World Church Leaders Set to Discuss Contributions To UN Sustainable Development Goals

Reverend Dr. Fidon Mwombeki

Geneva/Monrovia – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) are bringing together implementers and partners of the ‘Waking the Giant’ initiative to reflect on the role of churches in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘Waking the Giant’ is an initiative of the LWF that builds the capacity of churches to contribute to the SDG agenda, currently focusing on four target countries – Liberia, Tanzania, USA and Colombia. 

From 31st October to 1st November, the four national coordinators will present the results of qualitative and quantitative studies done on the contribution of faith-based actors to specific SDGs in the respective countries. 

According to a release, the event will be launched by a high-ranking Liberian government official and by Reverend Dr. Fidon Mwombeki, recently elected General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). 

The meeting will highlight SDG-Five on gender equality which represents one of the goals of ‘Waking the Giant’ in Liberia.

The release furthered that a UN delegate and Liberian government officials from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others will lead a discussion on strengthening the role of Liberian women as peacemakers.

 The church’s commitment to this goal is grounded in a key tenet of the Christian faith: ‘men and women created equal by God, sharing the same rights.’

About Waking the Giant, Lutheran World Federation

‘Waking the Giant’ is a global ecumenical initiative of the Lutheran World Federation. It aims to build the capacity of churches to contribute effectively to the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of 148 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 75.5 million Christians in 99 countries.

LWF strives to put faith into action within and beyond the communion, and seek God’s Word and Spirit to guide mankind.

This action, according the Church leaders, takes a variety of forms from theological reflection and dialogue with other churches and faiths, to deepening relationships, sharing about members’ faith and serving those in need and advocating for a more just, peaceful and reconciled world.

Meanwhile, the event is being held at a time the Lutheran Church and other protestant Churches are celebrating the 502nd anniversary of the Reformation that split Christendom in the 16 century.