White Churches in Southern Africa have been charged with financing military campaigns against guerrillas and tacitly agreeing to the oppression of Africans.
White Churches in Southern Africa have been charged with financing military campaigns against guerrillas and tacitly agreeing to the oppression of Africans. This was one of the most serious charges to emerge from the All African Conference of Churches, (A.A.C.C.), which continues in Lusaka until Friday (24 May). The charge came in a statement from the Zimbabwe African National Union, which urged African Churches not to sit idly by, allowing this situation to exist.
Earlier in the conference -- the third of its kind -- the Secretary-General of A.A.C.C., Canon Burgess Carr, endorsed the use of force as a means of overthrowing the white minority regimes in southern Africa. He called for unequivocal support for the Liberation movements fighting in that area.
One of the highlights of the conference was a massive rally in Lusaka's Independence Stadium, usually used for gig football matches. Much of the rally was taken up with prayers and music. However, there were strong messages in some of the speeches. The Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches (Dr. Philip Potter), for instance, claimed whites treated Africans in a "superficial, proud, brutal and deadly" way. Dr. Potter -- from Dominica in the Caribbean -- also sid that the history of Africa, especially in the last 10 years, had been "a systematic display of injustice."
SYNOPSIS: The All Africa Conference of Churches is being held in Mulungushi Hall, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Hundreds of delegates, representing black churches of Africa, are attending the conference, the third of its kind. Conference sessions open, traditionally, with prayers and hymns.
The question of the treatment of Africans by the whites, particularly in southern Africa, came in for heavy discussion. The white churches were accused of actually financing military campaigns against guerrilla movements. And at an early conference session the A.A.C.C. Secretary-General, Canon Burgess Carr endorsed the use of force as a means of overthrowing white minority regimes.
One of the most spectacular events of the conference was a rally in Lusaka's Independence Stadium -- usually occupied by football fans, not churchmen and their followers.
Music played an important role in the afternoon's programme, which also included an ecumenical service for the thousands of Africans in the audience.
However, there were strong messages in some of the addresses. Dr. Philip Potter, Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches, said whites in Africa still dealt with Africans in a "superficial, proud, brutal and deadly" way. The conference ends on Friday.