8th assembly/50th anniversary

8-11 December 1998


list of offerings scheduled on Friday 11 December 1998


padare preparatory materials

Padare: the good and the bad story
The idea was good. It would be an assembly with padare and, as WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser put it, that would "serve as an indicator of the growing points, the problem points, the open questions, the new horizons that people are beginning to explore".
"People didn't know where our stand was in the padare," said Kathy Daniel of Amnesty International
And the experience of padare? Positive things can be said about it. "A good experiment" is one way staff co-ordinator Myra Blyth sums it up. "The atmosphere in padare is very open, people are listening to each other, and that's certainly what we hoed for. That process of dialogue, learning and respect is evident.

But many other people have visited padare events or exhibitons and come away feeling disappointed or, sometimes, angry.

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Assembly PRESS RELEASES on padare

Assembly NEWSPAPER stories on padare

Differently-abled Padare features drama and discussion

Shona singing and drumming heralded a Differently-Abled Persons event held at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Zimbabwe Wednesday (9 December). Members of the Siyeza Drama Group, a Bulawayo-based community arts programme for young persons, presented an original play, "A Time to Change", aimed at increasing awareness of the needs of children, women and men with physical and developmental disabilities.

The play, performed by an eight-member ensemble, focused on the issue of discriminatory employment practices, and challenged the audience to "change your attitude" about persons with disabilities, recognizing them as full human beings.

The event was part of the Eighth Assembly's Padare, a showcase of concerns by 400 Christian groups. The Padare facilitator, Peter Mawindo, an adviser to the WCC, said that persons with disabilities are marginalised and therefore more vulnerable to the effects of poverty and economic crisis.

"We hope to get the message out through drama," said Mawindo, adding that the issue of disabilities has yet to be addressed fully by the WCC.

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