Short history of the religious movement founded by Chiara Lubich, an Italian Catholic laywoman, in 1943. Today the Focolare Movement has been embraced by other religious families including the Anglican Communion.
Contents: Introduction -- The drumbeat of life -- Africa's growing churches -- Jubilee and African realities -- The ecumenical future and the churches of Africa.
"What light is shed on the eighth assembly theme "`Turn to God -- Rejoice in Hope' by African traditions, realities and experiences ? And what does this imply for the future of the Christian church and its quest for unity on the eve of a new millennium ? These are the questions addressed in this thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection by an African theologian". -- back cover.
Author is "an Anglican priest and senior chaplain at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare", later a bishop in the Church of the Province of Central Africa.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -187).
"On the afternoon of a hot southern African summer day in the capital city of Zimbabwe, some 1000 participants at the eighth assembly of the World Council of Churches engaged in a deliberative session on `Ubuntu and the African kairos'. It was 8 December 1998, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the WCC. A local Zimbabwean theatre group enacted a powerful political drama entitled `A Journey of Hope'. This was the beginning -- or launch -- of a pilgrimage of conversion, commitment, and above all accompaniment. It was agreed that the focus on Africa would be one of wholehearted support for the churches and peoples of the continent. There would be an emphasis on transformation of Africa's social, political and economic systems in order to create a just society in which women and young people, too, would participate fully. Peace and reconciliation would be sought between people and communities. Everything within the church's power would be devoted to help contain and overcome the scourge of HIV and AIDS. Good governance, ethical values and stewardship would be emphasized. And the churches affirmed the rights of African children to hope for a bright future which, with all their strength and ability, they would help to create". -- back cover.
Contents: Dedication [to Dr. Aaron Tolen] -- Preface / Samuel Kobia -- A Letter to My Ancestors / Mercy Amba Oduyoye -- Journey of Hope to a New Africa -- The Origins of Pan-African Ecumenism -- Forgiveness and Healing of Memories -- Reconstruction of Africa -- Health and Spirituality of Africa -- The Quest for Justice and Human Dignity -- Renewing African Ecumenism -- New Ecumenical Thresholds -- The Gift of African Women -- Appendix One: African Ecumenical Covenants -- Appendix Two: Statements on Africa from WCC Central and Executive Committees -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations and acronyms -- Bibliography.