Churches urged to promote moral leadership

10 May 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – The role of churches is to be prophetic and give moral leadership, said President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Bishop Dr Munib Younan at the opening of the LWF Twelfth Assembly on Wednesday.
He said political liberation alone does not achieve what a nation needs to accomplish and spiritual union is a platform to exchange ideas that should not be ignored by governments.
“Together as Lutherans, we have decided that we will live out the preferential option for the poor and oppressed, the poor will be silenced no more.”
Younan called on church leaders to build and promote the well-being of communities by showing moral leadership in a broken world, while seeking values and guidance.
“Our Lutheran tradition has tremendous capacity for shaping the conversation between religious and governmental leaders, shaping policy and culture in ways that benefit the greater good rather than the powerful or dominant parties alone.”
He noted that no nation or church can boast for being independent, as the key for liberation is the interdependence in the global rise of ethno-nationalist politics.
“The more we encourage the roles of the communion office and governance, we will increase the effectiveness of our work with passion for the church and for the world.”
The LWF Eleventh Assembly in July 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany elected the Palestinian bishop, Younan, who is the twelfth person to serve in the position of president since the LWF’s founding in 1947.
The assembly, this year from 10 May to 16 May in Windhoek, is the highest LWF decision-making meeting held every six years.
About 800 participants including nearly 400 delegates from the 145 LWF member churches in 98 countries are in Namibia for the assembly.
The LWF global communion strives to put faith into action within and beyond the communion through theological reflection and dialogue with other churches and faiths, serving those in need and advocating for a more just and peaceful world.