From the Chairman
There are no easy answers to the pastoral challenges facing Africa today. Strategically placed institutions like CAPA have the enormous task of proving their relevancy.
Being conscious of this reality, we have time and again gone back to the vision of our predecessors who in 1979 gave birth to CAPA in Chilema, Malawi. A unified and self-sustaining Anglican Communion in Africa, providing holistic ministry to all and fulfilling God’s promise for abundant life (John 10:10). In forming CAPA, they were looking for a space that would enable them to deepen their fellowship and unity as well as build their capacity to make sustainable and prophetic responses on matters that affect the well being of the people so that they can become a credible voice and vehicle for their total transformation.
In their aspiration, we sense, a clear recognition of the need for working towards unity as Anglican Church Leaders in Africa. They recognize that Africa is their arena of operation and that tackling the issues that deprive people of abundant life was their primary calling,
It clear that the Continent Continues to be fractured, and Gods’ people continue to live in deplorable conditions. There is therefore a sense in which the current Anglican church leadership needs to stop and reflect on their responsibility towards CAPA, as an instrument formed by their predecessors to enable them to be accountable to the people of Africa.
CAPA should be the pride of the Anglican church leadership in Africa, it was formed by Africans and has survived for over 40 years and as the popular saying goes, seeking African solutions to Africa’s problems. We should therefore not get lost in the many global networks all around us. The call I sense is that we are being invited to recover our sense of responsibility to the Church in Africa, and the well- being of the whole continent, because our response to Africa’s needs is the test of our faithfulness is and where our obedience is being judged.
Am encouraged that our Secretariat, has continued to refocus the church towards the Africa agenda (seeking solutions to realities in Africa), The various initiatives covered in this report testify to the fact that , CAPA is endowed with numerous possibilities and has the potential of accompanying the Africa Union in its vison 2063 of an integrated , prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
From the General Secretary
Working smart in Africa is no longer an option but a logical choice for anyone wishing to have an impact, especially given the diverse and intricate issues facing the Continent today.
For CAPA this has meant thinking outside the box, working with imagination and leveraging on partnerships.
We have opted to focus on the root causes of the predicament of God’s people on the continent, and not merely the symptoms.
Believing strongly in the Church as an instrument for transformation in society, we have through our Healthy Church strategy sought to strengthen the culture of self-reflection at both at personal and institutional levels and restore a sense of intentionality in the way the Church lives out her calling.
We have built partnerships with several organizations strategically drawing on their expertise to complement our efforts towards realizing possibilities for Africa.
We have either set up or actively participated in Platforms, to enable sustained engagement on pressing issues including, Human trafficking, unsafe migration, radicalization, interfaith relations and Family health and well-being.
We have stepped our advocacy at national, Regional and Global levels because we share Edward Abbey, an American author observation ‘every important change in society, for the good at least, has taken place because of popular pressure – pressure from below, from the great mass of people.’ And in this regard, we are very conscious that it can be difficult and costly to speak truth to power, but current realities in Africa leave us with no choice.
I hope that through the pages of this report you will appreciate the choices we have made, focussing more on processes rather than events, because we desire to see sustainable change.
You are welcome to walk with us along this journey.