The “African at Heart: 2019 Advocacy and Resource Summit” hosted by Bread for the World, World Council of Churches-PAWEEN and the African Union-Pan African Women in Diaspora Association (PADWA) was held in Washington, DC, from 13-15 November with the theme “African at Heart: Advocacy and Resource Summit”.
The summit sought to further encourage, engage and educate Pan African Women of Faith on inclusive, impactful and sustainable ways to “re-right” the narrative of Africans or peoples of African origin through prayer, advocacy, education and resource empowerment.
The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) was represented by Ann Kioi, Programmes Development and Fundraising Officer where she gave a presentation on what it means to be an African at Heart. “As Africans at Heart, we should seek to embrace our African identity, seek to promote the continent’s political, economic and social renewal,” said Ms. Kioi.
In the spirit of Pan Africanism, the African Renaissance, the African Union Constitutive Act recognizes African Diaspora as its sixth region. The implementation and milestones set by Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, is a paradigm shift that galvanizes and unites all Africans and the Diaspora into action around the common vision of a peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa.
Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want Aspiration 2, aspires that by the year 2063, Africa will be an integrated continent, politically united based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance. A statement that augers well with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) shared vision which calls on Africans to be ‘together for life, peace, justice and dignity’ of humanity and the entire ecosystem.
The participants of the summit started with the Pan African Women's Potomac River Quad-Centennial Pilgrimage; In light of the Quad-Centennial of the Forced Transatlantic Voyage of Enslaved African Peoples to Jamestown, VA-400 Years is Enough! The “400” refers to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia (USA).
The Pilgrimage took participants through three sites of remembrance namely 1) the remembrance of the embankment of African Peoples at the Potomac River at the National African American Museum on the National Mall; 2) Remembering the Antebellum Period of Enslavement and the Cry for Freedom and Emancipation at the Frederick Douglass house in Anacostia; and 3) Remembering the Advocacy Freedom Road at the Martin Luther King Monument.
Ann Kioi led the silent prayers from Galatians 3:28- There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus remembering the Embankment of African Peoples at the Potomac River at the National African American Museum.
Pan-African Women of Faith have been featured in a special issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the World Council of Churches (WCC). In the journal, they outline their vision of inclusive global theological education. The issue builds on the legacy of female theological educators, relates the biblical narrative with Pan-African female stories, and interrogates the past and charts a course of the future of theological education.
Ann Kioi urged the Pan African sisters to join the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) campaign on African Patriotism whose theme is Africa, My Home, My future.