the struggle for Christians to live according to the law of scripture and to remain grounded in the faith. Like Simon Peter, Baiguele said, human beings understand God according to their own limitations, yet the dimensions of God’s love have always been a mystery. “Jesus is aware how his words are misunderstood, thus he is looking for a good piece of land where his seeds will develop. It is Jesus who possesses the words of eternal life, and his teachings about eternal life are visible on earth.”