Church leaders commit to tackling social ills

Anglican Church leaders have committed to dealing with social problems affecting society. They made the commitment on yesterday in Musanze District during the opening of a four-day seminar aimed at strengthening collaboration among church leaders.
Archbishop Rwaje preaches to participants attending the Musanze seminar yesterday. (Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti)
Archbishop Rwaje preaches to participants attending the Musanze seminar yesterday. (Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti)

Anglican Church leaders have committed to dealing with social problems affecting society.

They made the commitment on yesterday in Musanze District during the opening of a four-day seminar aimed at strengthening collaboration among church leaders.

The seminar brings together over 450 church leaders from across the country.

The Anglican Church Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje said the seminar is an opportunity to discuss ways to improve social cohesion among church leaders and fight social vices.

He noted that while the church has played a role in socio-economic development and conflict resolution, there is need to do more to build social cohesion among Rwandans.

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Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje preaching the gospel as church leaders follow  in Musanze.(Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti)

The meeting will discuss how to tackle issues of drug abuse, sexual violence, homosexuality and human trafficking, among others.

“Drug abuse among the youth and sexual violence in families are issues we need to address as church leaders. We have so far established a committee to fight these vices,” Rwaje said.

“The church’s positions against homosexuality and same sex marriage is clear. We have opposed these ills since 1998,” he said.

On human trafficking, he said the church preaches respect for all human beings.

Rwaje said the church also appealed to Rwandans to adopt a savings culture.

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Church leaders worshiping during the seminar session in Musanze.(Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti)

Participants said such a seminar is significant as it offers opportunity to discuss ways they can work together to transform society.

“We shall mobilise Rwandans, especially the youth, against vices which are against the Rwandan culture,” said pastor Collette Musabyemariya from Kigeme parish in Nyaruguru District.

“Youth should know that immoral conduct such as adultery and drug abuse are dangerous. I will work with other female pastors and local leaders to fight these vices,” she added.

Rwaje said the Anglican Church has contributed to national development through construction of schools and hospitals.

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