Lutheran World Federation calls for support

05 Jun 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - Retired Lutheran Bishop Zephania Kameeta said the Lutheran World Federation Council (LWFC) assembly and 500th Reformation events next year are not aimed at diverging Roman Catholic (RC) Christians from their set of beliefs.
Kameeta, a member of the LWFC in Namibia, made this statement at the launch of the 12th LWFC Assembly here on Thursday.
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be launched by RC Pope Francis in Sweden in October this year.
Kameeta, who is also Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, said they will be commemorating not in conflict or confrontation, but in reconciliation and communion with their sisters and brothers of the RC Church.
“So the conflict and confrontation is over. We are talking to each other and both churches have agreed on many issues,” he said.
Kameeta was referring to the Lutheran and Catholic conflict which formed part of a series of European wars of religion that dates back to between 1524 and 1648, when societies were grouped by religion and wars were motivated by politicised religion. In what is now Germany, Austria, Hungary and some surrounding states, the preaching of Martin Luther gained support in kingdoms after 1519 and Catholic worship was forbidden.
International dialogues between Catholics and Lutheran started in 1967.
Both the 12th LWF assembly and 500th commemoration of the Reformation will take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium from 10 to 16 May 2017 under the theme 'Liberated by God's Grace'.
This will be the second time the events are commemorated in Africa, after Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1977.
“The LWF has been with Namibians for many years through sickness and health, war and peace, joy and sorrow, bondage and liberation,” said Kameeta.
He explained that the relationship between the LWF and Namibia dates back to the country’s independence struggle, when the Lutheran Church supported the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Resolution 435, which proposed a ceasefire to war between Namibia’s movement for independence and the then apartheid regime of South Africa.
“This relationship of faith and service continues as we as a church participate in nation building and ensuring that the dreams and ideals for which we suffered so much and sacrificed our lives for are realised.”
He then asked all Namibians to assist and embrace the assembly and Reformation events.