23 August 2015

Several news items from Africa this past week in Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

GHANA AND THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GHANA

Last Sunday, 16 August 2015, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) held a conference on same sex marriage and homosexuality in Africa. The conference was broadcast on Ghana Television (GTV). Below is a clip from the conference with an interview with Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn and Dr. Albert B. Collver. (The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/UdTJQrEg63I)

NIGERIA and the Lutheran Church of Nigeria

The Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) has a synod theme called, “Christ Lives in Me.” The theme is tripartite: “Christ Lives in Me for Witness”; “Christ Lives in Me for Mercy”; “Christ Lives in Me for Life Together.”

The chorus of the theme song:

Christ Lives in Me
he lives in Me
Christ lives in me
He has given us the grace
He has given us the grace to rule the world
He has given us the grace to overcome the world
He lives in me
Christ lives in me

Christ lives in me for witness
Christ lives in me for works of mercy
Christ lives in me for life together

The song can be listened to at: https://soundcloud.com/collverab3/christ-lives-in-me-lcn

TANZANIA — Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania Elects New Presiding Bishop

This past week (16 August 2015) the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) elected a anew presiding bishop, Frederic Shoo.

Askofu Mkuu wa Kanisa la Kiinjili la Kilutheri Tanzania (KKKT) Frederick O. Shoo (kulia) akiwa na Askofu anayemaliza muda wake, Dk Alex Malasusa baada kuchaguliwa juzi usiku kwenye mkutano ulifanyika Arusha. Na Mpiga Picha Wetu

Askofu Mkuu wa Kanisa la Kiinjili la Kilutheri Tanzania (KKKT) Frederick O. Shoo (kulia) akiwa na Askofu anayemaliza muda wake, Dk Alex Malasusa baada kuchaguliwa juzi usiku kwenye mkutano ulifanyika Arusha. Na Mpiga Picha Wetu

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) is the second largest Lutheran church in the world with about 6 million members after the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which has about 8 million members. The Missouri Synod is not in altar and pulpit fellowship with the ELCT, however, the Missouri Synod does have friendly relations with some of the bishops in the ELCT.

Presiding Bishop Frederick Shoo is known as the “tree bishop” due to the large amount of trees he and his North Diocese have planted to help preserve the glaciers on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. PBS did an interview with Bishop Frederick Shoo a few years ago here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2012/07/13/july-13-2012-kilimanjaro-trees/11790/#

 

— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations