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Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa celebrates 50th anniversary

Posted on: December 16, 2009 11:07 AM
Related Categories: Interfaith, Nairobi, nifcon

The Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) celebrated 50 years with a conference held in Nairobi between 19th and 23rd November.

PROCMURA, an ecumenical Christian organisation, which has a number of Anglican partners, works in 20 countries in Africa working with local churches, promoting faithful witness to the gospel and faithful engagement with Muslims for peaceful co-existence.

The conference visited St. Paul’s University, Limuru, to learn about the MA in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, jointly developed with PROCMURA. In the five years since the MA began 36 students from 8 different African countries have studied on the two year course.

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the Anglican Bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria, who is Chairperson of PROCMURA and a member of the Management Group of the Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns (NIFCON) , preached on ‘the sower and the seed’ at the Thanksgiving Service at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi and read out the following message from Dr Rowan Williams,Archbishop of Canterbury:

I am very glad to be able to send to PROCMURA - the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa - my very warm and appreciative congratulations on this your 50th anniversary.

Your foundation in 1959 was a key moment in the ministry and mission of the Churches in Africa and the work that you have undertaken since then has been of the greatest significance in ensuring that the encounter with Islam is in the spirit of good neighbourliness, mutual respect and tolerance. Your mission statement makes it clear that Christian witness is an integral part of Christian identity and that this witness is to Christ who is the Prince of Peace.

At a time when the world faces some of the greatest challenges that we have ever faced, of poverty and injustice, of violence and warfare and of climate change and environmental degradation, we are called by the God who is Love, in whose image we are all made, to be faithful and hopeful witnesses. Part of that witness is to work with others in meeting the needs of the world.

I pray that in this 50th year of your work, you will be encouraged to re-commit to another 50 years of Christian witness and constructive engagement with Muslim communities across the great continent of Africa. May God bless you.

NIFCON has worked with PROCMURA on a number of initiatives, notably in Nigeria and Sudan and looks forward to continuing working together.

Further details of the 50th Anniversary Celebration for PROCMURA can be found at http://en.procmura-prica.org/UserSiteFiles/50th anniversary.pdf

For more information please contact NIFCON staff either
Rana Khan (rana.khan@anglicancommunion.org) or
Clare Amos (clare.amos@anglicancommunion.org) in the Anglican Communion Office.