Kenyan Christian leaders ask for forgiveness for role in violence

NAKURU, Kenya (CNS) — Christian leaders in Kenya pledged to work for reconciliation and asked God for forgiveness for their role in widening divisions in the country. “We note that a serious impediment of God’s mission of reconciliation … in our time and in our country is the fact that quite often the church has been caught up in the destructive ethnic, social and economic divisions and conflicts in the nation,” said a statement signed by 1,300 Christian pastors.

The statement was posted Aug. 26 on the Web site of the National Council of Churches of Kenya. The church leaders said they owned up to their sins of “taking partisan positions on national issues; elevating our ethnic identities above our Christian identity; direct involvement in party politics; and participation in the postelection violence, (actions) which are made more ominous by the deteriorating national values, sinful political strategies and failure to faithfully stand for biblical values and principles.” In the statement signed at the Aug. 20-23 National Pastors’ Conference in Nakuru, they said, “We ask God to forgive us and to renew and empower our witness to his grace.” Catholic Church delegates attended the conference.

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Justice in the World – 1971 Synod of Bishops

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