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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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SAKUPAPA, Teddy Chalwe. The ecumenical movement and development: The case of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), 1963-2000 (Part 1). Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-15. ISSN 2412-4265.

Recent debates and policies on development reflect a growing recognition of the complex role of religion in development and most significantly of its contribution to social capital formation. Through an analysis of the history of the All African Conference of Churches (AACC) as one of the most significant ecumenical structures on the African continent, this contribution will discuss the role and significance of the ecumenical movement for social change (read: development). It underscores the crucial role of the AACC in the formation of social capital through its member churches and through its own international links to other organisations and ecumenical bodies in the period since its inception to the turn of the century. While I argue that the AACC has made a positive contribution in the formation of social capital, I nevertheless contend that not much has been done to draw on local epistemologies for development in its programmatic work.

Keywords : All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC); church and development; ecumenical movement in Africa; religious social capital; social transformation; theology and development.

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