Church leaders come up with action plan for widows
About thirty church leaders gathered today for an Orientation Workshop spearheaded by the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka, Zambia.
The workshop aim for the Church to come up with an action plan that will address and respond to the emerging and perennial issues widows face in the community as well as in the church.
After hearing a presentation by Ms. Felicia Sakala, Chairperson of a widows’ group called Ruth Ministry and reflecting on the words from 2 Kings 4:1-7, the church leaders were divided into groups to talk about the challenges of the widows and how to best respond as a Church. Some of the challenges mentioned were stigmatisation, legal issues such as property grabbing, lack of education, lack of spiritual support and poverty.
The output from this sharing was then compiled and made into a Communique that will serve as the commitment of the Church to this matter.
This Communique will be read at the upcoming International Widows’ Day Church Service and Launch of the AACCCampaign for the Plight of Widows on June 23rd at the same venue.
The leaders are from the different member churches of the CCZ namely Apostolic Faith, Salvation Army, Pilgrim Wesleyan Church, Presbyterian Church, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Anglican Cathedral, Kimbanguist Church, Anglican Church (United Kingdom), Salvation and Deliverance Church, UAMZ, United Church of Zambia, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Central African Committed Church, Brethren in Christ Church, Reformed Church in Zambia, United Methodist Church, UPCSA and Community of Christ.
This workshop is part of the commemoration of this year’s International Widows Day themed “Respecting the Dignity and God’s Image in a Widow”.