8th assembly/50th anniversary

Together on the Way
6. The African Context

6.1 Indroduction
On Tuesday afternoon 8 December delegates experienced a deliberative plenary on "Ubuntu and the African Kairos". The session began with powerful political theatre, "A Journey of Hope", written by Wahome Mutahi and performed by a Zimbabwean theatre group (ZACT). Two analytical interpretations followed by Barney Pityana and Mercy Oduyoye. The session concluded with an act of commitment, during which all Africans from the continent and the diaspora were invited to stand and commit themselves to work for a better Africa.

6.2. Africa: The Footprints of God by N. Barney Pityana

6.3. From Cover to Core: A Letter to my Ancestors by Mercy Amba Oduyoye

6.4. Response to the Africa Plenary
The Policy Reference Committee II prepared a "Response to the Africa Plenary" with five recommendations which were adopted by the assembly on 12 December.

6.5. Address by President Nelson Mandela
On Sunday 13 December during a "Journey to Jubilee" celebration of the 50th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa, came to acknowledge "fifty years of achievement in activating the conscience of the world for peace and on behalf of the poor, the disadvantaged and the dispossessed".

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