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7 December 1998

WCC Eighth Assembly - Press Release No. 15

An internationally known ecumenist, the Rev. Christian V.A. Peacock of Sierra Leone, has died after a short illness, it was announced Monday (7 December). Mr Peacock was taken ill in his home town of Freetown while preparing to attend the World Council of Churches Eighth Assembly at Harare, Zimbabwe, to which he was a delegate. He died on Saturday (5 December).

Mr Peacock was the President of the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone and the vice-president of the Christian Council of Sierra Leone. He was also a member of the General Committee of the All-Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), which announced his death in Harare.

His wife, Mrs Maude Peacock, was among the African delegates to the Decade Festival held in Harare 27-30 November to mark the end of the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women. She rushed back home to attend her husband when he was taken ill.

Mr Peacock was a leading advocate of the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign and played an active role in the launching of the African campaign in April, in Accra, Ghana.

During the AACC General Committee meeting earlier this year in Nairobi, he expressed his passionate commitment to the Eighth Assembly and urged churches in Africa to support Zimbabwean churches in ensuring its success.

Messages of condolence were sent to his family by the AACC President, the Right Rev. Professor Kwesi Dickson, and its General Secretary, Canon Clement Janda.

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