The World Council of Churches meeting in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, held a "Call to Freedom and Unity Day" on Sunday (30 November).
The World Council of Churches meeting in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, held a "Call to Freedom and Unity Day" on Sunday (30 November). The main speaker was the Bishop of Uganda, Bishop Kivengere.
The day began with a march by various bands including the Kenya Police Band and the Salvation Army. Later Bishop Kivengere said all men had the yearning to be free, which the Bishop said was the desire to "be what God intended them to be". He said the world must cease "the outrageous experiences of biting and devouring one another".
The Bishop said that "sin was the outrage of the broken relationship between men and God." he added that man could only be "free in Gods love and with this love the fragmentation of the world would cease."
The Bishop said that the "broken relationship with God was a deep seated fragmentation which affected man in every sphere of his social life."
SYNOPSIS: The World Council of Churches continued its fifth Assembly meeting in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
The day's meeting began with a march by the Kenyan Police Band which played as the delegates arrived at the conference centre.
The Salvation Army Band also took part in the parade to mark the Council's dedication to a "Call to Freedom and Unity Day". The day was called for "the unification of mankind with God," and mankind with each other.
There was a large number of delegates attending the day's meeting.
Before the meeting actually began a choir gave an example of "how beautiful man made things could be when those involved are united together and with God."
A large crowd gartered to listen to the proceedings. They were addressed by the Bishop of Uganda, Bishop Kivengere, who told them that "all men had the yearning to be free, a desire which means to be free and united with God." The Bishop said "man must cease the outrageous experience of biting and devouring his fellow man." He added that man had broken his relationship with God and this had resulted in a deep fragmentation which affected mankind in every sphere of his social life.