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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


SAKUPAPA, Teddy Chalwe. Reframing African Ecumenical Development Discourse: Case of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) 2000-2018 (Part 2). Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.2, pp.1-18. ISSN 2412-4265.

This research explores the contribution of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) to ecumenical development discourse against the background of contemporary debates on the role of religion in development. It focuses on the period 2000-2008. Through a critical review of the AACC's engagement in development, the article offers an appraisal of the AACC's socio-economic justice approach to development. It also highlights the AACC's most recent appropriation of diakonia in its programmatic thrust on development. While such appropriation holds promise for an approach to development rooted in theological ideas, it begs further reflection on the place of local epistemologies of development in African ecumenical discourse. Arguing for the translation of diakonia, this research proposes the decolonial reframing of African churches' engagement in development.

Palabras clave : All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC); diakonia; ecumenical movement and development; religion and development; religious social capital; theology and development.

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