East Africa consultation on 'Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts'
East African mission theologians me at the Carmelie Center Karen, Nairobi on 26-28 May 2009 to consider Mission in the 21st Century with a special focus on Edinburgh 2010 Theme 7: Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts. The conference was organised by:
Dr. Philomena Mwaura, Kenyatta University (Convenor)
Dr. John Padwick, Organization of African Instituted Churches (Secretary)
Prof. Jesse Mugambi, University of Nairobi
Prof. Esther Mombo, St Paul´s University, Limuru
Prof. Mary Getui, Kenyatta University
Rev. Dr. Godfrey Ngumi, Kenyatta University / Carlile College
Rev. Benard Kamau, Carlile College
As the culmination of a year-long study process, 46 church leaders, theologians, scholars, clergy and lay people attended the event from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia and included Protestants, Catholics, Evangelicals and members of African Initiated Churches.
The study process entailed 'a critically honest evaluation' of Christian mission in East Africa and an assessment of the mission situation globally. The conference concluded that Christian mission is 'proactive engagement in empowering not disempowering; peace-building, healing and reconciling not causing conflict, injuring and segregating; loving and all inclusive not marginalising', and also involves proclamation and presence.