Welcome To AACC-CETA

We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

Membership

The AACC fellowship accounts for over 120 million Christians across the continent.

Programmes

Our programmes are diverse equiping members in Good Governance and Democratic Transitions, Migration and Human Trafficking, Interfaith Dialogue among others.
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community

The Ogonis, a tribe from Nigeria who are asylum seekers and living in Ouidah, Benin, have recently got access to electricity, with all the other benefits which go along with the opportunity of having an available source of energy, through the common efforts of the AACC Regional Office, based in Lome, Togo, under the leadership of the Special Envoy to West and Central Africa, and the Protestant Methodist Church in Benin, in partnership with the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom.

Since 1999, when they arrived in Benin, the Ogonis have been struggling with issues inherent to their status as asylum seekers: very high rate of illiteracy, poverty, vulnerability of all kinds due to insecurity, etc. The All Africa Conference of Churches had been supporting them in the past, but the support had been suspended at some point for lack of funding. Fortunately, the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom has recently funded a project from the Ogoni community which was aimed at providing them with access to electricity.

The positive effects of that move are the following: their dignity is greatly restored, they can now have light at night, which will allow the children who are in school to study their lessons and do their homeworks, they can store their fresh produce and goods in freezers and their security can be better assured.

Some challenges remain, which they really hope will also be addressed in the medium term: the women expressed their desire for adult literary courses and parents wish to have the means to send the other children to school.

Young prospective Ogoni pupils with some women
Young prospective Ogoni pupils with some women
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou with leaders of the Ogoni Community
Rev. Martine ZINSOU LAWSON, President

 “Eglise Méthodiste du Togo”, the Methodist Church in Togo, held its 8th Biannual Conference from 5 to 10 April 2016. As a first occurrence in Africa, two ladies were elected to be the leaders of that Church.

The new President is Rev. Mrs. Martine Zinsou Lawson who was formally the General Secretary and the new General Secretary is Rev. Mrs. Angèle Dogbé Wilson, who was previously the head of the Women’s Desk in the Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA).
The two ladies will work with the Vice-president and the treasurer, two lay gentlemen. The official induction ceremony was held on 15 May 2016 and was well attended by the AACC Staff, based in our Regional Office in Lomé, Togo, high-level political authorities such as representatives of the government and the opposition and Church leaders from Togo and other countries in the sub-region.

We welcome our dear sisters to the Lord’s vineyard in their new responsibilities and request you, sisters and brothers from the AACC family, to continue praying for them and for their Church.

Rev. Martine ZINSOU LAWSON, President
Rev. Martine ZINSOU LAWSON, President
Rev. Angèle DOGBE WILSON, General Secretary
Rev. Angèle DOGBE WILSON, General Secretary
Presidents from other Methodist churches with Rev. Creppy, a former Church leader
Presidents from other Methodist churches with Rev. Creppy, a former Church leader

 

The World Environment Day, instituted by the United Nations Organization, is celebrated on 5 June of every year in a selected city around the world. This year, Luanda, Angola, was chosen to host the international celebration under the theme: “Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Trade of Wildlife”.
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), in collaboration with United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa), Mother Earth Network and Kenya Interfaith Network of Action for Environment organized an interfaith celebration on 6 June 2016, at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme: “Role of Faith Based Organizations and Religious Leaders in Environmental Protection and Fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa”, which gathered representatives of various Faith Based Organizations involved in environmental activities.

The General Secretary of the AACC, Rev. Dr. Karamaga, in his opening remarks, welcomed the participants and indicated that human beings are created in the image of God and loving one’s neighbor is loving God. Likewise, God created the universe and respecting the environment is a sign of our respect for God. A series of speakers broke down the above theme for the participants, touching on different aspects of it.
One of them, Dr. Dorcas Otieno, expanded on “Faith Based Organizations/Religious leaders and Sustainable Development Goals” and the second one Engineer Joseph Ngondi on “What Faiths can do in the Protection and Fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa”. Their presentations outlined clearly the loss of moral values in our society, which constitutes the main reason why it has been difficult to fight against illegal wildlife trade in Africa successfully.
They also made clear suggestions on the role of Faith Based Organizations, including the use of manuals produced by the Kenya Interfaith Network of Action for Environment to guide the government of Kenya in inserting moral values in the educational curriculum and others which can be used by religious leaders to prepare relevant sermons to educate the believers.
The event was also graced by a representative of the United Nations Environment Program, Mr. Levis Kavagi, Regional Coordinator, Ecosystem Management, who stressed the interconnectivity between human beings and wildlife species and the negative effects of their destruction on our very survival.

One of the highlights of the interfaith celebration was the conferring of the Inaugural Environment Award by URI-Africa to Mother Earth Network, a Faith Based Organization which has encouraged tree planting around Kenya, presented by the Regional Director of United Religions Initiative, Ambassador Mussie Hailu. Another highlight was the reciting of the Green Rule by all the participants: “Do unto the Earth, what you will have it do unto you”.
The celebration ended with the planting of four trees at various spots on the compound to buttress the message for the day.

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All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA)

General Secretariat: Waiyaki Way.
P.O. Box 14205-00800 Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20 4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835
Email: secretariat@aacc-ceta.org

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