CWM and AACC sign MOU to strengthen ecumenical partnership

by CWM Communications Team

The General Secretaries of Council for World Mission (CWM) and All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate ecumenical partnership and engagement in a signing ceremony on 28 February 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

This framework of cooperation will enable both organisations to address missional tasks in the African continent, focusing on economic and social justice, creation care and climate justice, formation in mission, ecumenism, diakonia and leadership, said CWM Moderator Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, who was present to witness the ceremony.

“Representing over 200 million Christians, AACC is one of the largest ecumenical bodies in the African continent that promotes justice and proclaims the gospel of positive transformation. CWM will offer accompaniment to discern God’s will and address the pressing challenges the contemporary society in Africa is facing,” she added.

CWM General Secretary Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum explained that this strategic alliance will allow CWM to contribute to God’s mission not only in Southern Africa where its member churches are located, but also the whole African continent.

Welcoming the collaboration, AACC General Secretary Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki said: “Today is a historic moment for AACC. CWM and AACC have a very similar passion and understanding of mission and calling to serve the world. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Board and Moderator for agreeing to work in a more formalised way between both our organisations.”

The two organisations will support each other’s endeavours in their respective mission and mandate through programme initiation and implementation for the next five years.

This cooperation will enable the dissemination of AACC publications on public debt and corruption in Africa and the organising of a regional conference on confronting corruption, and illicit financial flows and unjust tax regimes this year. In the area of creation care and climate justice, they will support roundtable consultations for African Faith Actors Network for Climate Justice (AFAN-CJ) leading up to the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), which will also see their participation through the organising of COP28 side events.

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