The Courage to Hope: The Roots for a New Vision and the Calling of the Church in Africa

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WCC Publications, 2003 - Religion - 218 pages
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In this book, Samuel Kobia examines the reality and potential of life in contemporary Africa. He surveys the natural and historical legacies of Africa, "the primordial home of all humanity" that has nurtured a rich diversity of traditions, values and spirituality. He describes a moral universe predicated on a web connecting all life. He regrets that, in post-colonial Africa, life and hope have been diminished by the failure of spiritual liberation to keep pace with political emancipation. Addressing key contemporary issues and threats to the well-being of the world, Kobia calls for a transformation of human consciousness and community practices. Samuel Kobia was elected in August 2003 as the sixth general secretary of the World Council of Churches, succeeding Konrad Raiser at the beginning of 2004. A Methodist minister and former leader of the National Council of Churches in Kenya, Dr. Kobia served the WCC as director and special representative of the General Secretary for Africa when he wrote this book.

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Samuel Kobia is the sixth general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

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