All Africa Conference of Churches
The AACC/AU Golden Jubilee
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the African Union (AU) both celebrated their Golden Jubilees in 2013. The Golden Jubilee Assembly of the AACC met in Kampala, Uganda at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort from 3 to 9 June 2013 under the theme, “God of Life, Lead Africa to Peace, Justice and Dignity”. Similarly on May 26, 2013, the AU adopted a Solemn Declaration of 50 years – adopted by the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU in Addis Ababa.
Right from their inception in 1963, the AACC and AU have played mutual roles in working for Peace, Justice and Harmony in Africa. The theme of the inaugural AACC Assembly in 1963 was Unity in Christ while the theme of the OAU (now AU) was Unity and Freedom.
During the marking of the Golden Jubilee by AACC and the AU, common issues, challenges and aspirations arose. The theme of the AACC Jubilee assembly highlighted the areas of challenges around Justice, Peace and Dignity. The AU declaration among others highlighted the issues of peace and security (Declaration E) and democratic governance (Declaration F). On peace and security the Heads of State pledged “determination to achieve the goal of a conflict-free Africa, to make peace a reality for all people and to rid the continent of wars, civil conflicts, human rights violations, humanitarian disasters and violent conflicts and to prevent genocide”. On Democratic Governance the Heads of State were determined to “anchor our societies, governments and institutions on respect for the rule of law, human rights and dignity, popular participation, the management of diversity as well as inclusion and democracy.
During the AACC meeting, it was noted that the commitments by AU towards democracy, human rights and justice are commendable and therefore need to consolidate and deepen these gains. The AACC thus resolved to be a strong advocate and committed itself to foster common actions in collaboration with the AU, for the attainment of a continent which is more solidly integrated economically, politically, and infrastructure- wise, and further committed to the preservation and maintenance of God’s good creation.
In examining the situation of our continent and the vision for the next 50 years the AACC seeks to focus on at least three areas; Consolidation of the Protection of Life, Promotion and Enhancement of Life, and Celebration of Life.
During the AU Solemn Declaration, the Heads of state pledged to articulate their promises through National Development Plans and the development of the Continental Agenda 2063 – an agenda that the AACC has/is playing a key role towards its realization.
“With deep commitment and hope we the delegates gathered in Kampala on behalf of our member Churches, echo the prayer of our theme “God of life lead Africa to Peace, Justice, and Dignity” – a quote from the AACC message to the Golden Jubilee Assembly, June 2013, Kampala- Uganda .
“It is not yet time for us to sigh with relief and take some rest. Indeed, the 50 years of hard work have just been about preparations, the real journey starts NOW!” – a quote from the AACC President’s message, The Most Rev. Valentine Mokiwa at the 10th General Assembly, Kampala, Uganda - 4th June 2013