Ellen, Others Attend LCC 29th General Assembly

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led an array of several distinguished personalities from the clergy and other members of the society, Thursday, March 13, at the New Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Brewerville for the official opening of the 29th General Assembly of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC).

Under the theme: “The Role of the Church in Fighting Hunger and Poverty,” the LCC in collaboration with other national stakeholders plan to use the Assembly to challenge local churches and the general Christian community on the role they can play in the fight against hunger and poverty, and how such efforts can also contribute to sustenance of peace, reconciliation and stability in the country.

According to the Reverend Dr. Kortu K. Brown, who is chairing the 29th General Assembly, in order to actualize the vision of the churches, the LCC is expected to launch an Anti-Hunger Fund Drive during the formal opening ceremonies.

Rev. Brown said the anti-hunger campaign is aimed at capacitating churches through resource allocation to complement national efforts to effectively reach out and help rebuild personal and household economies. He said they are doing this to contribute to attaining food security and to the overall growth of the national economy.

 The Assembly, which is expected to run from March 13 to 15, will feature a keynote address under the topic: “Church Response to Fighting Hunger and Poverty in Liberia.” The keynote address will be followed by an elaborate honoring program to be led by the president of LCC, Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, for founding leaders and distinguished personalities of LCC, who have served the state, Church and humanity for 50 or more years and/or through the Gospel Ministry fighting for the enhancement of the ordinary people.

First on the list of honorees is the LCC first President and former Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, late George D. Browne; late Catholic Archbishop and former president, and founding first vice president, Michael Kpakala Francis; Bishop Arthur F. Kulah, former president, second vice president and former Resident Bishop, Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church; and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah D. Walker, former president of LCC and former president, Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention.

Also expected to receive honor today, Thursday, are Archbishop William Nah Dixon, Sr., former president of LCC and Archbishop of Don Stewart Christ Pentecostal Church; Rev. Dr. Walter D. Richards, former vice president and former president of Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention; Rev. Father Dr. Robert G. Tikpor, former Executive Member, LCC and first ordained Liberian Priest, Catholic Church in Liberia.

According to Rev. Brown, immediately following the honoring ceremony, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will kick-off the launching of an anti-hunger fund drive in collaboration with other distinguished personalities of the Liberian society.

Other activities during the assembly will include Thanksgiving and Intercessory prayer for peace, security and reconciliation in Liberia and the world; and fraternal greetings from the World Council of Churches (WCC),  AACC, Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa, Church World Service, and other Ecumenical Partners.

 Bishop Dr. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko, secretary of the Conference of the Methodist Church of Nigeria and WCC Executive Committee member will represent the WCC, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland and bring greetings from its general secretary, Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit.

During the assembly, two other presentations will be conducted to include; achievement of the Church towards fighting hunger and poverty-A Historical Perspective, by a representative of the Church in Liberia, and The Fight Against Hunger and Poverty, a National Perspective” by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Florence Chenoweth.

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