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EAB Representatives Attend 9th WCC Assembly, 50th Session of UNCSW; News in Brief
EAB PRESS 060403-1
April 3, 2006

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[EAB Press - Burundi] 
World Council of Churches 9th Assembly in Brazil

Transformation was the central focus of the Assembly that provided an opportunity for the 691 delegates representing 348 member churches to pray, reflect, and dialogue on the theme, “God, in your grace, transform the world”. Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, together with Josephine Bigari and Edmond Bayisabe, represented the Province, with Edmond also attending the pre-Assembly youth event.

Youth had a full part in the Assembly and were involved in the business of shaping the vision and priorities for the future. Key issues on the agenda included global economy, violence, climate change, HIV/AIDS, and ecumenism.

Archbishop Bernard, who was once again elected to serve on the Central Committee, said of the event, “As the theme was in the form of a prayer I found that this first assembly of the 21st century was a call to churches and all Christians to renewal and transformation. We cannot expect the world to be changed unless we are first transformed by God’s grace and so become God’s instruments for God’s work in God’s world.”

50th Session of UNCSW

Claudette Kigeme and Emilienne Ruzobavako attended the 50th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York from 27 Feb. – 10 March.

They engaged with issues that face women around the world. Central to their discussions were enhanced participation of women in development and equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels. Claudette spoke at a luncheon arranged by ERD and at a side event organised by Mothers’ Union.

On both occasions she shared about how the EAB is empowering women through the literacy and development programme and the micro credit programme for victims of HIV/AIDS.

Visit of Stephen Burgess

The Province welcomed Stephen Burgess, Regional Manager, Mid-Africa Region, Church Mission Society, at the beginning of March. He visited all six dioceses in order to become familiar with the work of the Province and to discover ways of strengthening the partnership between the EAB and CMS. He also had an opportunity to meet up with Roger and Miranda Bowen and Sheena McBain who are currently working as CMS mission partners in Matana and Bujumbura dioceses respectively.

With Sympathy

The Province extends sympathy to Archbishop Bernard and his family on the death of his father, and to Rev. Harold Adeney on the death of his wife Isobel who worked with him in Burundi for 30 years.

News in Brief

* Thanks is extended to all those who have responded to the appeal for funds to assist those suffering from the recent drought.

* The Province also wishes to express thanks to Trinity Church, New York for assisting with the provision of communication network facilities.

* Archbishop Bernard and other Church leaders met with the UN Working Group who visited Burundi recently to discuss with the Government and NGOs mechanisms for setting up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Special Tribunal for Burundi.

* “Youth for Peace in Burundi” will be held 17th-22nd April and provide an opportunity for youth from the dioceses to engage with issues relating to peace and reconstruction in a post conflict situation in order to build mutual respect and trust. We thank WCC for their financial support.

The Province wishes you a very happy Easter