A four day world forum on theology and liberation, bringing together more than 300 theologians and grass roots Christians from Africa and Europe, opened in the Kenyan capital Nairobi yesterday. Participants at the forum, whose theme is: Spirituality for another possible world, will debate on theology and liberation, joining the reflection on faith to solidarity practices and to the analysis of the social political, economic and religious issues, according to a statement issued at the official opening of the global religious forum. The forum is being organized by Tangaza College, a constituency of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa based at Langata near Nairobi. Taking place at the Carmelite Spiritual Centre, Langata, the forum has attracted quite a number of Catholic theologians and grass roots Christians. It is the second World forum on theology and liberation. Apart from major presentations from theological scholars, the forum will also hold various workshops on diversified issues such as spirituality and respect of diversity, African socio-religious/Christian reality, HIV/AIDS, African culture, slums in Africa: A challenge to evangelization and Inter-faith praxis and Latin America religions. In her key note address, Kenyan Catholic nun, Sister Dr Ephigenia Gachiri of the Loreto Sisters congregation stressed that another world was possible, where we did not discriminate out of poverty, gender, race or religion. But we must all get set to work hard for that possible world, where the Church and its adherents will have to play a central role. According to its program, the forum will be graced with the presence of the renowned South African Anglican archbishop, Desmond Tutu, who is scheduled to close the forum officially on Friday.
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