On 16th April 2015, the Protestant Council of Rwanda (CPR) in collaboration with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), which is one of CPR members, organized a one day workshop on the role of the Church during the period of Genocide mourning and remembrance. The workshop took place at Kagugu, on April 16, 2015 at ALRM conference room. Church Leaders and delegates from different Churches and Christian organizations were well represented at approximatively 95%.
Participants discussed on the challenges the church in Rwanda has today. It was indicated that perpetrors/suspect of the genocide, the victims, and the survivors belong to a given church denomination. This explains the reason why Churches have a big role to play in addressing problems caused by the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. Therefore, the Church has to be involved in healing the wounds, and educate the community to peace and reconciliation.
The workshop drew the following recommendation as the major role of Churches:
- Convey message of Hope to all Rwandans;
- Provide socio-assistance to traumatized people through counseling and physical assistance;
- Promote repentance, forgiveness, unity and reconciliation, tolerance, truth, and human rights among Rwandans.
Participant concluded by committing themselves to use means at their disposal to assist those who have been affected by the Genocide. The following tools were recommended as relevant means that can be used to convey Church messages of hope: (1) The Book of Liturgy prepared by CPR, CPR Radio Inkoramutima 107.1FM.
Par : RÉDACTION CPR
Le : 2017-11-15T12:11:00+01:00