The Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) Women Department accompaniment by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is developing a Church Gender Justice Policy. The process has been on since March 2019 and will go until December 2019.
It is at the Public Participation stage involving female, male and youths of both genders in the LWF 40:40:20 ratio quarter system of representation. As a LWF member church we are using the 2013 LWF Gender Justice Policy as one of our sources. Participants are opinion leaders drawn from the grass-roots to share their views on the gender related issues as understood and practiced within their local congregations and communities.
The methodology applied in the forums is holding interactive meetings with the people, educating them on gender justice, group discussions & interviews, listening & observation, documenting the findings, analyze and reporting. The program involves: Climate setting involving self-introductions and getting the expectations of the participants, sharing the objectives of the workshops, introducing the Biblical and theological foundation of gender justice, educating and sensitizing on all issues around gender justice at global and domestic contexts and sharing key principles and benefits of having and practicing gender justice.
The facilitation and moderation of the process is done by a technical team mandated by the KELC Executive Council of 04.05.2019. The Campaign is coordinated by Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau accompanied by the KELC Secretary General Rev. L. N. Mwololo, the Youth Coordinator Mr J. Kapanga and the Women Dept. Coordinator Pw. Alice Mwaringa and others. Already this process has been done in the South Coast, North Coast and Kilimanjaro Church Districts reaching more that 150 participants and targets to meet 105 more people of the Central Deanery by end of July 2019.
By design the idea is to train leaders as ToTs in order to keep the gender justice campaign an ongoing discussion. This is a deliberate move to enable the program be rolled out to the grass roots. This eases the understanding, adoption and implementation of the gender justice policy by 2020. We are expecting its approval during this years’ KELC General Assembly in December.
We continue to appreciate the accompaniment of the ELCA our mutual partner in mission for
this process. God bless all of us.