The Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s Environmental Network (Green Anglicans) together with the Anglican Province of Central Africa, hosted 75 young participants on a week-long conference in Zambia on Youth Discipleship and Climate Change, on the 4th to 11th April 2016. The conference was held at the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Lusaka.
Participants had been chosen by their Dioceses as movers and shakers on care for creation, and help them learn how to grow the environmental ministry further in their regions. Some of the Dioceses represented included: Angola, Free State, Highveld, Johannesburg, Lebombo, Lesotho, Namibia, Natal, Niassa, Pretoria, Saldanah Bay, Swaziland.
The conference equipped young people across the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, with methods of advocacy, behavioural changes, research and design thinking. All of this will assist them in building a care for creation movement back in their dioceses. Working with the Green Anglicans Provincial team and Diocesan Coordinators, they also created a plan that would work for their regions as different parts of the province are affected differently by climate change.
Among the people who attended the youth conference was the Archbishop of Central Africa, Albert Chama, and the Bishop of Zambia, William Mchombo.
In one of the sessions, the young people made a presentation to the Archbishop of Canterbury (ABC) Justin Welby, and he later addressed them and encouraged them to be servants of God and serve the world. Responding to questions by the youth, Justin Welby said to the young people they are the church of today and leaders of tomorrow and tomorrow may not be far. This motivated young people as they were about to engage in their plan of action for their various parts of Southern Africa to remember that they will be in leadership and will need to implement these actions, hence influence the rest of the community.
Guest Post by:
Ncumisa Ukeweva Magadla,