AACC’s 9th Theological Institute ends with jubilations as Graduates express commitment to grow Ecumenical Movement
After ten days of learning together, listening to one another, and exploring ways of applying their theological knowledge to effectively contribute to Africa’s sustainable development, and in fostering ecumenical solidarity across the world, the 49 graduates of AACC’s ninth theological institute have expressed a joint commitment to grow the ecumenical movement.
“We have been inspired to offer ourselves, our gifts, resources, and skills to ensure that the ecumenical movement in Africa is vibrant and serving as the light of the world.” Said Hope Karangwa, a participant from the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda and the co-student’s president at the institute.
This was during the graduation ceremony held on 16th November 2023 at the First Baptist Church – Garki Abuja Nigeria. The ceremony was graced by the Rev Dr Fidon Mwombeki, AACC General Secretary, among other distinguished guests including staff from the World Council of Churches.
“The AACC is determined to prepare inspiring and transformative ecumenical leaders who will lead us to the Africa we want, but also make the world a better place for all” noted the General secretary.
After awarding the participants certificates to mark their graduation, Dr. Fidon announced that the AACC would begin a Master of theology program in Ecumenical studies in 2024.
“The program will be accredited by St. Paul University, Kenya and run by the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia.” He said.
The inspiring Speeches were punctuated with moments of jubilation as the students and lecturers danced and sang African cultural songs of thanksgiving to God for their achievement.
“This journey has been amazing, and I am already looking forward to projecting the topics we have studied here especially the theology of creation care and Eco-diakonia, and economic and tax justice in my life and advocacy,” said Kevin Maina, participant from the Anglican Church in Kenya.
Felix Fiabu Yao, a participant from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana and student president at the institute appreciated the AACC for prioritizing young theologians in its approach to God’s mission to the world.
The ceremony ended with participants planting a memorial tree at the first Baptist church gardens.