CAPA YOUTH CONGRESS RESCHEDULED

 

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Dear Friends

 

CAPA YOUTH CONGRESS RESCHEDULED

 

Warm greetings from the CAPA Secretariat

 

We have received numerous request from the delegates on the security situation in Kenya. While we remain hopeful and optimistic that peace will prevail, we cannot guarantee this or ignore the requests by many to consider change of date.

 

As some of you are aware, the repeat Kenya Presidential Elections are slated for Thursday 26 October 2017 after the earlier elections held on August 8 were nullified. The situation has since then remained tense with demonstrations especially in opposition party strongholds.

 

We have evaluated the current situation and regrettably we have to re-schedule the date of the Youth Congress. The new dates are now April 9-14 2018. We anticipate that by then normalcy will have returned.

 

We sincerely regret this unforeseeable turn of events and ask for your special prayers for Kenya.

 

With every blessing

 

  

The Most Rev Albert Chama                                         Rev Canon Grace Kaiso

CAPA CHAIRMAM                                                         GENERAL SECRETARY

Staff Capacity Building - Accountants Workshop

ACCOUNTANTS WORKSHOP - MOSHI

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Mr Samuel Wanjoga of CAPA, attended an accountants Workshop held in Moshi, Tanzania from 8th – 13th May 2017 at the Umoja Lutheran Church Hostels. The Theme of the workshop was Holistic accounting professional for mission and social transformation (1Peter 3:13). The workshop wa organgised by the Anglican Church of Kenya and the participants were drawn from Anglican dioceses and institutions in Kenya.


The aim and objective of the workshop was to equip accountants with management skills for the changing world in order to accomplish mission. In his opening remarks, the Primate of Kenya Archbishop Sapit stated that whenever God gathers His people, He will never gather them in vain. He gave the biblical story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch who needed to be equipped with knowledge of the word to undertake the mission (Act 8:26-39)


Rev Canon Rosemary Mbogo, the Provincial Secretary also remarked on the need to leave a legacy behind, people choose how they want to be remembered. 

CLERGY & LAITY TRAINING DIOCESE OF SEYCHELLES

DIOCESE OF SEYCHELLES - INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

 

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Bishop James of the Seychelles in the Province of Indian Ocean, invited CAPA to do a two days’ training on Intentional Discipleship5-6 May 2017. The Bishop was concerned that because of the high church tradition not many Christians are fired up to share Christ openly. Over one hundred people attended the training. The training was conducted by the CAPA General Secretary Canon Kaiso and the Rev Canon Mayabi  the General secretary of Church Army Africa. Our prayer is that the fire that was lit will continue glowing.

PASTORAL VISIT TO THE REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS IN NORTHERN UGANDA

 

PASTORAL VISIT 5-9 JUNE 2017


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Regional Leaders representing various Councils of Churches from the East Africa Region and other parts of Africa were hosted by the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and the South Sudan Christian Council (SSCC) and the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) in a week of activities that begun with a 3 day visit to the refugee settlements in North and West Ugandan Districts Bidibidi, Rhino, Adjumani, Lamwo, and Kiryandongo respectively. The Church Leaders met and held discussions with many men, women and children who have fled South Sudan as a result of the ongoing political crisis and resultant violence. The refugees shared their experiences and pain with the Church Leaders as they recounted the loss of loved ones, forced separations of family members, difficult living conditions in the refugee settlements and their concerns with the escalating conflict that is causing more and more South Sudanese to pour into the settlements. In the midst of these visits that brought a tear to many an eye, the Church Leaders encouraged the refugees with the words of Isaiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”


While acknowledging the warmth and generosity of the Government of Uganda and the local communities in hosting and protecting them, and the International Community for humanitarian support, it was clear that the humanitarian agencies (Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and LWF etc.) are challenged in providing adequate food, health and education facilities to all the refugees. The Office of the Prime Minister’s Refugee Desk Officer in Adjumani, Mr. Titus Jogo shared worrying statistics. He said that an average of 2,000 South Sudanese cross the border into Uganda daily, most of them women and children. He however added that they are received at the border points and assisted to reach the receiving centres, registered and provided with food and non-food items as well as medical care before they are settled into the areas that have been designated by the hosting communities for refugees. Most of the camps provide at least a 30 by 30 metre piece of land to build a shelter. In some of the camps where the land is more abundant, these people of concern are also given a small plot to farm. He also confirmed that the refugees are allowed to move out of the settlements to seek employment subject to Ugandan laws, the Convention on the Status of Refugees and other International and regional protocols. He urged the Church to reach out to the refugees with the Gospel and provide psychosocial support for the refugees, many of whom are bitter, despondent and traumatised.


While addressing the Church leaders, the refugees appealed to the Church in South Sudan to intensify its advocacy towards lasting peace in the country. They also expressed their desire to participate in the ongoing peace initiatives including the national Dialogue so that their views and concerns can be taken into consideration in all policy measures aimed at restoring and sustaining peace. The refugees also acknowledged the work of other Non-Governmental agencies that are working within the settlements to build a culture of peace and harmonious co-existence, trauma counselling and other forms of psychosocial support as a way of providing holistic humanitarian assistance. A member of the Mothers Union in Madi West Nile Diocese recounted how they have ventured into some of the settlements to train some of the women on skills that will help them earn some income.


Following the visits in the settlements, the Church Leaders held sessions to reflect on their experiences among the refugees and come up with a way forward that will strengthen existing peace initiatives and particularly the SSCC’s Action Plan for Peace (APP). The APP as a roadmap towards peace in South Sudan is anchored on Advocacy, Neutral Forum (People to people dialogue in safe spaces) and Reconciliation. It was noted within the reflections that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Heads of State will meet on 12th August 2017 to discuss the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.

The Church Leaders concluded the reflection time and week by recommitting themselves to building unity in the Church in South Sudan “as a basis for assuring a coordinated and robust engagement with Government and people of South Sudan, regional leaders and the international community on the conflict in South Sudan and the quest for peace” as expressed in an ensuing press release. They also sent a pastoral letter to the people of South Sudan.

 

 

 

MIGRATION CONSULTATION 15-16 MAY 2017

MIGRATION CONSULTATION


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CAPA in conjunction with the National Association Of Women Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) jointly hosted a consultation on Migration “The New Face of Migration in the Context of Terrorism and Climate Change” on the 15th and 16th of May, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.


The consultation was an African regional effort to contribute to advocacy work on the rights of migrants under the coalition of Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM). CWWM is a loose coalition of faith based institutions, networks, trade unions and other institutions engaged in migration issues at the different levels globally.


The overall objective of the consultation was to create a platform for dialogue between partners to identify the root causes of migration, available frameworks and tools for advocacy and other responses on the national level in order to come up with a common position on the current migration crisis, to feed into policy recommendations for African Policy makers and actions for policy implementers.