African Bishops Join GCCM, Advocate for 1.5 C Limit to Global Warming

October 23, 2015

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) is a Catholic service organization for the National Episcopal Conferences of the eight countries of Eastern Africa, namely Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  They have formally joined the Global Catholic Climate Movement and are advocating for action to transition to renewable energy and keep global warming below 1.5 C.

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From their website, the MISSION of AMECEA is to inspire and empower God’s family in AMECEA to a credible and prophetic witness to Christ, by promoting unity, justice, peace, and solidarity, through:

  • Deeper evangelization, constant conversion and prayer, inculturation, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue;

  • Relevant Formation of all agents of evangelization;

  • Revitalizing and continued emphasis on the role of the Small Christian Communities in evangelization;

  • Preferential option for the poor, oppressed and marginalized, particularly refugees, persons affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, and internally displaced people;

  • Empowering the laity and the Religious men and women to play their active role in the Church and society;

  • Self-reliance in personnel and finances at all levels;

  • Networking, effective communication, and advocacy;

  • Poverty eradication, sustainable development and relevant response to all issues affecting God’s family.

The principal objectives of the Association are:

  • Practice the spirit of collaboration and sharing among its members.

  • Maintain a spirit of liaison and promote mutual relations among its members.

  • Promote inter-communication and co-operation among local churches primarily in the countries of Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

  • Study ways and means of promoting the apostolate in the light of official documents and according to the needs of the Catholic Church in Eastern Africa.

  • Help study problems of common interest to the Catholic Church in Eastern Africa and to suggest possible solutions and co-coordinated actions.

  • Further the dynamic presence of the Catholic Church in the integral development of the people of God in Eastern Africa.

  • Mandate and set terms of reference for projects and institutions agreed upon by the members.

The Mandate of AMECEA is of a pastoral nature and includes the following:

  • To make policies through the Plenary Assembly, and entrust the execution of its resolutions to the Executive Board, Secretary General (AMECEA Secretariat), and National Episcopal Conferences, in accordance with the AMECEA Statutes;

  • To inspire and facilitate a common vision;

  • To identify priority challenges in Church and society and finding common strategies to respond to them at all levels, e.g. HIV/AIDS and poverty;

  • To facilitate exchange of pastoral programs through the AMECEA plenaries, publications, information, and pastoral visits;

  • To undertake research into areas of common interest and analysis of important data for the region;

  • To promote human rights, justice and peace, freedom of religion, advocacy for the oppressed, and good governance;

  • To coordinate and make regular evaluation of its programs, institutions, and activities, and take appropriate action.