Most Rev. Ignatius Chama, head of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), has stated that all attempts to achieve a peaceful Zambia will be futile if those who wish to participate in peace building lack the necessary skills.
He stated that individuals cannot enter the peacebuilding process unless they understand their duties, their place in the process, and the underlying reasoning.
This was said by Archbishop Chama when he launched a ZCCB Peacebuilding Webinar on Monday, May 31, 2021, which drew a large number of participants from all of Zambia’s Catholic Dioceses.
Archbishop Chama also said the Catholic Church has all it takes to involve itself in peace building needs and should from time to time to remind itself to brush up and dust up old positions so that its responses to being a peace builder are relevant to the Kairos -which is the right time to do the right thing.
“We are a Church that has all it takes to involve itself in peace building. But we need from time to time to remind ourselves to brush up and dust up our old positions so that our responses to the needs of the Church being peace builder are relevant to the Kairos,” he said.
“I see this workshop as a moment of revisiting and time turning our roles as a Church that is fully involved in peace building as well as brushing up strategies that will equip us in being peacemakers,” Archbishop Chama added.
Archbishop Chama also asked workshop participants to prepare the “labourers” for peacemaking in Zambia, and for their efforts to be backed by the force of God, so that peace agents might become effective drivers and mediators of peace.
The programme, which will end on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, is themed “Towards Peaceful Zambia-The Role of the Church.”
Last November, the ZCCB hosted a similar event that brought participants from all levels of our church, including Bishops, Pastoral Coordinators, Caritas Directors, and Communication Secretaries from Dioceses and Archdioceses.