A group picture of the members,partners, and FECCLAHA staff during the 2019 General Assembly held in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia.
FECCLAHA held its 15th General Assembly hosted by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 23rd October, 2019.
The assembly also saw a change of leadership with the incoming chairperson of FECCLAHA being Rev. Dr. Samuel Rugambage , General Secretary of the Protestant Council of Rwanda, and a Vice Chairperson FR. William Deng Biong ( General secretary of Sudan Council of Churches).
The duo,in accordance with the Constitution of succeed Bishop Jean-Luc Kuye Ndondo wa Mulemera (President of the Church of Christ in Congo) and Rev. Bereket Kidame Eyasu(Head of Foreign Relationship in the Partriarchate– Eritrea Orthodox Tewahdo Church), who respectively served as the Chairperson and the Vicechairperson of FECCLAHA for two years .
FECCLAHA’s outgoing Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson Bishop Jean-Luc Kuye Ndondo (2nd left) and Rev. Bereket Kidame (Left) shook hands with the incoming Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, Rev Samuel Rugambage (2nd Right) and Fr. William Biond Deng (Right) hold hands in a official handover prayer, on the 25th October Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Additionally, the entire membership of the Regional Ecumenical Forum, represented by National Councils of Churches and Churches under the auspices of FECCLAHA resolved to:
Facilitate the establishment of a regional church think tank to catalyse the prophetic voice and the pastoral obligation of the church as regards accountable political governance ;to develop long term engagement strategies with electoral processes in the region for example regular context analysis; to consider and facilitate the implementation of the voices of the youth and the women as expressed during the General Assembly. Other resolutions were: to strengthen Christian identity among young people, put in place a regional senior church leaders platform to ensure timely engagements with political leaders on issues affecting the region and to establish a short term strategic focus and engagements on South Sudan, Eastern DRC as well as Burundi.
All the National Councils of Churches and Churches through their General/Executive Secretaries appended their signatures to the resolution dated 25th October 2019 as a sign of their commitment towards the advancement of the spirit of ecumenism and in the vision of Africa Churches for life peace, justice and dignity. The next REF will be held in the year 2022.
Rev. Fr. Archmandrite Constantine Mbonabingi, the Executive Secretary of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) )far right ) appends his signature to the resolution made during the General Assembly as outgoing Chairperson Bishop Jean-Luc Kuye Ndondo looks on.